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BeerFest 2015

O Brewer, Where Art Thou?

Tickets go on sale next Friday, May 1, for Tampa Theatre’s BeerFest 2015, scheduled for Saturday, June 20. Like previous beer-soaked, tongue-in-cheek BeerFest events like The Brews Brothers, The Big Lebrewski and Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas, O Brewer, Where Art Thou? will feature craft beers and local brewers, plus snacks and samples from some of Tampa’s top independent restaurants:

RESTAURANTS

  • The Refinery
  • Fodder & Shine
  • The Independent
  • Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
  • New World Brewery
  • Ichicoro Ramen
  • The Urban Canning Co.
  • Craft & Curd
  • SONO Cafe

BREWERIES

  • Angry Chair Brewing
  • Barley Mow Brewing Company
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Coppertail Brewing Co.
  • Late Start Brewery
  • Six Ten Brewing
  • Ulele Spring Brewery

While the Theatre continues to add participating breweries and restaurants, returning BeerFest event co-chairs Michelle Baker, General Manager of The Refinery, and Veronica Danko, owner of The Independent Bar and Cafe, promise that O Brewer, Where Art Thou? will feature enough oddball characters and down-home fun to do the Soggy Bottom Boys proud. Patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in an “O Brewer”-inspired costume.

And though the theme may be silly, the purpose is most serious: Now in its 4th year, the (almost) annual BeerFest is one of Tampa Theatre’s favorite fundraising events, benefitting the historic movie palace’s artistic and educational programs, as well as its ongoing preservation and restoration.

A limited-capacity premium sampling begins at 7:00 p.m., and advance-sale tickets are $70. Grand sampling ticket-holders can enter at 8:00 p.m., and advance-sale tickets are $45. The curtain closes on BeerFest 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

Tampa Theatre Members save $5 off advance-sale prices, and any remaining tickets will be $75 (premium) and $50 (grand) day-of. Tickets will be available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office or online ($3 convenience fee applies).

BeerFest 2015 is sponsored by Platinum Bank and IT Authorities.

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The Tampa Bay Bachelor Auction 2015

SGE presents The Tampa Bay Bachelor Auction 2015, taking place at the historic Tampa Theatre for the first time and featuring a headlining performance by musical artist Matt Bellina.

As Tampa’s most exciting benefit event, The Tampa Bay Bachelor Auction merges elegance, excitement and entertainment into a theatrical date auction-style spectacle. Sure to pack the house, this year’s show will be hosted by local personality Trent Mitchell and features a stacked roster the Bay area’s most enticing bachelors – ranging from athletes to service men, and everything in between.

Each of the 30 eligible bachelors – who range in age from 21-49 – comes with his own customized date package from Tampa-based sponsors, which spans from dinner and drinks to jet skiing for two. The evening will also include musical performances, bachelor profiles and a Breast Cancer Research Foundation Tribute, as well as giveaways and raffle prizes from local sponsors available to all in attendance.

This year’s Tampa Bay Bachelor Auction proudly benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Advance-sale tickets are $25 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office and $29 online (all fees included) through June 9. Day-of tickets are $33 at the Box Office and $37.50 online. There is also a discounted student ticket available for $15 at the Box Office only after 5:00pm the day of the show with valid student ID (limit one discounted ticket per ID.)

Doors open at 6:00pm

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DAVID MANN

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS AKINTUNDE & AMBER BULLOCK
Pre-Father’s Day Comedy Show

Join Tampa Theatre and EncoreVision Entertainment for a Pre-Father’s Day Comedy Show featuring David Mann with special guests Akintunde & Amber Bullock LIVE on the Theatre’s historic stage.

A native of the “Bible belt” state of Texas, David Mann masterfully showcases his God-given talents in today’s most dynamic and distinguished genre. He is a multifaceted actor and the 2011 NAACP Award winner for Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series for his role as Mr. Brown in Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. When David is not on set shooting, he brings his live comedy show to venues around the country and is a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association. Along with his wife, Tamela, David is the president of an independent music and entertainment label, Tillymann Music Group, and the co-host of a new cooking and lifestyle TV show, Hanging With The Manns, which follows the dynamic couple as they cook-up delicious recipes in the kitchen and go on hilariously wild adventures together, He is also the co-star of the upcoming sitcom Mann and Wife.

Since accepting what he calls “God’s assignment,” Akintunde has followed the call to entertain and share a Christian message through stand-up comedy, writing, acting, producing, and directing. In 2003, he was named joke/ monologue writer for the syndicated television series It’s Showtime at the Apollo, and has written monologues for comedian Monique for the 2004 BET Awards ceremony and Chris Tucker for the 2005 NAACP Image Awards. Televised appearances include BET, TBS, The Word Network, TBN and The Gospel Music Channel, and he has also made multiple appearances on the Stellars Awards Gospel Music Show. Akintunde has headlined or participated in eight national tours in the past 5 years, and toured with Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar on the “Change Experience” Tour for 4 years. A sought-after screen and television writer with more than 350 original TV episodes to his credit, Akintunde recently wrapped two seasons as Head Writer and Producer for BET Networks’ The Monique Show. In addition to his comedy, Akintunde and his wife, Eunissa, founded Blaze Mentoring, a full-service after school program, and The Search For The One stand-up comedy talent search, which has awarded more than $25,000 to Christian & Gospel Comedians over the past 6 years.

The winner of BET’s 2011 reality series Sunday Best, St. Louis native Amber Bullock had just about given up hope when she auditioned for the televised gospel singing competition. After to Dallas to care for her sick mother, a car accident had left the aspiring singer injured and unable to care of her daughter, who was sent home to St. Louis to be with her father. Fortunately, Dallas’ final day of Sunday Bestauditions coincided with a good day for Bullock, and the singer nailed it, with series regulars like Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin taking notice. During the season finale, Bullock won with her version of “A City Called Heaven,” which would later appear on her debut album Thank You that was released later that year.

Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, April 10. Reserved seats are $48.50, $38.50 and $28.50, plus applicable service fees ($52/$42/$32 total at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, or $59/$48/$37 online).