Maxine Nelson

Maxine Nelson

Maxine Nelson realized early on a true passion for writing. A memoir is in the works for publication in the near future. Currently she writes about her passions for all kinds of music, the performing arts, and local events in her area.
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  • Tampa Bay’s Guide to Five Shoe Boutiques at International Plaza
    What if you could go to one location for all types of shoe boutiques under one roof? There is such a place in Tampa Bay. Find out its location and the five specialty shoe boutiques that’s offered. Get all the information you'll ever need.
  • Dance the Night Away at Tampa Bay’s Best Dance Clubs
    Get out your dancing shoes and check out four of the most fascinating dance clubs in Tampa Bay. Whether you like dark wave/goth, country, hip hop, or house music you’re in for a treat. Find out more information on these clubs, locations, and hours
  • Four Best Dive Bars in Tampa Bay: Not Your Typical Hole in the Wall
    Dive bars or hole in the walls, you can take your pick, are plentiful in Tampa Bay. If you want to get away from the snooty trendy nightspots, and/or upscale tourist-infested lounges, these four special places are just for you.
  • Five Stunning Party Shoes Under $50 That Are Chic
    Shoe lovers everywhere will be delighted to see a list of economical priced party shoes. Whether for day or evening you’ll find stilettos, platforms, and pumps. Get all the necessary information on what shoes, where to buy, and what’s the exact price.
  • 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Celebrates in Brooklyn
    Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein are just a few of the new inductees of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the first time the induction ceremony is opened to the public and held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
  • Five Lesser-Known Facts and Myths About Occupational Therapy
    Occupational therapy sounds like it has to do exclusively with someone's occupation. Occupational therapists (OTs) are all-around. That’s why the month of April takes time to honor this extraordinary profession. Find out more about the real facts.
  • Tampa Bay’s Earth Day Activities Guide
    Throughout the month of April and on Earth Day, April 22, come out and take part in activities honoring the environment and green themes. These range from an eco-fest with music and foods, screening of an environmental film, and the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • 5 Best Spring Beers for Springtime Fun
    There are summer, fall, and winter beers that are very popular. Unfortunately it seems spring beers can’t get any respect until now. Find out what are the five best beers for springtime. Get the lowdown on beer styles, breweries, tastes, and prices.
  • Five Easter Basket Theme Ideas for Teens
    When you think of Easter baskets, young children come to mind. That was certainly the case with Christmas stockings. Now Easter baskets are taking on a new meaning. If you have teens, here are some excellent ideas for a particular gift theme.
  • Best Movies About Cats for Cat Lovers and Pet Owners
    Domestic cats are either the main character or featured extensively in these 10 best movies. Cat lovers who love furry felines, and don’t own one at the moment, as well as pet owners of kitties, can rejoice in these wonderful films about cats.
  • Looking for Makeup Brushes: The Top 10
    If you’re a beginner with makeup it’s suggested to start with a complete brush set. Perhaps you’ve used makeup for years and need only an upgrade. For those who have their own makeup brushes, maybe it's one specific brush. Here is an excellent guide.
  • Top Historical and Presidential Sites of John F. Kennedy for History Buffs
    Now that the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination has ended, here's top six sites relating to JFK's life, presidency, and legacy. History buffs and Kennedy-philes will appreciate the list going from his birthplace to a presidential library.
  • Colorful Eggs, Bonnets, and Bunnies: History and Meaning of Easter
    There are two sides of Easter: the religious and cultural. Here's a look at its traditional and contemporary sides starting with the Easter egg hunts, dressing your Sunday best, serving up ham dinner, and hopping with the white Easter bunny.
  • Green Movies for Kids About Earth and the Environment
    You've come to the right place for films with a green theme about taking care of our planet. Here are 10 of the best green movies, featuring both animation and live action that kids are sure to enjoy. Each one has a strong environmental message.
  • My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Atlanta
    In 1999 I had a situation with carpal tunnel syndrome. While on a trip in Atlanta, I developed sharp pains in my right lower arm. I never had this particular ailment, though I’d heard if it. Here is my story and what readers can learn from it.
  • Touring Wine Bars of Tampa Bay: The Top 6
    Come on a tour of six very special wine bars throughout Tampa Bay. Two are located in Tampa’s historic entertainment district, while others are at Clearwater Beach, downtown St. Pete, and a couple cozy suburban areas with a neighborly vibe.
