Art Lovers Draw “Lots” for Charity at the annual Martinis and Matisse event. Martinis and Matisse is a fundraiser with a name impossible to say if you’re not temperate with the former.
Clearwater, FL (January 2009) - On a swanky Saturday evening, the Clearwater Free Clinic held their annual fundraising soirée in the building of one of the largest privately held companies in the state—the FrankCrum building—which occupies an impressive 14-acre campus in downtown Clearwater.
“It’s the best event in Clearwater!” Dana Rizzuto of the Montage Gallery, proclaimed.
Local restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Greektown Grille and E&E Steakout Grille donated food. Guests munched on fashionably small portions of chorizo-stuffed pork tenderloin, chicken marsala and taramosalata, a Greek style caviar as they mingled and enjoyed the open martini bars. They also admired art with titles like “Three at a Martini Party” and “Sandpipers on Clearwater Beach” and listened to a jazz band playing a soft and sophisticated rendition of “Girl from Ipanema.”
Frank Crum Jr. generously donated his building to host the event and has been doing so for the past two years. “It’s in Clearwater and supports a Clearwater function,” he says. “It was the right thing to do.”
Emmy Awarding Winning Smucker's® Stars on Ice®
Is “On the Edge” And Coming To Tampa, FL Headlined by Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen & Special Guest 2006 World Champion Kimmie Meissner America’s Premier Figure Skating Production Is “On the Edge” At St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL on March 1st @ 3:00 PM A Portion of SMUCKER’S® STARS ON ICE® Proceeds To Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Tampa, FL (February 2, 2009) – America’s premier figure skating production, Smucker’s Stars on Ice, expands its boundaries as it returns for the 23rd season. The all-new production “On the Edge” promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats as the best skaters in the world show their amazing moves on the ice. Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen returns for her second season with Olympic, World, and National Champions to show fans what it takes to have the heart of a champion. Smucker’s Stars on Ice will visit St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL on Sunday, March 1, 2009 for a 3:00 PM performance.
Martinis and Matisse an Art LotteryClearwater, FL (January 21, 2009) - The Martinis and Matisse an Art Lottery is this Saturday January 24, 2009 at the FrankCrum Building in Clearwater, FL over 80 artists will be displaying their works.
This year at this unique event, guest will view dozens of donated works of art while enjoying martinis, smooth jazz music, and fantastic food and desserts provide by area restaurants, Bonefish Grill, Bella Vino, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Salt Rock Grill, Rumba Island Bar & Grill, Guppy’s on the Beach, Marlin Darlin’, E & E Stakeout Grill, Island Way Grill, Mecca Café’, and Greektown Grille.
At the end of the evening, each piece of art will go home with a winner of the lottery style auction.
Do You Believe in Magic?
Interview with an Illusionist… By Megan Brazil
Clearwater FL December 31, 2008 - When I heard that David Copperfield was coming to town I got incredibly excited. My excitement was twofold, David is not only a magnificent illusionist (who I never miss a chance to see his show) but I have known him for years through my late brother Chappy Brazil who was also a magician and a friend of David Copperfield’s. So, when TBI asked me to do the interview with him, I jumped at the opportunity to give TBI readers insight into the mystical world of a magician.
Megan: How has magic changed since you began as a magician, for you, and for the audience?
David Copperfield: “After so many years, it all comes down to loving what I do and keeping up with the times. Performing my show is something I constantly think about. When I am on the road and heading to my next venue, I think about my audience: ‘Is it a college town or a family town? Should I make the music LOUDER for College kids?’ New tricks are added, old ones are dropped... so it stays fresh. But it’s the randomly selected participants from the audience that make it fresh each and every show; which has also provided some of the best comic relief of the day!
Sarasota, Florida, December 29, 2008 – The St. Armands Circle Art Festival returns for its 6th anniversary on January 31 and February 1, 2009. Admission is free and open to the public.
Year after year, the St. Armands Circle Art Festival in Sarasota, FL makes the list of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top art shows in the country.
Despite the sluggish economy and a tough retail environment, Howard Alan Events, the festival’s promoter, says that it has not deterred crowds from attending its art fairs around the U.S. and is optimistic about the success of the St. Armands Circle Art Festival. Howard Alan, president, comments, “In today’s economy, people are not buying a new car or taking a big vacation, but they are still treating themselves to art. They may be more conservative in their buying habits, but they are still buying.” Alan elaborates, “Art is an investment that’s tangible. You can hang it on the wall and enjoy it as it appreciates in value, as opposed to a piece of paper that you file away in a drawer.”
TAMPA, FL. - December 19, 2008. We all know that this time of year brings much joy and excitement, but it can be a bit hectic too. For a relaxing end to the holiday season, "Discover the Past" at Cracker Country and take a tranquil stroll back in time on Saturday, January 3, 2009 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Florida in 1898 at our "Discover the Past" event. Relive rural Florida history through a variety of hands-on experiences including spinning and weaving, butter making, toys and games, and corn shuck doll making. You can also learn about the art of making cane syrup and help make a rope along with much more. Admission is $6, children ages six to 12 years old and senior citizens enter for $5, and kids five and under are admitted free.
