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.

Weekend Top Ten 12/24-27: Have a Merry Movie Christmas!

If your Christmas weekend usually includes a trip to the movies, you’re in luck this year — and you might not even have to leave the house.

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, […]

Outdoor table
Take it outside: A party alternative Floridians can appreciate. Photography by Avery.

Holiday Party Planning: How to celebrate, 2020-style

This season, with its Mount Crumpit-size challenges and uncertainty, could be a catalyst for a new kind of celebration

"The August Virgin."

dR Daily: Watch a Tampa Theatre movie — from home!

Last weekend the AMC and Regal chains re-opened some of their theaters, but judging from responses I saw on Facebook, folks were none too eager to rush in. But if you’re still hankering for a good movie — a good independent or foreign-made flick, the type that sometimes gets classified as “art-house” — you need […]

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 […]

Downing performing on his balcony.

Who's that guy singing up there? The story behind David Downing's "Balcony Live"

On the second floor balcony, there’s a man at his piano.  He croons “Moon River” in a breathy baritone while accompanying himself on the keyboard. The sun is setting. People are arrayed on the lawn of the condo building across the street, safely distanced in couples or small groups. Folks out for a walk in […]

A sampling of the sweepstakes offerings in the ALL-IN Challenge.

Go ALL-IN: Fanatics, Inc.'s amazing celebrity sweepstakes to feed those in need

In the middle of March, Michael Rubin began to realize how bad the COVID-19 situation was getting and decided he needed to do something. As fate would have it, that same weekend Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania called him to ask for help in assisting with the production of masks and […]

Miragevision retrofits name-brand TVs for outdoor use so you watch them in your backyard — or on deck.

Shelter Upgrades, Part 2: Advice on your devices from a local electronics expert

As our isolation continues, we’re using our devices more and more. And maybe they’re not giving us all that we want.  We called our friend Rick Shook, owner of Rick’s Electronics Boutique in downtown St. Pete, for some upgrade suggestions — from cheap and functional, to pricey and extravagant. First, a consumer tip: If Amazon/Amazon […]

An amplifier to get amped up about.

Shelter Upgrades, Part I: How to improve your sound system without waiting for Amazon

My amp died.  Technically it was a Marantz SR5005 A/V Receiver. The black box had reliably driven my SurroundSound and audio systems for more than 10 years, so I couldn’t really be mad at it. The Marantz had served me well. It was exhausted. RIP, Marantz. My wife Bonnie and I tried using just the […]