  • Best of Tampa Bay’s Mini Golf Courses for the Whole Family
    Check out these five mini golf courses throughout Tampa Bay any family will enjoy. Each one has a theme ranging from pirate’s adventure to African jungle to a fairy tale dream. Get all the information needed for a fun time on a miniature golf course.
  • Best Springtime Movies for the Season
    With the season of spring on hand, here’s seven excellent films commemorating this favorite time of year. They range from the garden variety to movie songs about springtime, America’s pastime, and a darker side of spring break
  • Top of the Morning St. Patrick’s Day Facts and Trivia
    Bet you didn't know St. Patrick wasn't Irish or his color isn't green. These are just some of the facts and trivia regarding the Eire imported holiday. Raise a pint of stout and say "Slainte!" You’ll never look at St. Patrick’s Day the same.
  • Irish Connection Films for St. Patrick’s Day
    These are 10 of the best films with Irish connections. These are excellent choices to help commemorate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. They feature Oscar winners, comedies, musicals, and dramas. This is a great way to unwind.
  • Tampa Bay’s Best Concerts for 2014
    An eclectic array of bands, duos, and solo artists will be making their way to the Tampa Bay area in 2014. A wide variety of genres include rock, folk, pop, hip hop, and contemporary Christian. Check out these acts and where they'll perform.
  • Paul Simon's 10 Greatest Songs for Easy Listening
    Since the early days with his duo partner Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon has created some of the most memorable songs still played on the radio today. Sit back and get comfortable with this listing of Simon's 10 greatest songs ever written and recorded.
  • Tampa Bay’s Easy Guide to Vegan Restaurants
    Three bonafide vegan restaurants are found right here in Tampa Bay. Check out this convenient local guide on what they have to offer. Two are located in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach, while another is located near USF in Tampa.
  • Best Winter Olympic-Related Films All-Year Round
    The Winter Olympics only comes every four years. In the meantime here are six of the most entertaining Winter Olympic-themed movies to enjoy all year round. They range from the popular winter sports of ice hockey, bobsledding, and figure skating.
  • Razzie Awards 2014: Kim Kardashian for Worst Acting, ‘Movie 43’ Worst Picture
    On the eve of the Oscars, it was the Razzies turn to shine . Kim Kardashian, not at all surprising, received her raspberry statuette for worst supporting actress in "Tyler Perry's Temptation." It was "Movie 43" and "After Earth" the big winners.
  • And the Oscar Goes To: My 2014 Oscar Predictions in Writing, Acting, and Best Picture
    These categories, who've had different winners throughout the award season, are my predictions for the 2014 Oscars. At the recent BAFTAs it further added to this mixed-up awards race that’s driving the Gold Derby’s prediction website crazy.
  • Fascinating Academy Awards Trivia and Interesting Oscar Facts
    The Academy Awards, or the Oscars, are instantly recognized by name alone. The most prestigious award given is for best achievement in motion pictures, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Find out more curious Oscar trivia and facts.
  • BRIT Awards 2014: David Bowie, Bruno Mars -- Best Male Artists; Arctic Monkeys-- Best Group
    British and international music artists converged Wednesday for the UK's version of the Grammys, The Brit Awards. Even though the iconic David Bowie wasn't there, he was the night’s biggest winner along with Bruno Mars and Arctic Monkeys.
  • 2014 BAFTA Awards: ‘Gravity’ Wins Best British Film, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron
    'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuaron wins yet another major film award for Best Director, this time from BAFTA on Sunday. Even though the film features a Mexican director and an American cast, its British producer qualified it to win Best British Film.
  • Shirley Temple Black Factbox: The Quintessential Child Star and U.S. Ambassador
    She set the standard for future child stars. The one and only Shirley Temple is the epitome of a child star. Shirley Temple Black was also the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and in Eastern Europe. Mrs. Black, 85, passed away Monday night of natural causes.
  • Tampa Bay’s Guide to Romantic Getaways
    Living here locally in Tampa Bay brings one great benefit, waterfront getaways. Why go anywhere else when people from all over the world come to this region? Here are six romantic getaways to consider for Valentine’s Day or any other time.
  • Winter Olympic History's Most Surprising Moments
    In the 90 years since the first Winter Olympics in 1924, many surprises have happened. Anything can go with these games, including upsets, controversies, and scandals. Here are six of the most surprising moments in Winter Olympic history.
  • Your Guide to the 2014 Winter Olympic Figure Skating Event
    Here’s everything you need to know regarding the ever popular figure skating event. This is your thorough guide to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Figure skating will add a new team category from all disciplines.
