Arts and Entertainment

Brandon Boy Charms Audience At Carnegie Hall In New York City

Brandon Boy Charms Audience At Carnegie Hall In New York City

By Kathy L. Collins Just this past November 30, seven-year-old Elias Phoenix of Brandon wowed a crowd of music lovers as he played two Bach songs on a Steinway on stage in Carnegie Hall in New York City. This opportunity of a lifetime came because Elias placed second in the American ProtegĂ© International Music Talent(…)

Art Students Work Displayed At Bruton Memorial Library

Art Students Work Displayed At Bruton Memorial Library

By Kathy L. Collins The December exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is a collection of the artwork created by the students who attend the Beginner’s Art Class taught by Lou Ann Watson, a local artist and member of the Art Lounge in Plant City. Watson said of the exhibit, “I’m very(…)

Tampa Repertory Theatre Is Innovative, Provocative And Classic

Tampa Repertory Theatre Is Innovative, Provocative And Classic

By Kathy L. Collins Tampa Repertory Theatre, known as TampaRep, was established in June 2011 by C. David Frankel, Ned Averill-Snell and Emilia Sargent. The theatre was started to provide another outlet for the many talent- ed theatre artists in the Tampa area and to focus on the classics from the American Theatre. Since its(…)

Be Pretty As A “Pig”Ture At Center Place’s 22nd Annual Wild Dame Night

Be Pretty As A “Pig”Ture At Center Place’s 22nd Annual Wild Dame Night

By Kathy L. Collins If you are looking for a fun and entertaining event that also benefits a great local organization, then get your tickets to Center Place’s 22nd Annual Wild Dame Night. This fun and fabulous event will take place on Saturday, February 15 at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.(…)

Library Life Story Writing Program Celebrates Publication Of First Book

Library Life Story Writing Program Celebrates Publication Of First Book

By Kathy L. Collins On Thursday, December 5, 56 writers and their families gathered at the Bloomingdale Regional Library in Valrico to celebrate a momentous occasion, the publication of their first anthology of life stories, I Have A Story To Tell… This book is a compilation of stories written by area residents who attended the(…)

Holiday Donations In Need, Shop Local This Season

Staff Report Crossing Church Helps With Angel Tree Project The Crossing Church sows seed into the community each Christmas and for the sixth year in a row it is involved with the Angel Tree project. This year they are helping Clair Mel Elementary and Potter Elementary schools collect donations for needy children. The biggest need(…)

The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin Offers A Variety Of Events For The Whole Family

The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin Offers A Variety Of Events For The Whole Family

By Kathy L. Collins The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin has a great line up scheduled. The line up has something for everyone. Georgia Vahue, Executive Director said, “The Firehouse Cultural Center, a non-profit, offers top quality live entertainment from a variety of talented performers.” Vahue added, “It is simply the best small music and(…)

Artists Display Their Mixed Media Work At The SouthShore Regional Library

Artists Display Their Mixed Media Work At The SouthShore Regional Library

By Kathy L. Collins The current exhibit in the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is a collection of wonderful mixed media. The exhibit features the artwork of three very different but equally talented local artists: Linda Pieroth Smith, Jeanine Tatlock and Harriett Rollitt. Linda Pieroth Smith has 13 pieces in the(…)

Send In Your Creative Designs For The T-Shirt And Logo Contest For The 22nd Annual Manatee Festival Of The Arts

Send In Your Creative Designs For The T-Shirt And Logo Contest For The 22nd Annual Manatee Festival Of The Arts

By Kathy L. Collins The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce wants local artists, both amateurs and professionals, to submit an original design and compete in the 22nd Annual Manatee Festival of the Arts Logo and T-shirt Competition. Amateurs and professionals are on the same playing level. Artists, regardless of age, are invited to submit an entry.(…)

Support The Arts By Becoming A Business Leader’s Choice Sponsor For The Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Arts Show

Support The Arts By Becoming A Business Leader’s Choice Sponsor For The Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Arts Show

By Kathy L. Collins The Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild (EHAG) will hold the 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 9 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds at 2107 W. Oak Ave. in Plant City. This art show has become a highly regarded one. After being judged last(…)