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La Floridiana by Will Moriaty
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    PCR #307  (Vol. 7, No. 6)  This edition is for the week of February 6--12, 2006.

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La Floridiana Lite

"La Floridiana Lite" is a collection of Florida-related tidbits to tide you over until I turn in my next honest-to-God column (slated for the February 27th edition of PCR) - Enjoy! --Will  

The Latest from Charlie
The latest in The World of Florida's Man in Black from Lisa Sanchez and Lynn Gilbert of the Charlie Carlson's Readers' Fan Club -- Florida's leading weird writer & wackiest historian Charlie Carlson Florida's own Master of the Weird! Read about him in a three-page feature interview in the current Winter issue of GHOST! magazine, America's leading magazine for ghost hunting enthusiasts. Get it at your Barnes & Noble store. Visit Ghost magazine online at www.ghostmag.com.

Please note that Charlie Carlson, and radio hosts Emi and Amy Diaz will be apearing at this year's MegaCon in Orlando.

COMING EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY........

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 Tampa, Florida
Florida's Master of the Weird on the magical midway of THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR! Author Charlie Carlson will join Emi and the Graveyard Shift from WTAN Radio. Along with Florida's Golden Goddess of Ghosts, Susan Thompson. The showcan be heard Sunday, Feb 12th at 10 p.m. at 1340 AM & 1400 AM! Listen on the internet at http://www.emisuniverse.com

Friday through Sunday , February 24, 25 and 26, 2006, Orlando, Florida
THREE BIG DAYS!! Check it out!! A FULL WEEKEND FOR WEIRD FANS!! In person..... Meet Florida's Master of the Weird along with the magical mistress of ghosts, Susan Thompson and Emi and Amy, hosts from the Graveyard Shift Radio ShowTHE MEGACON CONVENTION ORLANDO CONVENTION CENTER www.megaconvention.com

Tuesday February 28, 2006
On the air Tuesday, listen to Charlie Carlson talk about Weird Florida on MAGIC MIND RADIO With Ed Craft, http://www.magickmind.net/ "Hunt for the Devil" DVD is due to be released this month. Appearing in this video is Charlie Carlson as the master of the weird, along with the crazy cast of Owen Sliter, Diana McCreight, Susan Thompson and Brook Haber in a stunning characterization. "If you don't die laughing, it will scare you to death!" Visit www.spookhunters.com for updates.

COMING EVENTS FOR MARCH......

Awesome Stuff coming up in Mid-March 2006!
The Profiler BMX Weird Florida Bike Tour across the Sunshine State. The riders will be meeting up with the Master of the Weird in New Smyrna Beach on Monday, March 13th where they will partake of the New Smyrna Beach Historical Ghost Tour. Wanna register to go on the ghost tour with a medium, the BMX riders & the Master of the Weird & who knows what? Then make your reservations immediately Call 386-428-7765. [Space limited to only 12 more fans]

COMING EVENTS FOR APRIL......

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Booksigning & Wacky Weird Florida Lecture Charlie Carlson will appear at the Big Annual Florida Collectibles and Vintage Memorabilia Show presented by Hula Hula Productions in the historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida. Featuring memorabilia & celebrities from Kitschy Florida!! Including original Highwaymen and William Moriaty of La Floridiana http://www.crazedfanboy.com/npcr06/laflapcr306.html

COMING EVENTS FOR THIS SPRING......

Watch for STRANGE FLORIDA II! Buy more books by Charlie Carlson at www.spookhunters.com online bookstore including Charlie's new title, Ashley's Shadow. ISBN:1-877633-75-5 Luthers Publishing 386-423-1600. All fan mail and inquiries for bookings or promotions should be sent to Weird Florida Public Relations at indigosun@earthlink.net

The February 2006 Tampabaymuse.com Newsletter
Promoting Art and Culture in Tampa Bay one link at a time. Don't give your entertainment dollars to Walmart, support local artisans instead!

This newsletter is intended as a public service to highlight monthly cultural happenings in the Bay area. Tampabaymuse.com is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed. For a complete schedule visit www.tampabaymuse.com

Art Happenings

Songs For Other Swans: February 11-March 5, 2005
Covivant Gallery 4906 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33603 www.covivant.com
Opening Reception: February 11 from 7-11pm, $5 suggested donation.