  • The Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances: MJ, U2, Beyonce, Bruce, and Paul
    Since Super Bowl XXXVII in 1993 halftime shows have featured iconic classic and chart-topping contemporary artists. Some shows have caused controversy, while others stood the test of time. Here are five of the best Super Bowl halftime performances.
  • Top Five Songs Specifically About a Cat
    Cats are definitely independent animals, but many a song has been written about them. Let's take a curious look at the top five songs of all time about felines. They range from easy listening adult contemporary, pop, hard rock, folk, and rockabilly.
  • 2014 Grammy Awards: Daft Punk Win Five Grammys
    The 56th Grammy Awards went into extreme overtime with its live telecast, nearly four hours in length Sunday. The French EDM duo Daft Punk dressed in their trademark robotic fashion. They swept the Grammys with five wins, including major categories.
  • What You Don't Know About the Grammy Awards: Trivia And Facts
    The Grammy Awards have been around since 1958 to honor the very finest in the recording industry. This includes not only the artists, but producers, songwriters, engineers, and others behind the scenes. Find out more trivia and facts you didn't know.
  • Unforgettable Grammy Performance Collaborations: The 5 Best
    The Grammys are known for bringing together artists from different or similar genres for performance collaborations. A number of these efforts have become Grammy Awards most memorable moments. They range from classic rock icons to pop divas to rappers.
  • Producers Guild Awards Have a Tie for Best Picture: 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave'
    In an unprecedented result at the Producers Guild Awards on Sunday, two films tied for Best Picture. "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" were its two recipients. Ties are extremely rare during any award season. The PGAs virtually mirror the Oscars.
  • Razzie Nominations for 2013: ‘Grown Ups 2,’ Kim Kardashian Amongst Worst Nominees
    2013 has been a stellar year for films. On the flip side it has seen its share of horrendous flops, dreadful casting, and awful movies. The 34th Annual Razzie Awards announced its nominations Wednesday for worst in acting, directing, and writing.
  • Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day With Facts and Trivia
    Martin Luther King, Jr. is best remembered for his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago. There are a number of other little-known facts about this iconic speech and its orator. Find out more fascinating trivia on this civil rights leader.
  • Five Song Titles About Fish in the Sea
    Come along on a sea adventure with songs featuring fishes of all kind in its titles. These five songs come from the 1960s and 1970s, but still sound as great as ever today. They range from dolphins, sharks, and other oceanic creatures.
  • Unforgettable Golden Globes: The Top 7 Moments
    Now into its 71st year, the Golden Globes have definitely given us unforgettable moments that will live on. Here's looking at this unique award show known for its relaxed and frolicking atmosphere when some celebrities had a bit too much champagne.
  • 2014 BAFTA Award Nominations: ‘Gravity’, ‘12 Years a Slave,’ 'American Hustle' Lead
    The film and TV award season now gets tighter with its announcement of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations on Wednesday. Space age “Gravity” received the most nominations with 11, while “12 Years a Slave” received 10.
  • 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 was announced late Monday night. This time fans of Kiss made sure their bona fide rock group was one of the inductees. Others included Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Ronstadt.
  • 2014 SAG Award Nominations: ‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Lee Daniels' the Butler’ Lead Nods
    The first major film awards of the season announced their nominees for film and television early Wednesday morning. Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) presented the nominations for the 2014 SAG Awards live on the TNT and TBS websites.
  • 2014 Grammy Award Nominations: Jay Z Leads with Most Nods; Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Get Lucky Seven
    Music’s biggest night went all out with its annual “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live” on CBS. Only a few major categories and nominations were revealed. The complete list became available after the broadcast. Jay Z leads with nine nods.
  • American Music Awards 2013: Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction Score Big Wins
    The 41st American Music Awards (AMA) took place Sunday evening at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. ABC presented the three-hour live telecast. Perennial awards show darling Taylor Swift went home with the biggest award of the night.
  • JFK 50 Years After Assassination: My Hawaiian Story
    From the Aloha State 50 years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, I was only 5 years old when JFK was assassinated. I remember hearing about it when I got home from school. It’s something that I will not forget. This is my story.
  • Get a Sunless Tan Year-Round With These Top 5 Products
    Want a tan without harmful rays from the sun? You need to know what products are available for an all-year tan. When you do use them, many will assume you go to the beach or pool regularly. Here are 5 of the best of the best self tanners.
  • 2013 End-of-Year Movie Releases Considered the Best of the 21st Century
    The holidays are always busy with shopping, but going to the movies to see Oscar contenders or blockbusters is traditional too. Some are calling 2013 one of the best years for films in the 21st century, and not since the Golden Age of Hollywood.
