Thursday, April 18, 2013

This Place Beyond The Pines Weekend, April 18th-21st.

What is it about this weekend? The number of events competing for an audience is staggering. This has resulted in a volley of ads and Facebook carpet-bombing rarely seen. No shortage of things to do and/or choose from, so pace yourself, have fun, and if you're going to drink, bring a friend who doesn't for the drive home. Start early if you're going to be hopping from place to place, and remember to support those who are part of the community.


8th Anniversary Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Pete.April 18-21

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  • Over 85 films, 10 workshops (acting, producing, screenwriting, how to get your film made, etc.), and 3 huge parties. Great films you can't see anywhere else starring; Micheal Biehn, Seth Green, Cary Elwes, Eva Mendes, Matthew Ziff, Caitlin Keats and more!

    Celebrity guests!
    Awesome Parties!
    Exclusive screenings!
    The best selection of Spanish Language films in Florida (sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the Oscars))
    Great short films!
    And filmmakers from all over the world attending!

    Don't miss out, get your tickets or VIP pass now!

    Festival Venue: Muvico 20 Theaters and IMAX, 151 2nd Ave. North St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    18th Opening Night Party: 9PM NOVA 535, 535 Dr. MLK Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    19th Friday Night Block Party: 600 Central Ave. 6-9PM, 9PM-1AM Blue Lucy Art gallery, 653 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    20th Saturday Awards Ceremony and Party: 9PM Studio 620, 620 1st Ave. South St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    Guests this year:
    • Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill Volume 2 & The Mentalist)
    • Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim & Treachery)
    • Travis Romero (co-creator of White Collar and Director of Treachery)
    • Matthew Ziff (Actor, Treachery (also an Olympic Gold Medalist)
    • Alexa Vega (Actress, Spy Kids, Machete 2)
    • Jason Matthew Smith (Actor, Sons of Anarchy, Star Trek,)
    • Veronica Diaz Milagros (Actress, Sabado Gigante)
    • Isa Totah (Actor, Director)
    • Martin Kove (Actor, Karate Kid, Rambo 2)
    • Arleen Lopez (Marketing for Pantelion Films a division of Lionsgate)
    • Rik Swartzwelder (Director, Old Fashioned)
    • Jerry Eetan (writer, Identity Thief, also a local guy)
    • Josh Adler (Literary Mgr. NWE, LA)
    • Ricky Roxburgh (writer, Saving Santa)
    • Mart Poole (CEO Fairway Film Distribution & acquisitions)


600 Block Party On April 19th

Photo: Save the date: Friday, April 19th 6-11PM - 600 Block Buster! on The 600 Block of St. PetersburgJust in case you've been held hostage for the past few weeks, or there's anyone left who hasn't heard about this, signed up to go, on paper and on FB... The 600 block is having a mammoth blow-out party on Friday, April 19th on the 600 block of Central Avenue.From 6-11 PM.

It is kindly sponsored by Chart 411 [Link].

I will be there.

--- Luis



The is a worldwide acclaimed film festival for the independent film genre. If you are a new artist and would like to make a name for yourself, or learn from those who have made impressive and spectacular names for themselves in the entertainment industry, join us for our annual OPENING NIGHT PARTY here at NOVA 535. Join Hollywood Stars, dancing, deal making, learning and laughing, all here at the world-class NOVA 535 Event Space.
$25 includes valet apps entertainment & more!
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535 Dr. M. L. King Jr Street North, Saint Petersburg


 A Creative Loafing 25th Anniversary Event...

As sensual beings, we are impacted by the beauty or mediocrity of our surroundings. Does design matter? Join us at Studio 620 on Friday evening, April 19 at 6-7pm, for a lively roundtable discussion with award-winning architects, Taryn Sabia, Yann Weymouth, Albert Alfonso and James Moore. From the Dali Museum's surreal form to the elegant simplicity of TIA's recent terminals to the innovative community advocacy of the Urban Charrette, these talented folks have created great design in Tampa Bay. Enjoy a provocative exchange moderated by Linda Saul-Sena, CL columnist writing about the urban landscape.

Cost $5/ cash bar to inspire your questions! Megan Voeller, the CL Art Critic, will follow with a tour of the Warehouse District's Galleries, then a Street Party!

For a full schedule of the week's events and to purchase tickets, visit


The Venture Compound and Hunter Payne Present:
Friday April 19th, 8pm, The Venture Compound
Isn’t the Internet GREAT?!  Yes it is.  And we’re trying to see just how great it’s capable of being.  Gifted local cartoonist and idea man Hunter Payne has marshaled a small army of Tampa Bay Tweens and Millenials to TWEET LIKE MAD at idols of positivity like QUEEN LATIFAH, weirdo rapper Lil’ B, and Comedian/motivator Kyle Cease, to get them to share their stories of internet greatness with us on this NIGHT OF GREATNESS. 
Whether or not we successfully pull these big names, we’re going to spend the evening sharing great stories about what the internet has done for us!  There will also be some great music from locals Young Egypt and SNCKPCK.  We’re not EXACTLY sure what’s going to happen, but we DO know there will be INFINITE POPCORN, and that with Hunter Payne involved, you can expect JOYFUL MADNESS.,
The Venture Compound, Warehouse Arts District, 2621 Fairfield Avenue South, St. PETE
Media Contact – David Z. Morris, (813) 394-6568

 Pop-Up Art Show with Jennifer Kosharek and BASK @ the ex-Collective space.

There will be an art show Friday Night, April 19th, at the old Collective space at 601 Central Ave. St. Pete.  Friday, April 19th in conjunction with the block party. Free.

