Fairgrounds' welcome mural, created by Derek Donnelly and inspired by vintage Florida postcards, contains numerous hints to what's inside. Photo: Todd Bates.

A peek inside Fairgrounds St. Pete: Expect the unexpected

Surprises are in store for visitors to Fairgrounds St. Pete, an immersive art experience opening soon in a 1,500-sq-ft. building on the outskirts of the Warehouse Arts District.

They bought Jack Kerouac’s house in St. Pete. Now what?

Ken and Gina Burchenal weren’t planning on buying Jack Kerouac’s old house on 10th Avenue N. in St. Pete’s Disston Heights neighborhood.  They were heading to lunch one lazy Saturday morning last October. One of their kids had told them about an open house at the nondescript brick ranch home on the corner of 10th […]

Green Light Cinema: The Little Movie House That Could

If you’re a movie lover, spare a thought for Mike Hazlett. Back in March, he was all set to open his new indie movie theater, Green Light Cinema, in the heart of downtown St. Pete. Then Covid struck. With a vengeance. “We were going to have a grand opening. Lots of VIPs. Champagne. Popcorn. Lots […]

Weekend Top Ten 12/10-13: Floridarama, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and holiday cheer

The holidays are in full spin, including the opening of a major new arts center in St. Pete, live music at Ruth Eckerd and lots more. The Factory First Look & #Floridarama Pop-up. A 6.5-acre swath of South St. Pete is the site of The Factory, a new center for local arts and literary exploration, […]


Sarasota Art Museum & SarasotaMOD: Architecture is the star this weekend

 The old Sarasota High School has been on the Tamiami Trail as long as you’ve been driving it. Little has changed on the facade of the red-brick, Collegiate Gothic-style building since it was built in 1926. If you passed by recently and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s time to turn back for […]

Pilot Bank CEO Roy Hellwege (left) and MOSI President & CEO Julian Mackenzie (right) display the $10,000 check with help from Nicole Stott, MOSI Chief Operating Officer Rob Lamke and Pilot President Rita Lowman.

People Helping People: Pilot Bank Executive Forum with Astronaut Nicole Stott

On Aug. 13, Pilot Bank welcomed NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott to an Executive Forum event at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, during which Pilot presented a check for $10,000 to MOSI. Stott shared her experience of living and working in space for 104 days and talked about Space for Art, an exhibition of artworks (including […]

Creative Clay Executive Director Kim Dohrman (left) with Hal & Willi.

Mask Appeal: Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky cover up in style

Now that face coverings have become so central to our health, we might as well wear them in style. In that regard there are few couples with a stronger mask game than Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky. A stylish pair no matter what the occasion, they’re longtime supporters of the local arts scene, particularly theater […]

A still from the American Stage Shakespeare Lite production of "Othello" on Zoom.

O is for Online Arts: COVID can't stop creativity

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue one letter at a time. The print edition arrives in mailboxes later this month, after which we hope it’ll take up residence for a good long while on Tampa Bay’s finest coffee tables. If you can’t wait for the hard copy, here’s […]

Alamy photo courtesy Tampa Theatre.

dR Daily: Send the kids to movie camp — virtually

Summer camp plans have been thrown into disarray for many families, but Tampa Theatre has come up with a very entertaining variation — a camp in which kids can learn how to make movies from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Backyard Movie-Maker Virtual Summer Camp will offer online instruction for budding directors […]

Tyler Putnam as the Pirate King in Opera Tampa's "Pirates of Penzance." Will Staples photo.

Weekend Top Ten: 10 hopeful signs for the local arts scene

It’s tough right now for any of us to plan for the future, and that’s painfully true for the artists and arts organizations our area is known for. Performances cancelled or postponed, galleries and museums closed, movie shoots upended, everything in limbo and funds drying up — it’s a scary time. Yet, in the midst […]