Tampa Bay is Awesome http://tampabayisawesome.com Just another WordPress site Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:49:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 USFSP Releases First Community Concert Series http://tampabayisawesome.com/usfsp-releases-first-community-concert-series/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/usfsp-releases-first-community-concert-series/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:47:01 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30158 A Tiny Office with big ideas: USFSP’s first community concert series

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, Sept. 20 – Over two dozen local musicians and bands visited the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) campus over the summer to participate in the school’s first season of the community concert series Tiny Office.

Tiny Office is made of sweat, stress and great music. It’s a labor of love for the staff of Connect, USFSP’s student-run digital media group. Carrying wagonloads of equipment through the heat, musicians came to be filmed performing in an office the size of a college dorm, all for the sake of spreading their music. The Connect staff filmed student musicians as well as local performers.

Tiny Office is the brain child of Warren Buchholz, the multimedia program coordinator of the University Student Center at USFSP. Buchholz and his team of student staff became interested in the concept after watching NPR’s concert series Tiny Desk.

“I thought it was a great idea to get students involved with the local community,” Buchholz said. “And so why not showcase musicians.”



The Connect office is unbearably hot when filled to the brim with people and lights, and in a general sense, what can go wrong will go wrong during the performances. Yet, the staff are not dismayed.

“It’s been a lot of trail and error,” Buchholz said. “Growing pains basically. Our first few record sessions were traversing new ground mainly because we didn’t know what to expect, and this is the first time our staff has created such a project.”

Connect is currently editing footage of the summer performances and will release them weekly to the community via Connect’s website starting Monday, Sept. 25.

Buchholz has high hopes for the future. He wants Tiny Office to incorporate more kinds of art and community connection and hopes to incorporate a poetry series.

“I see a conversation between students and the community where we can open up different collaboration efforts,” Buchholz said. “Maybe not only with music, but maybe poetry, writing, art.” Buchholz also hopes to inspire students who want to be artists.

“Our goal is to network with everyone in the community,” Buchholz said. “And to show that ‘hey, these people are professionals, and they succeed at what they do. And you as a student, you can do the same.’”

Connect is a student-run media group serving the University of South Florida St. Petersburg community. Connect is focused on connecting current and prospective students with each other and the USFSP campus, and serve as a creative outlet to all students.

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For more information, visit Connect’s website at http://usfspconnect.com/tiny/

Promo video: https://youtu.be/4tCMhohZCPg

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TAMPA’S MOST HISTORIC (AND HAUNTED) MOVIE PALACE ANNOUNCES RETURN OF POPULAR HALLOWEEN SERIES http://tampabayisawesome.com/tampas-most-historic-and-haunted-movie-palace-announces-return-of-popular-halloween-series/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/tampas-most-historic-and-haunted-movie-palace-announces-return-of-popular-halloween-series/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:39:45 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30153 Expanded to Include Ghost Tours and Special Screenings
Throughout The Month, Plus 12 Nights Of Back-To-Back Terror, Oct. 20-31

Tampa Theatre is as excited as Norman Bates at check-in time to announce the return of A Nightmare on Franklin Street for a freakish fifth year!  Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace is expanding its signature Halloween series to include ghost tours and special screenings throughout the month, plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests, Oct. 20-31.


GHOSTS OF TAMPA THEATRE TOURS

  • 11:30am Thursday, Oct. 5
  • 11:30am Friday, Oct. 13
  • 11:30am Thursday, Oct. 19
  • 7:30pm Friday, Oct. 20
  • 11:30am Saturday, Oct. 21
  • 3:00pm Monday, Oct. 23
  • 3:00pm Friday, Oct. 27
  • 11:30am Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 3:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 31

Who was Fink Finley? Where does The Trickster pull his pranks? Why does the Lady in White still roam the mezzanine? And what has led to Tampa Theatre being known as one of the most haunted buildings in town? Learn the Theatre’s secrets and stories with a “balcony to backstage” tour that will focus on the historic movie palace’s ghostly guests.



These 75-minute tours will kick off in the lobby and do include extended periods of standing and climbing stairs. Tickets are $10 for adults / $8 for children ages 2 to 12, and Tampa Theatre Members are free. Space is limited, so arrive early!

LATE-NIGHT, LIGHTS-OFF PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE

  • 10:00pm Saturday, Oct. 21

In 1965, projectionist Foster “Fink” Finley died after 35 years of service to his beloved Tampa Theatre. Strange occurrences have been reported in and around the projection booth ever since – an unexplained tap on the shoulder, doors opening and closing, shadows passing through the room, and the lingering smell of lilac aftershave… Foster’s favorite.

But Fink isn’t the only spirit suspected of haunting the Theatre’s historic halls. Join Tampa Theatre as they partner with experts from Genesis Paranormal Services and GhostStop to bring you an evening of lights-off investigation into the building’s most common supernatural claims alongside celebrity guides Scott Tepperman and Angela Alderman from SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters International.

The four-hour experience also includes catered appetizers and desserts, complimentary popcorn and soft drinks, and demonstrations of professional paranormal investigative equipment. It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience guaranteed to make you see Tampa’s majestic movie palace in a different light.

Tickets are $60 for general admission and $50 for Tampa Theatre Members at the box office, or online at TampaTheatre.org (service fees apply).

SILVER SCREAMS… ER… SCREEN

FRIDAY, OCT. 13

  • 10:30pm – FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER (PART 4)
    1984 / 1h 31m / R / Horror

Once is originality; twice is coincidence; thrice is cliché; four times is a genre. Today, 12 films deep, it somehow seems both obvious and impossible that when the original Friday the 13th was released in 1980, nobody was envisioning a multi-film franchise and mythology. The confluence of things that make a Friday the 13th movie what we all now understand to be a Friday the 13th movie — the primacy of Crystal Lake, a cast of disastrously thirsty teenagers, weirdly patient camera takes on grotesque kills, Jason’s classic look, his apparent immortality, his obsession with family — weren’t all locked in until part 4, which makes the irony of its subtitle (The Final Chapter) even more delicious. It might not be the best Friday the 13th movie, but it’s certainly the most Friday the 13th movie.

Tickets for this special Friday the 13th REWIND screening are $7 for general admission and $4 for Tampa Theatre Members.

