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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Peace/War, Survival/Extinction: An Artist's Plea for Sanity
On view Fri., Mar. 11 - Mon., May 30, 2011
For the first time the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is coming to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. The conference dates are Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2011.
This annual conference for ceramic artists is held in a different city each year. The event draws 5,000 - 7,000 clay enthusiasts - many of whom will have cars they'll use to visit the Florida Holocaust Museum and other venues across the region. NCECA has also hired buses to transport conference attendees to many museums, attractions and special events which will take place on both sides of Tampa Bay.The Florida Holocaust Museum is proud to present an outstanding exhibition in support of NCECA. The exhibition's focus is to provide social commentary on war, human rights violations and genocide, and to encourage dialogue about the avoidance of conflict. Richard Notkin's tile murals, teapots, sculpture and installations will be included in the exhibition.

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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.

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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Holocaust Through Czech Children's Eyes
On view through Sun., Aug. 28, 2011
This exhibition is a collection of the best works of art from children's art competitions of the Terezin Memorial's Education Department in the Czech Republic. Its title indicates that the paintings are very special because the artists are young, 11-17 years old. As one views the particular paintings, it is seen that despite their youth, the children know exactly how to choose the subject to depict the theme of the Holocaust accurately, what color to use to express certain atmosphere and mood, and how to make the artwork more interesting. Although they are young, they try to look at the Holocaust events without averting their eyes.
The paintings of The Holocaust Through Czech Children's Eyes follow a line, and this line is like a narration to a very sad story. The story of lost childhood, lost toys, lost mothers and fathers, lost families, lost freedom - almost all of the tragedies are described here. Despite all the terror, one can visualize a small glimmer of hope hidden in the pictures, hope actually being the theme of the last painting.

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Event Title: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email

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Where: Dali Museum
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Dalí & Beyond Film Series

Silvia Munt's Gala

Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m
Never released in the U.S., Catalan actress Sylvia Munt chose to tell the tale no one else would tell, the difficult life of Dalí's wife and muse, Gala. This documentary explores the surprising and extraordinary life of Gala Dalí, born Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova, as one of the most influential and puzzling muses of the 20th century, and an iconic figure in her own right. (2003, Spanish and French with English subtitles, 108 min.; NR probably PG-13) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Luis Buñuel's Viridiana

Thursday, March 17, 6:00 p.m
"After 25 years' exile, Luis Buñuel was invited to his native Spain to direct Viridiana -- only to have the Spanish government suppress the film on the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity. Regarded by many as Buñuel's crowning achievement, the film centers on an idealistic young nun named Viridiana (Silvia Pinal). Just before taking her final vows, Viridiana is forced by her mother superior to visit her wealthy uncle Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), who has "selflessly" provided for the girl over the years. She has always considered Don Jaime an unspeakable beast, so she is surprised when he graciously welcomes her into his home. Just as graciously, he sets about to corrupt Viridiana beyond redemption -- all because the girl resembles his late wife. It is always hard to select the most outrageous scene in any Buñuel film; our candidate in Viridiana is the devastating "Last Supper" tableau consisting of beggars, thieves, and degenerates. As joltingly brilliant today as on its first release, Viridiana won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival." -- Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide (1961, Spanish with English subtitles, 90 min.; NR probably PG-13) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Hitchcock's Spellbound
Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m
"Alfred Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this thriller in which psychologist Ingrid Bergman tries to solve a murder by unlocking the clues hidden in the mind of amnesiac suspect Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is a bizarre dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí--complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. Although the film is in black and white, the original release contained one subliminal blood-red frame, appearing when a gun pointed directly at the camera goes off. Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's strangest and most atmospheric films, providing the director with plenty of opportunities to explore what he called "pure cinema"--i.e., the power of pure visual associations. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score (which features a creepy theremin) won an Oscar, and the movie was nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Michael Chekhov), cinematography, and special visual effects." --Jim Emerson, Amazon (1945; 111 min.; NR probably PG) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)
Tim Burton's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m
"Paul Reubens stars as his popular character Pee-Wee in a comedy he also co-wrote. The basic premise has Pee-Wee looking for his lost bike, but the plot is really just a good excuse to see this brilliant comic display his virtuosity in some highly original, often hilarious sequences. Danny Elfman contributes a distinctively quirky musical score. With Phil Hartman, James Brolin, Jan Hooks and Morgan Fairchild." Facets (1985, 92 min.; PG). Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Un Chien Andalou / Le Pink Grapefruit
Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m
Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí's Un Chien Andalou: Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dalí create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman's eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man's palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings. Though this was originally a silent film, Buñuel later added a recorded score consisting of Liebestod from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and a number of popular tangos of the time. (1929, 17 min., NR probably PG13) Lawrence Halprin's Le Pink Grapefruit: This striking half-hour film documents the visit of the Dalí Museum founders-A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse-with the artist in Figueres and Port Lligat just after he opened his museum, the Teatro Museu Dalí. An intimate, revealing look at the artist in his homeland. (1976, 27 min., NR probably G) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Guillermo del Toro's Devil's Backbone
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m
A supernatural melodrama by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. "Seething passions, wandering ghosts, and an unexploded bomb fill this beautifully filmed tale of war and suspense. During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. A rich, satisfying drama with some good, spooky fun thrown in." -- Ali Davis, Amazon Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater

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