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Friday, 17 April 2009 17:58

The Back Room Short Film Festival 2009

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The Back Short Film Festival St. Petersburg, FL (April 10, 2009) - The Back Room Short Film Festival of Sarasota is seeking film submissions for a short film festival at the NOVA 535 on September, 9th from 6–9 pm.  This one-day festival will feature films from 2-7 minutes in length in three categories: inspiration/motivation, comedy and animation.

“This is a film festival designed as a family-friendly occasion with the movies rated PG or less,” said Paul Gruber, founder of www.PeopleAreReady.com and www.TheBackRoom.tv.   “We are encouraging people of all ages to participate and are reaching out to schools and other groups to encourage children, teens and young adults to submit a film.”
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Amos Lee with Special Guest MUTLU Performing at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater
Clearwater, FL (April 8, 2009) - "Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road" presents a third pre-renovation concert at the historic Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater when guitarist & singer/songwriter Amos Lee performs on Saturday, May 9th at 8 pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 10th at 10 am.  Special guest MUTLU will open the show.

Amos Lee, who hails from Philadelphia, is known for a musical style that encompasses folk, soul and jazz. He has toured with musicians such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Paul Simon and Merle Haggard. His three album releases, Amos Lee (#2 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart), Supply and Demand (#76 on Billboard's Hot 100 Album Chart) and Last Days at the Lodge (#29 on Billboard's Hot 100 Album Chart) have all been met with commercial and critical success.  Billboard Magazine said of Lee: "Proves that real emotion and true artistry are not always wasted on the youth."
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 00:00

Dancing with the Palm Harbor Official Stars

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 Dancing With the Stars Palm Harbor  
County Commissioner Susan Latvala and her professional Arthur Murray partner, David Schmidt. 
 

Can a county commissioner rumba?  Can a fire chief tango?  See Pinellas County officials strut their stuff on the dance floor as part of Palm Harbor’s first Citrus Festival.

Palm Harbor, FL (April 14, 2009) -  As Dancing with the Stars returned to ABC last month, the celebrities of Palm Harbor hit the dance floor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the Fountains Plaza to start preparing for their very own Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars! County Commissioner Susan Latvala, Fire Chief Jim Angle and Head of the Pinellas County School board Peggy O’Shea will be competing in the Rumba, Tango, and Foxtrot at Palm Harbor’s first annual Citrus Festival, an exciting new event celebrating the heritage of Palm Harbor through music, activities, and, of course, citrus.

Each local celebrity learns the art of ballroom dancing on Arthur Murray’s 2,000+ square foot floating dance floor with their Arthur Murray professional partner. “I’m glad she has plenty of patience,” said Fire Chief Angle of his professional partner, Lania Berger, “Because learning the steps to the rhythm of the music is challenging for a guy who has no rhythm.”

O'Shea and Latvala are also excited to have the opportunity to work with their professional Arthur Murray partner, David Schmidt. “It is fun, and you get a great feeling of accomplishment,” said Latvala.

“This is going to be quite a competition,” said Lania Berger, owner of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, located on HWY 19 in Palm Harbor.  “All three of our stars are doing a fantastic job with their choreography, as well as becoming lovely social dancers. I’m glad it’s the audience voting, because I think all three are deserving of a mirror ball trophy!”
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Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy Come Experience a Magical Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy, May 14 – 17, 2009 at the St. Pete Times Form in Tampa!

See your favorite Disney Stories with high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Master and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s CARS race across the ice.

Drive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and experience the ‘Circle of Life’ with The Lion King. Then enter into the magical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and all her fairy friends as they make their world premiere on ice!

Your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life as Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

For show times and tickets Click for Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy Tickets
Thursday, 09 April 2009 00:00

1st Annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival

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The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and Old Palm Harbor Main Street, Inc. have joined forces to present the 1st Annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival. The festival’s mission is to “celebrate our heritage” and is sure to uphold the founders’ style vision with the many activities planned based on the heritage of Palm Harbor.

Palm Harbor was founded in the mid 1800’s and was best known for its citrus groves, closely followed by vast cattle ranches.  Some of the pastimes were fishing, horseshoe tossing and anything musical.  The music of the time was folk, bluegrass and gospel.