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

  • 10:30pm – THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
    1975 / R / 1h 40min / Musical

Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show need any introduction? It’s a cultural artifact with unlimited lifespan — it creates new audiences for itself each screening, and will most likely continue to be shown in theatres until the end of linear time. The plot of RHPS basically doesn’t matter (but here it is in brief anyway: an engaged couple get lost and wander to a nearby castle where they are captured, kind of, by a Transylvanian doctor in lingerie and his entourage who are attempting to create a life form but are actually in some cases space aliens – it’s complicated); all that matters is the experience of seeing it. The audience owns the movie now. They sing along, dress in costume, go through lines, perform alongside the film as it plays.

And if you’re a “virgin”, as first-timers are known, this is a perfect opportunity to learn what you’ve been missing all these years: A shadow cast will provide a live pre-show at 10:00pm and audience participation throughout the film. Guests are encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, cards, newspapers, toast and other props – but please, no hot dogs, rice or water guns. For a great audience-participation guide, visit www.badmovies.org/movies/rockyhorror/audience/ (Site contains adult language and content!)

Tickets for The Rocky Horror Picture Show are $15 for general admission and $13 for Tampa Theatre Members.

SATURDAY, OCT. 21     CINEMATIC SCARES

  • 2:00pm – GHOSTS BEHIND THE SCREEN
    2017 / Not Rated / 1h 12m / Documentary

In the excitement of the roaring 20s, a new kind of movie palace was constructed by the Bay. More than 90 years later, Tampa Theatre has become known as one of the most haunted buildings in the city, filled with the spirits of former employees, patrons and guests.

Join us for the very special premiere of a new, feature-length documentary that explores the unique and historic Tampa Theatre like never before, and discover the entities whom ghost hunters believe “choose to remain at the Tampa Theatre,” in the ultimate haunted backstage tour.

Filmed over the past year, Ghosts Behind the Screen features Tampa Theatre staff, local paranormal investigators, Theatre patrons, Tampa historians and dramatic recreations telling the stories that give the historic movie palace its ghostly reputation. And the cameras were rolling when spectral projectionist Fink Finley decided to make his presence known to a group in the projection booth!

This premiere screening is free and open to the public. Following the film, Producer Gina Watson and director Brett Gerking will lead a discussion and audience Q&A.

  • 4:30pm – SCREAM
    1996 / R / 1h 51m / Horror

Great ideas are only obvious in hindsight. Of course somebody should have made a movie like Scream, we all say, seated comfortably in 2017 when the whole idea of a horror movie about horror movies has been played out, lampooned, revived and reburied. But think about the horror movie landscape pre-Scream. From the revival of the slasher movie in 1978 to 1996, probably thousands of teenagers pretended to be murdered on film. Not once did any one of them wink to the audience or say “hey, this seems like a movie.” Are we expected to believe they lived in a universe without horror movies? Had Jason’s victims in Friday the 13th part VII never seen Halloween 4?

Scream’s premise is that they could have, but further than that, that the fact that horror movie victims might be familiar with horror movie tropes makes the movie itself scarier. It means no one is safe. It means the characters have to question what’s possible, what’s real. And that’s not something that horror movie characters get the chance to do very often. It’s metafictional in the best possible way, and yes it got aped too frequently and had too many sequels. But for at least a minute there, Scream was something that had never been done before.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 7:30pm – DEMONS
    1985 / Not Rated / 1h 28m / Horror 

Dario Argento, producer of Demons, is primarily known for his work as a director of some of the best giallo films of all time. Lamberto Bava, director of Demons, is the son of the man who made perhaps the first true giallo film ever. And giallo, a homegrown Italian genre of horror that leans heavily on mystery, eroticism, and psychopathic knife-murder, steered the direction of slasher and thriller movies all around the world. But Demons isn’t a giallo movie, exactly; it starts out as one, and then becomes something entirely else.



Movies love to talk about the movies. Cinema Paradiso is about the mythmaking heroism of film; 8 ½ is about the hysterical obsession of creativity; Sunset Boulevard is about the tragedies of celebrity; and Demons is about how film fiction can manipulate, infect and terrify. A set of average horror-movie protagonist teens start out in a theatre and end up battling the forces of Hell with stage props and found objects. It’s a horror movie about the horror of movies, and Demons deserves a lot more attention than it gets.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

SUNDAY, OCT. 22        CREATURE FEATURES   

  • 1:30pm – THE FLY
    1958 / Not Rated / 1h 34m / Sci-Fi

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the event horizon of genre earnestness creeps ever closer; sincere movies even 10 or 15 years old seem goofy and campy now. But some reviewers of The Fly in 1958 were already calling it ludicrous, unconvincing. Of course they don’t have the advantage of hindsight. The Fly was shot in only 18 days, using practical effects that were experimental and, in many cases, improvisatory. It turned Vincent Price from a fairly tedious background heavy to an icon of horror. Its quotes and imagery are fixed forever in the popular imagination. But besides all of that it’s actually a pretty messed-up spin on the Frankenstein formula: a homegrown researcher experimenting with the fringes of science in an attempt to defy natural law ends up victim of his own creation. Sure, a stitched-together and shambling corpse is maybe a little more viscerally frightening than a fly with a human head stuck onto it (and vice versa), but the danger of humans meddling with uncontrollable powers remains an evergreen idea.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 4:00pm – THE TINGLER
    1959 / Not Rated / 1h 22m / Horror

This will be almost impossible to imagine, but give it a shot: once upon a time, the movie industry was struggling. New films coming out were unoriginal and uninteresting, and audiences were starting to disappear. There was a lot more competition for entertainment than there had been. Theaters laid into each other with cutthroat rivalry on amenities, technology, concessions, and price.  Sounds like fantasy, right?

But no, the year was 1959, and filmmakers were trying all kinds of crazy gimmicks to put people in seats. One of the most notable of those gimmicks was paired with The Tingler; prefiguring D-BOX®, The Tingler came with “Percepto!” – a vibrating motor randomly affixed to the underside of some theatre seats. At specific times in the movie, the machine would buzz, making customers feel like the namesake Tingler (a centipede-ish parasite that feeds on your brain) was crawling up their backs. Prefaced with a message from the director breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience about the fearful “sensations” they are about to experience, The Tingler represents a particular time in movie history when panicky experimentation and hilarious gimmicks ruled the world.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 6:30pm – THE THING
    1982 / R / 1h 49m / Horror

When John Carpenter’s The Thing came out in 1982, reviewers seemed unable to look past the gruesome, repulsive visual effects of the movie to the heart of the movie itself. Yes, the effects are incredible (as is the Enrico Morricone soundtrack), but there was so much focus on the hideous piles of unearthly meat glopping about on-screen that very little attention was paid to what those disturbing effects were disturbing audiences for; the filmic lineage of The Thing proceeds as much from the locked-room mysteries of Agatha Christie as it does from monster-horror movies like the one it ostensibly remakes.

