10/19/17 Visual Arts
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 finished 14 new, urban murals scattered around the city's core.
In addition to artists from Los Angeles, the Netherlands and Australia, this year's festival featured five painters from Tampa Bay. The work by locals includes the 22nd St. Legacy Mural by Thirst and Zulu Painter. That one is still in progress, but will cover two large embankments underneath Interstate 275 at 22nd Street South and pay tribute to the cultural impact of the Dueces Live corridor....
If you have an eye for detail, you may have noticed a splash of color here and there around downtown St. Petersburg recently.
There's a new public art initiative by the Shine Mural Festival titled Corner Canvas, and the project features art by local artists wrapped around traffic signal boxes.
The art is intended to be a permanent addition to the city's streets. There are currently eight boxes completed with several more to come....
Oh, the poor triangle. It's the orchestra equivalent of a rock band's tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes.
But the triangle can rock, apparently, as a member of the Florida Orchestra demonstrated in a recent Coffee Concert performance at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
In the long tradition of social media delighting in news reports of a non-native animal running loose in an urban setting, Twitter, for a few blissful hours this afternoon, turned its collective attention to #BrooklynCow, a bull that escaped a slaughterhouse and began roaming free near New York's Prospect Park....
There's a new afternoon drive host on classic hits radio station WRBQ-FM, better known as "Q105."
Rich Fields, who once served as the announcer for daytime game show The Price Is Right alongside Bob Barker and Drew Carey, is the new personality weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on the station.
Dave "Flash" Morgan, who previously had the 3 to 7 p.m. time slot will move to nights.
Since leaving the Price Is Right, Fields has been the staf meteorologist at KCBS / KCAL-TV and an on-air personality on K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles. ...
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 Newspaper, a multimedia lecture touching on current events.
"I use pop culture, or what's in the news in this instance — things that people are already familiar with — as a scaffolding to build on," Tyson says. "From there I can take you wherever I want to take you."...
WFTS ABC Action News sports anchor and director Tom Korun is retiring from broadcasting after more than 14 years at the station and 31 years on Tampa Bay TV screens.
Korun announced the news via Twitter, saying that he'll leave the job on Dec. 15.
I have something I'd like to share with you. I will be retiring on Dec. 15 after 42 1/2 yrs. in TV. 31 & change in TB. Thank you all!...
WUSF TV went off the air Sunday after more than 50 years, a victim of the University of South Florida selling off its broadcast license to the Federal Communications Commission so they could auction off those valuable airwaves to commercial wireless service providers.
While content that was produced by USF's WUSF stations is gone, many of the PBS shows that appeared on WUSF are moving over to Tampa Bay's other PBS member station, WEDU....
The artist who may or may not have created St. Petersburg's butt graffiti has a legit art show and a new mural10/13/17 Blog
Remember the local artist who would neither confirm nor deny creating the triple-cheek butt graffiti that was frequently spotted around downtown St. Petersburg a few months back?
You can now own an original work by Jeremy Trevino, whose comical pen and ink drawings often feature feet being used as hands, which means that butts often end up being heads. Hard to picture? You'll just have to see it....
...You know the couple. The one posting those sweaty gym pics with the #fitcouple and #mealprep and #coupleswholift tags, with expressions of absolute bliss.
They're swolemates, soul mates who like to get "swole" together, and they're making it look fun.
And why not?
A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that after participating in a physical challenge or activity, couples reported feeling more satisfied and in love with their partner. Various studies also have shown that working out with a partner can increase frequency of workouts and boost performance during those sessions....
10/13/17 Human Interest
TAMPA — Santa and Mrs. Claus drove their red Dodge Grand Caravan with the "Kringle" license plate from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to a Hampton Inn near Tampa International Airport last weekend. There they paid $299 to attend a two-day school for Santas.
In the hotel's meeting room, two dozen older, naturally bearded men, and one "Clark Kent," the industry term for fake beard wearers, sat in reindeer bowling shirts and red leather cowboy boots. They read textbooks titled Behind the Red Suit and scrawled pages of notes....
If you're putting any real effort into your Halloween costume, you've probably already started working on it. Google has the proof: enough people have searched costumes this year, that Google Trends can say these are the top Halloween costumes of 2017 — and strong women are in style.
This year's top 5 most-Googled costumes are:
1. WONDER WOMAN...
As we've reported before, local artists the Vitale Brothers are working on a Mini Lights "skater horror film" based on the urban legend involving St. Petersburg's Booker Creek, a witch and little green creatures that come out after dark. ...
Top 5 at Noon: Bondi says its time to shut down Tampa housing predators; Tensions boil over as Gov. Scott meets with representatives10/12/17News
Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.
AG PAM BONDI: TIME TO SHUT DOWN TAMPA DUO PREYING ON TROUBLED HOMEOWNERS
During the foreclosure crisis, a lot of investors made a lot of money off the misfortune of others. But few were as prolific as Jimmy Dean Chancey and his nephew, Michael Chancey. Through a myriad of companies, the duo has acquired scores of houses in the Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas for as little as $10 apiece. Here's why the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying to put the duo out of business, and put an end to their "scheme."...
10/11/17 Food & Dining
LARGO — It happened not long after Tampa Bay's first "geek bar" opened its doors. Someone, perhaps one of the guys who frequented the Irish pub that used to be there, asked the question the new owners knew was coming: "Can you put the game on?"
Owner Kevin Daniels politely declined. Then he printed a sign — call it the bar's spiritual mission statement — and taped it to the front door....