Lauded in its inaugural year by the Tampa Bay Examiner, The Clearwater Film and Music Festival's sophomore showcase spotlights more than 60 films from around the globe alongside diverse musical acts. This year's films include the 2011 Academy Award–winning comedic short film God Of Love, which reveals the romantic adventures of a lounge-singing darts champion, and the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection Challenging Impossibility, which documents the uplifting transformation of one man's mind and body. The upstart festival has developed the steel-ribbon Wavecrest Awards, which honor the best director, best actor, best actress, best slow-motion jump from an exploding hot-dog stand, and more.
Coconuts Comedy Club, located in Jack’s Joint since 1998, has been luring in chuckle-seekers for more than two decades with a glittering stage filled with nationally touring comedians. To keep growling stomachs from heckling comedians out of frustration, visitors can mute tummy rumbles with a full menu bursting at the seams with saucy wings, 14-inch hand-tossed pizzas, and brawny steaks.
Established in November of 2011, Clearwater Beach Uncorked invites established chefs, vintners, and brewers from near and far to congregate for a weekend of sun, fun, and delicious dining. The festival is always ripe for culinary adventures: in its inaugural year, the beach featured such sights as a ?sand castle? made out of cake and rice-crispie-treat crumbs, a flash mob, and countless realizations that, despite popular opinion, vegetables aren?t yucky after all.
Largo Cultural Center, which has presented the community with year-round entertainment and more than 40 artists this season, will host the cheerful event that will have the audience tapping their feet and bobbing their heads in glee. Tried and true sing-alongs and holiday hits will provide the soundtrack for this interactive auditory experience. The woodwinds and strings behind the operation will be manned and womanned by the highly talented string quartet Arioso, which is composed of members of the Florida Orchestra. Both Santa fans and scrooge groupies, or scroogies, will get in the yuletide spirit during an upbeat performance that’s capable of melting hearts and passing snowmen.
Gypsy Stage Repertory's troupe takes its name to heart. A traveling band of thespians, the company focuses on acting and directing, keeping the sets simple and mobile in order to travel from place to place without wasting time or having to reassemble a full-scale pyramid replica on each stage. The result is a collection of artists who draw the audience in with their concentrated performance, whether putting on a classic by Neil Simon, a new work from Amy and David Sedaris, or a piece by local writer and Gypsy artistic director Lil Barcaski.
Part bar and part bistro, 2 Palms Bar & Bistro is fully committed to fun. The Clearwater hangout keeps the party going all week, with an extended happy hour on weekdays and an evening schedule that features everything from karaoke and live comedy to trivia. But the food alone is worth the trip, thanks to a menu of modern pub grub that includes burgers, flatbreads, wraps, and cuban sandwiches. Any of the above pairs nicely with a draft beer or specialty cocktail.