Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: “Bud Lee’s America”

Bud Lee and friends decorate Cuban Club

Bud Lee and friends decorate Cuban Club

A thrill-filled ride through the Baby Boomer decades via Bud Lee’s photographic arts.

From Tampa Bay Times:

The breadth of photographer Bud Lee’s talent and career is on display at Tampa’s Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St., through Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

A stroke in 2003 pretty much ended his long, successful run as a cultural chronicler whose work appeared in the New York TimesVogueand Rolling Stone, for example.

Lee was also a driving force in creating a rollicking arts community in Ybor City. A benefit and closing party is 6 to 8 p.m. today, hosted by another Ybor activist, Paul Wilborn, who will talk about the late great Artists and Writers Ball and Guavaween, still going strong, with historic photos and mementos on view such as this one of Lee decorating for one of the balls.

You can also order signed, limited editions of Lee’s iconic photographs. All donations and proceeds will be given to the Bud Lee Foundation.

– Lennie Bennett

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Cuban Sandwich Show

2011 Cuban Sandwich Show poster

2011 Cuban Sandwich Show poster – Kelly Young – Nightcat Studio

The Cuban Sandwich Show is planned for the entire month of June in Tampa, Florida, as an annual arts celebration with “Tampa and/or Cuban sandwiches” the subject of ALL the art, in ALL mediums.

The event is family-friendly and inclusive of all individuals (children, emerging artists, professionals, non-Tampa residents), organizations, venues and businesses to participate in a capacity of their choosing, be it one hour or the full month. The Artists and Writers Group intends this to become a cultural highlight of the summer season in Florida.

The purpose of the Cuban Sandwich Show is to introduce and draw new audiences to ALL corners of Tampa and its many unique neighborhoods. The month-long festival will provide destinations across the city with events both day and evening hours, encouraging exploration of Tampa.

Activities will range from single-night performances to month-long visual art exhibitions, with the majority of events free and open to the public.

Participating businesses, cultural centers, restaurants, galleries, museums and other venues will design and control their specific participation/event with guidance and marketing from the Artists and Writers Group at a level appropriate for each participant.

Participants include The PyramidArts Council of Hillsborough County Advisory CommitteeTre AmiciYbor City Saturday MarketLa FranceKing CoronaMC FilmfestHCC-Ybor City art galleryDon Vicente InnNew World BrewerySilver Meteor GalleryMichelle Faedo’s Deli,Florida Museum of Photographic ArtBamboozle Café’Community Stepping StonesMcDonald Training CenterWMNF RadioHyde Park Art CenterGrown Man StudiosGram’s Place, among numerous others.

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Fundraiser for Community Stepping Stones

Pink Friday Poster

Pink Friday Poster

Local artists and performers will appear at 8 pm Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in “Pink Friday – A Night With The Arts“, a fundraiser for Community Stepping Stones. The event will be at PLAY, Ybor, 1901 North 15th Street, Tampa, Florida.

The benefit, presented by the Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, will feature Jeremy Gloff, DJ Pancakz, the piano stylings of Miss Sage, and many more. Tickets are $8 at the door and include drink specials and finger food.

You can learn more about Community Stepping  Stones at their website http://CommunitySteppingStones.net.

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Call for Entries – Festival of the Moving Image

2011 Poster for Festival of the Moving Image

2011 Festival of the Moving Image Poster – Designed by Kelly Young, Night Cat Studio

The HCC-Ybor Festival of the Moving Image invites all FLORIDA filmmakers, both students and professionals, to send your titles for possible screening at the festival in March, plus be eligible for merit awards that total $2400 in cash awards.

**Please note that filmmakers from around the world are still welcome to submit films for consideration – however, in these special economic times, forgive us for being Florida-centric and supporting our neighbors.

Deadline: Postmarked by March 1, 2011
Notification: On or about March 7, 2011
Student Entry Fee: $20.00 (one to four films per filmmaker)
Independent Filmmaker Entry Fee: $30.00 (one to four films per filmmaker)

Send DVD(s) and requested information with entry fee to:

David Audet, Festival Director
Hillsborough Community College
2112 N. 15th Street
Tampa, Florida 33605

The awards are provided by Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City Campus, Atlantic&Pacific Productions of Tampa, and the University of South Florida, Tampa campus. This year the awards are divided into three categories for Florida student filmmakers and one for Florida independent filmmakers. Continue reading

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Encaustic Workshop January 22

The first of several Art Technique Workshops offered in 2011 by the Artists and Writers Group will be a one-day focus on encaustic painting Saturday, January 22.

