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Tampa Theatre launches new speaker series of writers, intellectuals and more

Author and journalist Carl Hiaasen will be speaking May 14 as part of Tampa Theatre’s new announced Limelight series. MONICA HERNDON | TIMES (2014)
Published Dec. 3, 2018

Tampa Theatre has announced a new Limelight speakers series coming in the spring that features a wide range of cultural and intellectual talks, from coach Lou Holtz to best-selling physicist Michio Kaku to writer Carl Hiaasen.

The series is underwritten by the Vinik Family Foundation, the theater said in its news release Monday, and series subscriptions ($275-$657) will go on sale Friday. The five speakers in the Limelight series are:

Lou Holtz (March 12): Legendary football coach and ESPN analyst (2004-2015).

Michio Kaku (April 4): The best-selling author is a theoretical physicist, professor, and futurist .

Jenna Bush Hager (April 23): The Today show correspondent and daughter of President George W. Bush is also a best-selling author, chairwoman of UNICEF's Next Generation and editor-at-large of Southern Living magazine.

Carl Hiaasen (May 14): The best-selling novelist is a Newbery Honor winner and Miami Herald columnist.

Platon (June 6): Renowned, award-winning photographer, and founder of the People's Portfolio.

The series subscriptions will be available as a five-event ticket bundle at noon Friday for $275-$325 at the box office at 711 N Franklin St. and online at TampaTheatre.org (online packages cost about $20 extra in fees). A select number of Platinum packages are also available for $625 at the box office and $657 online. Those include premium show seating and a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar from 5-6:30 p.m. each event night.

The theater is only selling five-ticket subscriptions for the series at this time, a spokeswoman said. No word on whether individual tickets might come up for sale later.

The new series is "unlike anything Tampa Theatre has ever produced," the news release said. "It is bringing speakers from a wide range of cultural pursuits and a broad palette of experiences to Tampa Bay to share their stories with our community."

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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