Archive for the ‘Palladium Theater’ Category

Acoustic guitarist Richard Gilewitz performs at the SIde Door on Aug. 9, 8 p.m.

Richard Gilewitz, Fingerstyle Guitar Wizard

The Palladium’s Side Door Cabaret was singled out as one of the top music venues in Tampa Bay in Creative Loafing: The Music Issue 2014.

Billed as a comprehensive guide to local music venues, the annual guide also highlights a handful of favorite spots including the Palladium’s Side Door Cabaret.

Likened to a New Your jazz club, the “Side Door is small, dark and intimate, with cabaret tables, a 185-person capacity, and no seats too far from the stage,” wrote David Warner.

While the Palladium’s main stage has been closed for much of the summer for expansion and upgrades, the Side Door reopens Aug. 1 with a new air conditioning system and a great summer lineup each weekend through August including:

  • The great ‘60s band Coo Coo Ca Choo
  • Bluesman Selwyn Birchwood
  • Acoustic guitar wizard Richard Gilewitz

Other recent honors

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently nominated both SPC and the Palladium as “Good ‘Burgers,” for their positive community contributions in education and arts and culture.

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Let the community know St. Petersburg College and the Palladium are the best!


The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has named both SPC and the Palladium at St. Petersburg College as “Good ‘Burgers,” honoring each for their positive community contributions in education and arts and culture.

Now both need your help to become the “People’s Choice” winners in each category.

Voting runs through July 17 with the winners announced Aug. 28. Anyone can vote online at StPete.com/GoodBurger.

“We’d like to think of your nomination as a ‘love note’ from the Chamber on behalf of the citizens of St. Pete,” according to information from the Chamber.

SPC and the Palladium were selected by a committee of ten volunteers who spent several weeks looking through 70 nominees from approximately 1,000 Chamber members.

Vote today and encourage others to help the college and the Palladium shine as winners in education and arts and culture. Share the news on social media by liking and sharing SPC posts about the nominations on Facebook and Twitter.


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In celebration of National Poetry Month, St. Petersburg College hosted internationally acclaimed poets Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda on April 21-22. More than 300 attendees participated in collaborative poetry readings at the Clearwater Campus Library, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Music Center and the Palladium Theater.

Poet interview The Tampa Bay Times published an interview with poet Tess Gallagher as a preview to the events.

Gallagher read works spanning her career of more than 40 years, including readings from her most recent work, Midnight Lantern. She spoke words of the loss and desires of love, the preciousness of life, and of the criticality of solitude.

Matusda has been her collaborator on a number of works, including Pow! Pow! Shalazam!, featured on the Plume Poetry website. Matsuda, who was born in the Minidoka internment camp during World War II, writes as a witness to the injustices of Japanese-American citizens sent to the camps by their own government. He serves as a voice for those who can no longer speak for themselves.

SPC Communications Professor Danny Lawless, editor of Plume Poetry magazine, and the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Student Government Association helped make the event possible.

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St. Petersburg College instructor David Manson and the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival were featured in a blog post on Articulate: Creative Pinellas.

“Now in its sixth year, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is bigger and better than ever. First conceived in 2009 by trombonist, composer and college instructor David Manson as a St. Petersburg College event, the Festival has grown into a city-wide celebration,” according to the post. Several of the festival’s events are hosted at college locations – the Music Center at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus and the Palladium at St. Petersburg College.

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WSsmallJoin us this week at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College for the exciting debut performance of the college’s Wind Symphony.

The Wind Symphony is the premier level community wind ensemble in residence at SPC.

The group is comprised of accomplished volunteer area musicians who seek to rehearse and perform masterworks in a serious and rewarding setting.

The upcoming performance, Empowered Musicians, Excellent Music, Enhancing the Community, is Thursday, Feb. 6.

The 60-minute program includes Holst’s “First Suite,” Whitacre’s “October,” Ive’s “Variations on America,” Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” Grainger’s “Children’s March,” Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and de Meij’s Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” –  Mvt 1 “Gandalf the Wizard”.

Event details:

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 6
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Palladium, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg
  • Admission: Free, donations accepted
  • Phone: 727-341-7984

Listen to samples of the group’s music and performances.

The Wind Symphony and The Community Concert Band at SPC also are currently seeking musicians. Get more information and an online application.