But inverting its the-butler-did-it detective story is what makes The Thing a real classic – it hides the truth of the mystery at its heart from both the characters and the audience, and it retains that mystery even after the credits roll. Who was claimed by the grisly thing from outer space? Who should Kurt Russell (as the iconic MacReady) trust? Who can survive the isolating cold of Antarctica? Who will be driven so out of their minds with panic and disgust that they break? What about you, audience? Who do you think remains? Who do you believe?

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 9:30pm – THE HOST
    2006 / R / 2h / Sci-Fi

It’s frankly unfair that Korean horror doesn’t get much attention in the West. Italian gore and giallo is beloved; twisted psychological thrillers from France, Sweden and eastern Europe have a lot of cinephile fans, and Japanese neo-ghost stories like Ringu have spawned dozens of remakes and clones. But aside from The Host (and maybe I Saw the Devil), Korean horror gets overlooked. Which is a shame, because The Host is easily one of the best monster movies of the last 30 years.

Careless chemical pollution (even worse, by an American) leads to the birth of something horrific and kind of… fishy… in the Han river of South Korea. The movie wastes zero time in showing the monster snatching up and devouring countless people, and it’s up to a family caught up in the tragedy to try to destroy the creature and save the world. The Host is equal parts gross, funny (the monster is famously modeled after the actor Steve Buscemi), and smart – a straight-up thrill-ride from the director of Snowpiercer, it’s pure entertainment all the way through.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

MONDAY, OCT. 23      UNWELCOME GUESTS

  • 7:00pm – GET OUT
    2017 / R / 1h 44m / Horror

There is a particular needle that must be threaded here. Of course you need to know enough about Get Out, the best horror movie that came out this year, to want to see it. At the same time, how much you will enjoy Get Out is directly related to how little you know about it — and how much you leave the movie being forced to examine your own expectations. I am breaking into the first person (sorry, copy editors) to look you straight in the eye and tell you this: come see this movie. Please trust me. Years from now you will wish you had.

Get Out deeply understands what makes genre movies work: you can tell much more powerful stories about the real world by setting them in unreal circumstances. The truth is cast in relief by telling lies. A straight story about a boyfriend meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time will never make the viewer really feel the fear they should. They never forget they’re just sitting in a movie seat. But if you link that stomach-turning relationship anxiety to something else, to the fear of being captured, controlled, manipulated, devoured, enslaved… you can tell the real story. Get Out uses that emotional resonance on every level, speaking to many different audiences. It might be genius.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 9:45pm – THE STRANGERS
    2008 / R / 1h 26m / Horror

Tampa Theatre likes to present all sorts of movies in our Nightmare on Franklin Street series. We’re showing films that are classic, films that are funny, films that are brilliant, films that are gross, films for families and every combination within. The Strangers is, primarily, terrifying. It’s violent, merciless, tense — but mostly it just sets out to scare you.

There’s a barely-concealed morality to most horror movies. Don’t watch that scary videotape, kids from The Ring; don’t let your husband make a deal with the devil for fame, Mia Farrow from Rosemary’s Baby. If you don’t want Jason to kill you, don’t go camping and have premarital sex. But in The Strangers, horrific death lands on you for no reason. It just happens. People show up to your house in creepy masks and start doing the worst imaginable things to you and your family. Being more real, it’s worse; reader, you will never have to fear Freddy Krueger. But there is horror like this in the world. Inspired by the Manson family murders, The Strangers wants you to be afraid. And you should be. And you will be.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.



TUESDAY, OCT. 24        MOVIES THAT SUCK… YOUR BLOOD

  • 7:00pm – A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
    2014 / Not Rated / 1h 41m / Horror

Creative people have been doing some really amazing things in the medium of vampires in recent years. Movies like Let the Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive and 30 Days of Night take a few of the centuries-old ideas of vampire fiction and recontextualize them into something that speaks to modern audiences. Heck, you could even make that argument for Twilight. But A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night lays claim to some of the more under-represented features of vampirism: independence and loneliness.

Set in an imaginary town in Iran, A Girl tells the story of a man and his drug-addicted father as they become entangled in an underworld of crime and debauchery, and meet with a strange, magnetic young girl with a secret. It sets out to be a movie about blood (meaning familial relationships) and blood (meaning the pervasive power of violence); it so happens that there are many creatures in this world that feed on blood of all sorts.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 9:45pm – INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
    1994 / R / 2h 3m / Horror

Pretty much since their invention, vampire stories gave people a way to talk about the bestial destructiveness of lust without having to talk impolitely about the actual mechanics of sexuality. Vampires are seductive, immensely powerful, doomed by their own gift, shunned by angels and embraced by demons. Anne Rice made a lot of that subtext into text when she started her incredibly popular series of vampire novels, of which Interview with a Vampire was an adaptation. But even though society is less repressed now, those ideas haven’t diminished in popularity. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise (and Kirsten Dunst in her first major role as the poor, doomed Claudia) rampage through New Orleans and Paris like sumptuous, moody, Goth forces of nature. If you think of tragic beauty when you think of vampires, you can thank Anne Rice for it.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25     UNEARTHLY POSSESSIONS

  • 7:00pm – INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
    1978 / PG / 1h 55m / Horror

Pauline Kael called Invasion of the Body Snatchers “a new classic… the best movie of its kind ever made.” But when she said “its kind,” she wasn’t talking about alien thrillers or horror movies. She was talking about remakes. The original Body Snatchers was a pretty fantastic sci-fi horror film of the ‘50s, addressing the Red-Scare-era fear of Communist infiltration by fictionalizing them as space aliens grown from pods and invisibly taking over people’s bodies and lives. But when this version came out in 1978, remakes weren’t particularly common. The cultural fear that the people closest to you weren’t what they pretended to be hadn’t changed, however; the ’78 film develops and expands on the lizard-brain horror of not knowing who to trust in a profound and personal way. Classic performances from Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Jeff Goldblum, along with a tremendous score, keep this classic feeling fresh and creepy no matter how many times it’s remade.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 9:45pm – THE EVIL DEAD
    1981 / 1h 25m / Horror

Such horrible things happen to young people in cabins in the woods. Stay in the cities, kids – your biggest risk there is Godzilla.