Taught by Melissa Fair, the workshop will be noon to 4pm at Grown Man Studios, 6412 Central Avenue in Tampa, FL. The workshop is designed for all levels, beginner to experienced, and the fee is $125 which includes supplies.

Registration deadline is January 17, 2011. Space is limited to 15 students.

For more information, please contact Melissa Fair at medusa-.1@hotmail.com.

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Yart Sale December 4

Yart Sale Sign

Yart Sale is December 4, 2010

The annual Artists and Writers Group Yart Sale is Saturday, December 4, 2010, at Grown Man Films, 6412 Central Ave. in Tampa, Florida.

Yart is an opportunity to purchase high quality art at “yard sale” prices as selected local artists clear out their studios. Featured artists are Melissa Fair, Lori Ballard, Eliz Mitchell, Linda Alexander, David Audet and others with work ranging from artsy, funk, curios, to just plain “stuff”.

Hot coffee and grilled hot dogs.

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Tres Cuentos, One Cuba November 8


El Mayor - Tres Cuentos, One Cuba

Tres Cuentos, One Cuba will be presented at 7:30 pm Monday, November 8, 2010, at Grown Man Brand Studios in Seminole Heights, Tampa, Florida. $5.00 donation includes good fresh coffee.

Tampa poet laureate James Tokley, Sr., photographer David Audet and Cuban composer and guitarist Alfredo Rivero will share their stories and contributions to the documentary film Tres Cuentos, One Cuba, directed by Fred Smith.

This event is part of the bi-annual Arte: Tampa Bay’s Festival of the Americas— a celebration of Caribbean and South American culture. www.artefestival.org.

Fred Smith wants to round out the work-in-progress with a live audience asking questions of James, David and Alfredo about Cuba and their project, with the intent of inserting some of the taped interviews into the final edit.

So join us for an evening with Tampa poet laureate James Tokley, Sr., reading several of his poems inspired by the (projected) black and white photographs of Cuba by David Audet, with live acoustic music by Cuban composer and guitarist Alfredo Rivero who created the soundtrack for Tres Cuentos, One Cuba.

Grown Man Brand Studios is located at 6412 Central Avenue, Seminole Heights, Tampa. (Between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenue, one block off of I-275). For more information call: 813-238-6242.

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Ybor Jazz Festival November 3-7

The inaugural Ybor Jazz Festival comes to the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College November 3 through 7 with a eclectic range of jazz;  from small combo to big band, from blaring horns to acoustic guitars and violins, from bee-bop to Latin and from solo grand piano to the silky vocals of masters of the jazz “art song”.

Each day of the festival will feature two performances, the more informal Prelude in the cabaret style Studio Theatre and the Festival Concert upstairs in the Mainstage Theatre. Both rooms are in the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Building at 2204 N. 15th Street Tampa, FL 33605.

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2010 Deep Carnivale Album on Facebook

Ferdie Pacheco spins a tale

Ferdie Pacheco spins a tale at the 2010 Deep Carnivale – Photo by Kimberly Buchheit

Artist Kimberly Buchheit has shared her photographs she captured during the 2010 Deep Carnivale Celebration of Words. You can view the album at her Facebook page.

Thanks, Kimberly!

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St. Petersburg Times: “Family-friendly Festival”


Newspaper Jacket - Kim Buchheit

Newspaper Jacket by Kim Buchheit for Exquisite Corpse

St. Petersburg Times book editor,  Collete Bancroft, wrote an article praising Deep Carnivale as a “family-friendly festival” offering ” plenty of performances, games and activities for children all day Saturday”.

She was particularly enchanted with the appearance of Ybor City native son, Ferdie Pacheco, “famed fight doctor, painter and raconteur”, who will read from his latest book, Tales From the 5th Street Gym: Ali, the Dundees, and Miami’s Golden Age of Boxing, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

You can read the entire story here.

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Festival of the Moving Image logo

The Festival of the Moving Image presents established filmmakers, newly emerging videographers, and performance artists in a multi-day festival.

The 2011 Festival of the Moving Image was March 23-27 in Ybor City, the historical district of Tampa.

Deep Carnivale logo

Deep Carnival - A Festival of Words is a literary festival presenting authors, poets, songwriters and artists who read from and discuss their work.

The 2010 Deep Carnival 2010 took place September 10-11 in historic Ybor City, in Tampa, Florida.


Homemade is a symposium for artists who make music in both traditional and radical ways. It explores digital recording, Internet distribution and how to compose and self-publish music.

The 2010 Homemade Music Symposium happened June 12-13.