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  • rainman
    January 9, 2015
    The Babbitt brothers hit the road in this Sunday's installment of the Tampa Theatre 's Totally 80s classic film series . "Rain Man" takes the screen at 3 p.m. If you missed last week's showing of "Ferris Buehler's Day Off," this is your chance to make up your 80s film cred. This is maybe my second-favorite Tom Cruise performance after "Risky Business" (sorry, "Jerry Maguire," didn't have me at hello). I don't know where to...
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    January 2, 2015
    If you have a credit or debit card from Bank of America or Merrill Lynch, they're now your free ticket to some of the Tampa Bay region's best museums. This weekend, the Tampa Museum of Art , Florida Holocaust Museum and St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts are three of 150 museums nationwide taking part in Bank of America's Museums on Us program. With a bank card and a photo ID, you can get into all three of our museums throughout the year with Bank of America picking up the...
  • Check out our first national TV spot
    December 30, 2014
    The Outback Bowl won’t be the only Tampa Bay event making the national airwaves on New Year’s Day. Visit Tampa Bay will unveil its first national television commercial that same day. The 30-second commercial will premier during the Outback Bowl on ESPN. “We’re excited to be taking our efforts on behalf of Tampa Bay tourism to a new level,” said Santiago Corrada, president & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “Joining forces with a national event like the...
  • featured_ferris
    December 16, 2014
    How ready am I for Tampa Theatre's eight weeks of classic 80s movies ? Totally. Ray Bans? Check. Kenny Loggins soundtrack on cassette? Double check. Red 1961 Ferrari 250GT? Ohhhh ... yeahhhh. If you're a child of the 80s, Tampa Bay's historic movie palace is going to be the only place you'll want to be on Sundays in January and February. And if you're a child of a child of the 80s, now's your chance to find out what all the fuss is about when your parents hear that...
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    December 12, 2014
    Tampa Bay honored 6 of its founding citizens Friday morning with busts on the Tampa Riverwalk . The statues will join the dozen already lining the 2.5-mile waterfront promenade through downtown. The Historic Monument Trail captures important figures in Tampa Bay's history, from Native Americans to Spanish explorers to immigrants from Cuba and and modern-day philanthropists. Tampa Bay railroad baron Henry B. Plant and Ybor City founder Vicente Martinez-Ybor were early inductees. Mayor Bob
  • ut_plant_hall_2_hi
    December 10, 2014
    Our friends at the Tampa Bay History Center (@tampabayhistory) reminded us via Twitter that today's the day in 1883 that the South Florida Railroad arrived in Tampa Bay. Railroad baron Henry B. Plant was to west Florida what his competitor, Henry Flagler, was to the cities along Florida's Atlantic Coast: His railroad tied Tampa Bay to the rest of the country over land, making this region a booming port town almost overnight. Tampa Bay wouldn't be what it is today without Henry B....
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    December 9, 2014
    Just in time for Christmas, MOSI is lowering admission to $5 on Saturday. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dec. 13, anyone who wants to visit Tampa Bay's Museum of Science and Industry can get through the door for a 5-spot. Children under 6 are free as always. The discounted ticket includes the museum's permanent exhibit galleries, including the hurricane simulator. It also includes a standard IMAX Dome Theatre film, the limited-engagement exhibit "3D Printing The Future" and a show...
  • ccc
    October 15, 2014
    Conga Caliente will celebrate their tenth anniversary, of Hispanic arts and culture November 2nd. This highly anticipated event will draw thousands of visitors that will enjoy good food, entertainment and camaraderie. This free event (including parking) will be held at Al Lopez Park, the festivities begin at 2 p.m. In addition to the entertainment, guests will have the opportunity to visit the health, corporate, art, beer garden and cigar villages. For those who are looking for healthy
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    September 12, 2014
    We know that Tampa is no New York Fashion week, but we’ve got Tampa Bay Fashion Week kicking off today through next week. If fashion isn't the "Lou to your Boutin" - is wine? If so, there are plenty of libations to fill your weekend calendar. Live music in Tampa's newest Water Works Park also kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month. We’ve picked a few of our top picks, but for the full list of events this weekend in Tampa Bay you can always visit our events website:
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    July 7, 2014
    Once a courthouse, now an elegant hotel. The Le Méridien Tampa was originally built in 1905 to serve as the federal courthouse and has been completely renovated ($26 million renovation) and restored in to one of the most elegant hotels located in downtown Tampa. The City of Tampa has owned this historic gem and it sat dormant for almost 15 years, but not anymore. The hotel opened mid-June and currently has about 130 guest rooms, a 2,400 sq. ft. ballroom and boosts 4,000 sq. ft. of...