By CHRISTOPHER SPATA
Times Staff Writer
A troupe of performers will walk on stage Sunday.
Fans who shelled out more — sometimes far more — than $50 to be in the audience at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will be psyched. Some will have traveled across the state for this.
The performers will take a seat, pick up controllers and play video games for nearly three hours. ...
St. Petersburg Movies in the Park begins tonight; here's the full schedule including 'Top Gun' and 'Princess Bride'04/27/17 Blog
St. Petersburg Preservation's annual Movies in the Park begins its 2017 season of free movies tonight with the 2012 feature about World War II's Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard.
Red Tails will be screened at a special, new location for the Movies in the Park, the garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S at 7 p.m. Alcohol and animals will not be allowed....
A video of a highly unorthodox, and probably dangerous method of towing a boat has gone viral from Pasco County.
Kenneth Keegan spotted the boat and posted this video to his Facebook page. In it you can hear him asking "What the hell?" and joking, "When you have to go fishing in Hudson, and you don't have a trailer."...
It's all about wieners and winners May 6 and 7 at RiverFest in downtown Tampa.
The big addition to the third annual celebration of the Tampa Riverwalk is Saturday's Hot Dog Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which includes the crowning of "Tampa Bay's Best Hot Dog" through public voting, an eating competition and a "wiener dog derby."
Admission to RiverFest events is free, but for the price of a $13 wristband you can sample hot dog entries from local restaurants and cast a vote for the area's best from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 6....
04/26/17 The Feed
Created and recorded in St. Petersburg on a shoestring budget, BTS is a wacky web series about an indie film company where staff meetings generate ideas ranging from bad to terrible.
"It's Waterworld meets the Muppets," says a character in the first episode, offering up his ridiculous pitch for a new project. "Five samurai, and they're all looking for Kanye West," says another. One character sings a song about her promiscuous cat....
Tampa Theatre's offbeat Rewind film series has '90s action, '70s sci fi and an Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy on the slate for the next couple months.
On May 2, director Michael Mann's two-hour and 50-minute crime masterpiece Heat, starring Al Pacino, Robert Deniro and Val Kilmer, will screen at 8:30 p.m.
The screening is part of promotions for the May 9 release of a Heat "Directors Definitive Edition" on Blu-ray and DVD, and will include a live-streamed question and answer session with Mann himself before the show....
Video: Food Network star Alton Brown tries Tampa's cuban sandwiches, says they weren't 'what I expected'04/23/17General
As connoisseurs of classic, Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches will tell you, lettuce and tomato on a Cuban is controversial at the least, and downright blasphemous in some circles.
So Alton Brown, James Beard award-winning cookbook author and star of Food Network's Good Eats and Iron Chef America, was a little taken aback to find both on a Tampa-bought Cuban on Friday.
Brown was in town for his live show at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and posted a video to his Facebook page of a four-sandwich taste test of the city's most recommended Cubans....
04/23/17 Human Interest
Tampa has a flag.
It's flying over Old City Hall and Water Works Park and Tampa Police headquarters, and it was there hanging limp behind Mayor Bob Buckhorn as cameras rolled during his recent State of the City Address.
And yet, despite having been around for 77 years, that news — that Tampa even has a flag — often surprises locals.
Show it to a fourth-generation Tampa native and they might say, "Oh, that's what it looks like?" Show it to a professional graphic designer, and you may get a sneer. ...
04/21/17 Local Government
Some of these Florida city flags were ranked in a North American Vexillogical Association survey of its members. Out of 150 flags that were part of that survey, St. Petersburg was the top flag in the state at No. 23, followed by Jacksonville (No. 38); Tallahassee (No. 65); Miami (No. 70); Tampa (No. 79) and Hialeah (No. 145). We've also included a sampling of other city flags from Tampa Bay and around the nation....
04/21/17 Local Government
For as long as people have been talking online about their dislike of the old Tampa city flag, people have been posting their homemade designs for a new one. There's nothing official about these submissions, but here's a look at some of the designs that have popped up on social media.
04/20/17 Human Interest
Two years after he was adopted by his longtime caseworker, Davion Only Going is enjoying life with his forever family.
The boy, who touched hearts around the globe after he went to a St. Petersburg church and pleaded for someone to adopt him, is now 19 and saving up for a car, according to a new story from the Daily Mail....
A surprise Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has culminated in a street in Miami's Liberty City being renamed Moonlight Way after the Miami-set film Moonlight, the Miami Herald reports.
The film's creators Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up in the Liberty City neighborhood. ...
If you've heard the viral podcast Missing Richard Simmons, you know it's a rare occasion that anyone knows where reclusive fitness icon Richard Simmons is these days, but on Monday he was in the hospital, according to a report.
Simmons' rep told ABC News that Simmons was taken to an unspecified California hospital after "battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating." The rep added, "He's already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."...
04/18/17 The Feed
St. Petersburg-based CBS affiliate 10News WTSP debuted a new look Tuesday morning, complete with new on-air personalities, a redesigned set and even a new 10News logo.
The new 10News Brightside is part of what the station's managers are calling a top-to-bottom revamp of its newscasts. The station is shifting its focus toward buzzy, viral stories that viewers are discussing on social media platforms, and away from the more traditional approach to delivering the news....
04/18/17 Food & Dining
With April 15 falling on a Saturday, and Monday being a holiday in Washington, D.C., Americans had a few extra days to pay their taxes in 2017. But now, the time has come. Today is tax day, and it's probably a bummer if you ended up owing money to the IRS.
As usual, there are quite a few businesses looking to cheer you up with tax day deals and freebies. Here are some of the deals to take advantage of in the Tampa Bay area....