East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 by a team of local seminary students to distribute breakfast to children who were going to school without meals. Today, the organization combines the goodwill of more than 40 congregations, local businesses, and volunteers to run a trio of programs dedicated to alleviating hunger, providing housing, and serving youth in the community. Its Meals on Wheels program, emergency food pantry, and soup kitchen distribute warm lunches and fresh groceries to an average of 400 people every day. Individuals experiencing homelessness can rest in the onsite shelter, which houses more than 40 men every night and provides access to social services. EECM further seeks to end the cycle of poverty with a series of in-school and afterschool programs that engage youth on vital issues including drug-use prevention and sustainability.
Motherhood the Musical, the brainchild of singer and songwriter Sue Fabisch, whose album Music 4 Mommies bore multiple Top Ten Billboard Comedy hits, celebrates the joys and travails of parenting in uproariously melodic fashion. Praised by the Tampa Bay Times for its "genuine laughs and relatable observations on the job that never ends," the show first takes place at the baby shower of a naïve first-time mom, whose impressive record of never killing a Tamagotchi pet has convinced her she's prepared for motherhood. Over the course of 18 toe-tapping songs, her three experienced friends share stories about the frustrations and triumphs of raising their offspring. The production's spirited music ranges from the heart-tugging ballad I'm Danny's Mom to the exultant barnburner The Kids Are Finally Asleep.
For more than 30 years, Barry Manilow has romanced the airwaves and the hearts of millions worldwide with his ethereal melodies, relentless showmanship, and touching sincerity. With his ageless, silky voice, Barry’s continues to tug the heartstrings of boomers and bloomers with his timeless tunes, including “Mandy,” “Copacabana (At The Copa),” and “Could It Be Magic.” For this very special Florida visit, the magnanimous BankUnited Center is proud to host Barry Manilow along with his razzling, dazzling cast and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, the August Wilson Center commands a striking architectural confidence. Its two-story steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the bravado of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat. Within the steal and glass, a 486-seat theater hosts plays, dance performances, and lectures while multiple exhibition galleries display art and cultural treasures for the community. The center draws on the legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania, infusing each curation with a celebration of rich history.
This double-decker restaurant serves freshly crafted American edibles that quickly transform hollow mouths into satisfied smiles. Diners can ignite their appetites with fried chicken wings ($8), accompanied by a choice of sauce and celery sticks for tabletop drum solos, or squash flatbread ($9), a light appetizer held down by zucchini, squash, tomatoes, goat cheese, parmesan, and pesto oil. The Samurai burger ($13.50) flirts ferociously with patrons via love notes written in wasabi mayo, fried wontons, and seaweed salad. Customers may also tickle their tongues with the blackened-chicken sandwich ($10.50), infused with Cajun spices, or a feather dipped in the loaded mac 'n' cheese ($9).
Krista’s Cantina’s menu turns hunger upside down with sauce-slathered wings and amply stuffed hoagies, all whipped up amid a jovial bar vibe. Mirrors vaunting beer insignias steam up as golden fried provolone sticks ($3) and zucchini sticks ($3.75) roll up to tables with zesty sidecars filled with marinara, and a dozen crispy wings ($7.75) can paint a diner's plate in one of more than 20 flavors, ranging from hot barbecue to buttery garlic. The meatball hoagie ($4.50) coats palates with bubbling provolone and marinara and comes with chips and a pickle to help patrons to meet their daily crunch requirements. Burgers range from basic ($2.75) to fancy varieties such as the all-American ($4.50), which, like a pop star about to sing the national anthem, is spoon-fed bacon, fried onions & american cheese.