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.
The course at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club finds itself among storied company as a signature design of famous architect Donald Ross, who sculpted such legendary courses as Pinehurst No. 2 and Seminole Golf Club. Built in 1925, the 18-hole layout features the hallmarks of a classic Ross course, including narrow fairways and strategically placed obstacles that force players to rely on accuracy as opposed to distance or telekinetic irons. In order to play to the course par of 71, golfers must avoid numerous water hazards and bunkers en route to greens made of Tiff Eagle bermuda grass, each meticulously mown to roll true. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,614 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
When servers at Cork N Brew Bistro deliver an order, it's usually not on a plate or in a bowl. Instead, it's on a lava rock, a stone slab heated to 824 degrees Fahrenheit. The food itself—such as sea scallops, filet mignon, or lamb tenderloin—arrives raw, enabling diners to cook entrees on their own. This ensures that it will be hot, fresh, and cooked precisely to the diner's tastes the minute they take a bite or fly it into a date's mouth with a series of airplane noises. Perhaps just as distinctive as its method of serving food are Cork N Brew Bistro wine-tasting machines. These automated, temperature-controlled dispensing systems let visitors pick out and sample different wines before purchasing full glasses. The bistro also maintains a roster of 22 craft beers on tap, from imported ales including Lindeman's Framboise to seasonal selections such as Southern Tier Pumking.
From a stunning, beachside vantage point overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Palm Pavilion has been serving up a quintessential seaside dining experience for more than 80 years. Stroll up the coast and perch on the shaded outdoor patio or take a break from the sea breeze in the casual, sunlit interior. The menu offers an array of landlubbing eatables and sea-faring cuisine, such as the Hurricane Shrimp, where three skewers of crunchy crustaceans are blown through a whirlwind of spices, landing safely on a cushion of black beans and rice ($14.99). Or, lose your sea legs with a 10-oz. black Angus top sirloin ($17.99). Sworn enemies of the sun can enjoy its colorful demise while sipping a cool piña colada ($6.50) and soaking eager ears in live music.
Green Organix Restaurant, an extension of Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center, culls from organic ingredients to make up dishes that reflect many cultures and styles, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The restaurant stocks house-baked breads along with 100% organic, free-range, and grass-fed burgers. A recent addition to the menu, the organic salad bar shows off 20 different fixings and local ingredients, along with made-from-scratch salad dressings and freshly plucked salad bowls.