The Festival opens on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 at 5pm with a carnival only on Thursday and Friday, and beginning Saturday, April 25th through Sunday, April 26th, the event will be in full swing with four blocks of activities, music, historical readings and vignettes, a “citrus” bake-off, “Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars” and the crowning of the first Miss Palm Harbor Citrus Festival Queen. 
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00

Poetry Walk on Cleveland Street

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Poetry Walk Downtown Clearwater. 2nd Annual Cleveland Street Poetry Walk

Clearwater, FL (April 8, 2009) - In honor of National Poetry Month, the 2nd Annual Cleveland Street Poetry Walk will be held Saturday, April 18th in downtown Clearwater.

To start off the event, from 12 noon to 1pm in Station Square Park at 610 Cleveland Street, Elyse Aronson, a.k.a. Mz Goose, will host an hour of children’s poetry, fun and prizes. Children can bring poetry or they'll have a chance to write it on the spot!

Then at 2pm, the adult Poetry Walk will begin at Station Square Park presided over by Then at 2pm, the adult Poetry Walk will begin at Station Square Park presided over by Larry Jaffe, Poet Laureate for Youth for Human Rights. It will continue at various venues including the Jim Warren Gallery, Peter Gillham's Nutrition Center and Tony's Pizzeria, as well as the Warehaus Boutique and Intuition Salon and Spa, located at 418 Laura Street. A program and map will be provided for attendees at the park. 
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00

Sunscreen Film Festival Film Summer Camp

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St. Petersburg, FL (April 1, 2009) - The Sunscreen Film Festival will present a two-week summer camp program that will teach kids how to conceive, write, shoot and edit movies. The camp will end with a mini-festival to showcase the creative output of the campers.

The camp will meet at Studio 620, located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg. It will run Monday through Friday, from July 6th  to July 17th from 9am-5pm. The cost for the instruction and special equipment is $500.00.

“A kid with a camera and a passion can bring a special energy to film,” said Tony Armer, Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival. “We want to provide youngsters with the knowledge to create good work with a beginning, a middle and an end that the audience can't wait to see.”
Thursday, 02 April 2009 00:00

Festival of Arts at Clearwater Academy School

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Big Bad MusicalClearwater, FL (April 2, 2009) - Clearwater Academy International, the only private school located in the downtown Clearwater area, held their Annual Festival of Arts the first weekend in April.  With the Grand Opening on Thursday, April 2nd, attendees were treated to a fine display of student artwork and photography. The large exhibition displayed pieces using many different mediums from students of all ages.

The Performing Arts department presented a show called, “The Big Bad Musical”.  Imagine putting the Big Bad Wolf on trial for terrorizing and eating Little Miss Riding Hood and Grandma Hood, blowing down the houses of two of the three little pigs and eating the shepherd’s sheep, and to top it off, with the Fairy godmother as the prosecuting attorney and the Evil Stepmother defending him!  With three performances only, the cast performed to a full house and rave reviews each night.  Lead roles were performed by Noam Manor playing the Evil Stepmother, Diana Jepsen as the Fairy Godmother, Markus Ikonen as the Big Bad Wolf, Connor Hillman as Judge Mann and Ellie Barnes as Sydney Grimm.  The whole show was extremely entertaining and very professional and was a heck of a good way to spend an evening.
 

Clearwater Academy is very active in expanding the school’s Arts Program to cover all aspects of the arts.  For more information please visit the school website at http://www.clearwateracademy.org/ .

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Legally Blonde Preformance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Photo by Wayne Cathel.
Legally Blonde Preformance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Photo by Wayne Cathel.

Clearwater, FL (April 8, 2009) - Legally Blonde, the musical, manages to capture the feel of Legally Blonde, the movie. It is a silly, carefree piece of theatre that manages to leave you fulfilled, satisfied and quite entertained at the end of it, while including a positive message that is delivered through silly means.

The musical includes all of the familiar and important moments of the movie, such as Elle's videotape to get into Harvard, the scene where she's tricked into dressing like a Playboy bunny and arrives at a classy party and the hunky UPS guy. However, it still manages to stand on its own as its own piece. It's enjoyable if you've seen the movie and still enjoyable if you haven't.

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Sunscreen Film Festival Announcement Party. Photo by Wayne Cathel. St. Petersburg, April 1, 2009 - The Sunscreen Film Festival held the announcement party of their fourth annual festival on April 1st at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg.

Each year the event gets bigger and better. Last year, John Travolta attended the festival. This year, Patrick Wilson plans on attending (his film, Passengers, is the opening night film this year). Mayor Baker showed his support by putting in an appearance at the party while also talking about how excited he was for the Grand Prix in St. Pete that weekend.

