In Case You Missed It

Style Events, News & Gossip From Around the City

Congratulations, Tampa — the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is finally over. Santa, along with your sanity, has left the building. But with all the shopping, wrapping, cooking and cleaning that go into making the holidays so special, it would be hard for anyone to attend all of this past season’s major events. Luckily, we’re here to provide you with the quick highlights of the events in the last two months of 2015: from talking Jaws with Richard Dreyfuss to the best New Year’s Eve parties the city had to offer — in case you missed it.

December kicked off with a whirlwind of action at the Straz Center on Saturday, Dec. 5. The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China presented “Peking Dreams,” a brilliant routine that features Chinese martial arts, acrobatics and unbelievable stunts. The show also was performed in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games. With nonstop action and breathtaking costumes, this show made sure to dazzle and delight.

The hottest stars, all in one place: that’s what music fans from all over Florida enjoyed as part of 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2015. The annual event, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 19, featured Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Tove Lo performing to starstruck audiences at the Amalie Arena. Tampa was one of two of the massive show’s Sunshine State stops, and featured a free pre-show outside of the Amalie Arena. Ticketholders and music fanatics jammed out to their favorite stars just before Christmas, and all for a good cause — one dollar of each ticket sold was donated to The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a youth-focused non-profit.

from talking Jaws with Richard Dreyfuss to the best New Year’s Eve parties the city had to offer – in case you missed it

Catch ya never, 2015. Tampa residents donned their best threads and headed out to The Rooftop Eve’s Midnight in the Garden, the hottest NYE party in the Bay area. As they waited for the clock to strike midnight, guests partied on the roof of the 10-story tall Fort Brooke Garage and danced to Frequency Band and DJ Papi. Later, they enjoyed drinks, glamour and plenty of fireworks — both in the Tampa skyline, and with a kiss from a New Year’s cutie.   

What would you do in a shark attack? Clearwater residents were able to ask their favorite Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss that question and many more this past month. The Academy Award winner was no fish out of water when he spoke to a packed audience at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 9. Dreyfuss’ appearance marked both the start of the new year, and the 40th anniversary screening of the shark-tastic masterpiece. After a showing of the 1975 film, Dreyfuss led a Q&A session with audience members followed by a meet and greet with VIP ticket holders. The screening and jaw-dropping Q&A session were led by Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall.

Mid-January saw its own high notes. On Saturday, Jan. 16, Deke Sharon, the artistic producer for the aca-awesome film Pitch Perfect, brought his latest musical masterpiece to the Straz Center. “Vocalosity: The Aca-Perfect Concert Experience” took a capella performances from the big screen to the stage. Much like the Barden Bellas, Sharon’s young ensemble performed musical numbers from all genres and time periods — everything from barbershop quartets to The Beatles. Talk about aca-amazing.

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