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The Showcase Arts Foundation Inc. (SAFI), dedicated to creating theater arts performances in the Tampa Bay Area, is proud to present another of their interactive comedy, murder mysteries. This will be a fun filled evening of entertainment accompanied by the wonderful food and beautiful atmosphere of the waterfront restaurant Bon Appetit at the Harbor in Dunedin.

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Graduates of the Sunscreen Film Festival Summer CampST. PETERSBURG: Forget the bug spray and the rain poncho – at the Sunscreen Film Festival’s first annual Summer Camp, 9 aspiring filmmakers between the ages of 14 – 18 braved the elements of film making with laptops and their imaginations.

Instead of a campground and hours of lanyard making, the students converged on Studio 620 in downtown St. Pete. Owned and operated by Bob Devon Jones, the studio provided the perfect venue for two action-packed weeks.

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International Youth Theatre Presents Annie Jr.A stage filled with youth, from ages 2 years of age to 17, will not only sing and dance their hearts out for their audience, but they will also entertain them with skits that educate their audience about human rights, in a one-of-a-kind Broadway production of “Annie Jr.”, on Saturday, August 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the Francis Wilson Playhouse Theater. In addition to an awe-inspiring evening, proceeds go to Youth for Human Rights Tampa Bay, a group dedicated in promoting the education of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights to children and adults, to make a better world.

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The Backroom Film Festival will be at NOVA 535 in St. Pete on September 9thSt. Petersburg, Fla.  – The Backroom Short Film Festival will present their next festival on September 9th at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg, Florida. This one-day festival will feature films from 2 – 7 minutes in length in three categories: inspiration/motivation, comedy and animation. Conversations with the filmmakers will be interspersed throughout the evening. It’s a visual and interactive evening of film, conversation, food and spirits.

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4th Friday in Downtown ClearwaterFourth 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.

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Demi Lovato Performs at the St. Pete Times Forum on FridayDemi Lovato, the 16-year-old singer/actress, opened for Jonas Brothers on their sold-out “Burnin’ Up” 2008 summer tour, impressing critics and fans along the way with her powerhouse voice and musical abilities on both piano and guitar. But with her Hollywood Records debut album “Don’t Forget,” Demi throws away the textbook. Instead, she rewrites the rules, making music her way. Demi Lovato and special guest, American Idol season seven finalist David Archuleta visit the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday, July 31st at 7pm.

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NOVA 535 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.

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Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena SpectacularTAMPA BAY- Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in a spectacular theatrical arena show, “Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular”, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. “Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular” is now on tour and will have eight performances at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, presented by the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (TBPAC). 

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of the Creature Production Company, said, “The BBC Series was a brilliant blend of special effects, escapism, excitement and information.  Our show brings together all of that, plus something extra - it’s live! In this production, 17 roaring, snarling “live” dinosaurs mesmerize the audience – and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth.”

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Black Crowes at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FloridaThe Black Crowes have sold more than 20 million albums including their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker which sold more than three million copies on the strength of the singles Hard to Handle, She Talks to Angels and Jealous Again.  The Crowes released their second album The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion in 1992.  The record debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums.  The effort spawned the singles Remedy and Thorn in My Pride, which broke the Billboard Top 100 singles chart.  In 1994, the band offered up Amorica, which reached Gold.  Last year, they released Warpaint, which debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200.  Their new album, Before the Frost…Until the Freeze, is scheduled to be released on September 1st of this year.  


 

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Ford AmphitheatreThe Florida State Fair may only occur once a year, but the fairgrounds are open year round! Here are some of the fun concerts that the Florida State Fairgrounds and the Ford Amphitheatre will host this summer.

Aug. 8: Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney will perform in concert with special guests Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum on Saturday, August 8 at the Ford Amphitheatre. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $80 for reserved seating and $39.50 for each lawn area ticket.

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Disney on Ice Princess Classic at the St. Pete Times ForumThe magical world of the princesses Disney has been creating through cartoon films for the past 70 years will come to life with Disney On Ice. Come experience some “Disney magic” and spend a fantastical evening with Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White as they skate into the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa with “Disney On Ice Presents Princess Classics”. There will also be a special guest appearance by Tinkerbell.

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The Humane Society of PinellasBark 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.

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Ruth Eckerd HallRuth 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.

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The artist Lord Colin O'Neal Next to his Rendition of Marilyn MonroeWhile 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.

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Pourin' on the Sunscreen at the Fort Harrison Hotel 2009 Featured

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Joanie Sigal and Tom Godfrey performing at the Sunscreen Film Festival Fundraiser ConcertThe lights lowered on the audience, all eyes riveted on the bright stage when, suddenly, from the back of the Fort Harrison Auditorium, a familiar voice swelled, putting nearly 200 heads on a swivel. Eyes stayed glued as Paul Wilson, singer extraordinaire, weaved his way through the crowd to mount the stage singing, “Luck Be a Lady,” followed by “New York, New York.” It was in this spectacular fashion that the Sunscreen Film Festival Concert began on the evening of June 20th, 2009 at the recently refurbished hotel at 210 S. Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater.

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4th of July Fireworks Over Tampa BayThis Fourth of July, the celebrations will be abundant for Pinellas County. With so many festivities planned, there is sure to be fun for everyone!

In Tarpon Springs, a Patriotic Picnic will be held in Craig Park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be music and fun-filled activities such as a bubblegum blowing contest and sack races as well as free hot dogs, soda and water.

On the lawn of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Safety Harbor, revelers will be treated with carnival games, inflatables and a rock climbing wall, with a fireworks display at 9:00 pm.