An up-close look at a section of "Primates" by Kevin Grass.
"Florida artist can paint so real you'll think it's a photograph."
That's how artist Kevin Grass describes himself in his Twitter bio, and admittedly, it is hard to tell sometimes when looking at his photorealistic paintings. Grass, who lives in Tarpon Springs, was recently named Artist of the Year by Redwood Media, which runs art shows across the U.S., including Spectrum Miami.
His surrealist figure paintings include Black Friday, depicting a stampede of customers into a modern Walmart, modeled after Theodore Gericault's 1819 painting Raft of the Medusa. Grass, who teaches art at St. Petersburg College, diagrams the symbolism in that painting and others on his website.
Here are three paintings inspired directly by spots around Tampa Bay.
Primates, depicting a scene at the Busch Gardens gorilla enclosure.
The Sponge Docks, depicting the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs
The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane after a 20-year hiatus.
What happens when you take a bunch of regular dogs and try to get them to race on a greyhound track?
The Mutt Derby at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg returned on Sunday afternoon for the first time in 20 years. It was $25 to register a dog for the races, divided by weight class, and the proceeds went to Greyhound Pets of America.
The results were sort of hilarious. Here's what happened.
Sometimes the dogs went in the wrong direction, ran off the track, or stopped five feet short of the finish line:
Sometimes they seemed more interested in finding a friend to play with:
Sometimes they just kept on running after the race had ended (you can skip ahead to 1:06):
And some just needed a little guidance from their owners.
Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E: The fifth and final season of the Psycho prequel series begins Monday, with Freddie Highmore back as a teenage Norman Bates. The season begins two years after Norma's death, but with Norman still struggling from blackouts and his "Mother" alter ego threatening to take him over completely. A half-hour recap of Season 4 airs at 9:30 p.m.
Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark, 3 a.m., Netflix:The Daily Show host Trevor Noah brings his stand-up special to Netflix, which was taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Noah hilariously takes on the absurdity of colonialism, the challenges a black James Bond might face and reliving a drink in Scotland.
American Masters: Maya Angelou, 8 p.m., PBS: This special profiles Dr. Maya Angelou, a poet, singer, dancer and civil rights activist who's best know for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The documentary traces her early years in the 1930s South, her writing career and friendship with Malcolm X with archival photos and video and interviews with some of her friends.
Natasha Bassett stars as Britney Spears in "Brittany Ever After."
Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren’t on social media the last couple days.
Trump confuses people of Sweden
At a rally in Melbourne, President Donald Trump was talking about terrorism and said, "We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?"
The only problem? The people of Sweden had no idea what he was referring to, because there had been no attack there. The biggest news in Sweden the night before actually had something to do with a singer having technical problems on a televised music competition.
No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not ben any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest. ->
After many delays, Disney's Rivers of Light nighttime show finally opened at Animal Kingdom this week.
Last spring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom teased the media with a brief preview of Rivers of Light, a theatrical show that carried the promise — and the burden — of being a signature event designed to keep guests into the park’s new evening hours. Disney anticipated a summer opening.
What it didn’t anticipate was delay after unexplained — technical issues? — delay. Cue 2017: Finally, Friday night, came the official premiere of Rivers of Light, and we generally liked what Disney calls a “visual mix of water, fire, nature and light.” Well, that description is certainly accurate.
Rivers plays like a mashup of other Disney shows such as IllumiNations (Epcot) and World of Color (Disneyland’s California Adventure). The production takes place just after sunset in the new 5,000-seat amphitheatre near Expedition Everest on the edge of Discovery River. (An aside: The Everest experience is one of Animal Kingdom’s best nighttime highlights.) …
Planet Earth II airs Saturday night at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
Perfect lives, perfect lies: Big Little Lies
An all-star cast comes together for HBO's newest melodrama Big Little Lies. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley all play moms to first-graders in the affluent seaside town of Monterey, Calif. Woodley's Jane is the single newcomer whose son, Ziggy, is accused of bullying Renata's (Dern) daughter the first day of school. Witherspoon plays Madeline, a helicopter mom who struggles with her teenage daughter's seemingly better relationship with her father and stepmom. And Kidman is the beautiful, icy Celeste, who gave up her law career to be a mom to twin boys and housewife to the oppressive Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Though this limited series based on the bestselling novel by Liane Moriarty often takes itself too seriously, it has plenty of juicy gossip and schoolyard scandal revolving around a murder at parents' night. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO
Ryan Murphy revealed the theme of Season 7 of "American Horror Story" on "Watch What Happens Live."
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy isn't the first to find the horror in politics in 2016, but this is pretty surprising. Murphy says that the seventh season of FX's extremely popular horror anthology series will be themed on the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to Andy Cohen on Wednesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Murphy said "the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through. So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people." He didn't appear to be joking.
