“Classical pop” pianist William Joseph kicked off his first U.S. headlining tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, January 9th with a passionate and dynamic performance. Underneath sultry lights of green and purple, Mr. Joseph delivered a youthful and fresh twist on classical music, creating a hip and energetic style with his compositions.
He began delicate and careful, leaning into his piano, caressing each note softly as he played “Heroes”. He then picked up in intensity, creating a dynamic and engaging performance. After his first piece, one audience member let out a very genuine and very appropriate “Wow!”
Tampa, FL (February 2009) - A US Special Operations Command Parachute Team landed on Bayshore near Howard during the Gasparilla Extravaganza on Saturday the 24th. The main festivities for Gasparilla Pirate Festival will be held on February 7th in Tampa starting at 11:30am, and celebrate Tampa’s historic pirate invasion by Jose Gasparilla and his men.
Artists’ Expansion in Downtown!
Clearwater, FL (February 2009) - Artists in Action International (AIAI) will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary and the Grand Opening of its new downtown gallery on Saturday, Mar 21st. The event will be from 7:00-10:00pm and will feature City of Clearwater’s Vice-Mayor George Cretekos as well as celebrity guests, music, finger food and refreshments. COME JOIN IN THE FUN!
The new gallery space is 9,000 square feet and located at 400 Cleveland St. “Our move marks incredible expansion for our gallery and for our mission to beautify downtown Clearwater,” says Jack Potter, AIAI’s president. “We have even bigger plans for next year’s growth, events and art expression in downtown Clearwater.”
AIAI is a 501C-3 non-profit organization that believes in using art in all forms to positively impact the world.
To learn more about Artists in Action International, visit their website at http://www.artistsinactionint.org/ .
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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.
CLEARWATER, FL January 28, 2009 - The 3rd Annual Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival will be held Friday, Feb. 20, Saturday, Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.
A kick-off party featuring live blues music by Julie Black will be held in downtown Clearwater in the Cleveland Street District Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Come for three seafood- and blues-filled days featuring artists Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, John Nemeth, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Walker Smith Group, Lil' Malcolm & The House Rockers, Nervous Turkey, Tommy McCracken, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Nelms/Chavers Band, Kenny Neal, and Marica Ball.
Experience the finest Gulf Coast cuisine, including jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish, gumbo and more. This event is free and gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday. There is limited reserved seating available for purchase at Ticketmaster.
For more information:
call (727) 562-4700 (remember to dial 727 first if you are in the 813 area code) or visit www.ClearwaterSeaBlues.com
Family1 Films brings one of the most beloved stories of all time to theaters January 30th, 2009
Los Angeles, CA ( January 26, 2009) – Inspired by the classic novel by Marjory Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting combination of live-action drama and animated adventure that tells the story of a lonely boy who wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with the help of a velveteen rabbit and other toys he befriends in the attic. Featuring the voice talents of Golden Globe® winner Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Somewhere in Time) as Mom with Emmy Award® winner Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, A River Runs Through It) as Horse and Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn (The Spitfire Grill, Requiem for a Dream) as Swan, and directed by Michael Landon Jr. (Love Comes Softly, Redemption of Sarah Cain), The Velveteen Rabbit is a heartwarming “…adventure for the whole family” (The Dove Foundation). Family1 Films will be releasing The Velveteen Rabbit exclusively in select Carmike Cinemas January 30th. The Velveteen Rabbit will also be released to DVD March 17th in major national retailers by Anchor Bay Entertainment and in Christian retailers by Thomas Nelson. For more information go to http://www.thevelveteenrabbitmovie.com/.
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.
Nashville, TN (January 20, 2009) - Allison Durham Speer, a regular performer on the popular Gaither Homecoming Videos, will be appearing on Sunday, February 15, 2009 in Bradenton, FL. This event will take place at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1616 59th Street West, Bradenton, FL. Allison will perform a full concert during the evening service, which begins at 6:00.
The Gaither Homecoming videos have enjoyed recent broadcast success on the television network, TBN, as well as garnering Billboard Magazine’s number one spot for video sales surpassing artists such as Garth Brooks and Britney Spears.
Her career as a successful Christian recording artist has taken Allison from her humble beginnings in Parksville, KY to some of this nation’s largest venues as well as humanitarian aid trips to Russia, Bosnia, the Philippines, and South Africa.
For additional information regarding Allison’s appearance, please contact Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene at 941-794-1685.
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.”
As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.”
He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.
He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math.
Winston Churchill failed sixth grade.
He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62.
He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up.’’
Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergraduate studies and ranked 15th out of 22 students in chemistry.
Henry Ford could not read nor write, failed and went broke five times in business before he succeeded.
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.
NASHVILLE, TN December 15, 2008 – Bo Bice, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, Tiffany, James Ingram, the Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir and Al Jarreau are all set to appear on The Spirit of Christmas, a soul music special on MyTV. This primetime Christmas musical celebration airs Tuesday December 16th at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. For local station information, visit