On September 26th, the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area will be celebrating National Museum Day by offering free admission on the Saturday.
More than 1200 venues across the country will be taking part in Smithsonian magazine’s 5th annual celebration, including several spanning from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg.
Here are some of the participating museums in Pinellas County:
The return of 4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater is getting more exciting. In addition to performances by Level 10 and Jose Valentino, Tampa Bay’s popular jazz radio station Smooth Jazz 98.7 in conjunction with Ruth Eckerd Hall will be on location providing entertainment prizes with drawings held throughout the night.
It has been announced that the unveiling of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Commemorative Painting by nationally acclaimed artist Christopher M. Still will be Sunday, November 8, from 10 am to 2 pm. This open house event is free to the public.
The painting celebrates how the community came together to create what is considered to be one of the finest performing arts centers in the country. The painting depicts many longtime Ruth Eckerd Hall supporters as audience members, as students from The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute bring the Hall’s logo to life on stage, while founders Jack and Ruth Eckerd look on from behind the curtain.
“What an experience, to portray the warmth of this community and the history behind this very special center for the arts,” commented Christopher Still.
“We look forward to the entire community joining us as we celebrate this masterpiece,” said Robert A. Freedman, President and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall, “this signature artwork is akin to the Chagall paintings that adorn the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.”
The event is sponsored by Progress Energy.
Unique event space and modern art lounge NOVA 535 will host a free party for the debut of the action-packed “Bridezilla” episode that was filmed in part on its premises. Florida resident and “Bridezilla” star, Kirsten Stiff, daughter of Cindy and Robert Stiff (formerly of The Evening Independent), will host the party with the help of award-winning filmmaker Seth Walker.
The 30th Anniversary of Clearwater’s Jazz Holiday begins this September 25th in real jazz style with the Clearwater Downtown Partnership kicking it off at their popular 4th Friday Clearwater Party on Cleveland Street event. Performances none other than local jazz celebrities, Level 10 and Jose Valentino, will infuse the crowd with their jazz inspirations. Two city blocks will be closed down in the Cleveland Street District to cater to the expected 1500-plus party-goers in attendance. The party is FREE and the details are as follows:
I had been anticipating Clearwater Fashion Week from the event’s first press release. As soon as I read the words “designer clothes at sample sale prices,” I knew it was going to be a good event, but what it evolved into was beyond my expectations. When I stepped inside Station Square’s first floor retail space, it was like walking into an industrial-chic, converted warehouse boutique in SoHo, New York.
Opening night on Wednesday, Sept 2nd, brought out the “who’s who” in Clearwater, and then some. City Councilman George Cretekos was there, shopping with his wife, and Mayor Hibbard was on the scene early as well. Paul Wilson of Wilson Media & Advertising and the Sunscreen Film Festival hosted the night’s fashion show, and TV star Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, Moonlight) stopped by to lend his support to friend and fashion show producer Sarah Clouden. Clouden, who has eight years experience producing fashion shows and even her own line of lingerie in Europe, directed the runway shows for the week.
Last night was the first night of Clearwater Fashion week and it was fabulous! I have been excited about this event since I first got the press release, but the opening night was beyond my expectations. What’s not to love about it? Designer clothes for sample sale prices, good food catered by the Belleair Country Club, and a runway fashion show featuring Gioffre, Roberto Cavalli, Whitley Kros and Craig Taylor!
The event was full of “who’s who” in Clearwater, and then some! Actor Jason Dohring stopped by, as well as Paul Wilson and designer Craig Taylor, who was instrumental in making this fantastic event possible. I even had to brush past the mayor to get my hands on my 45% off Rebecca Minkoff handbag! A percentage of the sales benefitted Ruth Eckerd Hall, so really it was a donation…
Ruth Eckerd Hall announces their annual Public Sale Day on Saturday, August 29. Doors will open at 8:30 am.
For one day only, patrons can purchase tickets to Ruth Eckerd Hall’s variety of nearly 120 performances for $29.00. The 27th season includes a stellar line-up such as the Tampa Bay area premiere of Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple, the “Original Jersey Boy” Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, the legendary Bill Cosby, Grammy®-award winner Tony Bennett and much more.
This autumn, the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater will be alive with events and concerts. Many events are free, and all of them are fun. Check out the schedule below to see what is happening.
The Clearwater Designer Co-Op, in partnership with the City of Clearwater, will present the first bi-annual “Clearwater Fashion Week” from September 2nd to 7th in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District.
The Clearwater Designer Co-Op was founded by Clearwater residents including well known designer, Craig Taylor, who spearheaded Clearwater Fashion week. The group, whose members include professionals and volunteers alike, has the purpose of helping the City promote the Cleveland Street District by spotlighting it with a week-long series of fashion events and a highend designer sample sale.
Clearwater, FL, August 10, 2009 - The 30th Anniversary of Clearwater’s Jazz Holiday begins this September and to kick it off in real style the Clearwater Downtown Partnership is having their popular 4th Friday Clearwater Party on Cleveland Street on September 25th. Two city blocks will be closed down on Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater. The Level 10 band will be performing to all the street party-goers. To get the party kicking off, Jose Valentino will be the opening entertainment. There will be beer & wine for sale while food and wares will be sold by multiple street vendors.
Fourth Friday, the party on the street in Downtown Clearwater, is on summer break! After a short hiatus, due to the frequency of afternoon rainstorms during the summer months in Florida, Fourth Friday will return on September 25th with a Clearwater Jazz Holiday kick off.
On Sunday, August 9th 2009 at their first annual Bridal Gala, NOVA 535 will be holding filmed interviews for brides who are interested in winning a free
“Dream Wedding” valued at over $50,000. The decision will be made by August 31, 2009.
Applicants will be screened by film producer Tony Armer and must agree to be filmed for an upcoming documentary on the bridal process. The winner’s "Dream Wedding" ceremony must be held at NOVA 535 on Sunday January 31st, 2010.
Bark at the Ballpark is back! Following the success of the Humane Society of Pinellas’s annual Bark at the Ballpark events, the society is announcing their first ever Bark at the Ball Park III.
The event will take place on Friday, August 21st at Bright House Field (601 Coachman Road, Clearwater) starting at 6:00pm when the gates open. At 7:00pm, there will be a game between the Clearwater Threshers and the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Ruth Eckerd Hall Schedule for Jul/Aug 2009
Friday, July 17th at 8:00pm
Circus Theater: Carnivale – A high energy presentation of various kinds of circus skills and fun characters creating an action-packed Cirque-style show.
While the days are still long and the dog days of August are still ahead of us, there’s time to see the extraordinary display of Pop Art at the local hot spot, Pangea Café, in downtown Clearwater. On the other hand, when you see school buses back on the roads in September you’ll know you’re too late if you haven’t made the pilgrimage to see the exhibition of artist, Lord Colin O’Neal.