The festival began five years ago when friends Derek Miner and Tony Armer got together while working on an indie film in their kitchen and decided to put on a film festival to meet more people in the industry. The first Sunscreen was held at Studio 620 and had many local filmmakers and a total of 600 people in attendance. This year’s festival will be held at Muvico Baywalk, and the festival’s 68 independent films come from all over the country and the world.
 
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Fun N SunClearwater, FL (April 1, 2009) - Clearwater will be celebrating its 56th Annual Fun n Sun Festival, April 24 through May 3. Many events will be offered to residents and visitors. There will be concerts featuring a variety of musical genres including oldies, jazz, and country among other activities. Featured events include:

 

 

Saturday, April 25

National Scrapbook Day
$35 Registration Fee
10am to 8pm, (727) 539-6767
Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:08

The 17th Annual Mutt Strut

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The 17th annual Mutt Strut, sponsored by Gulf Coast Dog Magazine, was held on Honeymoon Island on Saturday, March 14th.

Jump, “Lassie,” jump! - Photo by Ian Phoenix
Jump, “Lassie,” jump! - Photo by Ian Phoenix

Dog enthusiasts were able to spend time in the company of like-minded folk for the whole day. “There’s actually a French bulldog meet-up group, and this was one of their suggested things to come to,” says Beth Chenoweth, owner of Newton, a 4½ year-old adorable French bulldog. “I thought it would be fun to get him out and socialize with other dogs.” Beth and Newton found the event to be both fun and informative, thanks to the wide variety of information available. “We’re working on figuring out what food’s best for him, so it’s helped out, finding different food and different vets.”

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Spectators enjoy March Madness entertainment and refreshments at the inaugural 4th Friday Event in Downtown Clearwater - Photo by Simaen Skolfield
Spectators enjoy March Madness entertainment and refreshments at the inaugural 4th Friday Event in Downtown Clearwater - Photo by Simaen Skolfield

March Madness in Downtown Clearwater

The first 4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater was held, fittingly, on the fourth Friday of March. "March Madness" closed down Cleveland Street from East Avenue all the way down to Osceola. 

The Clearwater Community Volunteers had their signature train giving rides up and down the street. It was the perfect evening for friends and families to come together and wander the streets while browsing the vendor tables, or to share an after-work-week drink while enjoying the free live music. Local downtown restaurants were open and many stores had booths. Intuition Salon sold jewelry and handbags, Pangea Cafe' offered muffins and their signature Illy coffee, and Bella Pucci Grooming Salon took the opportunity to advertise their new change of location.

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Japanese Culture and Lantern Festival to Celebrate Sister Cities’ 50th Anniversary

CLEARWATER, FL (April 2009)  –  The City of Clearwater will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Sister Cities relationship with Nagano, Japan with their Japanese Culture and Lantern Festival on April 25th from 4-8:30pm in Station Square Park, downtown Clearwater. It will feature all things Japanese including cultural displays, demonstrations, musical performances and the festival’s highlight: a lantern lighting at dusk.
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(left to right) Vice-Mayor George Cretekos, AIAI President Jack Potter and Executive Director Pat Luefan - Photo by Simaen Skolfield
(left to right) Vice-Mayor George Cretekos, AIAI President Jack Potter and Executive Director Pat Luefan - Photo by Simaen Skolfield

Clearwater, FL - On March 21st, Artists in Action International (AIAI) celebrated their anniversary in addition to having a Grand Opening of their new Mission: Beautification Gallery space located conveniently downtown at 400 Cleveland Street.

The Mission: Beautification Gallery provides an opportunity for local artists to be seen. A few people I talked to had this as their first showing of artwork. Like Andrejas Lazdins, who found out about AIAI through Craigslist. He attended The International Academy of Design and Technology and does photographic and graffiti art, but this is his first time displaying his artwork.

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William Joseph Clearwater, FL (March 30, 2009) - Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road presents a second concert at the historic Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater when pianist William Joseph performs on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.rutheckerdhall.com

William is known for his vigorous performance style, emotional power and polished precision and he performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in January with Linda Eder.  He has also toured with Josh Groban and Clay Aiken, and has supported artists including Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Kenny G and Il Divo.   He is currently on tour is support of his current Warner Bros. record release Beyond.  He is currently appearing on the PBS special Great Performances with David Foster:  Hitman.