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Robbyn Mitchell, Times Staff Writer

Robbyn Mitchell

Robbyn Mitchell covers pop culture, entertainment, night life, local events and arts for tbt* and the Times. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a 2007 graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.

Phone: (813) 226-3373

Email: rmitchell@tampabay.com

Twitter: @RMitchellTimes

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  1. Review: Juicy J packs in hits like a pro at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

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    Juicy J is a machine. His SUV arrived at Jannus Live at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, and nine minutes later he was on stage, full blast, performing his newest single Low in front of a backing band.

    You can probably attribute it to the professionalism acquired in the nearly 20 years since his debut album with Memphis, Tenn.’s Three 6 Mafia. The Twerk or Die 2 Tour was a freight train of dirty bass that started rolling when Juicy J hit the stage and didn’t stop until he threw his hands up to bid the crowd goodnight one hour later....

    Juicy J performs at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Nov. 15, 2014.
  2. DMX a no-show for concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

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    Just after 10:30 p.m. Friday, the line at the Jannus Live ticket booth started to get long.

    Fans waited, with fury in their eyes, for a refund for the DMX concert that was cancelled 90 minutes after it began.

    "We have some bad news for you all," the DJ said just after St. Petersburg rapper Rival left the stage.

    Promoter Dino Pinto said the New York rap legend had a disagreement with his management shortly before boarding began for his 8:30 p.m. flight from Hartsfield-Jakson Airport in Atlanta. DMX didn't board the plane....

    A packed house turned out for DMX at Jannus Live, but DMX himself was nowhere to be found.
  3. Gilbert Gottfried talks about his signature voice, Old Hollywood, watching comics die and more

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    For a long time, Gilbert Gottfried has been a sound. A grating, nasally nails-on-a-chalkboard sound that every listener identified as an antagonist before they even put together the words of his characters, from adoption agents with questionable ethics to evil parrots of would-be usurpers.

    But that’s not all he is.

    The 59-year-old father of two got his start in stand-up in his teens and has never really stopped touring. “I can’t even count how many years I’ve been on the road at this point,” he told tbt* in a recent phone interview about his life in show business....

  4. 'One Drop of Love' star Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni talks race, family and more

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    It's been an interesting year in race relations for America. In just over 10 months, there have been communities violently protesting loss of due process, NBA owners losing their teams over racist remarks and anti-immigration zealots blockading school buses full of brown children because they were presumed to be foreign.

    It's a climate — not of change, as was promised by the election of President Obama Obama, but of an overwhelming dedication to fight change. ...

    “Race is like a religion to us.”
  5. From This Day: Gambling on each other

    Relationships

    SAFETY HARBOR — Meeting someone on the Internet is always a gamble, but Terry Kuhn and Jennifer Miller are born risk takers.

    "We both love going to the casino," said Terry, 48, a certified public accountant and tax manager at Brimmer, Burek & Keelan. "So our first date we went to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa."

    It was a good bet.

    Terry and Jennifer were married at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa on Aug. 23 — the 56th anniversary of her late parents' wedding. ...

    Jennifer Miller and Terry Kuhn were married at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa on Aug. 23.
  6. Meet the ghosts of Ybor City with author Deborah Frethem

    Books

    The white marble statue of Cuban liberation hero Jose Marti stands silently in the center of his namesake park, extending its arm to all who would enter.

    "People have seen the arm move," said Deborah Frethem, 65, author of Haunted Ybor City. "It moves very slowly up and down."

    It's one of the many "hauntings" in the old cigar factory town just east of downtown Tampa, and not even the most chilling. "If you want real shivers, you've got the Cuban Club," Frethem laughed. "That place has a lot of history with hauntings."...

  7. Review: Mike Tyson funny, compassionate in 'Undisputed Truth' at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe

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    Death becomes Mike Tyson. In moments of loss, the former heavyweight boxing champion transforms from a caricature – all speech impediments and silly facial expressions – into a recognizable man, a son, a brother and a father.

    Those moments of loss were the highlights of his 45-minute show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Saturday night....

    Mike Tyson, shown here with his daughter Milan, performed at the Hard Rock Cafe inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Oct. 25, 2014.
  8. Twice the tricks, twice the treats

    If you've waited until this weekend to get your Halloween costume together, you're already way behind this year.

    Dozens of Halloween events are scheduled for the weekend before Halloween, including two of Tampa's heaviest hitters, Ybor City's Guavaween and Helloween at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa.

