Thursday, April 28, 2011

SHOW JUST ADDED: Natasha Bedingfield

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield has announced her upcoming Less Is More summer tour presented by Freschetta. The tour is in support of her most recent critically acclaimed third studio album, Strip Me (Epic Records).

Special guests on the tour, produced by Live Nation, include multi-talented singer-songwriter and actress Kate Voegele.

Show is Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. at The Ritz Ybor! Early doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Regularly priced tickets start at $20. Tickets go on sale to the general public TOMORROW, Fri., April 29th at noon.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Taste the Best of Tampa Bay

Have you ever been to Taste the Best of Tampa Bay?

Here are some tidbits on the event:
· Columbia and Sally O’Neals have been with the event from day 1
· Queen of Sheba is the first Ethiopian restaurant to participate
· Best of Tampa Bay is longest running food event in the Bay area
· Raised more than $2 million

Join us Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7 p.m. along the Straz Center Riverwalk.

Don't miss the Tampa Bay area's premier food event, Taste the Best of Tampa Bay, hosted by The Producers volunteer group as a benefit for the Straz Center. Enjoy live entertainment and sample food and drinks from the Tampa Bay area's best restaurants and caterers, while strolling along the Hillsborough River.

Right now you can save! Enter the promo code PRO for $50 tickets to Taste the Best of Tampa Bay when purchasing tickets. Only one price the day of the event, $75.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Go green and save some green with Shrek the Musical on Earth Day

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with SEER, Secure Environmental Electronics Recycling, to host an electronics recycling drive during Earth Day 2011. Those who stop by the Straz Center loading dock to recycle electronics on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will receive 50% off tickets to select performances of Shrek the Musical, which plays the Straz Center, May 3-8.

Recycling electronic waste conserves landfill space and prevents toxics from being released into the environment. Collected items will be utilized for recovery and reuse of valuable materials. For a smooth, fast drive through all cabling should be removed from devices and placed in a bag.

Items accepted at no charge include TVs (in 1 piece/no broken glass), laptops, PCs, keyboards, floppy/disk drives, mice, printers, microwaves, UPS batteries, PC monitors, CD-Roms, modems, fax machines, test equipment, circuit boards, networking equipment, phones, cell phones, PC power supplies, scanners, copiers, cabling, typewriters and stereos/VCR/CD players.

Items not accepted include console/projection TVs, toaster ovens, washers, ovens, mixers/blenders, battery powered tools, tires, gas powered tools, freezers, household trash, humidifiers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, vacuum cleaners, washer/dryers and car batteries.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek. Shrek the Musical features a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery. USA Today proclaims Shrek the Musical, “Altogether irresistible. A big fat hit!" Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, please visit

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Taste the Best of Tampa Bay

Taste the Best of Tampa Bay is the Straz Center’s most popular community event. Each year, it offers a sample of Tampa Bay’s finest cuisine from more than 50 local restaurants while guests enjoy live entertainment inside the Straz Center theater lobbies and outside along the Riverwalk. Celebrating its 26th Anniversary, this annual event has raised more than $2 million for the Straz Center.

2011 Taste the Best of Tampa Bay Event Highlights: Creative Cuisine from more than 40 of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants

Live music on 5 stages

Complimentary full bar

Premier beer and wine tasting

Help the Straz Center to Keep the Arts Cooking!

When: Sat., April 30, 2011 - 7 p.m.

Where: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Expected Attendance: 1,500 +

Click HERE for ticket prices and information.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Meow Meow

Named on the list of top 10 “Best of Cabaret” by Time Out New York, “cabaret diva of the highest order” by the New York Post and “A Phenomenon” by the Australian press, the “Post-post-modern cabaret diva” Meow Meow has wowed audiences globally with her unique brand of kamikaze cabaret, off-kilter comedy and performance art exotica.

Wildly entertaining and a fearless tour-de-force, her stunning musicality takes audiences on a journey through the portals of old Shanghai, pre-war Berlin and gay Paris set in a post-modern world.

Her 2009-10 season included weeks of sold-out performances at the Sydney Opera House and in London’s West End as well as headlining slots on festivals throughout Australia and Europe including Edinburgh and Spiegeltent.

For Meow Meow's official website, visit

Straz Center - Meow Meow, Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater

TICKETS click here! General warning: contains adult subject matter and language.