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Friday, 06 November 2009 17:28

Jazz N Art Walk Expands Clearwater Jazz Holiday

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Artwork was on exhibit during the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz N Art Walk - Photo by RGP MediaOn the weekend of October 17th and 18th, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz ’N Art Walk returned to downtown Clearwater for its second successful year.

The Jazz ’N Art Walk was a juried art show and street fair that gave artists a chance to showcase their work in displays along two full blocks on Cleveland Street. Art was for sale, and many Jazz Holiday attendees browsed among the temporary galleries. John Brennan, the artist who designed this year’s Clearwater Jazz Holiday poster, was among the artists whose works were on display.

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Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze’s big screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book, will be screened in the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)’s Imax Dome Theatre. Starting on November 7th, fans of all ages will set sail alongside young Max to the captivating world of the “Wild Things” for a larger-than-life cinematic journey as only IMAX can deliver.

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Got Jokes? ImprovGot Jokes? Improv will return to the Channelside Cinemas for a performance on Thursday, October 29th. Instead of playing a movie, one theatre will feature a live two hour improv comedy performance from Got Jokes?, Tampa’s up and coming improv group. The show will be live and interactive, drawing heavily upon audience participation. “It will be a movie experience beyond high definition,” says Daniel “Motown Pride” Jefferson, the founder of Got Jokes?

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Cherish the LadiesOn Wednesday, December 16th at 8:00 pm, the Florida Orchestra will perform with Cherish the Ladies for A Celtic Christmas. The event will take place at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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Florida State FairThe Florida State Fair is conducting a search to find the League of Fair-ness Superheroes for the 106th Florida State Fair taking place on February 4-15, 2010. 

Auditions will be held on October 29th and 30th at the Sweetbay Entertainment Hall in the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. Registration for auditions will take place at 11 am. The auditions will begin at 12 pm, and end at 7 pm.

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Star Wars in ConcertStar Wars™: In Concert will come to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on November 1st at 4:00 pm. Star Wars™: In Concert is a unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores.

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Clearwater Jazz Holiday - Photo by Brad KuglerThe 30th Anniversary of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday took place from October 15th through October 18th, with the four day free Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park.

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Smokey Robinson Tribute on IceSmokey Robinson, one of the most influential figures in music for over five decades will be returning to the St. Pete Times Forum on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, for a spectacular skating and musical production of “Smokey Robinson Tribute On Ice”. This special performance will feature some of figure skating’s finest, including Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano, six-time U.S. National champion Todd Eldredge, World champion Yuka Sato and many more.

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KISSClassic rock band KISS will play the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Wednesday, October 21st, at 7:30 pm. The concert follows the release of their album Sonic Boom, the band’s first new material in 11 years.

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Fall of the House of UsherHalloween will be celebrated at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st at 7:30 pm with a Halloween double feature celebrating the 200th birthday of the master of mystery and the macabre: Edgar Allan Poe.

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The Florida Orchestra Brass QuintentThe December installment of the Peace Memorial Concert Series will take place on December 13th with a concert from The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, the most accomplished professional brass ensemble in the Tampa Bay area.

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Peace Memorial ChurchThe Peace Memorial Concert Series will continue on November 8th with a Songfest featuring the music of Lerner, Loewe and Lehar as performed by the Sun State Opera Society.

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B. B. KingLegendary artists B.B. King and Buddy Guy return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since their sold out performance earlier this year on Friday, February 5 at 8 pm. 

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth.  Yet B. B. King continues to wear his crown well.  At age 84, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion.  Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever.  Don’t look for him in some kind of semi-retirement, look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of TV commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album.  B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can’t get enough of him. 

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Sunscreen Film FestivalTo celebrate Halloween, the Sunscreen Film Festival will be holding several events, including an acting workshop featuring the casting director of Twilight, and scary movie screenings.

Monday, 12 October 2009 11:59

Barrage Premiers World Tour Animado at the Capitol Theatre Featured

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Fiddle group Barrage premiered their world tour Canadian music group Barrage recently launched their new world tour, Animado, and downtown Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre had the privilege of hosting the group’s rehearsals, as well as their world premiere opening night performance.

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Photo by Felix KunzeEnglish photographer Felix Kunze has traveled internationally, to places like Dubai, Mumbai, Australia, California, England, Germany and Spain, taking photos. On October 28th, Felix will be visiting the Tampa Bay area for 18 days.