  • Nominations for 2014 People's Choice Awards: Sandra Bullock Receives Most for Movies
    Sandra Bullock is having a good year. She received five nominations in the Movie category for the 2014 People's Choice Awards. The TV series "Glee" received eight. Katy Perry captured five for music. The PCAs will air on CBS, Jan. 8, 2014.
  • Austin, Texas: My Favorite Little-Known U.S. Vacation Destination
    Austin, Texas, may be the “Live Music Capital of the World,” home of the University of Texas, and site of the annual South by Southwest festival. Yet it offers some unique sites, like the State Capitol and a bat colony that's absolutely free.
  • Top 40 Meet Internet Sensations: 2013 YouTube Music Award Winners
    The web now has its own major music award -- 1st Annual YouTube Music Awards. Streaming live on Sunday featured host Jason Schwartzman, along with co-host Reggie Watts, from New York City. Six categories were presented in the 90-minute webcast.
  • What You Don't Know About the World Series
    Every October is the Super Bowl of Major League Baseball, the one and only World Series. Why is it called the World Series when a majority of teams are in the U.S.? Find out this answer and many more fascinating trivia.
  • Lou Reed: 'A Walk on the Wild Side' Factbox
    Lou Reed, 71, best known for his only commercial hit song "Walk on the Wild Side" that reached Top 20 status, died on Sunday. One of punk rock's pioneers who later influenced others artists like the Sex Pistols, David Bowie, and Patti Smith.
  • First Annual YouTube Music Awards Announce Nominees
    The internet now has its own major music awards with the First Annual YouTube Music Awards. It will be viewers who decides the winners. Be a part of history when the YouTube Music Awards is presented on Nov. 3 in a live webcast.
  • Top 5 Halloween Costume Ideas Specifically Unique for Pets
    All pets are unique, so trying to find a Halloween costume to dress up your beloved dog, cat, or ferret may seem challenging. Now you can rest easy by checking out these five costume ideas that will make your pet stand out on Halloween.
  • 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
    The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 are here. Fans can vote for five nominees on the Hall of Fame's website. The nominees range from grunge great Nirvana, pop duo Hall & Oates, hip-hop's LL Cool J, and disco's Chic.
  • Lucky 13: Halloween Movies for Kids
    Halloween may be a scary time for adults, yet kids enjoy its sense of fun. One popular activity for the whole family is watching spooky movies. Check out these very lucky 13 Halloween flicks appropriate for children of all ages.
  • Nine of the Top Beatles-Related Films
    The number nine was deeply significant to John Lennon. Many films have been made about the band’s extraordinary rise to fame. Here are nine excellent films relating to the Fab Four whether as a biopic, parody, or musical.
  • 10 Songs With Animal Titles
    It was the 1960s that brought a plethora of band names with the likes of animals, turtles, birds, and monkeys. How about songs titles featuring animals? These 10 songs with animal names come from felines to canines and equines.
  • 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards: Upsets, Tributes, Music
    A lot of hype has been on certain unusual nominees such as Netflix's "House of Cards." Instead, it was a night of upset wins and first-time Emmy winners. Tributes were plentiful with special memoriams of notable stars and musical guests performed.
  • 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards: HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Scores Eight Wins
    The Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" won the most technical Emmys on Sunday at its preshow, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The HBO movie scored for outstanding casting, hairstyle, and costumes. Bob Newhart won his first Emmy for a guest role.
  • Kennedy Center Honors Announces 2013 Recipients
    Five artists were selected at the 36th Kennedy Center Honors during its announcement on Thursday. Three musicians, an opera singer, and a film star will receive medals at a White House reception, along with tribute performances to be aired in late Dec.
  • Bruno Mars to Perform at Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
    Bruno Mars now joins the growing list of past superstar singers and bands to perform at Super Bowl XLVIII's halftime show in East Rutherford, NJ. The announcement was made at Times Square on Sunday. The Super Bowl is February 2.
  • Wrestling Comes Back to 2020 Olympics in Tokyo After IOC Misstep
    The sport of wrestling, one of the coveted events during ancient Olympics in Greece, has been reinstated by the International Olympic Committee Sunday. The IOC admitted its mistake by taking out the 2,000-year old athletic event in February.
  • ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 17 Cast Revealed: ‘Glee’ and ‘High School Musical’ Stars
    Amber Riley of "Glee" and Corbin Bleu from Broadway and "High School Musical" are just a couple of the stars slated for Season 17 of "Dancing with the Stars." Other celebrities were announced on Wednesday during ABC's “Good Morning America.”
