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Neighborhood Meeting this Tues, Feb 21
Feb 21
David Hoover from Riviera Bay Civic Association ·

LOCATION: Willis Johns (Fossil Park) Rec Center, 6635 MLK St N (9th St)

TIME: Social starts at 6:30pm, Meeting starts promptly at 7pm

AGENDA: Police & possibly Fire reports - Membership vote on insurance issue - brief Rowdies presentation w/door prizes - (possible) speaker from Planning Dept about Wawa installation just south of 87th Ave (haven't heard back yet) - (possible) & SeeClickFix tutorial - neighborhood elections for officers and committees, list of volunteers, setting agenda for 2017
WANTED: Best Seafood Chefs in Pinellas County
Aug 14
The 35th Annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach, FL is announcing the 3rd Annual Chef Showdown.

We all know St. Petersburg has the best seafood restaurants. But this is a chance for local restaurants to prove they’re the best and be named “Best Seafood in the County.” Local chefs will do battle head to head in an effort to showcase their talent and their restaurant.

The Chef Showdown is open to all restaurants offering a seafood item on their menu. The All-Star panel of judges will award prizes for “Best Seafood”.
The Chef Showdown is the Kick-Off event to the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Thursday, October 27th at the Main Stage Area.

Spots are limited to 12 participants and you don’t want to be left standing on the dock! The entry fee is $100 and must be submitted by September 26th.. Every Chef Showdown participant will be featured on our website and in our VIP advertising.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Pinellas County Schools, as well as a non-profit merchant’s organization that advocates and supports small businesses and the Fishermen Lost at Sea memorial in John’s Pass Village.

Festival Chairperson, Sonny Flynn, started this competition two years ago.

“The John’s Pass Seafood Festival is celebration of our local seafood and culture. We want to showcase the fabulous culinary talent we have right in our backyard. We believe our Chef Showdown is fun way for our local chefs to demonstrate their talent and show festival goers how much work goes into creating a delicious seafood dish.” Flynn said.

For 35 years, the John’s Pass Seafood festival has featured non-stop musical performances from some of the best bands, hundreds of craft vendors, hundreds of local businesses, amazing seafood and has always been FREE to the public.

This year the festival has expanded to four days and includes a Halloween Block Party, featuring an Adult Costume Contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes on Friday, October 28th. The Battle of The Gulf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 29th will challenge anglers of all skill levels. On Sunday, October 30th at 12:30 we will attempt to break the official World Record Bloody Mary Toast with over a thousand participants raising their glasses.

The Festival is hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association and is always held on the last full weekend of October. This year the festival runs from October 27th through October 30th. Gates open at 10am and close at 11pm.

For parking and free shuttle service information please visit our website at or call 727.322.5217.
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Feb 16
It’s Gasparilla time again but this year the film creating the big buzz is the break out action film “King Charles.” With over one hundred films showcasing at this year’s event one local made film in particular stands out amongst them. The locally made action/drama “King Charles.” Rod Grant an actor/producer, teamed up with his pal Nicholas Naylor to produce the feature film. The partnership seemed to have paid off. The festival happens March 2-9th. The two actors, writers and producer/director embarked on the film journey last summer setting out to make a drama that would, quite simply, entertain audiences. The film, starring newcomers “Hilton Roberts III,” “Priscella Henriquez” and “Michael Santi,” is about a shady DEA agent (Roberts) who loses his partner to the city’s crime lord then sets out for revenge at any cost. “I got the idea to write it years ago and just felt like it made for a great film.” States Grant. The film is creating a huge buzz in the local film community. Though still in its festival run the film is receiving lots of excitement. “It’s great that people are liking the film…we just wanted to make something we hoped would entertain people,” states Grant. Both guys aren’t new to the film scene. With over 50 films between them. Both are actors, writers, producers. And both want to create an impact on the local film scene. “We want to show the world that Tampa is a wonderful city and a great place to produce their films,” adds Grant with enthusiasm. Naylor began as a child actor when he caught the acting bug. He’s since gone on to appear in over 20 films, as well as writing, directing and producing. Grant started as an author then crossed over into acting. Since then he’s gone on to appear in over 35 films, as well as written and produced. The pair share a very admirable and likeable friendship. “How many people can say they’ve made a good, quality movie?” States Naylor. “We’re both very proud of the accomplishment and can’t wait for it to come out on DVD.” He adds. “We both love what we do, and it’s all we want to do, so hopefully this is a continuation of a long and wonderful career,” says Grant, with humility. And it’s a humility you can clearly see. “King Charles” is exciting and no doubt a step in the right direction for these two local film-makers. Spend a great night at the movies and come and show your support for the Tampa arts. To find out more about the film visit the films Facebook page (type in the movie title) or Gasparilla’s website for show times:

Get your tickets early though because this film is selling out!
Contact: Olga Favrow
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Singer/Songwriter Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of, Walking In Twos EP feat. Legendary Stephen Stills
Feb 16
Los Angeles - Singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid is releasing a new EP in support of, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children. The EP also features other original songs and will release worldwide on all digital platforms March 3, 2017, along with a limited physical release. The project’s goal is to create a self-sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song's downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines.

