FOCAL POINTS

Halloween movies to make a haunted house

October’s first week has already harvested new horror movies like “Let Me In” and “Hatchet II,” and even more new releases will arrive as the month nears Oct. 31. Yet, Hollywood has become its own kind of movie monster – pursuing sequels like “Saw 3D” annually, only to kill these […]

Schools and Superman

After filming rock stars Jimmy Page and Jack White in “It Might Get Loud” and Al Gore in “An Inconvenient Truth,” documentarian Davis Guggenheim turns to a subject who is less of a celebrity – the teacher. “Waiting for Superman” questions what ails today’s public school system, and in two […]

Vegetarian, vegan varieties

Susannah Sherman was 13 years old when she decided to become a vegetarian – on an afternoon her parents brought a lobster home to be boiled alive. “I just couldn’t believe that they were going to put that animal inside a pot while it was still alive, and cook it,” […]

Small movies on the big screen, worldwide

A short film festival arrives to USF on Thursday – and it will make stops in Guanajuato, Mexico, Kerala, India, and other locations during that same day. The Manhattan Short Film Festival – the self-proclaimed “world’s first global film festival” – will play for free at the Marshall Student Center’s […]

A taste of honeys uses

The USF Botanical Gardens dripped with sweet honey at its first annual Honey Tasting Event on Saturday, as attendants gathered to sample nearly 50 varieties from around the world. Yet honey and bees have spread across the Tampa Bay area as well, from the garden’s beekeeping workshop series to their […]

Sitting in The Waiting Room

USF’s School of Theatre and Dance opens its 2010-11 season with a play that spans historical periods and health issues – asking how far women will go to meet society’s beauty ideals. “The Waiting Room” runs today through Oct. 3, and adapts Lisa Loomer’s 1994 dark comedy about females from […]

Poor movies’ strong standing

The trend of bad movies turned into cult classics – which includes films like “The Room” and “Troll 2” – has spread across the Tampa Bay area this month. On Sunday at 8 p.m., St. Petersburg’s American Stage Theatre Company will host a screening of “The Room” – the first […]

Funny and frightening fast foods

This weekend, the State Fair of Texas will serve up deep fried helpings of everything from lemonade to caviar, and KFC’s Double Down sandwich has become infamous – but restaurant chains are now upping the ante with their own ludicrous menu items. The Double Down proved successful at getting consumers […]

Conservatorys chances for dance

Students may recognize the three-story Patel Conservatory building from downtown excursions, yet the all-ages performance facility is now directly reaching out to college students with two new opportunities. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, students can attend dance classes at the Patel Conservatory at the David A Straz Jr. Center […]

The hook of hookah

Hookah usage is a centuries-old activity that can be traced throughout Eastern history, yet it has attracted the interest of college students today. Whether at a hookah lounge, at home or outside one’s dorms, the smoking pastime is rapidly growing in popularity. According to a Florida Adult Tobacco Survey, the […]