Platform & the Artful Bowl

No, it isn’t another Playlist post. Platform is Polk County’s twice yearly art party. Held in a difference venue each time, Platform brings avant-garde fashion, music, sculpture, photography, dance, art and a little spectacle. Usually held in the Lakeland area, this past Platform was at the historic Ritz Theatre in Winter Haven. Lakeland photographer David […]

Dan Stetson to Leave Polk Museum

Polk Museum of Art Director Daniel Stetson today announced his resignation effective May 31. Stetson is leaving to take the position of Museum Director for the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Polk Museum sent a press release this morning. “I am so proud of having served as director of this wonderful […]

Christina’s Tale

What color was your doll? Was her hair straight and blonde? Her nose upturned and pert? Did she resemble your older sister? Did she dress like a movie star? Was her name “Trichelle?” Christina Bryant thought about dolls as she read a short article about “Trichelle, Kara and Grace.” The three, with long flowing hair, […]

Banging My Head

So I was running an errand Wednesday night, flipping the stations as I drove, when I happened upon a familiar circa 1983 power glam beat, pulsing out of an oldies station. Took me a moment to place it, and then, oh yeah: “Bang your heeeeaaaaad, metal health’ll drive you mad.”

That’s right. Quiet Riot. One of the 20 or 30 indispensable bands of the golden age of hair and spandex.

If you think I didn’t crank the tiny rear speakers on my 10-year-old Honda Civic as loud as they would go, you are sadly mistaken.

The Arts in Lakeland

Polk TheatreSupporting the arts in Lakeland is one of our core values. To that end, we’ve created The Arts in Lakeland. Our companion site will feature posts from those responsible for bringing the best of music, art, theatre, dance, film, and other creative outlets for Lakelanders. A list of the latest Arts in Lakeland posts will also appear on the front page of Lakeland Local.

Our first Arts blogger is….

Introducing “Stuff Billy Likes”: Ratatouille Edition

RatatouilleThis is the first edition of a semi-regular feature at Lakeland Local, in which our self-important blogger provides his teeming masses of readers with vital insights into his tastes.

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.”

It’s not every cartoon reaches its climax with a luminous Peter O’Toole monologue concerning the nature of criticism, art, and the uneasy relationship between the two, as a cross-cut montage of romanticized Parisian life unfolds on the screen.

In fact, it’s exactly one….

Noel Rosa Live in Lutz

Just a couple of miles off I-75 on Highway 54 is Barnie’s Coffee and Tea of Lutz, Florida. It’s about a 50 minute drive from downtown Lakeland.

Now, don’t try to guess where I’m going. This isn’t a call to drive to a coffee shop 40 miles away when we have Black and Brew and Mitchells. (Even though I can’t get either to sell me iced tea at 7:30 am.)

The headline should have given you the clue.

Noel Rosa is playing live this Saturday the 29th from about 6:30 to 9 pm. Rosa is a local singer/songwriter who happens to play an amazing guitar. Here’s a clip:

Cotton Patch Gospel

Bluegrass music, rural Georgia, and the Gospels of Matthew and John come together in a play presented by Southeastern University and performed at the Polk Theatre.

The book, “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan, retranslates selections from the New Testament into mid-20th Century locations with mid-20th Century concerns. The play follows Jordan’s translation style to present the life of Jesus Christ. With standards, and Bluegrass music and lyrics by Harry Chapin, the play is both a celebration of song and spirit.

Directed by Department of Communication chair John Pierce, the three performance run is Nov. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m at The Polk Theatre in Downtown Lakeland.

Tickets are: $12 (adults), $7 (students, seniors, groups of 10 or more)

For more information or to purchase tickets, check the SEU Arts and Events Calendar or call the Southeastern University Box Office (863) 669-4010.

Jimmy Buffett’s Last Chance for Change Concert

Sign and Flag Jimmy Buffett threw a free concert Sunday and a Barack Obama rally broke out. However, as political rallies go, this one was low key. Well, except for the now expected rendition of “God Bless America.”

Bunting was non-existent. There was only a single stage banner, and the candidate for president made only a short taped speech.

Yet, more members of the estimated 20,000 sported shirts that mentioned “Change” than featured colorful parrots and palms. In every section, it was easy to spot the Obama fans from their buttons, shirts, hats, and even a few tattoos (temporary).

If there were any Jimmy Buffett fans planning to vote McCain they bit their lips and simply enjoyed the greatest hits concert. On the other hand, the Obama fans were more than willing to cheer Buffett when he’d drop references to the Obama campaign.

Someone once said “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” so I won’t present you with a review of the Buffett show,* but I’ll give you some not-so-random thoughts from the concert after the jump.

Power Out in South Lake Morton and Lake Hollingsworth Area

Evidently a transformer blew near Southgate Shopping Center. Knocked power out from Edgewood North to at least parts of South Lake Morton.

Yes. I’m typing by the light of the monitor.

Update: 8:56….That’s the longest we’ve been without power in three years. Back in Louisville, that would happen 3-4 times a tornado season.

Update: Four flickers, and then off again about 10:52. I guess the new transformer couldn’t handle the load. Back on at 11:07. Not bad, but I’m going to bed early. If it goes off again, I won’t notice.