The plot of The Evil Dead can be summed up thusly: “Kids in a cabin find an evil book and release demons.” But nobody comes to The Evil Dead for the plot. For one thing, it came out during a golden age of horror movie practical effects — it’s gory and juicy and stomach-turning. It launched the careers of director Sam Raimi (of the original Spider-Man movies) and cult favorite actor Bruce Campbell. But the best innovation of The Evil Dead is that it manages to be funny-on-purpose to a degree usually unseen in horror movies. It frequently goes too far and it knows it; the movie is in on the joke. It’s a B-movie elevated to A-movie standards of filmmaking. That’s why it was the beginning of such a beloved franchise, and that’s why it still holds up today.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

THURSDAY, OCT. 26     HOME-GROWN HORROR

  • 7:00pm – AS NIGHT FALLS
    2010 / R / 1h 18min / Horror

Written and directed by local movie-maker Joe Davison, As Night Falls is a gory, terrifying nightmare. Sisters Holly (Lily Cardone) and Elizabeth (Deneen Melody) are living in a charnel house. Fifty years ago a young girl named Amelia (Grace Chapman) was brutally murdered by unseen forces. Now, Amelia’s parents have returned from their grave to enact their own strict discipline on anyone they believe is misbehaving and staying up past nightfall – they should sleep forever!

Following the screening, Davison will lead a panel discussion and audience Q&A with members of the As Night Falls cast and crew. He will also share the official trailer for Season 2 of the mega-hit Netflix series Stranger Things, in which he is featured as a recurring character.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 10:00pm – DAWN OF THE DEAD
    2004 / R / 1h 41m / Thriller

George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead is based on a directly stated premise: what if the dead didn’t stay dead? Simple, novel, effective. His not-exactly-a-sequel follow-up movie, Dawn of the Dead tried to turn that idea into a capital-I Idea, comparing those mindless animated corpses to the consumerist horde of 1980s America. But the 2004 Dawn of the Dead re-imagining, the debut for Watchmen director Zack Snyder (and primarily shot just over the bridge in Clearwater!), calls back much more directly to the fearsome premise of the original. The dead don’t stay dead, they relentlessly hunger for the living (who are still stuck in a mall), and — in a twist novel enough for George Romero himself — this time they’re fast.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

FRIDAY, OCT. 27          CREEPED-OUT KIDS

  • 7:30pm – THE BABADOOK
    2014 / Not Rated / 1h 33m / Horror

Parenthood is scary. The “creepy kid” sub-genre is well-trodden ground at this point; from Damien to the Good Son, the intellectual frisson of horror and violence in the innocent form of a child is kind of played out. Even “creepy kid sings a creepy song” has become a cliché. But The Babadook cuts through those clichés and surfaces a fresh and original nightmare. The tale of a young widow bringing up her son alone, tormented by insomnia and invasive thoughts and deeply troubled by the stories her boy is telling her of a monster from a storybook, it gets at some of the most basic terrors of having a child: what’s the relationship between fear of your kid and fear for your kid? Is it okay to be afraid of being a parent? How can grief and loss distort a person, and how do you prevent your own psychological damage from reverberating down to your children? Sometimes people make their own monsters, and if you can’t conquer yours, how can you learn to live with them?

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 10:30pm – THE SHINING
    1980 / R / 2h 26m / Horror

A few years ago, a documentary was released called Room 237, about a group of obsessive people who believe that Stanley Kubrick was trying to send the world some message through The Shining. That message varies: to some it’s about the faking of the moon landing; to others it’s about the genocide of Native Americans. The common thread is that when these people watch The Shining, they see what they want to see. It’s caught them inside itself, like the Overlook Hotel catches Jack Torrance.



Most directors make movies to look (and sound, and feel) like the real world; the viewer experiences them much like they do their own, normally-lived life. Kubrick made movies to seem like dreams. Scenes flow into each other, the camera pans and lingers awkwardly, events aren’t necessarily strung together logically. The viewer is constantly conscious of seeing, not having the film’s images just appear in their mind’s eye. The Shining is perhaps his best match of style and subject matter: the story of a psychically charged hotel, the supernatural evil that dwells within it, the deeply damaged winter caretaker it preys upon (Jack Nicholson in one of this best roles), and his gifted son whose thoughts can be made real, fits perfectly with Kubrick’s rich, floating style. Everyone sees what they find scariest in The Shining, and they’re all right.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

SATURDAY, OCT. 28     FRANKEN-WHAT?

  • 2:00pm – FRANKENWEENIE
    2012 / PG / 1h 27m / Family

Looking for some Halloween fun with the kids? Frankenweenie is the stop-motion story of young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, and his beloved dog, Sparky. When Sparky is unfortunately hit by a car and killed, Frankenstein does what Frankensteins do and returns him to life. But a lot of people would love to know the secret of how to reanimate the dead, and now they’re all after Victor’s formula. Can he get away? Can Sparky help save the day? This quirky, fun picture from the brilliant and zany mind of director Tim Burton is a twist on classic monster movies and a good time for all ages.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 4:30pm – FRANKENSTEIN
    1931 / Not Rated / 1h 10m / Sci-Fi

You know, all this trouble about “it’s not the name of the monster, it’s the name of the doctor” could have been avoided if Mary Shelley had named her novel after the real hero of the piece. In the book, Dr. Frankenstein is clearly the villain, and the monster (and narrator) is given the name Adam. In the end, he winds up an astute and fairly well-rounded individual. Boris Karloff’s famous film version of the monster is … not. When Victor Frankenstein assembles his new man from corpse parts, his monster tends to mainly rock slowly through the Bavarian countryside and cause trouble. But it’s full of seminal moments in film history. The movie was the most successful of its kind at the time; coming on the heels of the original Dracula (the two films were released the same year), the realization that the fairly new medium of motion pictures could be just as chilling as they had been romantic or pleasant was powerful indeed. Watch for the introduction from actor Edward Van Sloan, as he warns audiences of the strange and frightening tale they’re about to experience!

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 7:30pm – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
    1974 / PG / 1h 46m / Comedy

Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’s hilarious and affectionate send-up of the classic black-and-white monster movies of the 1930s, came out the same year as Blazing Saddles, his also-hilarious and just-as-affectionate satire of classic movie Westerns. In a single year, he both secured his place as one of the greatest comedy directors in history, and probably precluded a devastating influx of copycat comedy film-genre parodies — who could hope to be as successful or as prolific as the master himself? All film buffs owe Mel Brooks a debt of gratitude, just for having averted that disaster.

