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‘Retro Dreams’ exhibit shows 20+ years of artists’ development

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Two artists are coming together to share a retrospective of work spanning over more than 20 years of artistic development.

David Neace and Tim Gibbons’s “Retro Dreams” art show will take place at The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, through Jan. 25.

Gibbons, of Seminole Heights, is a well-known art instructor who teaches at the Hyde Park Art Studio, the Life Enrichment Center, Arts in the Schools Program and the Crawford Library at Sun City Center.

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Will ‘American Horror Story’ dis Tampa again?

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By CHRISTOPHER SPATATBO.com staff

We knew there would be plenty of Florida references with FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” being set in Jupiter, but we didn’t know Tampa would get dissed so hard by one of the series’ main characters.

As you can see in the video above, shady freak show proprietor Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) revealed she’d rather die than visit our city in the episode “Blood Bath” after saying she’d considered sending the conjoined twins played by Sarah Paulson to Tampa (and yes, we know this episode aired Dec. 3, but some of us have some DVRing to catch up on, OK).

The show’s characters don’t totally slam the Tampa Bay area, though. While throwing an adult fit in front of his mother in Episode 2, murderous rich-boy “Dandy” threatens to run off to “St. Petersburg, where they have real caramel corn, not that cardboard they sell at the freak show.”

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Is CMT’s ‘Party Down South’ partying in Tampa?

Published:   |   Updated: December 16, 2014 at 03:57 PM
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If you haven’t seen the CMT reality series “Party Down South,” the quickest way to sum it up is “Jersey Shore” with sweet tea.

Created by the same producers that taught us what a Snooki was, eight adults are thrown together with beer-funneling, love triangle-ing, day drinking, shirtless outside-the-bar drama, male tramp-stamp tattoos, catfish kissing, a guy named “Daddy” and lots of general sloppiness. But it’s the “South,” so the “Jersey Shore”’s neon tank tops are traded in for camouflage, and there are ATVs, boats and mud.

It’s a tried and true formula that has scored CMT its biggest hit series ever, and it looks like Season 3, premiering in February, might be set in the Tampa area. It’s worth mentioning that Pensacola sent the show packing for Athens, Ga. after a community outcry over the show being set there.

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5 ways to give the taste of Tampa Bay

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By Olivia Stacey

With Christmas around the corner and Hanukkah beginning on Tuesday at sundown, you may be scrambling for those last-minute gifts.

Here’s a list of unique finds that pay homage to the flavors of the unique area we call home.

♦ William Dean Chocolates

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Why Angelina Jolie can’t promote her new ‘Unbroken’ movie

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Angelina Jolie is taking a sick day.

Or several sick days, actually.

Jolie can’t promote “Unbroken,” the new movie she directed, because she’s suffering from chicken pox.

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‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’ author Judy Blume has written new book for adults

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Judy Blume is back with a novel for grown ups.

The author of childhood favorites, like “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Superfudge,” has penned “In the Unlikely Event,” a novel set in early-1950s New Jersey that tells of a series of mysterious plane crashes.

It’s set to be released June 2, according to Blume’s website, which has a pretty great animation on the homepage. Trust me.

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Three babies were born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

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Bringing new life into the world is special in itself, but at least three families had another reason to celebrate the birth of their children on Saturday.

Clare Elizabeth and Hazel Grace were born at 10:11 on 12/13/14. Clare was born to Jennie and Matthew Keane in Massachusetts, and Hazel was born to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman in Ohio, according to The Associated Press. A third baby was born at the same time on Saturday in Montana.

The Keanes didn’t think about the possibility of the unusual time and date combo until a nurse mentioned it, according to the AP. Jennie Keane said she was just glad that 7-pound, 2-ounce Clare wasn’t 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

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Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year

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A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture.

The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

Merriam-Webster based its pick and nine runners-up on significant increases in lookups this year over last on Merriam-Webster.com, along with interesting, often culture-driven — if you will — spikes of concentrated interest.

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Tampa ranks No. 5 in new ‘Best Beer Cities’ list

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Back in October, Tampa fell to Grand Rapids, Mich., in a beer town contest. But a new list puts the Cigar City ahead of its booze rival.

Livability ranks Tampa No. 5 in its “10 Best Beer Cities,” released earlier this week.

“Those lucky enough to live in Tampa find themselves surrounded by breweries pushing the limits of flavor combinations and fermentation,” the story states. “Residents consume slightly more beer than the average American and typically select craft beers over imports or mass produced beer.”

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Tickets for Neutral Milk Hotel at Ruth Eckerd Hall go on sale Friday

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The indie rock gods are watching over the Tampa Bay area.

Neutral Milk Hotel has scheduled a stop in Clearwater next year on their “last tour for the foreseeable future.”

They’ll play Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon and are priced at $32.25, $38.75 and $99 for a package that includes dinner and other extras.

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