Mascara-blackened tears streamed Mariella Lontana's freckled cheeks as she tossed her apron and feathered cap into the dumpster outside the Nottingham Diner. For six years, since the week of her 16th birthday, she had schlepped dishes and poured refills at the Inwood, Long Island, mom-and-pop. Sure, she hated the job, but Papa's lectures and the precise snap... Continue Reading →
Sometimes music can take over you in a feverish, festive dance. During this moment of sweaty abandon you feel inextricably connected with everyone around you, and the past bleeds with the present. That's the feeling you'll get from the neofolk ensemble Kalàscima. The exuberant Southern Italian band performs tonight in Miami in the North Beach Bandshell in celebration... Continue Reading →
America's misguided attachment to guns, the industry's lack of regulation must be addressed in the wake of these mass shootings, but there are other societal factors at play. American culture fetishizes dominance, violence and fear. Take our action movies, for instance -- they are vastly unlike the ones I grew up with -- they... Continue Reading →
Give Me Back My Man -- B-52's, by Janelle Monae with Andre 3000. https://youtu.be/Hl_EEpRfrkk
We all have shared observations that we sometimes don't even know we have. Even when our thoughts and opinions of a person, place or thing seem especially weird or nuanced, almost invariably, someone else has made the very same observation. The need to define phenomena of our times has also inspired this ostensibly handy reference guide to... Continue Reading →
Extreme fatigue today but here are some semi-coherent thoughts to document this historic day. 1.) Have the sun and moon let all this attention to to their big heads? They are so 8 hours ago. Wish they could put on their act without requiring the purchase of accessories to view them. So high maintenance. Prima donnas, I... Continue Reading →
Whether you're already an opera aficionado or are willing to experience the classic performing arts genre for the first time, there are three compelling reasons you should experiencing Opera Tampa's production.
Clearwater-Largo Road used to be one of the most depressed thoroughfares in Pinellas County. Though the long, curvy road borders one of Tampa Bay's most affluent areas — Belleair — the road itself used to represent an extreme example of wealth disparity. No more. The past decade has seen encouraging growth in growth and retail in... Continue Reading →