Thursday, March 21, 2013
The annual teen talent competition features nine finalists from all over the Bay area, including one from Largo High School.
Largo Teen Idol 2013, the annual talent competition that features young performers from all over the Tampa Bay area, takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Largo Cultural Center. Ten finalists were chosen from an original pool of roughly forty contestants, according to event organizer Andre Jones. As is the case each year since the competition began in 2006, Jones expects about 250 people to turn out to cheer on the talented contestants. “What makes this competition great is we meet talented people every year,” Jones said Wednesday night as the finalists went through rehearsals. “I’m a recording artist also, so to see all these talented kids on stage every year, it gets me totally excited. I love it.” Participants in the competition range…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The downtown community art gallery is the culmination of a lifelong dream for owner Tanya Pistillo.
When we first reported the news that a new community art gallery was opening on West Bay Drive, owner Tanya Pistillo was still in the planning phase of the project. Three weeks later the Wandering Star Gallery’s grand opening is set for this Saturday, and Pistillo is also busy working on plans to host community events at nearby Ulmer Park. To say it’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Pistillo would be an understatement. But the energetic artist is eager to begin her journey to enliven the community she grew up in. “It’s been crazy. I’ve been working around the clock like a madwoman for the past few weeks,” Pistillo said from the gallery, located at 220 West Bay Drive. “But the support I have received has been great. The flooring was …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Get your tickets for an Evening with Groucho at the Largo Cultural Center on April 21. The two-act performance includes one-liners, anecdotes and songs from Groucho Marx.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Project Broadway workshop will review dance steps, teach vocal harmony and work on scenes. At the end of the workshop participants will perform a showcase at the Largo Cultural Center. The workshop begins March 25, registration is underway.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tanya Pistillo is opening a community art gallery on West Bay Drive, and her plans go way beyond brick and mortar success.
Tanya Pistillo has a vision for her hometown. The lifelong Largo resident hopes to unite the community via her new West Bay gallery, Wandering Star, which she is currently working feverishly to open. And even though the self-professed straight shooter admits she has little working capital and no formal art training, she possesses something more vital for what she plans to do — talent and passion. “I’ve always been artistic, ever since I was eight years old,” she said during a break. “And I’m very community driven. So I started thinking what could I do that’s bigger for this community?” “I’ve never taken a formal art class,” she added. “But if all I have is my hands, put it together with my heart and I’m unstoppable.” Pistillo’s vision is…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Find out where you can catch some of the Best Picture nominees in theaters before Sunday's awards show.
Excited to watch the Oscars this weekend? Still trying to check out some of the nominated films at the theater before you make your Best Picture picks? You're in luck, because a few of the nominees are still playing. You can use the Moviefone widget attached to this story to find local showtimes here in Largo. Just enter the name of the movie you're interested in to find if it's playing in a theater near you. The Oscars air at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC. Here is a list of this year's nominees for Best Picture: Sound off, Largo: What's your pick for Best Picture? Let us know in the comments section below. Sign up for the Largo Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Grammy Foundation is taking nominations for its first-ever music educator award, and there’s $10,000 on the line for the winner.
They battle in the trenches every day teaching youngsters about Beethoven, Bach and the importance of proper form when signing or playing a musical instrument. In some students, they inspire a simple appreciation for music. In others, they foster a passion that leads them on a path toward life on the stage. Because of all they do, the Grammy Foundation says music educators rock and now it wants to honor them with a new award it intends to roll out next year. Nominations for the first-ever Music Educator Award are now open and the Grammy Foundation is looking for suggestions from all over the country, including right here in Largo. “For every performer who makes it to the Grammy stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The popular reality show "Restaurant Impossible" filmed at Smitty's Restaurant in Clearwater on Wednesday. Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes? During a previous visit, Celebrity chef Robert Irvine explained what the cameras don't show.
The parking lot outside Smitty's Restaurant in Clearwater saw a flurry of activity Wednesday morning, as the popular Food Network reality show "Restaurant Impossible: filmed a segment under a tight deadline. Large white tents were set up in Smitty's parking lot. Construction crews scrambled to give a new look to furniture from the restaurant. In another area of the parking lot, a production crew was interviewing two people who may have been restaurant workers, managers or perhaps even the owners. Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who is the star of the show, walked quickly outside of the restaurant while talking on a cell phone. If you're a fan of the show, it's a familiar scene; Irvine and his crew scramble to give a makeover to a struggling …
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine is at Smitty's Restaurant in Clearwater this week for a taping of his Food Network show, "Restaurant Impossible."
Are you a fan of the reality show "Restaurant Impossible?" A local restaurant is getting a makeover from celebrity chef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Network show. Restaurant Impossible crews were working inside two large white tents set up in the parking lot of Smitty's restaurant, 4890 122nd Ave. N., in Clearwater on Monday afternoon. In each segment of "Restaurant Impossible," Irvine tries to help troubled restaurants by revamping the menu, identifying and fixing staff and management problems, and giving the restaurant a makeover using a $10,000 budget. Crews were to be filming at Smitty's Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. No one answered the phone at Smitty's Monday afternoon. A sign on the door read, "We are …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Warm Bodies, Mama and Les Miserables(2012) are a few of the movies showing this weekend at the Largo Mall.
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