By making state-of-the art teaching technology available, while at the same time seeing to the need for proper food and clothing, insures a prosperous, personal and professional future for young minds in the country. Amanda is a professional singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA and she is the Cultural Ambassador to the organization. Their overall mission is to supply rural government elementary schools throughout the Philippines, beginning on Mindanao, with modern educational equipment, food and clothing. They do this by dedicating profits generated through AEGIS, and from donations by private individuals, businesses and/or institutional entities.

Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an American mother and Lebanese father. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in the 1990s, Amanda immediately began working with some of the best musicians on the scene. She gained major notoriety when she lent her voice to “A Place in Time,” the haunting theme song from Paramount's TV series The 4400, which premiered in 2004. Amanda's 2010 CD release This Life garnered rave reviews from fans and music press from around the world. Brian Ball of Woman's Radio touted “This Life is the perfect half-hour escape from the boundaries of time and space altogether,” and Paul Fleck, former Executive Director of Marketing of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group praised, “This Life is unquestionably Amanda’s most accomplished work to date.” Tapping into her early musical influences from her childhood, Amanda infuses a sensual and seductive Middle East flair to her music.

The song “Walking In Twos” was inspired by Amanda Abizaid’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children in Haduan Village when she was abroad in 2016. “I shook hands with every child and they told me their names,” Amanda recalls. “This is how the magic of this song began.” The village of Haduan is situated in the Southeastern foothills of the Pinatubo Volcano Range, across the Secovia Lahar River Basin. Visiting the village requires walking a few miles through rugged dirt paths, crossing a wide river, and a tropical wet dirt hike through the mountains. “When I arrived at their village,” says Amanda, “I entered their little stone classroom and soon began singing to my acoustic guitar instrumental of 'Walking In Twos' walking in between the tables and chairs. They smiled and their eyes lit up. In their indigenous language, they yelled out how much they loved the melody, clapping joyfully and asked what it meant. That's when I knew I was on to something special.”

Amanda made a strong impression on the children, and on her way home, a barefoot little girl named Lilibeth walked by her side. “Together we hiked down the mountain, crossing the unstable wooden roped bridge high over the river to the other side. We walked until we reached the paved road—the main entry of their village to civilization.” The children also made a strong impression on Amanda, and when it came time to record the song she had them sing in their native language on the chorus. “For the Aeta to agree to perform on my song 'Walking In Twos' is a first time event for them, and for the world to hear these children's voices.”

Amanda Abizaid wrote and produced the Walking In Twos EP, and sings and plays flute and piano as well. Stephen Stills is a legendary singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He plays guitar on the title track. “To have Stephen Stills performance on the project is an amazing honor,” says Amanda, “and together with the support of the Aeta children this project is a wonderful opportunity to share and help them through music.”

The new Walking In Twos EP features an electronica remix of Amanda’s original title track produced by Lindsay Gillis, a Los Angeles based musician and songwriter who has worked with Ron Fair, Dennis Dreith and Steve Deutsch. The Walking In Twos EP also includes five original songs: “One Love,” Amanda’s most recent acoustic reggae rock single, featuring bi-lingual lyrics; “Promises Of Love,” a trip hop World beat track featuring Egyptian oud player Ahmed Kamal (creative singer and composer) both co-produced with Raj Ramayya (Cowboy Bebop, Beautiful Losers, Pokemon, Strawberry Hill Music) and Théo Nogueira; “Set It Up,” a trip hop track featuring World flute melodies; “Lion’s Den,” an acoustic rock track with a touch of electronica; and “Release Me,” an ambient electronic bi-lingual track co-produced with Mixman Shawn.

Other featured musicians on this work are bassist Mike Mennell and acoustic guitarist Lindsay Gillis. Mike Mennell is a bassist and singer in Southern California who has been friends with and worked alongside Amanda for the past 16 years. Lindsay Gillis is a Los Angeles based musician/songwriter, survivor of numerous Southern California gigs and sessions, and collaborates with Amanda on the songwriting project “Someday Girl.”

