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Sunday, November 07, 2021

So as mentioned, I went out to the Gala Corina show in downtown Tampa last night. The Gala site did turn out to be a couple of blocks down the street from Tampa Theatre and The Hub, where I had planned to spend the evening anyway, so the only wrinkle was leaving the house a few hours earlier than normally.

A few Tampa Bay blogging luminaries were also on the scene. Goatbelt Matt was there (naturally, since he tipped me off on it in the first place). Also there was his filming partner, Duh!’s Mark, and Rachel* of SoHoTampa. They had something of an entourage with them, including Rachel*’s sister and an old aquaintence of mine from work, Alan Winkle (who I don’t see much anymore, as we’re in different departments now).

The night’s Gala show was divided roughly into two sections. The art installations were inside the makeshift gallery. The independent movie showings were just outside, making the whole scene feel like a mini street party. There was free Yuengling and Red Bull on hand, so all in all, not a bad setup.

I didn’t pay much attention to the films. I really only went to see Matt and Mark’s “Bubblehead” homemade shortie (an instant classic, although if it ever reaches critical mass, Prodigy will probably sue them). After that had screened, I ducked back inside the gallery to get a better look at the art. I was tempted to buy a couple of pieces, particularly among the black-ink-on-parchment pictures and black-and-white photos, but I refrained. The show will be around for a couple of weeks, so I may have another chance to get them later.

It was an okay time. The informal atmosphere was alternately charming and uninspiring. Rachel* cites the vibe as the main thing she likes about it; I can take it or leave it. Going hand-in-hand with that was a generally disorganized structure. Whole banks of lights burned out over some art pieces, aggrevating the artists in attendance and leading to a premature closing of the gallery for the night. The film show was delayed by about 45 minutes, and was pretty spotty throughout, both in presentation and content. None of that would have mattered, if the crowd had been a bit heavier; as it was, it was hard to get much mingling going, as most people hung together in small groups.

Like I said, it was okay. I certainly didn’t have a terrible time. But I was just as glad that I had the option, after a couple of hours, of walking back up the street to continue the evening.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/07/2021 03:49:30 PM
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  3. What?! No love for Fabi and Tim? They even read your blog! (Although they probably wouldn’t like being called part of an entourage anyway.) :)

    Comment by r* — 11/08/2021 @ 09:51:50 AM

  4. As you should be well-aware, Rachel*, I don’t name names unless they’ve kicked back large sums of cash to me. I am trying to run a business here, after all.

    Kidding, kidding. Although don’t let that stop anyone from trying (I’ll send out the deposit account number of my off-shore blog slush fund upon request).

    No offense intended to Tim and Fabi. We met, but I don’t think we talked very much, and I lost track of them later that night. If either of you are out there, drop a comment.

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