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Valentio: The Last Emperor will be shown at Tampa TheatreJune 11, 2009 - TAMPA, FL - "Valentino: The Last Emperor " will be shown at the Tampa Theatre June 12th through the 17th.

Valentino: The Last Emperor, directed by Matt Trynauer, is a feature-length movie that takes the viewer inside the singular world of one of Italy's most famous designers, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino's celebrated career, capturing the end of an era in global fashion.

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Nicholas, one of the friendly dolphins at the Aquarium - Photo © Clearwater Marine AquariumCLEARWATER, FL - The Fourth of July. The phrase conjures memories of hotdogs, apple pie, family picnics and fireworks – and thoughts of freedom, liberty and patriotic pride.  For each of us perhaps it means something a little different, but for all of us it means something.  Now the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is asking what it means to your child, with a contest for children ages 5 to 15. Six winners will be chosen for a meeting with the CMA dolphins, and the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the dolphin show at the Fourth of July extravaganza.

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Matisse explains his painting, “Celebration Parisienne” to two young art students. - Photo by Simaen Skolfield TAMPA, FL (May 28, 2009) -  “What is more fantastic than dancing? It’s all about love, it’s all about life,” Pierre Matisse says, as he explains one of his paintings enthusiastically in a debonair French accent during a recent art show at the Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa.

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Sean PaulTAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jamaican heartthrob, Sean Paul, is expected to draw a large crowd on Sunday, June 14th for the 17th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival.  He is a Grammy Award-winning reggae and dancehall phenomenon with chart toppers such as "Gimme the Light", "Get Busy" and "Give It Up To Me".  He's partnered with some of the industry's megastars including Beyonce, Daddy Yankee, Keyshia Cole and Busta Rhymes. 

Tickets are selling fast for what is expected to be a high-impact show.  Fans have already begun to get excited. "I can't wait to see Sean Paul. I absolutely love all of his music. I am gonna get there early so that I can get up close and personal," says Naycolle Wright of Sarasota.  Sean Paul will hit the stage at 8 pm, immediately following Soca Queen, Alison Hinds who performs at 6 pm.  Other Sunday performers include Leon Coldero and the 868 Band, Paulette Rollette and the Alesnik  Dancers, Neauva Saka Band and Tamboo Bamboo Steel Drum Band.  Fans are also welcome to attend the "mas" costume parade at 1pm. 

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Actor and singer Paul WilsonJune 20, 2009 - CLEARWATER, FL - Singer/Actor Paul Wilson has been added as a special guest performer at the upcoming Sunscreen Film Festival concert/fundraiser on June 20th at the Ft. Harrison Hotel. The event features the concert “Hit Songs From Stage and Screen” and will be accompanied by the screening of two entertaining and uplifting short films, as well as  great desserts and libations. Paul will join the fabulous “Broadway & Beyond” group, featuring Joanie Sigal and Tom Godfrey, the nimble fingers of Jim Nelson backed by  the mellow tones of the Fort Harrison Band.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:10

Humane Society of Pinellas Holds "Bark at the Ball Park"

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The Humane Society of Pinellas Holds Bark at the Ball ParkCLEARWATER, FL - The Humane Society of Pinellas, Inc. will be holding their next Bark at The Ball Park on Friday, June 12, 2009. This event is held at Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road in Clearwater, Florida. The gates will open at 6 pm for a 7 pm game between our own Clearwater Threshers and Hammerheads.  Plus it is one of the very popular Bobble Head Nights at Bright House Field!

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:57

NOVA 535 Presents Supernova Sundays

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NOVA 535 in St. PetersburgST. PETERSBURG, FL - NOVA 535 unique event space and modern art lounge will present Opening Night of Supernova Sundays starting Sunday, June 7th at 6pm.

The recurring Sunday night party will feature local talent, national celebrity acts and fantastic music. The format will evolve and change each week in order to remain fresh. It all begins June 7th with The Big Bang Show: Think Johnny Carson, Drew Carey and the Whose Line Is It Anyway? guys hijacking American Idol and squeezing it into The Gong Show...only you’re in the audience with dinner and a drink. The Big Bang Show  is hosted by Tampa's own Got Jokes? improv troupe and judged by local celebrity Sterling Powell, hilarious comedienne Christine O’Leary and Torrie & Amanda the adorable dynamic duo behind CBS Radio’s "Girls Gone Sport.” (NOVA 535 is still accepting local talent acts for consideration. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

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The Cast of Got Jokes?TAMPA, FL - If laughter is truly the best medicine, these guys should require a prescription. Got Jokes? is a rising star in the comedic sky, and one of the Tampa area's premiere improv comedy troupes. If you're looking for a side-splitting good time, they deliver!

