Pride & Passion 2013 @ the Tampa Museum of Art - May 18, 2013


Tampa, FL – The Tampa Museum of Art will host the 8th annual Pride & Passion 2013 event on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8 p.m. to midnight, celebrating diversity in the local community as the official kick-off to the month-long Pride festivities across Tampa Bay.

"Pride & Passion celebrates its 8th year as one of the Museum's signature events," said Todd D. Smith, the Museum’s Executive Director.  “The leadership and committee behind Pride & Passion 2013 continue to delight current and new members by producing a stellar evening that celebrates the Museum's commitment to diversity while also raising funds for our education and exhibition programs.  We are proud to be the home of this significant LGBT event."

The first Pride & Passion was held in 2005 and the event has significantly grown each year, bringing in over 1000 new memberships and raising funds to support the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.  Last year’s Pride & Passion raised over $103,000.00 for the Museum, surpassing the previous year’s record as being the most successful event to date. 

A second year in a row sell-out is expected when over 800 hundred guests join Pride & Passion 2013 for an evening of art, entertainment, culture, food, and drinks. Tickets are $75 before May 1st, $85 after and are available for purchase online at  Tickets include a fabulous evening where guests will be treated to delicious dishes from Timpano Italian Chophouse, complimentary wine, beer and champagne, open top –shelf  bar featuring specialty cocktails, mouth-watering desserts from Piquant Epicure & Cuisine, mind-blowing live entertainment by Penguin Entertainment from Orlando, Florida, music by  DJ Dino Bonetti, and gallery access to the Museum’s exhibitions Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman and Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern Mexican Art.  All Pride & Passion 2013 ticket purchasers will also receive an annual membership to the Museum.  Current Museum members who purchase tickets to Pride & Passion 2013 will receive a gift voucher for an individual membership that can be given as a gift.  All Pride & Passion 2013 guests are encouraged to wear black and white to the event.

About Pride & Passion 2013
Pride & Passion has been nominated for a 2012 Urban Excellence Award by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The awards honor businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have significantly contributed towards a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown environment for Tampa with both a positive and lasting impact.

Pride & Passion 2013 is produced by a volunteer steering committee in partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art.  Pride & Passion 2013 steering committee members are Marc Retzlaff (Chair), Kelley Cato Juneau (Vice-Chair), Dennis Wolfe, Don Kiceina Jr., James Ratliffe, Jess Hille, Jose Garboza, Mariruth Kennedy, Mishou, Okesene “Okie” Tilo, Portia Weiss and Ruslana Panov.

Pride & Passion 2013 is promoted through a volunteer host committee responsible for spreading word about the event and encouraging ticket sales.  Pride & Passion 2013 host committee members are Anthony Moncrief, Brent Baltzer & Alexis Perry, Bryan Farris & Andy Johnson, Cody Conklin, Janet Smith, Jonathan Myers, Mark Nash, Mike Hammonds, Raven Song, Ray Johnson and Vince Anello.

About the Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events. 

General Hours and Admission
The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m.  Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  General admission prices are: adult $10.00; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $7.50; students $5; and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge.  A-pay-what-you-will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Museum’s address is 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

Please visit and for more information.  Be sure to LIKE Pride & Passion on Facebook /PridePassion and FOLLOW Pride & Passion on Twitter @PridePassionTpa  

For Sponsorship information, contact: Brooke Melendi at  (813) 421-8368

Melissa Carroll, Yoga, Meditation & Reiki Website

Square One emcee, performer, entertainer, dancer, model & (creatively fill in the blank here), Melissa Carroll's website focusing on yoga, meditation & Reiki is live and online right now.  Please check it out, bookmark and share with your friends:


INVINCIBLE SUMMER: a Square One Creative Event @ The RITZ Ybor 11/17/2012


On Saturday, November 17, 2012, Square One will present their 5th Annual Creative Event called INVINCIBLE SUMMER.  The RITZ Ybor will once again be home to the art, music, fashion and dance extravaganza that will feature 75 local artists along with live performances from over 40 musicians, dancers, models and performers.  INVINCIBLE SUMMER will help benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF).  More than 1,500 attendees are expected at INVINCIBLE SUMMER.

