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The Ritz Ybor will celebrate a birthday for Beyonce with its Bey Day event on Sept. 3.
The concert venue and nightclub is calling on all Tampa Bay area members of the Beyhive — as the superstar singer’s fans are known — to pay tribute to Beyonce, who will turn 34 at midnight that night.
The party from 7 to 11 p.m. will feature a video DJ playing classic Beyonce, Destiny’s Child and Jay-Z videos all night, along with other videos you might remember seeing on MTV’s “TRL” in the early 2000s (think Aaliyah, Backstreet Boys, Missy Elliot and the like).
Grumpy Cat probably isn’t too happy about this. Then again, she’s never happy about anything.
There’s a new grumpy-looking animal in Internet town, and his name is Earl the Grumpy Puggle.
Earl’s scowl has drawn comparisons to the ubiquitous Grumpy Cat, aka “Tardar Sauce”, aka the adorably annoyed-looking dwarf feline whose celebrity has earned its owners a reported fortune of millions.
Welcome to Florida, Sam Smith. You might want to put on some sunscreen while you’re here.
The English singer, who performs tonight at Amalie Arena in Tampa, posted a photo to Instagram on Monday showing off a bright red sunburn with the caption, “My sun burn is SO BAD ... Lobster viiiiiiiibes Just had to make this top to give it some air hahhaaaaa Lord.”
Hours before the sunburn photo, Smith was sharing beach photos and professing his “utter and complete” love for Miami, where he performed on Monday night.
“Thank you, Bruce!”
That may be a bit of an understatement from one of the lucky Asbury Park bar patrons who got to see an impromptu two-hour set from New Jersey’s favorite son on Saturday night.
Bruce Springsteen has been known to pop in and surprise bar patrons along the Jersey shore with surprise sets, and he did so again with a two-hour performance at the Wonder Bar, according to NJ.com.
Everything in downtown Tampa kind of looks brand new when you see it from a drone’s eye view.
It was about this time last year when we were first wowed by a Tampa drone video from a local videographer, but a new one that surfaced this week on YouTube has upped the intensity by being shot in 4K video (that’s four times higher definition than 1080p).
The drone offers aerial views around downtown Tampa including the University of Tampa, the “exploding chicken” sculpture and Florida Aquarium in the Channelside district, the Riverwalk, Tampa Bay History Center and Kylie Gardens.
Somehow, the most exciting DC trailer to come out of Comic Con over the weekend wasn’t “Batman v. Superman,” but a film based on another, lesser-known group of supervillains/superheroes (but also featuring Batman).
The “Suicide Squad” trailer leaked on Saturday night after someone recorded it on a cell phone and posted it online, but now you can now that Warner Bros. has posted an official version online you can see Jared Leto’s Joker, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in HD quality.
The David Ayer-directed film, based on the comic books about a team of bad guys released from prison to work doing black ops for the government, is set to come out in 2016.
If you’ve ever been eating a piece of fried chicken and thought “I wish this was kind of pizza, too,” KFC has just created an oddly specific item for you: Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken.
Here's a commercial for it:
Florida — a.k.a. the rest of this country’s comedy punching bag — has been dissed again.
Thrillist, the same website that named South Tampa among the “sexiest neighborhoods in the U.S,” ranked SoHo among the “bro-iest,”and has applauded Tampa’s steakhouses, bars and strip clubs, now says Florida is the worst of all 50 states.
Not the worst in any particular category, just the actual worst.
If there was ever a set of rap lyrics burned into the collective minds of anyone who lived through the ‘90s, it was the theme song to “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Alex Trebek proved his own familiarity with the song during a clue on last night’s “Jeopardy” that he seemed to really enjoy reading/rapping.
The music was added to the video later, but it syncs right up with Trebek’s flow.
Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including flamenco guitarists Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Capitol Theatre and Motown Heat and the Sounds of Soul at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.