Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fly and Art

My last day at work was Friday. To celebrate, Frank treated me to a night (well, OK, for me, an evening) on the town. We started with dinner at Fly Bar and Restaurant in downtown Tampa. It is a funky hip place with high energy especially on a Friday evening after work. The crowd is mixed; you will see some suit-types, some young professionals, as well as the pierced and tattooed crowd. Fly primarily serves small plates for sharing. They have a large list of imported and domestic beers as well as a decent wine list. Our selections included: Hanger Steak with fingerling potatoes and sauteed mushrooms; hummus with a cucumber/onion relish; and panko crusted fried goat cheese. Everything was great. We finished with a key lime tart. Liz, you would love this place - come on down.

Next up, after a brief trip through IKEA, was Art After Dark at the Tampa Museum of Art. This monthly event usually features art from local artists in the lobby as well as admission to the permanent galleries and special exhibits. This month featured art by disabled students from the McDonald Training Center in Tampa. There were two special exhibitions of interest. The first is a series of light installations by Leo Villareal. My favorite was titled "Horizon" and is three long horizontal tubes filled with colored LEDs. The waves of changing colors was mesmerizing. In addition to the installations inside, he had large set of LEDs installed on the exterior of the museum titled "Sky".  (Photo pulled from the museum website). Paul... you would enjoy this.

The other exhibit of interest was a collection of three short films by Jesper Just., titled "Romantic Delusions". Each file was very different but all had a high emotional impact. The website blurb states: "Just’s films explore the complexities and contradictions of human emotion."

We finished the evening with some gelati at the museum's Sono Cafe. It was a fun evening and a great way to celebrate my last day at work.

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Piglet's Buddy said...

OK, so now I know what it's all about.

Liz said...

Congratulation on your retirement. Now you can be slovenly like me!