11/26/13 Visual Arts
Paula Brett placed the ribbon candies in a circle atop a sheet of white paper on the floor of her art studio in Tampa. She was building a mandala, an artistic representation of the universe and the idea of impermanence with roots in the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.
Brett, former yoga instructor and art teacher, connects with the idea of impermanence and the sacred symmetry of mandalas.
"It becomes something else," Brett said. "Once you arrange the candy and take photo, it transforms and becomes two-dimensional. It has a whole other meaning."...
What can you buy these days for $20? Actually, a better question this time of year might be: What can you buy someone else for $20? It’s a price point that would work for any number of gift recipients — a friend, a family member, even a co-worker you really, really like. The fact that you can pay with a single Andrew Jackson is a nice, tidy bonus. So, for this year’s tbt* Holiday Gift Guide, instead of scouring bargain-basement retailers and tiptoeing around luxury-goods boutiques, we decided to stick to a single price point. Here are more than 25 great gifts we found for around $20 apiece....
TAMPA — There was no wind on Tampa Bay as Christopher Ahern and Abbey Dohring took an evening cruise for their first date.
"There was a full moon. Everything was silver and you couldn't see the horizon because of the reflection on the still water," said Chris, 38, a project manager for Jacobs Engineering.
The slight chill forced the couple to sit closer, and then a family of dolphins surfaced nearby....
The Dinner Party
Amy King, 34, registered nurse, Largo
We assigned Amy the task of dressing up for a Thanksgiving dinner party. She came away with:
Black dress: No label, $5.87
Black satin pumps: Clery, Webb & Touraine, $10.36
What she beelines to first: "Dresses are the best value in the store because it's basically a whole outfit for $5."...
Here we are in November again. The temperatures are dropping, leaving your well-worn excuse of it being "too hot" to run moot.
Local race directors pack November through March with distance races nearly every weekend around Tampa Bay. Those planning to train for the big boys, the St. Pete Beach Classic and Gasparilla, had better lace up their sneaks this week if they hope to record personal bests. ...
It didn't fill up the entire Tampa Convention Center, but a steady flow of people kept the exhibition hall of the Mane Stream Hair and Beauty Expo buzzing.
In every corner there were different stylists and product marketers demonstrating their techniques and wares aimed at improving all who would learn.
"Basically, we wanted to bring professionalism back to the industry," said Micheline Barber, owner of Tampa's award winning M Salon 1 and one of the event's organizers. "This event was about education."...
Alpa Mandalya's story sounds similar to many Indian immigrants who've come to settle in the Tampa Bay area. She had a relative who had settled here and when she arrived from India 10 years ago, she was in love.
"I think the common thing Indian people love is that they always organize all our festivals here," said Mandalya, 47, an eyebrow-threading technician from Tampa. "We don't miss much in Tampa because we're still connected to it."...
Kim Kimble probably spends more hours on a plane than she does in a bed some weeks.
The celebrity hair stylist, salon owner and star of We tv reality show L.A. Hair can count superstars Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rihanna among her past clients and routinely travels to meet and style celebs for important events — like Mary J. Blige for her national anthem performance at Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night. But more than a TV star or stylist to the stars, Kimble is a veteran salon owner with 20-plus years of experience in the hair business. ...
Flying toast isn't the half of what people are treated to when they decide to head to a movie theater to see the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
For just about as long as the movie has been around, so have the fans who don costumes and take to the front of the theater to make what would be a routine viewing an interactive experience with call and response, props and general silliness all night. It's a tradition with roots in every major city. The campy musical has fans around the world....
ST. PETERSBURG — It had been a long while since Ajay Pallegar had heard from the girl with the pretty smile he'd met at her medical school graduation party, but nevertheless, he took her call.
"I had a terrible termite problem at my apartment building and they weren't trying to let me break the lease," said Dr. Sneha Lokesh, 28, of St. Petersburg. "I knew he was a lawyer, so I called him and he helped."...
Yolyvee Gordon popped and percolated down to the floor as the night club lights flashed and the f-bomb-filled rap music rattled eardrums. On weekdays, Gordon's an attorney with a large Tampa law firm. But on this night, she was assisting Janet Jones in her campaign to liberate women from the gender roles and social mores that keep them two-stepping at holiday parties. In the safety of Ybor City's Club Prana, Gordon and Jones encouraged 39 women in workout gear to twerk their hearts out — free of judgment — and join the Vixen Workout's Vixen Army....
Jordann Windschauer really wanted to eat something sweet — despite being in the middle of a Paleo Diet challenge at her CrossFit gym.
For weeks, she couldn't eat cereal grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, potatoes, processed foods, salt and refined vegetable oils. Fruit was sort of filling the gap, but the cookies were calling her name.
"I started going on the internet and looking into recipes," said the 23-year-old University of South Florida graduate and part-time trainer at CrossFit 813. "I tried a lot of things and I ended up making so much of it, my boyfriend would take the extras into work."...
10/11/13 Bars & Spirits
Staring down yet another aimless stumble up Seventh Avenue, South Howard or Gulf Boulevard? We feel you. The best pub crawls are those with a theme, and we don't just mean costumes. We think a good pub crawl should have a mission, a raison d'etre, a theme that unites every stop along the way.
So, inspired by the recent Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg film The World's End, we devised a few themed pub crawls of our own in Tampa Bay (okay, fine, we borrowed one from the Tampa Bay Brew Bus). Each one has four or stops within stumbling distance, plus a hotel at the end in case you're too sloshed to drive home. With a little caution and planning, these seven crawls are great ways to sample some of Tampa Bay's best bars and drinks....
10/09/13 Bars & Spirits
Golden T-shirts lined Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as people wandered purposefully from place to place, snagging beer samples and appetizers while taking in the Fourth Annual Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.
"This is by far the biggest turnout we've ever had," said Tom Keating, president of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event. "We've got almost 500 people, about 100 more than last year."...
Kelly Malatin rolled the pink door to her box truck open and threw on a welcoming smile.
It was her first time letting customers onto her new mobile accessories shop, La Boutique Fashion Truck, and she seemed a little nervous.
"We did surprisingly great," Malatin beamed days later. "We probably didn't have a dull moment on the truck. I think there was someone on the truck at all times, looking or talking or asking questions." ...