Seen and Heard
Here’s something cute to finish out your work week. Or start your weekend. Whichever you prefer.
This itty bitty gorilla was born at Busch Gardens on Tuesday, marking the second successful gorilla birth at the park, according to a press release.
He’s an endangered western lowland gorilla, and first-time mother Pele is caring for him under the supervision of the Busch Gardens animal care team, according to the release.
The Gasparilla Music Festival on Thursday announced an eclectic first wave of acts for the annual two-day event this March in downtown Tampa.
The lineup includes punk rockers Gogol Bordello and Gaslight Anthem, folk artists Trampled by Turtles and Hiss Golden Messengers, indie group Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and alt-rock band Roadkill Ghost Choir.
Also on the bill are funk acts Dumpstaphunk and Hot 8 Brass Band, Afro-soul group The Budos Band, country newcomers Margo and the Price Tags, and bluegrass quintet Packway Handle Band.
The Associated Press
Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from its screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the “The Interview.”
The cancellation, announced today, was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace.
Sony said it was cancelling “The Interview” release “in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film.” The studio said it respected and shared in the exhibitors’ concerns.
Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik has big plans for the Channel District.
He isn’t just developing some new buildings there, according to TBO.com; he’s remaking an entire area of downtown into a new neighborhood and nearly building a second skyline.
Vinik, who owns or controls the bulk of the land in the area, unveiled a master plan Wednesday. The project includes nearly a dozen new buildings, including hotels, office buildings, apartment towers, restaurants, medical school facilities, retail promenades, parks and entertainment venues.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.