Other contributions of note include MI (Musicians Institute) students performing drums under Stewart Jean, a drummer and educator based in Los Angeles, California, currently the Program Chair for Drums at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Also featured are local Buddhist children and the Aeta children from Village of Haduan, Philippines singing in their native language on the chorus, and Mark Stephen Weitz from '60s legends Strawberry Alarm Clock performing Wurlitzer on the track. Bill Dasheill was the engineer.

“The hard work and dedication of Amanda Abizaid shows all over this new track 'Walking In Twos'! Thank you for asking me to play on this new project. The addition of the Aeta Filipino children's voices recorded 'on site' really brought even more life to an already upbeat and spiritually uplifting song. You are truly a SAINT!” - Mark Stephen Weitz

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West Coast Players presents THE LYONS by Nicky Silver
Feb 06
West Coast Players presents the dark comedy, THE LYONS by Nicky Silver, March 3 - 19, 2017

As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room make-over. Ben and Rita have been at war for many years and when they’re joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets and vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. Can the family take the first tentative steps toward new human connection? “Black comedy perfection.” –Hollywood Reporter, “Smart and funny and moving.” –NY Observer

THE LYONS is directed by Ron Zietz and stars Colleen Coughenour, Michael DuMouchel, Jacqueline Flaherty, and Stephen Riordan as the members of the Lyon family.

Performances are March 3 – 19, 2017.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm.

Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

Tickets are $19. Student Discount Tickets are $15.

Group Discounts available for parties of 10 or more.

To book your tickets: Call 727-437-2363, email,
or visit the website to purchase your tickets on-line.

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765. Directions to the theatre can be found at

West Coast Players is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation.
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Jan 18

Acoustic pianist Nick DeCesare believes in the power of gentle solo piano music to make a difference in people’s lives by helping the listener relax, relieve stress, calm down emotionally, become introspective and slow down to enjoy life more. With this in mind DeCesare (pronounced dee-chez-uh-ray) composed 13 peaceful tunes for his debut album, Openings.

“In the world we are living in we find ourselves in a mostly stressful environment where we want everything instantly and we are frustrated if we don’t get it,” explains DeCesare. “Our attention spans are shortening because we get so much and get it so fast that we then hurry on to the next thing. As a species we are losing the aspects of our existence that are introspective and meditative. It would be best for us emotionally if we could learn to relax more, resist being so driven by impulse and success and instant results, and retain an appreciation for patience and reflectiveness. The music on Openings is meant to help with this, to facilitate peace of mind and combat stress. I practice yoga and I have an appreciation for the quieter parts of life that are not necessarily fostered by corporate America, ‘the gain game.’ Music is a great lifestyle tool to assist in soothing and expanding consciousness. This helps us determine what parts of life are really important.”

While DeCesare has been composing and playing solo piano music since high school, and part of his collegiate studies included classical music, he is most strongly versed in traditional jazz which he studied and avidly performed in college and after graduating. DeCesare has studied the styles of many of the jazz master pianists/composers such as Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Kirkland and Brad Mehldau, but also admires the recordings of new age pianists Michael Dulin and Christian Lindquist.

“My background is split between playing solo piano and performing in jazz groups,” explains DeCesare. “So I guess it makes sense that one of my greatest heroes and influences is Keith Jarrett, who not only played with some of the jazz greats and had his roots in the traditional jazz traditions, but became one of the best solo piano improvisers of all time. His music showed me the depth of possibilities of solo piano and how elements of jazz can be incorporated. Especially influential was his classic solo piano recording, The Koln Concert, from 1975.”

DeCesare received his Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following four years of intense music studies. “My jazz professor was Ron Bickel who taught me how a pianist functions within a jazz group. We went through an extensive jazz repertoire from Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Then I was lucky enough to study under Sean Jones [Nancy Wilson, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis], one of the top trumpet players in the world who taught our improvisation courses. We started by transcribing classic solos and learning them. He also encouraged us to go out to jam sessions and apply what we had learned. That’s when I was fortunate to jam with the great jazz drummer Roger Humphries [Stanley Turrentine, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie and many others] who organized jams in Pittsburgh on a regular basis. Studying under a great jazz player during the day and then going out to play with an acknowledged jazz master at night was the best experience and training I could have as a musician.”

In addition, DeCesare took classical music courses “to balance out my music.” Here the emphasis was on reading music, technique, articulation and expression. “I learned a lot from the contrapuntal language and harmonies of Bach, the Chopin waltzes and nocturnes, some of the Beethoven sonatas, and the melding of classical and jazz by modern composer and pianist Nikolai Kapustin.”