A Got Jokes? show is high-energy, in-your-face improv comedy driven by crowd participation. The audience is involved with everything from scene suggestions to direct  interaction in the show, with fans getting on stage and exchanging quips and lines with the cast while they react and mold their show around whatever they are given. The cast of Got Jokes? is a mix of stand-up comics, spoken word artists, trained improv comedians and actors that have come together to create a unique comedic expression. They obviously have fun on stage, which adds to the show’s energy and vibe.

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The Florida Orchestra at the Mahaffey TheatreST. PETERSBURG, FL - Featuring Broadway vocalists Ron Raines, Lisa Vroman and Debbie Gravitte, Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman conducts The Florida Orchestra in a program of best-loved songs from such hit musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Music Man, Evita, Mame, Girl Crazy, Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Super Star, The King and I, Wicked and South Pacific, among others. 

This Raymond James Pops program will close the current orchestra season this weekend with three performances:  Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s Ferguson Hall in Tampa; Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m., at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

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Dunedin Craft FestivalDUNEDIN, FL – The Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival celebrates its 7th anniversary on June 27 -28, 2009, as Main Street is transformed into an outdoor craft showcase complete with affordable original works available for sale.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 All of the crafters will be at the festival with their work, giving visitors the opportunity to talk with the crafters, learn about their art and what inspires them, and of course, purchase original pieces.  
 

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                         Ray Paul's Painting

CLEARWATER, FL - This summer, both Clearwater City Hall and the Clearwater Main Library will be displaying public art.

Large format abstract paintings by artist Ray Paul will be featured in a Clearwater art exhibit in the Clearwater City Hall lobby as part of a city program to place the works of local artists in public spaces.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 13:22

Gulfport Concert Series this Summer

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  The City of Gulfport Presents a Summer Concert Series

Gulfport, FL - Get into the community spirit and enjoy a free evening of entertainment brought to you by the City of Gulfport and the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce!

The City of Gulfport and the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce announce a new series of summer waterfront concerts located on The Point behind the Gulfport Recreation Center at Shore Blvd. and 58th Street South.  This free concert series will be held the second Friday of each month; June 12th; July 10th and August 14th from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 

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A Taste of Pinellas at The Vinoy ParkST. PETERSBURG, FL - The 23rd annual "A Taste of Pinellas" food and entertainment event will take place this weekend, Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st in Downtown St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park.  

More than 40 restaurants will be offering a taste of their most popular specialties. Admission to the park is free, and diners are able to purchase ticks to taste Pinellas's finest cooking, as well as kids activated and interactive games.

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International Seashell ExpoClearwater, FL:  The Conchologists of America, Inc. annual convention will be held at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort from Sunday, July19th - Thursday, July 23rd.  The Conchologists of America, Inc. (COA), is an international organization of seashell enthusiasts - from beachcombers to serious collectors, seashell dealers, and noted authors and scientists at prominent museums and universities.

One of the highlights of this 5-day event will be an International Seashell Expo, a supermarket of the most beautiful and exotic shells from around the world, as well as related items such as shell jewelry, books, photographs and other unique articles.  Seashell dealers, some from as far away as South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Greece and the Far East, will fill the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton selling their treasures.  This rare event will be open to the public from 2 - 9PM on Wednesday, the 22nd and from 9AM - Noon on Thursday the 23rd.

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4th Friday Event on Cleveland Street in ClearwaterClearwater, FL.

This Friday, The Cleveland Street District Celebrates THE RAYS and it all begins with YOU!

That's right, YOU are invited for fun once again as 4th Friday (the most talked about new event in TAMPA BAY) is back for a third great month! "4th Friday, a Party on Cleveland Street" continues May 22nd beginning at 5:30 PM.

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Britian's Got Talent Winner, Tenor Paul PottsRuth Eckerd Hall announces that Britain’s Got Talent winner and world-renowned tenor, Paul Potts will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall for one night ONLY on Sunday, July 12 at 7pm. This will be Paul’s only Tampa Bay appearance.

TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 10 AM. Members are ordering their tickets now! Become a member today and order your tickets before they go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 am!