Young Frankenstein retells the story of a differently-pronounced Dr. Frankenstein (the incomparable Gene Wilder) and his henchmen and hangers-on (Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman) as he creates life (Peter Boyle plays the monster with goofy innocence) and then promptly loses control of it, to the dismay of nearby villagers. In retrospect a surprisingly faithful rendition of the Boris Karloff Frankenstein from 1931, you still shouldn’t come in expecting a serious or… wait, have you never seen it? What are you waiting for? Stop reading this immediately, and go buy as many tickets as you can responsibly afford.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 10:30pm – FRANKENHOOKER
    1990 / R / 1h 25m / Comedy, Horror

With a name like that, how could we resist? Frankenhooker is pretty much exactly what it sounds like like, oddly enough: a young man with an interest in the darker corners of science brings his poor deceased fiancée back to life (reader, you should experience the cause of her death unspoiled) by assembling some pieces of prostitutes he lures back to his house and dismembers. It’s shameless, tasteless, crude, and very much a product of the we-should-have-known-better early ‘90s. Director Frank Henenlotter, ”famous” for other horror comedies like Basket Case and Brain Damage, was told after screening the movie for the MPAA ratings board, “congratulations, you’ve made the first film rated ‘S’.” He replied, “you mean ‘S’ for sex?” No, they said. “S” for… a word describing a bodily function that’s not fit to reproduce here. Use your imagination, and be prepared for Frankenhooker!

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

SUNDAY, OCT. 29        LADIES’ NIGHT

  • 2:00pm – HOCUS POCUS
    1993 / PG / 1h 36m / Family

Hocus Pocus had a decent enough first release, but really found new life on television and home video in the years after its initial run in theaters. There’s always room for a fun-loving, friendly Halloween movie in people’s lives, and Hocus Pocus continues to be as warm and welcoming as ever. Most of that is down to the perfect casting of the trio of witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker), the nominal antagonists but real stars of the movie. With such joyous, full performances (and delightful costumes), Hocus Pocus will remain a family favorite, the comfort food of Halloween movies, for a long time to come.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 5:30pm – ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN
    1958 / Not Rated / 1h 5m / Sci-Fi

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was one of a spate of science fiction movies of the ‘50s based on the premise of people getting either much bigger or much smaller than people typically are. A cynic might assume that this is because filmmakers were just discovering what was possible with special effects, and making sets of crazy sizes and camera effects to create a sense of scale was starting to come into vogue. A cynic would be right. But that doesn’t make Attack of the 50 Foot Woman any less fun! It’s fun just saying the title. Go ahead, try it now. Imagine the fun you’ll have telling your friends what you’re doing tonight.

So how did the woman get to be 50 feet tall? Easy: an equally enormous alien shot her with a ray gun, of course. Allison Hayes as the titanic Nancy does a commendable job of looking troubled and crushing scenery. Repeat to yourself that it’s just a show and you should really just relax; buy a large popcorn (it’s a theme thing) and enjoy the blast-to-the-past of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

– PLUS –

  • 7:30pm – Spirits of the Bay: An Evening of Live Storytelling with Deborah Frethem

Tampa’s grande dame of ghosts, local author and storyteller Deborah Frethem, takes to the Theatre’s historic stage for an intimate evening of ghost stories and supernatural tales from around the Bay area. Following the performance, Frethem will sign copies of her books, including Haunted Ybor City, Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg and Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay, with sales benefitting Tampa Theatre’s preservation and restoration efforts.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and FREE for Tampa Theatre Members.

MONDAY, OCT. 30      FANG YOU VERY MUCH

  • 7:00pm – CAT PEOPLE
    1942 / Not Rated / 1h 13m / Suspense

Tampa Theatre is presenting a lot of monster movies this year in our October series. And there are many different ways of being a monster. It’s not all vampires and body-snatchers and Frankenhookers; sometimes a person can get mad enough to turn monstrous.

Cat People, released in 1942, actually is sort of an original take on vampirism. A race of human-looking beings lives among us who can transform into predatory beasts through either anger or arousal. Just like vampires, they have ties to demonic influence and Balkan origins. The true innovation of Cat People, though, was trading visual horror for suspense; rather than showing the monsters, their violence and grotesquery is implied through reaction shots and psychological implication. It’s a tremendously influential film, and reads for modern audiences as much less campy than its contemporaries, which tended to be more graphic and thus more easily aged. Cat People is horror through the frame of film noir. Meow.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 9:45pm – FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
    1996 / R / 1h 48m / Horror

Before Grindhouse — the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino double-feature of exploitation B-movies Planet Terror and Death Proof — there was From Dusk Till Dawn, written by Quentin Tarantino, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and decidedly grindhouse in character. The Gecko brothers (played by George Clooney and Tarantino himself), having robbed banks up and down Texas, hole up in a strip club in Mexico where they hold hostage an innocent pastor, his family and several other barflies. Unfortunately the strip club is infested with vampires, and the second half of the movie is an all-action blowout of epic proportions as the survivors cobble together weapons to fend off the bloodsuckers. The perfect blend of poetic Rodriguez action and frenetic Tarantino script, From Dusk Till Dawn is schlocky exploitation elevated to balletic proportions.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

TUESDAY, OCT. 31        HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  • 12:00pm – WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
    2005 / G / 1h 25m / Animated

Director and screenwriter Nick Park has been making stop-motion animation featuring the pair of modest tinkerer and cheese enthusiast Wallace and his witty, brave little beagle Gromit since 1990, but Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was their first foray into feature-length film. On this adventure, the pair is tasked with capturing and locking down a larger-than-ordinary rabbit before it devours all the town’s carrots (and thereby wrecks their treasured annual Giant Vegetable Competition). Full of elaborate and good-natured hijinks, funny and immaculately composed, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a perfect movie for everyone from kids who might be a little too young for more intense Halloween experiences, to animation and British comedy enthusiasts of all ages.

This is a special “Mummy & Me” screening, so don’t be afraid to let the kids be kids! Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for Tampa Theatre Members and FREE for kids ages 12 and younger.

  • 7:30pm – HALLOWEEN
    1978 / R / 1h 31m / Thriller

The script for the original 1978 Halloween was written in 10 days, which, yeah, actually seems like plenty of time, come to think of it. It’s a pretty terse movie: silent killer menaces teens, travels with unsettling quickness but only when off camera, murders many, can’t be stopped. How many pages do you need?