Venice, Florida December 22, 2008 – The Downtown Venice Craft Festival celebrates its 2nd anniversary on January 24 – 25, 2009, as Main Avenue in downtown Venice is transformed into an outdoor craft art showcase complete with 150 crafters with affordable original works available for sale. Admission is free and open to the public.
In order to ensure a superior event with quality affordable original crafts, all of the local and national crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country.
Whether you are a craft enthusiast or looking for that unique one-of-a-kind gift item, there is something for everyone. From folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products, a full spectrum of craft art mediums will be on display and for sale with prices ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000.
Florida Strawberry Festival Tickets Make Perfect Holiday Gifts - Florida Strawberry Festival Tickets Click & Print Tickets Online – No Lines, No Waiting – Great Family Entertainment Value
Plant City, FL Dec. 19, 2008 – Who wants to deal with the crowds in the malls this late in the holiday season? The 2009 Florida Strawberry Festival makes it easy to give the perfect gift that's the perfect fit for any family: wholesome family entertainment that fits their budget.
Starting with advanced discount gate admission, ticket to the Feb. 26 – March 8, Florida Strawberry Festival are just $8 for adults, $4 for children six to 12, and admission is free for children five and under when accompanied by an adult. Plus, there are 22 top-name concerts in 11 days, with reserved seat tickets starting at just $10 each.
Consumers can go to http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/ to click and print their gate and concert tickets right now, and wrap them up for the holidays.
TAMPA, FL. - December 9, 2008. Tampa has played host to professional football's big game before. But this year, football's super event will be followed by a perennial fan favorite that's sure to be exciting when it kicks off. And it's always in Tampa, and always in February.
It's the 105th Florida State Fair. Opening day is Thursday, February 5 and the fun and games run through Monday, February 16, 2009. And this year, in keeping with the feeding frenzy that a super football game date brings to the Tampa Bay area, the theme of the 2009 Florida State Fair is Touchdown, Tampa Bay.
"Football, unlike any other sport, is arguably an American way of life, especially here in Florida, a state responsible for sending phenomenal talent to playing on Saturday and Sunday. We thought the theme would be a perfect backdrop for the Fair," said Fair marketing director Vince Caruso. "Plus, I don't know of any annual event with more fun for the whole family for about the cost of a hot dog and a drink at any pro football game," added Caruso.
CLEARWATER, FL December 12, 2008 - The City of Clearwater is offering $100 honorariums, cash prizes and gift certificates to Tampa Bay area artists who create baseball-themed banner artworks for display on downtown lamp posts The designs will be on display from February to April 2009 and will celebrate the return of Spring Training baseball and Clearwater's 60 year relationship with the Philadelphia Phillies.
GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA TO BEGIN A SUPER WEEK OF CELEBRATIONS WITH FAMILY FUN, FLOATS, FLYING BEADS, PLANES AND PYROTECHNICS
TAMPA, FL December 8, 2008 – The Gasparilla Extravaganza will once again commence Tampa’s historical Gasparilla season with an alcohol-free, family celebration scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2009 on Bayshore Boulevard, and will kick off a week-long series of celebrations leading up to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. The Gasparilla Extravaganza features the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade and the “Piratechnic” Extravaganza, Tampa Bay’s largest firework presentation; show center is located at Howard Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
December 5th 2008, the Clearwater Downtown Partnership hosted its inaugural “Miracle on Cleveland Street” in conjunction with The City of Clearwater’s annual “Holiday Light Up”. Adults and Children flocked the street to bask in the 2 tons of snow that blanketed the 500 block of Cleveland Street.
Dinosaur World celebrates 10 years
1/2 price admission for all Florida residents
For ten years now, anyone traveling on I-4 between Tampa and Orlando has marveled at the giant orange T-Rex at the Plant City exit. That T-Rex marks the home of Dinosaur World, an outdoor dinosaur museum with over 150 life size dinosaurs. It is now time to have a 10 year birthday party for the orange T-Rex.
Dinosaur World opened on Thanksgiving 10 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary, and to thank area residents for continued support, Dinosaur World is offering half price admission the first 2 weeks of December. Any Florida resident that shows their ID, from Monday, December 1st through Sunday, December 14th will receive 50% admission. This is $6.37 for adults and $4.87 for children.
Join us for special staged editions of "Entertainment and the Arts" and the New Radio Dramedy, "The Eight Little Nutcrackers," Written by John and Susan DiSanza and Brenda Martin.
Live from Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755 - Sunday December 14 and 21, 2008 at 7:00pm.
Sponsored by Stage Door 13, Entertainment And The Arts, WTAN Radio and Francis Wilson Playhouse.
Free Admission, but reservations are required. Please call 727 446-1360
Recognizing in times of economic trouble, people look to art & entertainment for relief, direct mail marketing company PostcardMania has decided to sponsor a local art show featuring artist Colin O’Neal.
Downtown Development Board’s Treasurer Geri Aranjo and Vice Mayor George Cretekos attended the celebration of the City of Clearwater’s new outdoor art gallery, Sculpture 360: Art in the Cleveland Street District, and recognized the three artists whose sculptures are on exhibit in the Cleveland Street Medians. “Shanti” (meaning “peace”) by Claudia Jane Klein of Lake Worth, FL is one of three sculptures on Cleveland Street—located across from Starbucks and Jamba Juice.
- Tampa Bay Informer
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