Visit the college’s website for more information about upcoming events.

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Paul Wilborn, executive director of the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College, will be a presenter Nov. 7 at the Service Design + Tourism Conference at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

His presentation is titled “How ‘Thinking Local’ Transformed an Unknown Venue into a Regional Attraction.”

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Best of the BayEvery year, Creative Loafing publishes its Best of the Bay edition where editors and contributors celebrate what they consider the best (and worst) in Tampa Bay of:

  • People, Places & Politics
  • Food & Drink
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Goods & Services

St. Petersburg College was mentioned again this year in the Best of: Arts & Entertainment section for:

Best away shows

Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road

SPC’s Palladium Theater co-hosted several of the concerts listed for this honor: “Ruth Eckerd has ramped up its offsite bookings, co-hosting select concerts with SPC at Palladium Theater (like Keb Mo/Los Lobos bill and a memorable stop by Adam Ant)…” Find it in the eDITION, page 72.

Best play


SPC’s Theater Department and American Stage Theater’s worked hand in hand to earn kudos for this honor: “American Stage’s inspired production of Margaret Edson’s play reminded us poignantly that there’s no human virtue more important than kindness.” Seven students and one theater technician were in the play and SPC Professor Scott Cooper designed the costumes and set. Find it in the eDITION, page 59.

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Congratulations to the winners of St. Petersburg College’s where are YOU going? photo and video contest. The summer-long contest asked students to show us – with a photo or a video – where they want their educations to take them.

Brittany Lyp and Panama

Winners were chosen based on votes from the public on Facebook. The winning entries were submitted by students Brittany Lyp and Brandon Young. See the other winning entries on the college’s Facebook page.

Photo winner

Brittany Lyp

Pictured with Panama, a dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Brittany has always been interested in the deaf community because she has relatives who are deaf. But work at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with a deaf dolphin helped solidify her decision to become a sign language interpreter.

Here’s how she described the experience shown in her winning photo:

“Most people know about Winter’s story and how she lost her tail, but many people don’t know about Panama. Panama is a female Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin that stranded herself, suffering from anemia, sever sunburn and infection.

She was begging for food out in the wild and became dependent on humans as a food source, which is why she was underweight when she was rescued. After some research was done, it was declared that Panama was deaf.

Due to Panama’s profound hearing loss, the training staff works with Panama a little differently than they do with the other dolphins. Instead of using a whistle to tell her she has done a great job and she can receive reinforcement, they point at her or tap her gently on the back, use hand signals and even use water to get her attention.

I love Panama as she is an older dolphin and an ambassador for the deaf community.

Currently, I am working with a few SPC instructors and our organization to have a program set up so the deaf community can learn about dolphins and have an on-call interpreter at the aquarium.

I truly love the fact that my job allows me to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of injured and disabled people coming from all around the world to share their own tale. I continue to gain more experience from the instructors at St. Petersburg College and love the field I am going into as an interpreter.

(The photo) is the first time I met Panama and the day before, I was able to meet four different deaf families and was able to communicate to them in ASL. The expression on their faces when they could relate to an animal was something I will never forget. I can’t wait to continue inspiring and building more relationships with the deaf community.”

Brandon Young

Video winner

Brandon Young

Video title: Una Aventura en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Brandon used skills he learned at St. Petersburg College to explore the world.

Here’s how he described the experience shown in his winning video:

“This video is a collage of photos taken from my first vacation outside of the U.S. I have taken several Spanish classes at the SPC Clearwater Campus and have to personally thank Dr. Ojeda for his great work as a professor. I am speaking Spanish now with ease and some fluency, which is great considering I have been a Florida native all my life.”

Winners in the contest received various prizes provided by the college including iPad minis, iPod nanos and gift certificates. The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College also provided gift certificates to finalists who were runners-up in the contest.

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Grammy-nominated pop icon Adam Ant and his band will be appearing at the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College on Aug. 9, TBNweekly.com reported.

The show is part of the artist’s largest North American tour in 18 years and supports his new album, according to the article.

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The three major candidates for St. Petersburg mayor will meet in a live, televised debate that will be held at the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College on Aug. 6, the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 reported.

“Conversation with the Candidates” is sponsored by the Times and Bay News 9. Audience tickets are being distributed free to the public through Friday at the Palladium box office. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

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