Each Square One Creative Event revolves around a selected theme.  Artists and performers are encouraged to present their work based on the chosen theme which involves specific concepts, colors and subject matter.  Audiences are allowed to participate at the event by incorporating the event theme elements into their wardrobe and attire.

The theme of INVINCIBLE SUMMER revolves around the Albert Camus quote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."  Select artists & performers will explore the theme of summer (light, life and hope) always prevailing amid a dark, lifeless and bleak landscape.  Audiences will be encouraged to incorporate the theme colors into their attire by wearing the colors orange and/or yellow at the event.

INVINCIBLE SUMMER will feature a special multi-media performance art, dance, aerialist and speed painting show called “Forever 27” by 7th Avenue Dance Company at 8pm and 10:30pm.  Other live performances by fashion-dance hybrid Bella Danza, dance troupes DNC, Kinetic Dance and Yoga Loft Tampa along with local bands Rising Down and The Northwest will take place throughout the evening.  Participating artists at the event will include Christopher Zenger, Kat Lynes, Linda Alexander, Madeiran Art, Melissa Fair, RJ Runas, Robert Wegmann, Summer Nova & more.

INVINCIBLE SUMMER, a Square One Creative Event, is open to the general public of all ages.  Admission to INVINCIBLE SUMMER will be a $5.00 donation at the door with a portion of those proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF).  Doors to the event open at 7pm with the event concluding after midnight.  For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Cocktails & Couture Fashion Event @ The RITZ Ybor on September 16, 2012


Tampa, FL - KEVIN.MURPHY and The RITZ Ybor present COCKTAILS & COUTURE on Sunday, September 16, 2012 as part of Fashion Week Tampa Bay. COCKTAILS & COUTURE will spotlight a fashion show featuring contemporary collections from Saks Fifth Avenue and fall 2012 trends by Tribeca ColorSalon. Guests are encouraged to dress in high-fashion attire, and will be treated to entertainment by the Bella Danza Dance Collective, singer Anye’ Cole with music by the Crate Brothers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF)

COCKTAILS & COUTURE is open to the general public ages 18 & up. Doors to the event will open at 7:30pm with the event starting at 8pm. General Admission tickets are $5.00 (advance) and $10.00 (day of show). VIP Runway Seating tickets are available for $25.00 each. Tickets can be purchased online at VIP Tables with Bottle Service are available by e-mailing

Sponsors of COCKTAILS & COUTURE include The RITZ Ybor, The Radiant Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tribeca ColorSalon, NARS, Fashion Week Tampa Bay and Square One. 

KEVIN.MURPHY is a fashion focused range of salon only, professional care products created by world-renowned hairstylist Kevin Murphy. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 45 full-line stores in 21 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store. 

Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. 

Tribeca ColorSalon is the premier South Tampa Hair Salon that provides South Tampa and Ybor City with the latest styles and techniques in haircuts, hair color, highlights, makeup, bridal services and more from its two locations. 

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Since 1991, PCF has focused on finding less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide and has donated more than $5 million to researchers. 

The RITZ Ybor is Tampa’s Premier Special Events Venue open to hosting live concerts, special events, private parties and dream weddings.

Khora... WINNERS of Ultimate Band Series 2012: Semi-Finals Week 2

Congratulations to Khora, winners of Semi-Finals Week 2 of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series 2012.

sowFLo came a close second with their breezy take on No Doubt's "Underneath It All".  Every band from Marvlec to Perfect Flaw to Vane rocked the house with their sets, but it was ultimately Khora who stole the show with their version of Gwen Stefani & the boys' classic "Don't Speak."  Khora played last year's Ultimate Band Series Finals when they were crowned as the Judges' Pick.  Khora will advance to the August 18 Finals along with The Northwest (Week 1 Winners) and next week's winning band and the Judge's Pick. 

Special thanks to our Ultimate Band Series 2012 panel of judges... Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times) and special guest judge Jesse Kage (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock).

Check out Khora on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals on August 18, 2012 only at The RITZ Ybor.

The Northwest... WINNERS of Ultimate Band Series 2012: Semi-Finals Week 1

Congratulations to The Northwest, winners of Semi-Finals Week 1 of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series 2012.

Rising Down came a close second with their judges-loving cover of "Californication" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  From Fight Another Day, Red Calling Down and Sunshine & Bullets, every single band gave one another a run for their money with their rocking performances, but it was The Northwest who ultimately won the night with their take on the Chili Pepper's "Dani California." 

