Maybe we'll never have Sweet Home Alabama or The Devil Went Down to Georgia. We can definitely let go of the dream of staking claim to a standard like New York, New York.
But when it comes to associating songs with our state, Florida is no slouch. This weekend brings Pitbull, a.k.a. Mr. 305, a.k.a. Mr. Worldwide, in concert at Amalie Arena. As pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin explores in this issue, Visit Florida (and in part you, taxpayers) is paying Pitbull to act as a tourism ambassador. Who can blame them? Mr. Bull has at least one song that proclaims, "Sexy beaches! Hotels!"...
Wondering what Ivanka Trump wore on stage at the closing night of the Republican National Convention to introduce her father, Donald Trump? She (or her people) made it very easy to find out.
On Twitter Friday, @IvankaTrump posted a link to her look, a pale pink sheath, a color choice that was likely no coincidence given that every pundit and commentator believes she may help soften her father's image....
Last year, the Deal Divas did this really weird thing in which we got out of bed in the middle of the night, put on FRESH pajamas and then headed to the Sunrise Sale in and around downtown St. Petersburg. It was ridiculous, made no sense and was tons of fun. Michelle stood in line for eternity to get BOGO olive oil, and Lisa feel deeply in love with a lamp (they're still going strong). Please relive all of the exploits from last year RIGHT HERE. And RIGHT HERE ALSO. ...
With Florida feeling like a permanent steam bath, everyone is getting out of town for a summer escape.
Our features staff needs vacation, too. Events editor Sharon Kennedy Wynne just got back from an Italian dream trip. Food editor Michelle Stark went to New York City to see Hamilton on Broadway before Lin-Manuel Miranda left the cast, which you can read all about in Latitudes on Sunday. Entertainment news editor Caitlin E. O'Conner, a familiar face in this column space, traveled to Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes, where her boyfriend proposed. Congratulate the happy couple!...
I was driving into work listening to Slate's Dear Prudence podcast, one of my faves on steady rotation, and host Mallory Ortberg said something that really stuck with me. She said, in essence, if Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn ever break up, we will all pretty much rise up from our earthly vessels, because that means the kind of adult, mature love that allows two people to live unmarried yet happily is officially Not A Thing. I'm putting words in her mouth. She said, "If they ever split up, I think everyone's gonna lose it." It's true. They've been together since 1983, which is exactly how long I've been alive. It is also how long you have to be with someone to willingly accept the absurd facial hair he grew to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie. I picture her rolling her eyes and issuing a playful embargo on smooches until after the premiere. Oh, Goldie! Oh Kurt!...
Scene. You're in yoga class. It's shavasana, you're pretty mellow, but you can think of one thing that would make this even better. You lean over to your friend, who has her eyes closed on the neighboring mat.
"A beer would be good right about now."
This scene is no longer fantasy. As food critic Laura Reiley tells us this week, beer yoga is the latest wacky craze that combines drinking with exercise, popping up in breweries from Tampa to St. Petersburg to Dunedin. It's the same theory behind buying your friends pizza when they come over to help you paint. You're improving your house, but not without a fun little setback to your body....
Last weekend, I took part in the storied tradition of discount shopping suburbanites everywhere. I got stuck inside Super Target during a rainstorm. Scholars shall write volumes on it as a study in human behavior. Chapter One will chronicle the soaking wet toddler I saw dive headlong into a display of iced tea.
Anyway, the storm gave me time to traverse every single aisle in the big box, a good reminder that the Fourth of July is upon us. Of course, we have you covered. Plan your outing of choice with our giant list of fireworks and activities....
I'd like to make a proclamation, here on Deal Divas.
Merging your Amazon accounts is a bigger step than marriage. A while back, my sig oth and I combined Prime accounts, and now my suggestions are a nonstop mix of weirdness across a variety of gender spectrums. A literal sample of suggestions from my Amazon homepage: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener....
I'd like to report a total Twitter victory that can also help YOU.
I came across a Vulture story a couple days ago that reported Samira Wiley, who Orange is the New Black fans will recognize as the inimitable Poussey, is going to play a therapist on the third season of You're the Worst. Great news for Samira, a really talented artist who deserves great roles....
After the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it would be very easy to feel helpless. But artists and business owners in Tampa Bay have instead sprung to the aid of our neighbors to the east, offering financial support and organizing events for victims' families and recovery efforts. More than a week after the shooting, the events continue to pop up. Here's a rundown of the latest ways you can help in Tampa Bay, Orlando and beyond....
Who could be more Florida than state rap hero Flo Rida?
The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced Friday that the rapper will perform a free concert after the match at Al Lang Studium on July 2. The concert is presented by Hot 101.5 and includes fireworks after the match. It's the team's season opener against Jacksonville Armada FC. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Fans will be allowed on the field for the concert after the match. Flo is a home state dude from Carol City. What will he bring out? Right Round? Club Can't Handle Me? Good Feeling? Wild Ones? Obviously My House, right? For the Rowdies fans, in their house....
My coworker handed me a Macy's postcard today that featured Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous riding on a giant exploding bottle of champagne. No words were needed.
It's clear but, IMHO, fully acceptable marketing gimmick, Macy's is celebrating the release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie with a shopping party. It's at 6 p.m. Thursday at the store in St. Petersburg's Tyrone Square Mall, in the men's department, of course. "See our collection of the latest must-have looks inspired by the television show, enjoy appropriately decadent sweets and treats and much more," the postcard reads. ...
Maybe you heard. Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards Sunday night. If you had trouble getting into the show on Broadway before, good luck getting in now. Brainchild and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is reported to be leaving the groundbreaking hip-hop telling of Alexander Hamilton’s life in July, and tickets to see him before his tenure ends have skyrockted as high as $10,000. Maybe you’re ready to accept that you won’t see it in New York for a long time, until a new cast has been swapped in, or until it comes on tour to your town. It does not mean you can’t have a fully immersive Hamilton experience RIGHT NOW by cobbling things together on the Internet. Neither of us has seen Hamilton, yet both of us are obsessed to the point of actual concern from our friends and family. Here’s how we did it!...
At this time Saturday, I'll be in Miami, trick. I'm taking a long birthday weekend and I'm already enjoying fantasies of walking around South Beach in a giant, elegant sun hat. I know what will happen instead is that someone coming from a day club called Gym Tan Laundry will elbow me in the elegant sun hat and the day will end in pina colada-soaked tears, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming big....
06/08/16 Food & Dining
It has been a pretty dreary week. Tropical Storm Colin whipped through Tampa Bay, leaving us muddy and flooded. This does not inspire date night at a new restaurant.
Fortunately, the weather appears to be clearing for the weekend. Try one of Tampa Bay's new restaurants spotlighted by our food critic Laura Reiley. From Portillo's to On Swann to Thai Prime, Tampa Bay is full of new tastemakers this summer....