But simplicity is a virtue; Halloween’s premise is simple but contains everything necessary. It takes the tension and psychological terror of a Hitchcock movie, strips out everything but the bare plot, and renders the audience complicit and uncomfortable by forcing the perspective of the monster, the infamous Michael Myers, on them.  It’s so powerful a filmic gut-punch that it influenced the direction of a whole genre of movies for decades to come.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

  • 9:30pm – HALLOWEEN PUSSY TRAP KILL! KILL!
    2017 / Not Rated / 1h 26m / Horror

Storied film producer and B-movie godfather Roger Corman is famous for coming up with the titles for some of his movies first, and only later building a story around them. There’s no evidence that that’s the case with Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!, but it’s at least plausible. The whole movie is summed and encapsulated, hologram-like, in its title. And we’d bet all the candy corn in town that you already knew whether you wanted to see this movie before you even finished reading its name.

While out on tour over Halloween, an all-girl candy-raver band named “Kill Pussy Kill” is presented with an insidious series of deadly traps (see?). Kidnapped and locked in a Saw-style torture house, they’re forced to turn on each other with brutal weaponry and grisly violence to have a chance at freedom.

The movie features model and soap opera Richard Grieco, the voice of Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine (as the ersatz Jigsaw behind the heroines’ torment), one of the former stars of Sharktopus, and several other people with expensive-looking headshots on their IMDB pages. Also it’s called Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! — a fact which simply cannot be stressed enough.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members.

 



– PLUS –

  • 5:00-7:00pm – Halloween Happy Hour 

Are you “that neighbor” who turns off the porch light and leaves a bowl of candy on the stoop, hoping that nobody rings the doorbell? Or maybe you already ate all of the assorted minis and don’t feel like buying another bag to hand out? Tampa Theatre’s got you covered! Skip the pillow-case conga of candy-grabbing kids and spend a Halloween Happy Hour at Tampa’s majestic movie palace.

There will be drink specials, free shots, and – for every drink you buy* – another ticket to enter into drawings for ghoulishly great prizes, including annual Theatre Memberships, restaurant gift certificates, gourmet goodie baskets, and tickets to local comedy shows. And if you’re there until 7, we’ll even give away a couple of pairs of tickets to stick around for the 7:30pm screening of – what else? – Halloween.

*No purchase necessary to enter… the first ticket is on us! Must be present to win

Tickets for all of the “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” events are available at the historic Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in the heart of downtown, or online at www.TampaTheatre.org/Nightmare (service fees apply).

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Revelle Witecki at jill@tampatheatre.org or (813) 274-8287

Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.

 

 

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15 Concepts Set to Occupy The Height Public Market (Armature Works) So Far! http://tampabayisawesome.com/15-concepts-set-to-occupy-the-height-public-market-armature-works-so-far/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:11:18 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30149
Slated to open in 2017, The Heights Public Market (HPM) will be located inside The Armature Works building: a 70,000-square-foot former storage and maintenance facility for Tampa’s streetcars that’s also being repurposed to house multiple event spaces, a shared workspace, a rooftop social area and two restaurants. HPM will include an array of unique food concepts designed and operated by local restaurateurs and chefs. Signature offerings will include everything from distinctive cocktails, craft beers, fresh breads and gourmet sandwiches to the finest cheeses and charcuterie, coffee, fresh flowers as well as a pizza parlor, ramen shop and bakery.

HPM will also feature Show + Tell, an interactive kitchen that will host educational cooking classes, corporate team-building activities and pop-up dinners in collaboration with The Heights Public Market tenants.



Currant partners in The Heights Public Market include:
-Hemingway’s Modern Cuban Cuisine- Cuban soul food
-Ichicoro Imoto – A mod, casual authentic Ramen restaurant serving soulful, delicious food and beverages.
-Union by Commune + Co – A local coffee company equipped with a fleet of trikes to share the company’s flagship iced coffee product, —Pressure Brew, at area events.
-Fine and Dandy – A cocktail emporium focusing on package sales, craft cocktail kits and classes.
-Butcher & BBQ – A boutique butcher showcasing charcuterie and artisan cheeses.
-Ava – A pizzeria serving rustic, wood-fired pizzas, salads and assorted paninis that have been created exclusively for The Heights —
-Public Market, with a 900-degree, Italian-made Acunto oven.
-Metropolitan Ministries “Inside The Box” – locally sourced and produced fare including cured meats, cheeses, and sandwiches as well as a speciality items grocery market and community garden.



-O Cocina Taqueria – A street-style taqueria with tacos, bowls, and sangria slushies.
-Swami Juice – A holistic take-out spot with cold-pressed juices, acai bowls, and smoothies.
-Graze 1910 – A retro eatery from Daily Eats vet Raymond Menendez serving an array of comfort food classics as well as breakfast all day
-Cru Cellars – Sommelier-driven wine bar serving over 150 bottles and wine by-the-glass as well as charcuterie boards and steak frites
-Rotating Stall – Every four months a new local eatery will be featured in the market; Surf and Turf & Empamamas will be the first (and second) foodies to set up shop
-Astro Ice Cream Small batch, custom confections that will be 100% fresh and made to order using liquid nitrogen.
-Zukku Sushi – Custom-made, masterful sushi creations including rolls, sushi burritos, and poke bowls.

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Hemingway’s Modern Cuban Cuisine Brings Classic Flavors With A Twist to Armature Works http://tampabayisawesome.com/hemingways-modern-cuban-cuisine-brings-classic-flavors-with-a-twist-to-armature-works/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:00:47 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30139 Cuban soul food, the latest concept to join Heights Public Market

Tampa’s knack for Cuban flavor continues with the arrival of Hemingway’s Modern Cuban Cuisine: a “soul food” eatery plating traditional Cuban classics with a contemporary spin inside Armature Works’ Heights Public Market.

Taking the kitchen reigns will be Felicia Lacalle, who says Cuban cooking is “in her blood” thanks to learning her skills in the most traditional way possible: from her mother. Since then, she’s been perfecting her signature spin on traditional cuisine as the former executive sous and regional pastry chef at Roys as well as executive chef at Samba Room and other notable restaurants.

As her first original concept, Hemingway’s will deliver “an experience” to each visitor. The entire stall within the Heights Public Market (HPM) will be outfitted in bold and vibrant colors, with hearty plates of soul food described as a bringing a “tour of flavors in your mouth.”



“Launching our first concept inside Armature Works couldn’t be a better fit, because I always like to stray away from the ordinary — and that’s not only the essence of Hemingway’s but this entire project as a whole,” says Lacalle. “Our menu will keep the foundation of traditional Cuban flavors, but with a signature twist so people never get bored.”

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu will have an eclectic collection of Cuban comfort food classics including Lacalle’s famous chicharones, palomilla steak sandwich, and the Hemingway Cuban (house-roasted pork, salami, jamon serrano, swiss cheese, house-made pickles, and our special sauce all on La Segunda Bakery Cuban bread).

