Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • 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
  • 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...
  • tampa_museum_of_art_w1024
    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...
  • riverwalk_gutierrez_family1212_w1024
    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....