A Weekend to Remember…

I love Three Day Weekends. I even love the Only-Four-Work-Days-This-Week that follows it. We had a few adventures and crammed as many as we could into this brief little vacation from the everyday.

Friday night we went out to a club that’s local to The northern end of Tampa. I’ve been to quite a few clubs. I’ve seen a ton of clubs that have come and gone, lingered on the The Castle, wandered around the Amphitheater, been to ALL the prerequisite clubs that one goes to when in Ybor. They range from hard rock to rap, to hip hop to fetish clubs. Its what you do in Ybor.

But this club was different. It was a nostalgia club. You know…The kind where they play a particular type of music, all night, every night, aimed at a particular generation. The drinks available, the music, the decor, all designed to draw a target demographic. So yeah, it was a nostalgia club. And it was aimed at me.

Ah, am I 30 already? I suppose I am. When you start hearing music from your youth on the “Classics” and “Oldies” station, you know that you have entered the thirty-something bracket.

The club was, in a word, “non-threatening.” To use other words, I would say harmless, or just plain Disney-esque. I saw people of my age, a bunch of 30 something suburb kids from Carrollwood… And it was “okay.” It seemed that everyone was having fun, but the popular music of the 90′s kinda grated on me.

Wearable Art

Saturday was altogether different. We hit up a few art galleries. Mirta’s Gallery, as usual, had a stunning array of art on its walls. It was the closing show of the most recent exhibit. They have an extremely quick turn around time and will be hosting another event, Crossroads: A Benefit Show for Cancer Research & Treatment September 8th. We had *just* missed a fashion show in which artist and designer Marina Williams put on what appeared to be, just from the aftershocks, a rocking good fashion show. Her designs have a definite retro/mod vibe to them. Think English retro/mod from the 1970′s with a 21st century sensibility. And the cool part? Every single one of her designs were fabricated from the use of *ties.* Yup, that’s right. Ties. Very cool. We talked to Duane, which is always a good time. He knows B movies better than anyone I’ve met.

What followed was a trip to RedLetter1, our first trip to the gallery. It was strange entering this gallery, one of those Ybor type places that is only on the second floor, in which you have to traversea very narrow staircase to get to. Everything was red brick, and the space was an open, comfortable single room with plenty of wall space. One artist was featured, Timothy Hoyer, and the art ranged. The placards next to the pieces indicated that they were all done the same year, but it seemed as if the artist started with a few small pieces, developed a theme, and exponentially got better and closer to the message of the ensemble as the works progressed. There was a cohesive, unified feel to all the artwork. My favorite was an enourmous piece called “Angel Dust,” which was agurably the most technically advanced piece displayed by the artist.


Sunday, we just hung out with some friends, ordered pizza, listened to music and talked of taking over the world. You know, the usual stuff.Until next time!

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