That “spin” can be found in crafty creations like the The Elenita breakfast sandwich (house-roasted turkey breast smothered in guayaba cream cheese mousse + crispy house-made potato sticks on sweet media noche bread); The Cuban Salchipapa (yucca fries, shredded pork, chicharrones, melted cheese, chopped avocado, crispy onions, aioli duo, fresh chopped cilantro) as well as guava-glazed pork belly, and sides like poblano cheddar saffron grits.

Customers can even custom-make their own “Cuban Bowls” stacked with items like ropa vieja, pollo a la placha and palomilla steak as well as mojo quinoa, yucca fries and garlic tostones. There’s also a swoon-worthy dessert lineup including a dulce de leche-stuffed tres leche cake coated in a house-made chantilly cream and guava & cream cheese mini empanadas with a cinnamon milk dipping sauce.



If that’s not enough, Hemingway’s also plans keep the Cuban spirit(s) alive by serving traditional sangria, wines and cocktails.

Adds Lacalle, “We’re bringing back that cultural flavor to Tampa.”

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New Water Street Illustration Video http://tampabayisawesome.com/new-water-street-illustration-video/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:49:31 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30133
A newly released animatic video shows how Water Street Tampa will come to life over the next decade – from the new infrastructure, to 13 acres of newly imagined public green spaces, and the creation of multiple new city blocks.

Downtown Tampa’s revitalization with Water Street Tampa will include of over 9 million square feet and total over $3 billion of private investment. Currently an area largely consisting of high-speed roadways and surface parking lots, Water Street Tampa will be a new downtown neighborhood that seamlessly blends together the best places to live, work, and play all along the burgeoning Tampa waterfront.

From bike paths and lush green spaces, to specially-curated shopping and culinary experiences that will line the streets, to music and entertainment venues, to museums and educational institutions and more, Water Street Tampa will bring distinctive community and pedestrian-oriented design to Downtown Tampa.



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79 Companies Make Fortune 5000! http://tampabayisawesome.com/79-companies-make-fortune-5000/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:40:08 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30128
You have probably heard that “Tampa Bay has a lot of a little” but this 79 “little guys” are making their mark in the national business community! We may not have a Google or Facebook in our backyard, but there are certainly no shortages of amazing companies and eco-systems in every corner of the bay area.

Check out this awesome group of businesses. 🙂

Where bay area’s 79 firms are based:
-Tampa: 45
-St. Petersburg: 9
-Clearwater: 8
-Brandon: 2
-Gibsonton: 2

25
The Penny Hoarder
9,396%
$20.4m
Media

201
Stratus Video
2,123%
$33.5m
Telecommunications

231
KnowBe4
1,857%
$10m
Security

394
Skyway Capital Markets
1,104%
$7.7m
Financial Services

446
e-TeleQuote Insurance
985%
$18.5m

601
Black Book Research
750%
$4.3m
Health

663
Protect My Car
688%
$81.6m
Insurance



677
Private Label Skin
670%
$37.2m
Manufacturing

731
Harmony Healthcare
626%
$53.1m
Health

820
The Hoth
551%
$4.3m
Advertising & Marketing

828
Next Motorcycle Florida
548%
$9.7m
Retail

852
USA Staffing Services
528%
$8.7m
Business Products & Services

878
Gulf Beach Weddings
508%
$2m
Travel & Hospitality

961
Digital Media Solutions
452%
$98.5m
Media

969
Beneficial Blends dba Kelapo
447%
$8.4m
Food & Beverage

977
Street Smart Transmission
442%
$3.3m
Retail

1002
Dobler Consulting Services
432%
$7.1m
IT Services

1103
Cabinets.com
382%
$21.2m
Retail

1153
SRI Tech Solutions
363%
$11.1m
IT Services

1188
Sparxoo
348%
$2.7m
Advertising & Marketing

1192
Movingplace
347%
$1.9m
Logistics & Transportation

1274
Symphonic Distribution
321%
$5.4m
Media



1276
Blackstone Medical Services
320%
$3.1m
Health

1388
CFO Alliance
293%
$2m
Business Products & Services

1392
Legal Shred
293%
$2.2m
Business Products & Services

1402
Bourbon and Boweties
290%
$3.3m
Consumer Products & Services

1436
Progressive Dental
283%
$8.7m
Advertising & Marketing

1445
PAYKINGS
280%
$5.7m
Financial Services

1464
Environmental Pest Service
277%
$50.5m
Environmental Services

1482
RISA
274%
$3.3m
Government Services

1519
Chacka Marketing
265%
$3m
Advertising & Marketing

1590
A-LIGN
248%
$12.7m
Security

1710
McKay Advertising + Activation
229%
$2.7m
Advertising & Marketing

1807
Focus School Software
214%
$10m
Education



1853
IT Authorities
207%
$12.4m
IT Services

1910
Trident Technical Solutions
201%
$6m
Government Services

2079
Crunch Fitness West Florida and Atlanta
177%
$15.6m
Health

2113
Focal Point Data Risk
174%
$63m
IT Services

2145
Atlas Professional Services
170%
$6.8m
IT Services

2176
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving
168%
$46.9m
Consumer Products & Services

