Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • ybor_city_cigars
    April 13, 2015
    Say Happy Anniversary to your favorite hand-rolled cigar! Today is the 129th anniversary of the first cigar rolled in Tampa Bay's Ybor City neighborhood in 1886. We have Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor and Gavino Gutierrez to thank for setting Tampa Bay on the path to becoming the Cigar Capital of the World several decades later. That first cigar helped make Tampa Bay a beacon for immigrants from Cuba, Spain, Italy, German and Eastern Europe. It helped put Tampa Bay on the map as the home to
  • garthbrooks_8col
    March 31, 2015
    We've got some great news for Garth Brooks fans: The country music superstar has announced that his comeback tour is coming back to Tampa for the first time in more than 16 years. Currently announced for two shows at Amalie Arena -- one each on June 5 and 6 -- Brooks has been known to expand the number of shows in a given city depending on demand. "It's going to be an event," Elmer Straub, the arena's vice president of event booking, told the Tampa Bay Times . "This...
  • giff2015_guide_web_singles_cover_w1024
    March 24, 2015
    Tampa Bay turns its eyes to Hollywood when the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet this week. The festival starts tonight (Tuesday) and runs through Sunday evening. Tampa Bay film buffs and star gazers will get their chance to discover new work and meet the creators during the weekend long festival. Here’s what you need to know if you go: SETTING This year’s festival brings 129 films to the screens of the Channelside Cinemas...
  • straz3_w1024
    March 10, 2015
    Tampa Bay's Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced plans this week to expand its outdoor reception area to include a restaurant adjacent to the Tampa Riverwalk and a floating performance pavilion and amphitheatre. The expansion would take advantage of traffic on the finished Tampa Riverwalk, which will open its last major section at the end of March. The pavilion would be connected to the Riverwalk by a walkway running over the surface of the river. Straz CEO Judith Lisi tells the...
  • river_glow_by_wannemacher_jensen_architects_w1024
    February 18, 2015
    River Lights This weekend's Lights on Tampa festival will fill downtown's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens with drumming, dance and interactive art installations that will turn the city itself into a canvas after night falls. The festival is free and family-friendly. After the festival ends on Sunday morning, one art piece will find a permanent home downtown. "River Lights" will be Lights on Tampa's addition to Tampa Bay's growing collection of public...
  • tma1
    February 10, 2015
    The Tampa Museum of Art has a new director -- Michael Tomor, now the head of the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas. He starts April 15. According to the El Paso Times , Tomor has led the museum in his hometown for nine years. He'll take over a museum that has about the same amount of exhibit space and -- with 80,000 to 100,000 visitors a year -- about 10 percent higher attendance. During his tenure in El Paso, he has tripled the museum's sponsors and doubled its membership. In 2014,...
  • tma1
    February 3, 2015
    The Tampa Museum of Art turns 5 on Friday, and we're all invited to the party! There'll even be cake. Seems like just yesterday that the museum opening in the heart of downtown next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Today, the museum has become a stopping point for important shows as they travel the country and the world. (It'll host a Norman Rockwell retrospective all through March.) The museum's own collection, which mixes ancient Greek art with modern pieces, remains on...
  • bayshore_boulevard_w1024
    January 28, 2015
    South Tampa, Tampa Bay's home of the Epicurean Hotel, Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club and Bayshore Boulevard, has made Thrillist's list of "The 10 Sexiest Neighborhoods in America." Tampa Bay's toniest address is in good company. The list also includes Buckhead in Atlanta, South Bay in L.A. and South Beach in Miami Beach. What's Thrillist got to say about our little piece of high-end Heaven? " Have you ever watched a Florida State game on TV, looked at the...
  • neilgaiman1_w1024
    January 20, 2015
    If you like your love stories with a touch of the grotesque, graphic artist and film auteur Neil Gaiman and his wife Amanda Palmer have just the ticket for your Valentine's Day. Gaiman and Palmer -- he of "Coraline" and "Sandman" fame, she of the Dresden Dolls and Grand Theft Orchestra -- will will bring their new show "Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman present Heartbreak Hotel" to the Tampa Theatre , the 1926 gem of a playhouse on in the heart of downtown. Doors...
  • winter10
    January 14, 2015
    Winter and Hope packed the house in December. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium , home to two of the most famous finned stars since Flipper, reports that it broke several attendance records at the end of 2014 -- just in time for the Outback Bowl, in fact. The aquarium reached its highest-ever attendance on Dec. 30, when 6,654 visitors passed through its doors. The day before, 6,046 guests visited. Together, those two days' attendance was nearly double the same period in 2013. Clearwater Marine