The Northwest will advance to the August 18 Finals with the next two week's winning bands and the Judge's Pick. 

Special thanks to our Ultimate Band Series 2012 panel of judges... Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village), Joran Slane Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times) and special guest judge Jesse Kage (The Kage Kult, 98 Rock).

Check out The Northwest on Facebook by clicking here and don't miss them at the Ultimate Band Series 2012 Finals on August 18, 2012 only at The RITZ Ybor.


The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals


The RITZ Ybor will host their 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series showcase and competition this summer.  Music artists will compete against one another for the Ultimate Grand Prize: the opportunity to be the opening act for a national touring act at an upcoming concert at The RITZ Ybor, paid gigs at the Rooftop Eve Party, at a signature Hyde Park Village event and at the November Square One event, $500.00 cash, Radiant gas cards and much more.  The Ultimate Grand Prize is valued at over $5,000.00.

Five different music artists will compete each week during the three-week Semi-Finals for a spot in the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert.  Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2012; Thursday, July 19, 2012 and Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor.  One music artist will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 18, 2012 based on a combination of audience applause and scoring from the Ultimate Band Series judging panel.

The 2012 Ultimate Band Series judging panel will consist of Jocelyn Brenner (marketing director of event sponsor Hyde Park Village and returning judge), Joran Slane Oppelt (marketing and promotions director for Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times music correspondent and tbt Soundcheck columnist) and featured guest judge Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock.

Each Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals is open to all ages, and will be $5.00 admission (advance) and $7.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or from any participating band.  Doors open at 7pm with the first act taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series include The Radiant Group, Hyde Park Village, Three Olives Vodka and Square One.  Previous winners of the Ultimate Band Series include bands Mighty Mongo (2010) and The James-Lange Theory (2011).  

For more information and the line-up schedule, please visit


The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series

SEMI-FINALS: Thursday, July 12; Thursday, July 19; Thursday, July 26, 2012

Each week for three weeks, five different bands will compete against one another to win a spot at the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series Finals on Saturday, August 18, 2012. All particiapting bands will perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by a TBA artist.

Three judges will offer commentary and choose which band will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals based on audience applause and judges voting. Three different bands will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals from the Semi-Finals.

One band from the entire Semi-Finals will be chosen solely by the judges to advance to the Finals.

If your band is interested in entering, please send an e-mail to today. Deadline: Saturday, June 30, 2012

CALLING ALL ARTISTS for Festa Italiana 2012!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Square One needs all visual artists interested in participating at the 15th Annual FESTA ITALIANA Tampa event on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Centennial Park to e-mail TODAY!

15th Annual Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year.

Festa Italiana started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day event that benefits The Italian Club of Tampa (L'Unione Italiana) Restoration Fund. What started as just a one day celebration now spans over the course of four days and concludes with the main Festa Italiana event on the final day. Event attendees will experience the finest in live entertainment, family activities, wine and the Tampa Bay area's restaurants and cuisine.

Wines of Italy on Thursday, March 29, 2012: Festa Italiana kicks off with Wines of Italy, a unique tasting experience where guests will sample over 70 wines from Italy while enjoying Italian cuisine from Carraba's, desserts and live entertainment. The silent auction offers an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and gift packages. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Cinema Italiano on Friday, March 30, 2012: Celebrate fabulous Italian cinema with Festa Italiana at Cinema Italiano where guests will experience award winning films and documentaries while enjoying espresso and dolci. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, March 31, 2012:
Spend a day with your entire family and enjoy such entertaining activities as the annual Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, the Homemade Vino Competition, the Italian Idol singing competition and shopping the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Festa Italiana on Sunday, April 1, 2012: Festa Italiana on Sunday is the pinnacle of the annual Festa Italiana celebration that is a gathering of authentic tastes, sights and sounds straight from Italy. Attendees will enjoy the finest cuisines from over thirty of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and caterers. The Main Stage will offer some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. This year, Festa Italiana welcomes singer Matt Morgan along with The Russo Brothers, The Fabulous Rockers, Bella Danza Dance Collective and more. Festa Italiana kicks off with Sunday Mass Procession followed by food, entertainment, cooking competitions and classes, grape stomping along with a children’s area and a cultural and genealogy area. For more information, please CLICK HERE.


