Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay – Boca Hyde Park Thurs 5/10 7pm-9pm
The merry band of culture patrons known as Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay descend on Boca Hyde Park tonight, May 10th. You can join the gang with an admission fee of $5.
Boca is the latest in locally sourced restaurants that have been trending lately. In addition to great fresh food, with admission you’ll find snacks and drink specials.
Also, the evening will be featuring the work of the talented local photographer Rion Sabean. His Men-Ups series makes use of the visual language vintage pin-ups. However, photographing male models makes for both a funny product and a thought-provoking one. When I stopped giggling, the psychological fetish in the structure of pin-ups, the faux innocence intrinsic to the form, becomes clear. Check out his work at the Huffington Post here or at Juxtapoz here.
All of this fun is geared toward sponsoring the first exhibition at the new home of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Check out the Facebook event page here.
Boxfotos, a gallery pulled around town in a shiny Airstream trailer, will be stopping by the tavern. The husband and wife team of Matt Larson and Rebecca Sexton Larson are the curators/artists for this traveling alternative space. Boxfotos features photographic work at a generally affordable price, making it easier for Joe Six Pack to become Joe Art Collector (and also to become Joe Philanthropist this Thursday). Additionally, if you’re feeling especially philanthropic and have been looking for a way to show your love for Art at Bay, you can pick me up one of Boxfotos’ awesome Starbucks pinhole cameras.
Bluebird Books will also be rolling in for the fundraiser. If you haven’t yet climbed into the bright blue short bus you’ll quickly notice Mitzi Gordon of Bluebird acts more like a book curator than a book seller. Bluebird serves up a particularly appealing selection of books in a visually pleasing arrangement (or rad books that look rad). There’s something about used books that culls money out of my wallet and if you’re reading this blog chances are you’ll feel similarly. The collection on the bus is chosen carefully and is likely to focus on photography this Thursday. The Sasha Rae photobooth will also be joining the fun for the Bluebird Undercover project.
I know it isn’t exactly the weekend but I encourage you to reach deep down into your Id and pull out the wild child that’ll bring you out on a Thursday. It’s encouraging to see the art scene support its own. Add to your art collection, your library, and long list of good deeds. The event takes place this Thursday, 2/09 at 7pm-9pm at the Mermaid Tavern.