In discussing other influences, DeCesare remembers, “Early on I enjoyed the pop-rock stylings of Billy Joel and Elton John, and in recent years I have enjoyed Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater and his solo album Notes on a Dream.”

DeCesare, who started “tinkering” on piano as a small child and also played trumpet in the school band for five years, began composing solo piano music in high school. “It was something I really enjoyed, but I had little time for it during my upper-graduate years in college. After graduation I was finally able to devote more time to it again,” says DeCesare, who also writes jazz trio and quartet music. “This was a different fork in the road than the jazz I was doing in college. I used some improvisation when I was first developing ideas for the pieces on Openings, but by the time I recorded them the music was fully thought out and composed. Composing this type of music is like doing exercises in meditation and learning to keep my conscious mind out of it as much as possible so the creativity can flow.”

The Openings album is book-ended by the short “Prologue Anthem” and “Epilogue Return” which DeCesare explains “were born from the music I heard in church when I was growing up, a little formal, but uplifting and soul-stirring.” The inspiration for “Grace Rapids” came from a picturesque scene he envisioned with a stream of white rapids flowing over a waterfall and into a peaceful pond at the bottom.” “Joy” was so-named because “that’s what I feel in listening to it. Some music simply makes you feel good.” The music of “Morning” reminded DeCesare of watching a sunrise and he feels it symbolizes “having optimistic inspiration in the morning about how you can go about your day.”

The tune “Farewell” reminds DeCesare of “any change I have had in life that is difficult -- going away from a favorite place, breaking up with a girlfriend, witnessing a loved one passing on, saying goodbye to a friend whom you know you won’t see for a long time.” He wrote “Ocean Waltz” sitting on a beach with a portable keyboard listening to waves roll in. “Sometimes waves look like they are dancing to the shore, and I also was reminded of Chopin’s crashing wave music.” The textures from the opening theme of “Rainy Day” were inspired by a Chick Corea composition, “Brasilia,” off Solo Piano Originals. “The rhythm of the rain can have its own melancholy beauty and is often a peaceful sound.”

DeCesare believes the melody of “Lullabye” came to him in a dream. “I woke up from a nap and within 30-seconds I was playing the opening theme.” The music and title of “In Love” capture “that special feeling when you know you have reached a deeper emotional connection.” A portion of Keith Jarrett’s famous The Koln Concert inspired “Moonlit Cathedral.” The other-worldly music of “Visit” stems from DeCesare ruminating on “what if we encountered a ghost or an extra-terrestrial?” The hymn-like “Sanctuary” also was influenced by the church music DeCesare heard as he was growing up.

“When you put out a debut album, for the most part it is the first idea people have of what you are like as a musician. That is why the recording is titled Openings. It is a beginning, an optimistic announcement that a young artist is getting his career rolling. But it goes a little deeper than that. The artwork shows our planet with doors marked on every country representing a whole world of opportunities out there for each individual including me as a musician. What doors will open and which ones will close and which ones will we walk through? Creating art, and for me it is making music, is full of open doors which means decisions -- new age music, jazz, modern classical, ensemble, solo and on and on. There is much to explore.”

Openings is available to be purchased as either a CD or as digital downloads at a wide variety of online sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Google Play and dozens more. For more information about Nick DeCesare, visit his website at nickdecesaremusic dot com.
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Rick Springfield At The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, March 1. Tickets On Sale Saturday, January 7
Jan 05
The Capitol Theatre Welcomes GRAMMY® Award-Winner RICK SPRINGFIELD In Concert On Wednesday, March 1 At 8 pm

Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, January 7 At 10 am

GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Rick Springfield and his band return to the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, March 1 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 7 at 10 am. This will be Springfield’s first concert at the Capitol Theatre since his sold-out date in 2015.

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the 1980s, he has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits including Jessie’s Girl, Don’t Talk to Strangers, An Affair of the Heart, I’ve Done Everything for You, Love Somebody and Human Touch.

An accomplished actor he most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash and gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective.

Springfield is also a talented author – both his candid 2010 memoir Late, Late at Night (which Rolling Stone magazine named one of the 25 greatest rock memoirs of all time) and his 2014 comedic novel Magnificent Vibration earned rave reviews and spots on the New York Times bestsellers’ list.

Reserved tickets priced at $85, $69 and $49 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase tickets at 24/7. A very limited number of VIP Packages which include a meet & greet opportunity are also available.

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