The Italian Club of Tampa (L’Unione Italiana) was founded in 1894 by a small visionary group who realized that by uniting together, the Italian Community of Tampa could overcome many of the social and economic challenges that confronted those “turn-of-the-century” immigrants from Italy.

The mission of The Italian Club of Tampa is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants.

As the oldest historical leader and the voice of the Italian community, The Italian Club of Tampa operates in an environment characterized by the highest ethical standards and provides open and honest communication with the members and the community.

The Italian Club of Tampa is a national historic landmark located at 1731 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.

For more information about The Italian Club, please visit:

Video Exclusive: Square One's Cosmopolitan ("World Won't Do It" by Jeremy Gloff)

Square One proudly presents the music video to singer-songwriter Jeremy Gloff's "World Won't Do It" that perfectly documents the Cosmopolitan event that took place at The RITZ Ybor last November.

Filmed by JDX Studios and directed & edited by Jean Carlo Penaloza, "World Won't Do It" is the first music video from Jeremy Gloff's "THIS" album that is now available on iTunes and Amazon. "World Won't Do It" was written by Jeremy Gloff and produced by Jeremy Gloff with Mark Nikolich.

KANVAS Dance Showcase... Thursday, 1/12 at The RITZ Ybor


The bi-annual KANVAS Dance Showcase & Dance Battle event produced by VYB Dance Company returns to The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Tickets are only $15.00 online at and $20.00 on day of show. VIP Balcony upgrades are available on the night of the event for $10.00.

Performances will include VYB Dance Company, Enigma Dance Kru, En' Lair Aerial Artistry, Rukus and more. Music by DJ KU.

LinkFor more information, please call 1-888-596-8892.

Happy New Year & what's to come in 2012...

SQUARE ONE events have been a labor of love since started in 2008. I remember meeting the artists and performers, who have become very near and dear to me, for the very first time. A lot of wonderful memories have been made and it seems like I have been nonstop busy since those first days.

With the growing popularity of our two annual events, 2011 saw our very first two-night event with this past November's COSMOPOLITAN. It's always been said that it's better to go out while on top then to fizzle away. And with that said, I've decided to take a break with SQUARE ONE events in 2012 while on top and at my strongest.

No, this is not the very end of SQUARE ONE events altogether. I will be helping out with the 15th Anniversary of Festa Italiana (March 29 to April 1, 2012) and Pride & Passion at the Tampa Museum of Art (May 19, 2012), and hope to come back reenergized this fall.

I want to personally THANK every single one of you for the continuous and endless support throughout the years! I look forward to staying in touch with you all.

Happy New Year! May 2012 bring you unlimited happiness and success!

Much Love,


Photo Review: COSMOPOLITAN 11/18-19/2011

a Square One Creative Event
produced by Okie Tilo
November 18 to 19, 2011
SQUARE ONE ended 2011 with their biggest event yet! Spanning over two-nights, COSMOPOLITAN: a SQUARE ONE Creative Event showcased over 75 local artists and an array of local performances. Revolving around an international, around the world, traveling theme, COSMOPOLITAN helped benefit Pediatric Cancer Fund (PCF).

"I could not have been more happier with the event," says SQUARE ONE's Okie Tilo. "I'm taking a break the first half of 2012, and hope to come back with an even bigger and better show in the fall!" Stay tuned.

Jeremy Gloff & friends brought the crowd to their feet with a stirring rendition of Jeremy's "World Won't Do It" ballad

Annie DeVaux opened the show with her aerial routine to "Marry The Night"

VYB Dance Company showcased their latest dance opus choreographed by Demario Henry

Clogging champions American Racket wowed the crowds with a fast-paced, high energy number

Resident singer Anye Cole performed her version of "Mr. Know It All"

Fashion Designer Ricky Lindsay debuted his first runway show

As part of Blake High School, dancer Gina Menichino and company brought the event's emotional highlight

ULTIMATE Band winners The James-Lange Theory performed in the Royal Room as part of their win

Singer Teagan Kipi

Artist Stephen Palladino was once again on hand for live painting

It's all about the ART and the ARTISTS!



