On a balmy Friday at the Flamingo Resort, folks reclined by the pool sipping juicy cocktails. Guests checked in after driving hundreds of miles to the mecca of fun they had read about online.
And the desk phone rang with a relatively new request at the Flamingo: Play tickets.
The cheeky tropical resort with a statue of a naked diving lady in the lobby is known as a getaway for gay clientele. The Flamingo has night clubs, drag shows, dancing, pool parties. But now, it's expanding into the cultural arena of theater....
You go to the shows. You clap wildly. You go home and tell your friends. Here's your chance to support the artists who make local theater happen in person. Check out the Theatre Tampa Bay Awards on Monday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The show, produced by the area's professional theater alliance and hosted by Matthew McGee and Jonelle Meyer, will honor the best in local theater from a slate of eligible productions put on last season. The evening will feature performances, including one by Lulu Picart from the cabaret Disenchanted!, which appeared at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in the spring and was recently picked up Off-Broadway. And word is, guests will also witness a preview performance from Freefall Theatre's Into the Woods, which opens Oct. 11. The red carpet with Scott Daniel starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7:30. An after-party will wrap up the night. Tickets are $25. Call (240) 462-6087 or visit theatretampabay.com....
Congratulations to some local designers who are finalists in Martha Stewart's American Made contest. It's Queen Martha's attempt to recognize the best locally-made products around the nation, from fashion to food to crafts. Florida fared pretty well out of the nearly 1,000 finalists, and the bay area is well-represented, too....
There are many choice reasons to shop at the Dress for Success Tampa Bay excess inventory sale this weekend, not the least of which is the good cause you will be helping. Full disclosure, as I've mentioned, I volunteer for Dress for Success as a personal shopper. The organization connects disadvantaged women with clothes for job interviews and other professional resources they need to land and keep jobs, like computer training and networking. I could go on about that, but you can just read more here....
09/23/14 Music & Concerts
Classical music can be a young person's game. Here's a chance to hear some fresh talent and support the Florida Orchestra at the same time.
The Florida Orchestra Musicians Association, a group that hosts charitable and educational events, will presents its fourth Annual Benefit Concert Friday featuring the winners of FOMA's 2013 Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition honoring classical musicians younger than 22....
When I put the monkey bread with Taiwanese prune reduction in the oven, the doubt set in. � Here I was, hosting an at-home Chopped dinner party, and things were culminating in a confection of horrors. The "monkey bread" needed a half-hour to cook, what with that gummy maze of crescent dough sliced with rivers of butter. I had 10 minutes left. � So totally Chopped. Food Network's popular contest show pits four chefs against one another, with baskets of mystery ingredients and a cruel clock. Chefs must transform the items, creating restaurant-quality meals from the pantry at Shawshank. � It is ridiculous. � It's the best show on television. � Why? A few reasons, which I'll get to. But the most powerful thing about Chopped is that it makes you cocky. It's when a chef on your TV has two minutes left, and he is trying to Cryovac a duck breast crusted in digestive biscuits, and you're screaming, "YOU HAVE TO RENDER THE FAT! WHERE DID YOU TRAIN, LE CORDON POO?" � It's thinking — no, it's knowing — that you can do it better. Certainly you would not be chopped. � I crouched down to the oven door and watched the dough start to sweat....
When you marry arguably the most famous wearer of pajamas in the world, the result seems inevitable.
Crystal Hefner designed her own.
The former Crystal Harris, 28, married Playboy impresario Hugh Hefner, 88, almost two years ago. Since then, she's dabbled in everything from designing swimwear to working as a DJ, but her latest pursuit is creating a line of lounge wear, pajamas, intimates and gym clothes that will hit the runway at Tampa Bay Fashion Week Wednesday night....
Want to sit in a dark, cool room and let someone entertain you this hot September weekend? Thought so. Herewith, some picks from the performing arts iceboxes across town.
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You know how it goes. You're hunting, aiming for ducks, and oops — you take out an angel. That's the premise of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, which the Stageworks Theatre Impromptu Players will deliver in staged readings of on Friday and Saturday in Tampa. Duck Hunter is by Mitch Albom, the writer behind Tuesdays with Morrie. The ensemble of characters includes journalists, a gas station worker, a ghost and an alligator-man hybrid. Proceeds from the staged readings will benefit Voices for Children and the guardian ad litem program. Readings are at 8 p.m. at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org....
Things are a-buzzing on the local fashion scene lately. We just wrapped up Haute Accessories Week and are getting ready to dive into Tampa Bay Fashion Week. But that's not all! If you want to focus your fashion pursuits in St. Petersburg, there’s an option that also weaves in other kinds of visual art. St. Pete Art & Fashion Week kicks off today and runs through Saturday at locations around the ‘burg....
Going into year seven, Tampa Bay Fashion Week’s organizers were feeling that familiar itch for change.
Our local purveyors of style have tried different configurations since 2008 to see what works best. This year, fashion week has slimmed down to fewer days, and is plotted in reverse. The runway show featuring local and national designers (Kato Kaelin’s pajama line, anyone? Or one from Hugh's wife Crystal Hefner?) is on Wednesday rather than its normal spot on the weekend. Organizer Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency said the swap was an experiment to see if people get more energized for the parties coming off the high of the fashion show mid-week....
We promised to update you on Dolly Donshey's luxurious trip to Nolcha Fashion Week in New York, and we will not fail. Dolly, whose studio is in Tarpon Springs, showed of her Monstruosité line of hats at the New York showcase for independent design talent to a room of fabulous people Tuesday. Her spring/summer 2015 collection, "The Rise of Ostara," has been under lock and key until now, so do yourself a favor and check it out....
Going into year seven, Tampa Bay Fashion Week's organizers were feeling that familiar itch for change. • Our local purveyors of style have tried different configurations since 2008 to see what works best. This year, fashion week has slimmed down to fewer days and is plotted in reverse. The runway show featuring local and national designers (Kato Kaelin's pajama line, anyone?) is on Wednesday rather than the weekend. Organizer Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency said the swap was an experiment to see if people get more energized for parties coming off the high of the midweek show. • The Deal Divas, the Tampa Bay Times' team of style enthusiasts, have attended most every fashion week, charting the evolution of our area's signature sartorial event. Along the way, we've learned a few things. Here are the Deal Divas' five tips for making the most of Tampa Bay Fashion Week. Follow the Deal Divas blog at tampabay.com/blogs/divas....
The hottest ticket in town is officially the hardest to get.
When One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opened at Freefall Theatre in August, tickets started selling out so quickly that the theater extended the show's run. Now, all those shows have sold out, but there is still a tiny chance for you. Freefall will start a waiting list one hour before each curtain. If someone doesn't show, there's a chance you could snag the seat....
I have to give a quick standing ovation to this Slate column by J. Bryan Lowder, titled Take a One-Way Trip From Tatty to Natty: In defense of looking nice for your flight or train ride.
The gist is, it's time to start dressing better when we travel. I couldn't agree more, and not just where men are concerned. Every time I go to the airport now, I make a game of counting how many pairs of Victoria's Secret PINK sweatpants I see, and I usually get bored with counting. You know the ones. Letters on the butt for days....
Trying to explain the Last Night of Ballyhoo can get kind of convoluted, like, "It's about a Jewish family assimilating into Southern life in a changing era when the world was..."
But it's not fully clear until the lights come up.
There's a giant Christmas tree in this Jewish family's house. There's a star on top. Boo Levy gasps at her daughter, blithely hanging ornaments and singing The First Noel....