Arts & Entertainment




  1. Matthew Berry of Clearwater rests a Teddy Ruxpin stuffed bear on an oak tree  in the front yard of his home on Friday in Clearwater's Woodgate neighborhood, which is one of many area neighborhoods which have exploded with bears in the windows and on front porches and lawns so the kids can count them while on walks, bicycle rides or car rides at a safe social distance. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. With both offices and schools closed because of coronavirus concerns, parents can learn some tips from homeschoolers on how to manage the day. [Times (2019)]
  3. Find a solitary path, such as the Tampa Riverwalk, to get a mental health break and some exercise. Just be careful of social distancing or you could find these public spaces shut down. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
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  5. This gunmetal druzy and leather bracelet was handcrafted by local maker Kristin Fizur under the name The Last Quartz is available online. [MAGGIE DUFFY  |  Courtesy of Kristin Fizur]
  6. Florida's theme parks have been shuttered by the coronavirus and Universal Orlando Resort has said the closure will extend until April 19. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  7. The socially distant spaced line before the doors open at the Publix on 200 37th Ave. N on Friday morning in St. Petersburg. When the doors opened everyone was allowed inside and then a small line formed for the paper products aisle. The aisle was cleaned out in a few minutes. There was a one item per person max. Grocery stores and delivery apps are facing an increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. Dog "Mo" sits on the front seat of a car with his owner in a supermarket parking lot. [Martin Meissner | AP]
  9. Terra Dunham, owner of Book + Bottle, works to fulfill orders at the newly opened shop, 17 6th Street N., on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. A portion of the iconic murals on the east side of the China Finders building at 2823 Central Ave. N, in St. Petersburg. The last few years has brought an explosion of mural art all over St. Petersburg and is touring by bike or car. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Local artist Jennifer Kosharek is making protective masks from recycled fabrics, available on her Etsy site. [Courtesy of Jennifer Kosharek]
  12. Westfield Corporation operates malls in Clearwater, Brandon (pictured) and Citrus Park, plus two in Sarasota. Westfield has been limiting its hours because of COVID-19. [Times (2012)]
  1. A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is seen in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Florida tourism officials say cases of the new coronavirus are having little visible impact on the theme park industry so far. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  2. Clyde Butcher's massive photograph taken in Loxahatchee is among the art available at Blackwell Auctions in Clearwater on March 13 and 14. [Courtesy of Blackwell Auctions]
  3. Aerial "Celestial" King dances with open wings at the ChasGlo pop-up art event held March 6 in downtown New Port Richey. King is a flow performer with The Hoopy Place. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  4. Mar. 9• Arts & Entertainment
    The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will return this weekend to kick off the IndyCar season. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Patti Clark (standing) and her busload of "Happy Thrifters." Clark takes about 60 shoppers around to some of Florida's best thrift shops. Her newest route just launched in St. Petersburg. [SARA DINATALE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Shapiro's Gallery in St. Petersburg will present 400 rings made by 15 jewelers at the Ring It On event, which kicks off on March 6. [Courtesy of Shapiro's Gallery]
  7. Francesca Caropepe, a Swamp Monster contest favorite for a number of years, is now the official mascot of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival, which will return this weekend. [Weekie Wachee Swamp Festival]
  8. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which runs March 4 to June 1, will feature dozens of character topiaries and floral displays. [Walt Disney World]
  9. Jewelry by Navajo artist Artie Yellowhorse, who will be at St. Petersburg's Red Cloud Gallery on Feb. 28 and 29. [Courtesy of Red Cloud Gallery]
  10. Paella and other seafood offerings will be offered at the SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival this weekend in Hudson. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  11. The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival will return to Tampa on Feb. 29, running weekends through April 26. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
  12. Feb. 24• Arts & Entertainment
    Strawberry shortcake is among the attractions at Plant City's Florida Strawberry Festival, which will kick off on Feb. 27. [Tampa Bay Times (2016)]