Square One’s 4th Annual Fall Creative Event called COSMOPOLITAN expands to two nights, taking place with an Art Walk Preview on Friday, November 18, 2011 and continuing with the main event on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

On Friday, November 18, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm, Square One will host an Art Walk preview at The RITZ Ybor and multiple Ybor City-based venues including The Bricks, Ybor Art Colony, The Stone Soup Company, Collage Ybor, Singing Stone, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Hoffman Porgues Gallery and Sunday’s Fine Dining. More than 75 local artists will be on display at The RITZ Ybor alone, while other participating venues will debut new art shows and exhibits.

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Square One will present their 4rd Annual Fall 2011 and 8th Square One Creative Event called COSMOPOLITAN. The RITZ Ybor will once again be home to the art, music, dance and fashion extravaganza that will feature 75 local artists along with live performances from over 40 musicians, dancers, models and performers. COSMOPOLITAN will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Fund (PCF). More than 2,500 attendees are expected at both nights of COSMOPOLITAN.

Each Square One Creative Event revolves around a selected theme. Artists and performers are encouraged to present their work based on the chosen theme which involves specific concepts, colors and subject matter. Audiences are allowed to participate at the event by incorporating the event theme elements into their wardrobe and attire.

The theme of COSMOPOLITAN revolves around a traveling, around-the-world, international theme. Audiences will be encouraged to incorporate the theme colors into their attire by wearing the colors red, white and blue at the event.

COSMOPOLITAN, a Square One Creative Event, is open to the general public of all ages.

Admission to the Art Walk preview at all participating locations on Friday, November 18, 2011 is free and open to all ages.

At the Art Walk preview taking place from 7pm to 11pm on Friday, November 18, 2011:
  • The RITZ Ybor will feature over 75 local artists on display,
  • The Bricks located at 1327 East 7th Avenue will debut the hang ten art show produced by Kick Start My Art
  • The Stone Soup Company located at 1517 East 7th Avenue will feature local art on display with 2-4-1 cocktails and $12 pitchers of sangria
  • Ybor Art Colony located at 1521 ½ East 7th Avenue will open their doors welcoming the public to view the artist studios
  • Collage Ybor located at 1701 East 8th Avenue will debut the aves&marten art show produced by The Florida Craftsmen Gallery with live music at 9pm
  • Singing Stone located at 1903 North 19th Street will feature fine art jewelry by Tampa designer Dan Balk as well as 45 award-winning regional artists
  • Tre Amici @ The Bunker located at 1907 North 19th Street will host an open mic night,
  • Hoffman Porgues Art Gallery located at 1907 East 7th Avenue will showcase their gallery and studio space featuring an array of local and regional artwork
  • Sunday’s Fine Dining located at 1919 East 7th Avenue will feature local artwork on display

At the main event taking place from 7pm to midnight on Saturday, November 19, 2011, there will be a $5.00 suggested donation at the door with a portion of those donations benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Fund (PCF).

Live performances by VYB Dance Company, Blake High School, American Racket, contemporary dancer Gina Menichino, singers Jeremy Gloff, Anye Cole and Teagan Kipi, bands The James-Lange Theory, On Carlton Row and Dropin Pickup with a debut fashion show by local designer Ricky Lindsay will take place at the event.

Over 75 local artists will be on display. Guests are encouraged to wear the colors red, white and blue to the event.

Reserved seating and VIP tables for the 8pm & 10pm main stage show performances are available by e-mailing

Please visit for more information.

Postmodern Cocktail Experience @ The Roosevelt 2.0 (10.13.11)

This Thursday, October 13, 2011, check out the Postmodern Cocktail Experience from our friends at the Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay (PYT) at the historic Roosevelt 2.0 located at 1812 North 15th Street in Tampa, Florida.

Guests will be treated to an open bar consisting of a groundbreaking molecular mixology menu that includes examples of spherification, solidification and classic cocktails on themes of fire and ice. Performances will take place by the bizarre musical talents of Cephia's Treat. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of and $10 for PYT members. Event proceeds will benefit the Fall project of PYT: sponsoring the Florida Orchestra's December 2 concert to provide FREE orchestra tickets to Bay Area young professionals.

Tickets are available online at

Square One Spotlights: Nicolas G. Janovsky, author

SQUARE ONE Spotlights: Nicolas G. Janovsky, author

SQUARE ONE chose to highlight author Nicolas G. Janovsky for this month's spotlight edition. Nicolas is a first-time author whose debut non-fiction book, titled Gay: A New Path Forward, is being released on Sunday, October 16, 2011 with an Official Book Release Party at Collage Ybor in Tampa, Florida on the same evening. I sat down with Nick recently for a lil' Q&A.