    Though All Hallow's Eve falls on a Friday this year, promoters and party planners are making use of the weekend before to draw out the party through the end of the month. ...

    Move over Great Pumpkin, it’s time for Mama Guava.
  9. Suddenly everywhere, Mike Tyson brings his reinvented career to Tampa's Hard Rock

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    Local fans waiting patiently for Monday's premiere of Adult Swim's new comedy-toon Mike Tyson Mysteries don't have to wait that long to get a dose of the man himself.

    The former heavyweight boxing champ will bring his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to the Hard Rock Cafe at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday night.

    Even Tyson admits he's made an incredible transition from athlete/face-mangler to actor and cartoon star. We talked to him about the new cartoon, the ever-elusive Norm MacDonald and how young athletes can learn from his story....

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  10. From Legoland to Tampa's Brickworld, master builders give life to Legos

    In a brightly colored room, four pairs of white earbuds crank out tunes as four pairs of hands silently assemble the stuff of children's dreams.

    It isn't Santa's workshop. The Legoland Florida Master Model Builder Shop doesn't make things for kids to play with — or destroy, as they are wont to do. Rather, the four master model builders create sculptures — art, really — out of the tiny toy bricks that are available to anyone old enough not to eat them. They create possibilities for the imaginative, a job they take very seriously. ...

    Luis Santana  |   Times (10/1/2014 Winter Haven, FL)   Lego figures from the LEGO MOVIE displayed in the Model Builders workshop at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  11. Review: Funk Fest Tampa brings a sharp Jill Scott (but no Bobby Brown) to Raymond James Stadium

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    “Those off you that have true love, I hope you make that good love tonight,” Jill Scott laughed as she wound up her 90-minute set at Funk Fest Tampa just outside Raymond James Stadium Saturday night.

    “Think of me once – maybe twice,” the Philadelphia soul singer encouraged the crowd of more than 10,000 as she prepared to sing her big hit, He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)....

    Silk performs at Funk Fest Tampa 2014 at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 18, 2014.
  12. For Tampa's Funk Fest, at RayJay on Saturday, is fifth time a charm?

    Music & Concerts

    April passed, then May and June, and there was still no word about Variety Entertainment's Funk Fest Tampa Bay. It was unclear if the R&B and soul concert series, now in its 20th year nationally, would return for its fifth year in this market.

    "We got such an outpouring from people in the community," said Leo Bennett, a promoter and the CEO of Variety Entertainment. "They were asking us about when the show would be and it made us happy that we had such support."...

    Philadelphia soul singer Jill Scott will headline Funk Fest in Tampa on Saturday. Unlike previous years, Funk Fest will be a one-day event.
  13. Ty Dolla $ign pours it on for core faithful

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    It didn’t matter to Ty Dolla $ign that St. Pete’s State Theatre was less than half full by the time he took to the stage at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

    The Los Angeles native was determined to reward the faithful with a gigantic dose of Wednesday turn up. In a 45-minute set that was one part surprising and two parts “of course,” Ty Dolla $ign played to the cheap seats -- bouncing around the stage, licking out his tongue and exuding the West Coast cool artists from the other side of the Mississippi River have in spades....

    Ty Dolla $ign seemed determined to reward the faithful at St. Pete's  State Theatre Wednesday.
  14. Oh, Oktoberfest: You had us at beer

    Events

    Wendy Carey was almost an hour late, but she was determined to make it to all 20 bars in the annual Ybor Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.

    "It's really just the kickoff for us," she explained as she power walked toward Tequila's restaurant and adjusted her drindl dress. She and a friend had attended the crawl last year, as well as the Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest. "We decided to dress up this year because it's a chance to wear costumes not on Halloween and be out and have a good time," said the teacher, 45, of Tampa. ...

    Ashley Wilson, Cydnie Pohl, and Tanya Wright, the top three finalists of the Dirndl Dress contest, during the 2014 Ybor City Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.
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  15. From This Day: The aisle, not the plank, for Gasparilla krewe couple

    Relationships

    ST. PETE BEACH — Misty Myers turned to face the crowd of nearly 200 at the Alden Beach Resorts on the arm of her new husband, Franklin "F.M." Hendry, and found an archway of raised sabers lining the aisle.

    "The Rough Riders Krewe did it for us as a gift," said Misty, 47, an executive assistant from Tampa. "They had on their dress uniforms and they raised their sabers. It was really beautiful."...

    Misty Myers and F.M. Hendry of Tampa walk under an arch of sabers hoisted by members of the Rough Riders Krewe after being married July 12 in St. Pete Beach.