  • Five Eclectic Films Focused on Education
    Whether it's back to school for the fall or anything else related to education, here are five outstanding films. Each has a unique perspective on teaching, whether it is inner-city schools from the 1950s and 1980s to early homeschooling.
  • Diana Nyad’s Persistence Pays Off with Successful Cuba-Key West Swim
    After a number of attempts beginning in 1978, 2011, and in 2012, 64-year-old Diane Nyad successfully swam the 110-mile stretch from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida on Monday. She is the first to swim without a shark cage across the Florida Straits.
  • Six Song Titles Featuring Countries
    These are six songs with names of a country in its title representing Asia, Europe, and North America. Some of the artists include superstar groups, a concert performer from New Jersey, plus a quiet solo artist who belonged to a famous band.
  • 2013 Emmy Nominations: ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix Becomes First Nominated Non-network/cable Series
    History was made at the 65th Primetime Emmy Award nominations announcement ceremony Thursday morning. Hosts Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris introduced the nominees that included the first online streaming series "House of Cards," receiving nine nods.
  • Tampa Movie Premiere of William Shatner’s ‘Impulse’: My Own Experience
    William Shatner starred in a movie that was filmed entirely on location in the city of Tampa during the mid 1970s. I got to attend the premiere of Shatner’s now cult classic film “Impulse.” It was held at my neighborhood cinema complex.
  • Top 10 Hit Songs All About Money
    Like the song from the hit musical "Cabaret" says: "Money makes the world go around, The world go around, The world go around." That it does. There's even song titles explicitly with that word. Here's 10 songs about this valuable tool everybody wants!
  • Nik Wallenda Triumphantly Crosses Grand Canyon Gorge Live
    Once again Nik Wallenda, "The King of the High Wire," attempted to cross the Little Colorado River gorge at the easternmost point of the Grand Canyon Sunday. Discovery Channel covered this live event from the Navajo Nation's tribal park.
  • Neil Diamond in Chicago: My Favorite Concert Experience
    Back in the 1980s I saw Neil Diamond in concert at the Chicago Stadium, which is no longer there. This would be my second time. Six months earlier I saw him perform live for the very first time. His Chicago concert was special for me.
  • Writing Letters to Lonely Veterans: The Best Way to Communicate
    Here's an idea to contact a Veteran, especially one who is lonely. You'll have all the necessary steps and address to make sure your letter arrives to one in need. This doesn't have to been done during a holiday, it can be year-round.
  • 2013 Miss USA Pageant: Miss Connecticut’s Erin Brady Wins, Miss Utah Flubs Question
    Another consecutive winner from the New England region took home the title of Miss USA 2013 in Las Vegas. Not since the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant has a contestant flubbed a question like Miss Utah. Erin Brady is the new Miss USA.
  • Top 5 Songs with Hollywood in the Title
    A few songs have been written about Hollywood, the land of the movie industry and its stars. Here are five excellent examples from artists such as Michael Jackson and Michael Buble who’ve sung its praises. Hooray for Hollywood!
  • Tales of Two Cities: Being a Movie Extra
    LA and Chicago are very different cities to work in as a movie extra. One is ultra-jaded, while the other is the complete opposite. In the latter city, film extras are just as celebrated as principal actors. Here’s my tale of being an extra in films.
  • 2013 Tony Awards: Cicely Tyson, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,' 'Pippin,' 'Kinky Boots' Big Winners
    The 67th Annual Tony Awards took place at Radio City Music Hall with the perennial host, Neil Patrick Harris on CBS. Cicely Tyson won for her leading performance in a play. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" won the most Tonys for a dramatic production.
  • 'Hawaii Five-0': Lessons One Can Learn from My Favorite TV Show
    "Hawaii Five-0" may be a crime drama filled with non-stop action, but there are times in between where great lessons are imparted onto viewers in a subtle way. It's not just about surfing, beaches, luaus, and others things one thinks about Hawaii.
  • NBC's 'Smash' Series Finale: Nominations and Night at the Tony Awards
    After two seasons the NBC television series about musicals on Broadway had its final curtain call over the Memorial Day weekend. The two-hour series finale was about the Outer Critics Circle Awards followed by Tony nods and the awards ceremony.
  • HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra' Showcases Outstanding Performances by Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson
    For those not familiar with the entertainer Liberace, he was perhaps way ahead of his time. This HBO film is based on Scott Thorson's 1988 memoir and stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott. He was Liberace's lover from 1977 to 1981.