When a surprised Cohen asked if there would be a Donald Trump character in Season 7, Murphy responded, "Maybe."
Previous seasons of AHS have been themed after a coven of witches in New Orleans, a "freak show" in Florida (which included this epic Tampa diss), a vampire-filled hotel in Los Angeles, and the lost colony of Roanoke, though it's unusual for Murphy to reveal the theme, which is generally a big, suspenseful piece of AMC's marketing for the series, this far in advance.
You can watch a clip from Murphy's interview below.
Burger King is looking to sweeten the deal for adults this Valentines Day with 18+ combo meals that include beer and "adult toys."
Why should kids have all the fun?
Well, Burger King thinks adults deserve a treat every once in a while, too.
The fast food chain is looking to sweeten the deal for adults this Valentines Day with 18+ combo meals that include beer and "adult toys."
On Valentines Day only, Burger King locations in Israel are offering a spiced-up "adult" meal from 6 p.m. until close. The package comes fully-equipped with two Whoppers, two French fries, two beers and an "adult toy."
Featured in a YouTube video posted by ad agency Leo Burnett Isreal, the options appear to be a satin mask, feather duster or head massager.
Social media's response to BK's romantic marketing was nothing short of comical.
Amid growing competition in the wireless sphere, Verizon announced over the weekend that it will begin offering unlimited data plans (finally) to customers starting effective immediately. Well, effective today. As the largest wireless provider, it's about time. Verizon says it will allow customers to keep their current phone plans or opt for a monthly, single-line plan with unlimited data, talk and text for $80 a month.
Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis and Steven Pasquale as Billy Brennan in CBS's Doubt.
The Golden Girls, the complete series, midnight, Hulu: Maybe you were a loyal fan of The Golden Girls since its beginning in 1985 or maybe you were introduced to Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia by your mom or grandma and have been hooked on the golden comedy every since. Either way, the complete series arrives on Hulu today and it has never been a better time to relive Dorothy's iconic style and Sophia's "picture it: Sicily" stories. Thank you for being a friend.
Movie: Valentine's Day, 8 p.m., Lifetime: An all-star cast (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) weaves through the highs and lows of a single Valentine's Day. It's cheesy and sweet, but also pretty hilarious.
Humans, 10 p.m., AMC: The second-season premiere sees Niska facing a critical decision while Mia, Leo and Max remain in hiding.
Bad Girls Club, 8 p.m., Oxygen: We can't believe this show has been on for 17 seasons. In the season premiere, seven new "bad girls" arrive from opposite coasts and land in L.A. to live together for another year of dirty secrets, tension and fighting.
Alec Baldwin hosted "Saturday Night Live" and reprised his Donald Trump character.
"Saturday Night Live" guest host Alec Baldwin appeared as President Donald Trump only once during the latest episode, and it was to take his displeasure with a federal court's decision on his immigration order to a reality TV show.
"Mr. Trump, you understand that this is a TV court, right?" asked the host of "The People's Court," played by Cecily Strong.
"That's OK, I'm a TV president," Baldwin-as-Trump responded.
The episode had considerable buzz with Baldwin setting an "SNL" record. The actor has now hosted the show 17 times.
But Baldwin has been a constant presence this season, as his scathing Trump impersonation has elicited numerous critiques - usually via Twitter - from the president himself, including when Trump was a nominee and the president-elect.
"I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited, which is very biased, and I don't like it," Trump told "Today" show host Matt Lauer in December. …
Rosie O'Donnell changed her Twitter profile picture to her face pasted on Steve Bannon's head following Melissa McCarthy's SNL portrayal of press secretary Sean Spicer.
Rosie O'Donnell is sporting a different look these days.
The 54-year-old actress and former talk show host replaced her Twitter photo with her face ... on Steve Bannon's head.
The move comes after rave reviews of Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live last week.
The short's success, and the president's reported issue with Spicer being "played by a woman," has caused a surge of fans clamoring for O'Donnell to play Bannon next. (The Grim Reaper has played Bannon on the show, so far).
O'Donnell has been a nemesis of Trump for ages. The feud goes back to 2006, when she criticized him on The View. The two have traded insults ever since.
So when she changed her profile picture, her followers noticed.
One asked if she would be interested in playing the president's chief strategist.
"I am here to serve," she replied. "Alec (Baldwin) has Trump - Melissa (McCarthy) has (Sean) Spice(r) - I would need a few days to prepare - so if called - I will be ready."
But the picture could just be a joke.
And while nothing has been confirmed - yet - Baldwin, who has played President Trump this season, is slated to host the show Saturday. …
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