Jane Castor Energizes Tampa Arts Community

    By Jim Bleyer If Variety reviewed the Mayor’s Forum on the Arts, held Wednesday night at Hillsborough Community College, the gathering would have been described as nothing less than “boffo.” In fact, the venerable staple of entertainment news might have showered the Tampa event with more superlatives than …

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Carlson Harbors Big Ambitions for Tampa

  By Jim Bleyer Don’t be deceived by Bill Carlson’s calm demeanor.  The rookie city councilman’s passion for Tampa runs wide, deep, and beyond his avid penchant for a good cigar. Along with enthusiasm for all things Tampeño, Carlson brings to City Hall a world view, willingness to explore and …

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Tampa Mayoral Race Exposes Fractured Community

    By Jim Bleyer The 2019 Tampa mayoral campaign hasn’t brought out the best and the brightest but it has cast a spotlight on the fractured culture and numerous special interest factions fighting for the heart, soul, and wallet of Florida’s third largest city. The seven-candidate lineup resembles a …

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Yayoi Kusama: From Nowhere to Infinity

By Jim Bleyer Forget the old saw that the long-suffering, brilliant, starving artist achieves fame only after death. Yayoi Kusama, at age 89, sits on top of the international art world.  Her nearly 3-year “Infinity Mirrors” kaleidoscopic feast at five North American museums has drawn multitudes of art lovers.  The …

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With Chagall Exhibit, Polk Museum A Worthy Destination

    By Jim Bleyer The li’l ole Polk County Museum of Art on Lakeland’s Florida Southern College campus brims with visitors. The reason: a display of works by Belarus-born Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the world’s most pre-eminent modernists.   The “Chagall: Stories into Dreams” smash lures residents from …

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How to Obtain Tickets for Boffo ‘Infinity Mirrors’ Exhibit

  By Jim Bleyer Yayoi Kusama’s spectacular “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition enters the final stage of its two-year North American tour de force November 18 at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and demand for tickets to the multi-media show is soaring. Dubbed by many as the art world’s “Hamilton”, the  exhibition …

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