  • Ray Manzarek of the Doors Factbox
    Ray Manzarek, 74, passed away on Monday in Germany. The founding member of the 1960s band The Doors, along with front man Jim Morrison, created a unique sound completely unmatched by other psychedelic bands of that era.
  • ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Gives Viewers Cliffhanger Season Finale on ‘Aloha. Malama Pono’
    The reboot Hawaiian crime drama ended its third season with an incredible cliffhanger. This will make casual viewers and longtime fans alike wanting answers to those burning questions. One member of the H50 Task Force decides to go away for a while.
  • Top 10 Films About Dads for Father’s Day
    The third Sunday in June is Father's Day. What better way to celebrate with dad by watching some or all of these top 10 film about fathers. These range from a variety of single dads to extraordinary situations of time travel and cross-dressing.
  • Top 5 Songs Referencing Broadway -- the Great White Way
    Broadway is the pinnacle of success for American theatre in plays and the ever popular musicals. There are a number of pop songs referencing this show biz institution. One song in particular is the quintessential, while others tip their hats too.
  • Top 10 Familiar Songs with Dance in the Title
    They may have the word dance in the tile, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's about dancing. Some of these songs are about social commentary, popular dances, living a dream, or simply having a good time no matter the situation.
  • A Look at My Top Three Favorite Comedy Movies: Satires and a Slapstick
    What do "Miss Congeniality," "Tropic Thunder," and "The Mask" (with Jim Carrey) have in common? They're comedy movies and just so happen to be my favorites. Here's a comparison into two satires and a genius slapstick movie that is universally loved.
  • Wish 'American Idol' Would Get Canceled, Even Though It's My Guilty Pleasure
    Since 2002 "American Idol" has remained in a tight cocoon within its comfort zone of having contestants sing the same songs for auditions. The planted bad singers look too staged at this point. Unfortunately the show remains in the 20th century.
  • YouTube's Epic Rap Battles of History Parody Videos: Contemporary and Historical Figures Collide
    YouTube is filled with parody videos, yet some of the most clever and funniest come from Epic Rap Battles of History. Created by Nice Peter and his partners they cover historical legends with match ups against today's stars like Bieber and Lady Gaga.
  • Richie Havens 'Freedom' Makes Memorable Woodstock Legacy
    Richie Havens wasn't meant to open the show at the famed Woodstock music festival. Havens passed away on Monday at age 72. His unique style of playing the acoustic guitar and passionate vocals will always make him unforgettable.
  • How to Clean a Glass Picture Frame
    Spring cleaning or not, every once in a while you need to clean those glass picture frames that hold sentimental value for you and your loved ones. Here are some easy steps to get the best out of your cleaning without damaging the contents inside.
  • Top 10 Mother's Day Films She's Sure to Love
    Mothers won't be able to resist these top 10 films for Mother's Day. Instead of the usual gifts of flowers, candies, dining at a restaurant, present her with films about her special day. These titles cover a variety of eras, genres, and storylines.
  • Roger Ebert: The Blue-Collar Movie Critic
    Roger Ebert has become the most recognizable film critic by name alone, and his famous "Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down" reviews. He passed away Thursday from his battle with cancer, but will never be forgotten for his warm and empathetic movie critiques.
  • Phil Ramone: They Don’t Make Record Producers Like Him Anymore
    On Saturday over the Easter weekend legendary record producer Phil Ramone, 79, passed away. He left behind recordings of the ages from an eclectic array of musical genres stemming from pop, rock, folk, opera, film/Broadway soundtracks, and jazz.
  • Top 10 Birthday Party Songs New and Old
    If its your birthday or you're throwing a birthday party for someone, here are some great celebratory songs for this wondrous occasion. These ten songs cover a wide span of eras and genres, though its themes are birthday or party celebration.
  • 2013 Razzie Award Winners: Last 'Twilight Saga' Dominate Wins, Rihanna Razzied
    What a way to end the "Twilight Saga" franchise with the very worst in film awards. They were the big winners of the night on the eve of the Oscar ceremonies. Rihanna won her first, hopefully last, Razzie for worst supporting actress in "Battleship."
  • Unique Tampa Bay Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples and Singles
    Who wants to do the same ol’ thing year after year for Valentine's? Lucky for you Tampa Bay residents and visitors, there’s some great ways to spend February 14th and the Valentine weekend. They range from a dinner cruise to a chocolate soiree.
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