2234
Baldwin Risk Partners
163%
$32.8m
Insurance

2239
Happy’s Home Centers
163%
$6.1m
Consumer Products & Services

2259
mac of all trades
161%
$19.8m
Computer Hardware

2274
Solution Source
160%
$4m
Construction

2286
Herman Integration Services
159%
$9.7m
Business Products & Services

2296
Benzer Pharmacy
158%
$162.7m
Health

2400
The Duncan Duo & Associates
151%
$7m
Real Estate

2447
NewSouth Window Solutions
146%
$41.5m
Consumer Products & Services



2499
ReEmployAbility
142%
$6.2m
Insurance

2513
DAS Health
141%
$11.9m
Health

2548
Rapid Web Services
138%
$8.7m
Security

2609
GovDirect
134%
$8.8m
Computer Hardware

2647
Site Tech Services
132%
$2.9m
IT Services

2689
CWU
129%
$49.1m
Government Services

2932
Power Design
115%
$397.3m
Construction

2983
Shield Watch
112%
$3.1m
IT Services

2996
Monster Transmission
111%
$8.4m
Manufacturing

3067
Lair Services
108%
$3.2m
IT Services

3226
Radiance Medspa
100%
$3.3m
Health

3230
The CMO Club
100%
$3.4m
Advertising & Marketing

3254
Convergence Consulting Group
99%
$17m
IT Services

3258
Corporate Computer Solutions
99%
$9.9m
IT Services

3306
Squaremouth
96%
$6.7m
Travel & Hospitality

3326
Insurance Services Group of the Southeast
96%
$2m
Insurance

3675
Boos Development Group
82%
$61.3m
Real Estate

3726
CTI
80%
$3.3m
Health

3744
BlueGrace Logistics
79%
$188.1m
Logistics & Transportation

3794
Laser Connection
78%
$6.2m
Business Products & Services

3866
ImageMEDIA.com
75%
$7.3m
Advertising & Marketing



4021
AgileThought
70%
$35.3m
Software

4090
Creative Sign Designs
67%
$17.5m
Manufacturing

4165
VENTURE MEDICAL
65%
$3.4m
Business Products & Services

4217
San Francis Veterinary Hospital
63%
$2.8m
Health

4553
RNR Tire Express
54%
$3.1m
Consumer Products & Services

4644
Global Sales
51%
$7.2m
Retail

4649
myMatrixx
50%
$127.5m
Health

4663
Tribridge
50%
$167.3m
IT Services

4755
Onicx
47%
$23.3m
Construction

4969
Engage Behavioral Health
41%
$3.9m
Health

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4 NEWLY Classified Million-Dollar neighborhoods in Tampa Bay! http://tampabayisawesome.com/4-newly-classified-million-dollar-neighborhoods-in-tampa-bay/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:12:54 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30121 According to the stats on Zillow our humble regions number million dollar neighborhoods has tripled over the last three years!

To receive this classification by U.S. Zillow 10 percent of homes in a zip code must be worth at least $1 million.

Presently we have 6 million-dollar ZIP codes in Tampa Bay, 4 of which newly added since 2014:

1, 2, & 3- South Tampa– 33606, 33629, 33609

4. 33701 Downtown St. Petersburg and Old Southeast




5. 33767- Clearwater Beach

6. 33786- Belleair Beach

Since 2014, according to Zillow there are 346 new million-dollar neighborhoods Nationally since 2014.



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Part Yoga, Part Ninja-All Movement, All Awesome- NOW OPEN! http://tampabayisawesome.com/part-yoga-part-ninja-all-movement-all-awesome-now-open/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:50:16 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30117
The Movement Sanctuary is a training center located on 5th Ave North. This is by far one of the coolest gym experiences in all Tampa Bay.

Between a variety of movement-based workshops, classses, and visually outstanding festivals you will be hearing lots more about this place very soon. This 7,000 square foot facility with 35 foot ceilings has walls coverd in beautiful murals from a variety of artists, and the space serves as a lovely venue for any event.

We are most excited about some of their ninja like obstacles 🙂



Check them out at: https://www.themovementsanctuary.com

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Local Documentary hit #1 on iTunes! http://tampabayisawesome.com/local-documentary-hit-1-on-itunes/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:19:47 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30108 FLORIDA MAN TAKES ON HOLLYWOOD WITH A RAG-TAG GROUP OF PODCASTERS

Volume of Pre-Orders Places Documentary Alongside Box Office Heavyweights on iTunes

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Pre-orders for “The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary” have just begun, yet the film has already found its place among the full-length features coming out of Hollywood.  A look at iTunes showed it listed next to a Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler film and a just-released film featuring top names such as Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke.  The expected release for “The Messengers” is August 23rd, which will follow a screening the night before in Anaheim, California.

Originally from Nassau County (New York), Tampa-based CK Productions Executive Producer Chris Krimitsos said, “I’m thrilled to see the response that the film is getting already in the first days of pre-orders on iTunes.  I’ve been proud of The Messengers and had every faith in the impact that it would make and this is bearing that out.”

Screenings on the east coast from Florida to New York proved “The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary” to be much more than a behind-the-scenes study of the popular medium that is seeing rapid nationwide growth.  Audiences openly shared their emotions after watching the film that takes the viewers on a personal journey inside the lives of its featured participants.  Those podcasters run the gamut in terms of location (filming was done in Miami, the Florida Keys, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and the Midwest) as well as diverse cultures.



Scenes in the documentary go from depicting a podcaster whose personal journey with colon cancer is giving hope and support to listeners, to a Hispanic baby boomer who is a longtime enthusiast and podcaster from the gaming community, to an individual who grew from one podcast into an entire Horse Radio Network, plus even a woman who talks about a topic that only podcasting could dare let a show host address – a woman’s menstrual cycle.

The film’s official website is www.TheMessengersDoc.com and has a link to its listing on iTunes.

MEDIAFor more information, contact Bruce Wawrzyniak at 813-317-3684 or bruce@now-hear-this.net or contact Chris Krimitsos at 727-858-8131 or chris@podfest.us.


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Next Gen Skating Rink/Craft Cocktail Bar is Open on Gandy! http://tampabayisawesome.com/next-gen-skating-rinkcraft-cocktail-bar-is-open-on-gandy/ Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:42:02 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=30102
*Photo via the always awesome Kelly Flannery, CEO of South Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Pattini’s  is officially open! They are posted up in the plaza at 4465 West Gandy Boulevard.

This isn’t you old Astro Skate or Skate World- although we wouldn’t mind some Astro Skate Bass room action lol (anyone remember the days!) This is one a massive skating rink and arcade awesome for kids and adults.

BUT!

Also with a craft cocktail and sushi bar.



Best part yet Pattini’s is right next door to our friends at 81Bay Brewing. This plaza has a whole lot of awesomeness going on!

Eat. Skate. Play. Go next door for some delicious beer. Repeat.

All the art you see if for sale courtesy of a partnership with Art Alien. Just hit up a staff member about pricing and that dynamite painting can be on you wall tonight.

Those who are a bit rusty on skates can sign up for lessons; lessons are free for kids 5 and under. It’s also elevating Tampa’s fitness game wit ha new SkateFit experience. Future plans call for a Battle of the Skates, which will crown the best skater/best skate group of Tampa Bay.

If you are not into sushi there is a full menu of other delicious menu items including a Fluffernutter crunch dessert!

Pattini’s is available for rent, as well as for birthday parties and corporate events.

Admission- $15 (regular admission and skate rental); bring your own skates and only pay $10.

Regular hours:

  • Wednesday-Thursday — 4pm-10pm
  • Friday — 4pm-1am
  • Saturday — 11am-1am
  • Sunday — 11am-8pm

Skate lessons take place on Saturday, from 9-10am; SkateFit classes run from 10am-11am on Saturday, as well.

Follow Pattini’s on their websiteFacebook page and Instagram for additional updates.

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