Ann-Ventures 

Sal’s Got Talent – How About You?

  • 4:12 pm Saturday, December 17th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

For Sal Valentinetti, that Golden Buzzer from Heidi Klum on “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 was just the start of many incredible moments for the 21-year old from Long Island. Sal may not have won, but placing in the top five is pretty impressive and he’s never left the spotlight.

Sal is charming, talented and still humble enough to remember where he came from and how fleeting fame can be. But his stop in our Circle K Performance Theater was not only a real treat for me but for many of the staff who dropped in to say hello and get [More]

TSO Returns This Sunday

  • 9:43 am Saturday, December 10th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns for one of our favorite Christmas traditions Sunday, December 18th and we’re going to give you one more chance to win tickets all week long at 8:10 am! And just in case you’re a first-timer to this incredible event and what to expect, spend a few minutes right now with Al Pitrelli who has played with a wide range of bands and musicians that include Alice Cooper, Michael Bolton and for a brief time with Blue Oyster Cult. But now he’s with TSO as the live musical director and lead guitarist. Keep listening to win!

Win “Homeward Bound – The Life of Paul Simon”

  • 7:07 am Sunday, December 4th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

I was flipping through the channels recently and came up on a replay of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s “Concert in Central Park” reunion from 1981. Over half a million people were in the park to hear from the duo that had broken up some ten years before that. It was not a pleasant split but they took the stage that August night to help raise money to renovate Central Park. So what happened?

That and more questions are answered in the newest biography from Peter Ames Carlin. Peter wrote another of my favorite rock bios about Bruce Springsteen, and [More]

Add “Alexander Hamilton” To Your Collection

  • 9:55 am Sunday, November 27th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” continues to be one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, winning eleven Tony Awards including Best Musical this past season. It was a biography from Ron Chernov that was Miranda’s inspiration for the show, but now add “Alexander Hamilton” by Richard Sylla to the mix and we get an even fresher look at one our founding fathers who was so much more than  just the loser in a duel. Miranda is actually a friend of Sylla who’s been fortunate enough to see the show three times. So of course that did come up in our [More]

Warming Up With The Gift of Magic

  • 5:34 am Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Great  weekend and a fantastic Ann-Venture at Disney with the kickoff of the holiday season…and a sneak peek at “Moana” opening Wednesday.  No spoilers here but a) I cried twice and b) we have an absolutely AWESOME new princess! Just a quick review and buy those tickets to your favorite theater now. It’s going to be major box office!

Rediscovering the YMCA

  • 2:20 pm Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Change is good. I keep telling myself that, but I’ve found when starting to make those changes to make myself healthier and happier I have to accept that I am not Superwoman. I am a mere mortal who has flaws which I prefer to think is the better part of me. Perfect is boring and honestly not natural. No, that is not an excuse. It is Ann.

So Ann has found a very nice way to help those angry joint days a little better at the South Tampa YMCA. If you’ve stopped in lately you have to just love their [More]

Meet Tampa Bay Times Festival Of Reading Author Lisa Unger

  • 9:19 am Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Ann Kelly

I’ve always been intrigued by why people choose the path in life they do, especially someone like Clearwater resident and award winning author Lisa Unger. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to speak with Lisa before her appearance at the St Pete Times Festival of Reading on Saturday, November 12th. If you’ve ever wondered what the creative process is like, and why her profession chose her and not the other way around you’ll really love our chat. She has won many awards for her thrilling books, the most recent of which is “Ink and Bone.” We’re happy to know [More]

A November Full Of Ann-Ventures

  • 10:58 am Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Ann Kelly

I just LOVE November! So much going on, and we start off with this being Paddlesports Month. Learning to paddleboard and kayak is high on my list which means I have no excuse not to. You know I’m a huge fan of our state parks and this the perfect time to lean a new skill like paddleboarding and take advantage of our beautiful weather. I just have to learn to stay on the board and not in the water…easier said than done. Keep the Florida State Parks site bookmarked and go exploring soon. This month I’ve already gone over [More]

Straz Live! And National Opera Week

  • 12:01 pm Monday, October 31st, 2016 by Ann Kelly

An afternoon full of beautiful music, good food at a great venue – that’s Straz Live! in the park, presented by Opera Tampa. It’s the culmination of National Opera Week Sunday afternoon in Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa. The fun begins as early as 1 pm when the entrants in the Picnic in the Park Table Decorating Contest begin their work, with performances starting at 3 pm.

It’s a wonderful way to introduce yourself to the work of Opera Tampa as well as that of Metropolitan Ministries who will be on site Sunday. If you would like to make a cash donation or [More]

Farewell To Xeno

  • 4:37 am Friday, October 28th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

It was way too easy to get emotional on Thursday as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium successfully completed the rescue and rehabilitation of a loggerhead turtle they named Xeno. She was found about 15 miles offshore of Clearwater Beach in obvious distress. She was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for an x-ray after arriving at the CMA, and they discovered a lot of what they called shell-like material in her GI track which wouldn’t allow Xeno to swim as she normally would. She eventually passed all of that, and was a healthy 130 pounds when it was time to [More]