Covivant gallery is pleased to present the work of New York artist George Ferrandi and Gainesville artist John Orth. For this exhibition, the artists are driving to Tampa with a produce truck full of significant memories to be situated in the gallery, precisely spilling out onto the walls and floor. This exhibition will commemorate or memorialize loss; from loved ones to dreams; and will come alive via major installations of the dark and whimsy sorts, yet courageous moles and mountains.

Still Showing:
"The Other Worlds" and "3rd Floor" will continue from January 27th- March 11th and will be open for night time viewing on Saturday evenings from 7pm- 10pm or by appointment. Flight 19 is located at 601 N. Nebraska Ave. in the Baggage Claim Building connected to the Union Train Station in downtown Tampa.

"Fanatic Voyage"01/28/06 - 02/18/06.
Six New York artists and the group Infinity SS make up the diverse collective. With approaches ranging from urban punk, pop realism, graffiti, to surrealism, the art finds similarity in aesthetics and voice. http://www.thestudioat620.com/p_fv.htm The Studio@620
620 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg FL 33701
Phone: 727-895-6620

Film Events
The Tampa International Film Festival runs February 3-11, 2006. The new 2006 film schedule includes 18 international films, as well as a new Independent Film Festival of American films, sponsored by the Education Channel. Also in attendance will be Award-Winning Canadian Director Bernard Émond and World-Renowned Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Check out their film schedule for a complete listing.

Support Local Filmmakers! The next Tampa Film Review, presented by 1 Day Films, will be held on Friday, February 10 from 8 - 10 p.m. at International Bazaar, located at 1600 E. Eighth Ave. in the Centro Ybor Complex. Tampa Film Review is held every second Friday of the month and is free.

Two local galleries also have film fare: The Studio@620 presents "Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary", the first film in this Ironweed series at The Studio@620. Wetback, directed by Arturo Perez Torres, follows several immigrants on their dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico to the United States. From the director, "The intention of this documentary is to put a human face on illegal immigration and to reposition the journey of the "wetback" as what it also is: an act of freedom and bravery." The film will be February 17, 2006 at 8:00 pm. The location is 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida. In Addition the BOMBSHELL GALLERY and CAFE, 2534 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, (727) 519.5208 shows a film every Sunday night at 7pm.

Something Different
Dundu Dole a semi-professional performing arts group in St. Petersburg presents the African Ballet, "The Path", Friday February 10, 2006, 7:00-9:00pm. Palladium Theater
253 5th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL

This Just In
Phyro-Giants! , originally slated to close on Sun., Feb. 5 has been held over through Feb. 12. Performances have been added at 10:30pm on Sat., Feb. 11 and 7pm Sun., Feb. 12. For complete show information including links to press, a synopsis, bios, our TV commercial and more visit: http://jobsitetheater.org/phyrogiants.htm.

Community Support Needed
The following is from a Covivant Gallery MYSPACE post: "Someone who is very very VERY dear to me and most definitely one of the most precious, loving, caring people that ive ever known lost EVERYTHING in a fire today. She is in her last semester at college and she also works almost full time to support herself with no outside help. All that she has is her car, her clothes, books, and pets are GONE. ANYONE who can donate clothes (small-medium) shoes (8 or 9) food, furniture, money WHATEVER please please contact me! I'll try to set up something more concrete but I just found this out and can't sit still.

Email me at annielizdoric@yahoo.com"

The Latest from Florida Folk-Hero Photographer Clyde Butcher
Florida and the Cuban Expeditions of Clyde Butcher
Art Plus ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ Coral Gables, Fl
January 26-March 28, 2006
For information (786) 497-1111 www.artplusgallery.com

Meet Clyde at the opening reception Thursday January 26 7:00pm-10:00pm. His new Cuba book just in for book signing

"It is my hope that these photographs open to the world unseen beauty that lies just 90 miles to the south of Florida," Clyde said.

The United Nations declared the year 2002 as the year of the mountains and encouraged countries all over the world to have environmental conferences regarding the conservation of mountains. The country chosen to have that conference for the Caribbean basin was Cuba. Clyde was asked by John Parke Wright IV to photograph Cuba for this event.

Gelatin Photographs of his Cuba Collection
Extremely limited edition - 15 photographs of each negative. This exhibit also includes Clyde's Florida expedition photographs. This is a huge exhibit that Clyde and Art Plus have put together. They are both very excited about it and are looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions about the exhibit contact Art Plus at (786) 497-1111 www.artplusgallery.com. Any other questions please email Denise at info@clydebutcher.com. Click to view http://www.clydebutcher.com.


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