Shift: USF's BFA Exhibit -

The University of South Florida's CoTA Senior Thesis Exhibition "SHIFT" will be holding its opening reception on Friday, April 19, from 6pm until 9pm. Food and drink is provided and admission is FREE! Come see the fantastic works and meet the finest 23 of Tampa Bay's emerging artists while enjoying a night on the town. Remember: parking is local, so come prepared. Also, be sure to like our page so you can receive updates and further information about works and details.

655 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Clay Center Opening - 
The Clay Center of St. Petersburg is opening THIS FRIDAY, 4/19!
The Kimi and Chuck Experience will be there from 8-10pm that evening to play live music for you, and will be there til the night finishes up. Not sure when that'll be, though. Things happen when you cram a bunch of artists under one roof...

Anywho, the Clay Center also offers beginner clay spinning classes at $125 for 6 weeks, along with other clay courses that may tickle your fancy. Check out their website for more information (, and don't forget to stop by and see us this Friday! Thank you for your support as always! We look forward to seeing your guys! Help us keep the local art scene alive!

P.S. Congratulations to Nancy and everyone at the Clay Center of St. Petersburg for your success!
 400 23rd Street South

 Creative Loafing WAD Block Party @ U562, Dan's Place & Zen Glass -
MUSIC: Warehouse Arts District Block Party
High-quality acts from the Bay area and beyond, kicking off at 8 p.m. at three venues — Zen Glass, Dan’s Place (formerly Inside the Gates) and U562 -- all within walking distance of each other. Hosted by CL Music Editor Leilani Polk & musician Mark Etherington. Performers include: Luxury Mane (the Billy-Summer led band formerly known as The Stone Eagles), RedFeather, Jensen Serf Company, The Mother Machine, Touch the Sky, Auto!Automatic!!, Jun, Hunter: Gatherer, Early Forms, Alexander & the Grapes, The Happiness Machine, Reina Collins and Sean Hartley, The Send Offs, Brazos the Rat, Empire Cinema, The Other Ryan Willis, Serotonic, Bard and Mustache.

Zen Glass Studio, U562, Dan's Place

Music Pass: $13.50
All-Night-Long Pass (includes trolley tour, bands and “Straw into Gold” architecture panel): $25 

Mainsail Art Festival - This huge outdoor show is one of the area's best. Thirty-seven years, this Saint Pete tradition is upon us once again. 250 Artists in a beautiful setting. Vinoy Park, on Bayshore Drive and Seventh Ave NE. Free admission. 9AM - 6 PM Saturday, and 10AM-5PM on Sunday April 19 -- 20th. 

Mentiri: Prints by Doug McClure @ Bleu Acier -

Steve McClure :  MENTIRI

Recent Work on Paper

Vernissage: Friday, April 19, 2013, 5-8 PM

Exhibition: April 20 - May 18, 2013

I was in Montreal for the first time in 1991, and I discovered a church known as the Sailor's Church: Notre Dame de Bon Secours. I was in front of the subject of Steve McClure's work. I didn't know Steve at this time, but the subject of the work is not the artist; the subject is in front of him, or behind him, or above him; the subject belongs to his memory, it belongs to the collective memory where it can be shared by everyone; the subject is the two apples on a plate in front of Paul Cezanne.

Montreal is a city of fishermen from a time when boats were more useful and more dangerous than carriages. Montreal of the 18th century was a city of fishermen's widows, lost boats, stories of ship wrecks; the culture of disappearance.

That church was the home of all those lost hopes, all those tears, and of all that fear in front of a sea who eats its men and their boats. Hundreds of beautiful small ship models were suspended from the ceiling of this church; like leaves on the branches of a tree, with their names inscribed on the side, like little baby boats in a maternity ward.

I was struck by that vision that reappears now, in front of the work of Steve McClure, exhibited in the space of Bleu Acier in Tampa. MENTIRI, is, as you know, the infinitive of the Latin to lie, and because I am French, I will share with you a phrase of the great French writer, Nicolas Boileau (1636-1711), who said: The art of lying in a loud voice, while telling the truth in a whisper.

With some drops of ink and a glass of water, Ships in a Box of Cardboard are the ultimate vision of our common tragedies. Homes, ghosts, ships, and hopes appear and disappear suddenly under the brush and the talent of Steve McClure. His play within the appearance and disappearance of the form-subject has deep roots in his artistic technique.  The way we transform each aspect of materiality, gives the artist the keys to the sense of his personal language. Nothing is less stable than water and ink together; it is a strange love affair, an event in perpetual progress to which we are invited.

The same with the Stage of the Opera House, an empty stage of course, with empty seats as well; the only reality of that kind of space is in its architecture. The presence of a strong and rich architecture underlines the fragility of the fiction, of the dream, of the hope, and of the belief, just as in a church. Aristotle has taught Steve McClure in a very distant past that nature abhors a vacuum and Steve uses this vacuum as a lie to create because to lie is to imagine.

Apologize, Pull Out Your Eyes, is the title of one of the series of work exhibited at Bleu Acier. I like the work of Steve because he leaves me the place to inscribe my own story, and that is the unique target of an authentic work of art.

Dominique Labauvie
Tampa, April 7 2013

Steve McClure lives and works in Brooklyn NY.  He is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Steve received a Visual Arts fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and an Editions Residency from the Lower East Side Print Shop in NYC. He has exhibited nationally in the U.S. and his work is part of private and public collections, among which are The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, N.C

Bleu Acier is a Fine Art Print Publisher with an atelier that functions as a collaborative and contract studio owned and operated by Erika Greenberg-Schneider, and the show room exhibits works in all disciplines with a concentration in works on paper and prints by mid-career and established artists from the US and Europe, with an emphasis on Contemporary French Artists. Bleu Acier continues its commitment to bring International and National mid career and established artists to Tampa.

Gallery Hours during exhibition:
Saturdays: 11-5 PM
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays: by appointment.



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