Thursday, November 23, 2017


Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata is a web producer and features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, focusing on entertainment, pop culture, social media and things to do. He also contributes to The Feed blog. A lifelong Floridian, he previously worked as a web producer and entertainment reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and covered sports for the Ocala Star-Star Banner. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011, and joined the Times in 2016.

LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Hundreds of patrons of all races and sexual orientations gather to dance and be social at the Castle nightclub on a rainy Friday night in Ybor City. The Castle was recently accused of allegedly allowing Nazis into their club. Management of the Castle has denied these claim and said Nazi's are not welcomed there. On the night these photos were taken there were no Nazi or white supremacy symbols or attire to be seen.  [Friday, September 1, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

25 years later, the Castle stands alone as Ybor's goth mecca

It has been said every night is Halloween at The Castle. So, it was a fitting story for their website that the nightclub began its journey to becoming a Tampa icon during Guavaween — Ybor City’s now-defunct Halloween...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
When should stores start Christmas music? Some have already started

When should stores start Christmas music? Some have already started

The debate over Christmas Creep continues.
Published: 11/08/17
A balloon sits near a storm sewer drain in Crescent Heights in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Staff]

Red balloons are appearing on sewers in St. Pete, and around the country

Residents of the Crescent Heights neighborhood in St. Petersburg woke up to a creepy surprise on Halloween, though exactly how creeped they were might depend on how they feel about clowns.In what appears to be a nod to the latest film...
Updated one month ago
Rose Wilson, a local attorney, is the owner of Margoza's Galleon on. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. The Galleon is full of an eclectic collection of antiques items and unusual handmade treasures Wilson has attained from yard sales, antique shops and estate sales. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

A rare peek inside that spooky all-black house in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — The mystery started when the white house turned black.Starting a year ago, the eight-room house on a prominent stretch of Nebraska Avenue sat among brighter bungalows, a lone raven. Black siding, black chimney bricks, black awnings and...
Updated one month ago
Frog Pond's original location, seen here in 2006, has been open in North Redington Beach for 35 years. A new Frog Pond restaurant opened in St. Petersburg this week.

Frog Pond restaurant opens new location in downtown St. Petersburg

There's a new option for breakfast and lunch in downtown St. Petersburg. Frog Pond, a brunchy fixture for more than 35 years at its original location in North Redington Beach, has opened a new location in Webb's Plaza at 890 Third...
Updated one month ago
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St. Pete and Tarpon Springs filmmakers pitching local movies to Hollywood's Duplass Brothers

If all goes well, filmmakers from St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs could see their Tampa Bay-set films get a funding and...
Updated one month ago
There are 14 new murals up in St. Petersburg for the Shine Mural Festival. [Eve Edelheit | Staff]

Find every new Shine festival mural in St. Petersburg with this map and photos

The leaves don’t really change in Florida, but go outside and it’s clearly that time of year when St. Petersburg’s walls get a little more colorful. The third annual Shine Mural Festival wrapped up this week as artists from around the world...
Updated one month ago
Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. We talked to him ahead of time. Check out what he had to say. [Patrick Eccelsine/FOX]

We asked Neil deGrasse Tyson to rate ‘space things’ like ‘Star Wars’ vs. ‘Star Trek’

Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a habit out of visiting Tampa.Last fall he was here talking film in An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies. On Thursday, he’ll be at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to perform An Astrophysicist Reads the...
Updated one month ago
Steven Hadala, 63, of St. Petersburg, left, and Cliff Soucy, 63, of Summerfield attend the weekend-long School4Santas at the Hampton Inn near Tampa International Airport.

Want to be Santa? Be ready for tough questions and heartbreaking requests

The job of a jolly elf can be tough, but a school helps prepare them.
Updated: 12 hours ago
The flier for Jeremy Trevino's art exhibition at The Bends. The opening was last weekend, but the drawings will remain on display through October.

The artist who may or may not have created St. Petersburg's butt graffiti has a legit art show and a new mural

Remember the local artist who would neither confirm nor deny creating the triple-cheek butt graffiti that was...
Updated one month ago