Okesene Tilo and Jason Moriarty are the principals in the Square One production company, [Link] which, among many other events, puts together two yearly art parties at the Ritz in Ybor [Link]. I have been going to these events since the 2nd one. All have been creative, very well put together, with extreme attention to details, including fast, competent bartending, ample, tactful security manpower on hand, scrupulous adherence to the fire codes, lots of beautiful people (and models) surgically clean bathrooms, well-timed performances, and more.
Everything an event should be, and for the price of admission ($2!!!), something anyone can afford in these hard economic times , and perhaps the best event-admission bargain in the state. You might think Square One would be satisfied, lean back and rest on its laurels, but that's not the case. To their credit, and Tampa's benefit, they've been raising the bar for themselves (and others in the area) with every event. And thankfully, it's not just about amping up the spectacular, but the subtleties that go into a multifaceted and memorable evening with something for everyone, including the performers and artists. And...a thematic sensitivity to the zeitgeist.
Bella Danza and the VYB Dance company put on well-choreographed, energized performances. Great music and singers, too.
The "Fashion Show Experience", by Miami fashion designer Paul Raymond was excellent, according to one of Art Taco's beautiful, fashion-savvy friends. Lots of ruffles, high waistlines, legs that went all the way to Canada, bows, chiffon and much more. Airy and light. The models, gorgeous and professional.
Visual artists lined the walls of all the rooms, too many to review them all. In Part II, we will be reviewing three of them.
Congratulations to Oki, Jason and everyone involved for another great evening, and for contributing part of the proceeds to the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts' high school scholarship program.