Month: April 2016

Weekend Fiction: ‘Last Chance’

On the way home from the office, Brownfield stopped at Publix to pick up some fruit for the kitchen table. He liked having fresh yellow bananas and a few red and green apples in the big bowl he brought back from Sicily as he sipped iced grapefruit juice and read the New York Times. Also, it would be nice to have a cold beer during the baseball game that would be on television that night, so he considered picking up a six-pack of Heineken. But then Eleanor would raise hell about how he drinks too much, which was true, but did she have to be such a bitch about it? He decided it wasn’t worth the fight so he let it go. No beer tonight.


Court Documents: Prince Died Without A Will; Video Of A Memorable Performance

Prince died without a will, according to court documents filed by his sister on Tuesday, potentially causing big complications for that star’s sprawling financial estate and musical legacy. See the New York Times report and the video of a memorable Prince performance on Ellen’s show.


Five Things To Know About ZZ Top

Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay music columnist: A distinctive look and blues-based sound have kept ZZ Top running long after many of their contemporaries disbanded. Sporting the same lineup for the last 45 years, the trio continues to record and tour, much to the delight of their fans. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide, and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band remains wildly popular.


LAMPLighters Focus On Children; Celebrate 30 Years Of Serivce

Janet Pantaleo (left), senior director of advancement at Metropolitan Ministries, and LAMPLighters President Kelly Breeding at the recent Lights Fashion Hope – Silent Auction at Straz Center. Lights Fashion Hope is an annual LAMPLighter’s event raising money for the children of Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House. This year’s fundraiser marked the 30th anniversary of the LAMPLighters (Ladies Assisting Metropolitan People), which focuses on the needs of homeless and at-risk children. See photo following page.

Photo courtesy of Elaine Sweeney- STYLEdge Fashion.


In New Orleans, Jazz Fest Now In Full Swing

Street performers next to the celebrated Liuzza’s Lounge & Grill play for gratuities as music ends for the day at the The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is now in full swing. The annual event, which started last Friday, concludes its first weekend of events on Sunday. Remaining fest days are April 28, 29, 30 and May 1.


Robert De Niro On Working With Meryl Streep

“In an adaptation from his upcoming biography of the actress, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, Michael Schulman recounts the struggles—physical, emotional, and intellectual—that launched Streep’s legend.” — Vanity Fair


Five Can’t-Miss NOLA Acts At The 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

AliveTampaBay Music Columnist Jessica Wheeler (with cool videos): Since its beginning in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has featured a whole lot more than just jazz. Blues, funk, folk, rap, country, bluegrass, gospel, Cajun, Latin, and Afro-Caribbean music are all featured at the festival, which sprawls across two long weekends of music. This year’s festival, beginning on Friday and ending on Sunday, May 1, is no exception.


Behind The Wheel: A Cool Look At Classic Cars

“I also tend to like cars that need me. To me, cars are like old screen doors. I know that if I jiggle the latch and move it this way, it will open for me and no one else. And that’s the kind of cars I like.” — Jay Leno


In The Oval Office — When Nixon Met Elvis Now A Movie

It is the most requested photo on file in the National Archives — the Oval Office meeting between President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n roll. The surreal meeting in 1970 is now a movie, ‘Elvis & Nixon.’ See the movie trailer with Kevin Spacey.

National Archives Photo: President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley in 1970.

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