Okesene Tilo: Hello Nick. Thank you for taking time to sit down with me for this month's Square One Spotlight. Could you describe your book Gay: A New Path Forward and the reasons why you wrote it?

Nicolas Janovsky: My goal is to enlighten non-Gays by offering them ways to talk to and about Gays in their lives. Through this I aim to put an end to the stereotyping that plagues everyday language and society and that sets Gays apart from the rest of humanity. Also creating better family and working environments for Gays. If society could talk about Gays the way they talk about race, non-Gays would soon discover that their Gay friends and family members were just like them. If we can achieve this I believe all individuals would be noted as different in the same manner that people are short, tall, white, black, smart but not otherwise different just because of their sexuality.

OT: What qualifies you as an author to write a book on gay life?

NJ: From the time I was in elementary school I knew that I was Gay. In living with this knowledge my whole life I have worked for years to organize my words and thoughts into a book that could explain to my friends, coworkers and peers that being Gay isn’t a choice. Further I sought the counsel of those whom I speak about and gained their perspective and insight.

From my own wealth of experiences and successes combined with the insight and unique experiences of close friends from their educational achievements, professional advancement and family dynamics. Their life stories combined with my ideas, thoughts, gradients and systems allowed me to create a whole and complete project.

OT: With the book being 104+ pages, do you ever feel that the book could've been and/or should've been longer to fully express your view?

NJ: Well actually the book is published as 132 pages. There is a plethora of information, details, new knowledge and real life experiences within these 132 pages. I wanted my book to be direct, concise and not watered down with frivolous writings.

As one reviewer stated: “I am also amazed that Janovsky was able to put so much information into just over 100 pages. But those hundred pages can make a big difference in many lives. There is a section on gay terms or a gay glossary and I learned something here myself—I know what a squirrel was but its meaning has changed and I have never heard of Gay Death being at age 30 but I guess we are never too old to learn.”

OT: Do you think having the word "Gay" in big, bold red letters will distract any of your target audience from purchasing the book or reading it in public?

NJ: I was quite nervous about this and I have an introductory paragraph on this. I had a deep-rooted feeling of nervousness that those close to me may shy away from the book because the title turned them off. Further people may be nervous about reading the book or carrying it around in public with big red letters screaming GAY! I knew if I gave into this I would be surrendering to all that which I wish to eradicate from society though this text.

OT: It's inevitable for the topics that your book covers NOT to receive nay saying from other groups who do not agree with your views, what do you say to those groups? How are you hoping to persuade them to your side?

NJ: By giving insight to my life, using practical language, going step by step through gay life, gay culture, family relationships, professional ways of existence, confronting stereotypes, giving supporting verbiage from others, their unique experiences and comparing each of these with supporting information the readers can choose to work for a more equal and accepting society. It is my sincerest hope they do.

OT: So now that you've wrapped up your first book and with your book release party and book release date just a mere days away, what's next on your goals for the end of this year and next year?

NJ: Complete the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60-mile walk for breast cancer for my third consecutive & final year, continue volunteering for causes near to my heart, complete numerous speaking and book signing events to spread the knowledge within my book far and wide while working to gain better acceptance for all in society by activism and using my voice.

Gay: A New Path Forward will be released on October 16, 2011 on and Barnes &, and eBook compatible for Kindle.

The official book release party with author signing & a performance by Jeremy Gloff will take place at Collage Ybor located at 1701 East 8th Avenue in Tampa, Florida starting at 5:30pm.

Gay: A New Path Forward
Author: Nicolas G. Janovsky
Publisher: WingSpan Press (September 12, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1595944540
ISBN-13: 978-1595944542

Please visit for more information.

COSMOPOLITAN by Colleen Gorlewski & Chris Zenger

The official COSMOPOLITAN Promo has arrived courtesy of photographer Colleen Gorlewski and graphic designer/artist Chris Zenger. The theme of this Square One Fall Event will revolve around an international, world-traveling theme. Chris has designed 7 out of the 8 Square One Creative Event Promos and has had three of his photos/work used as the promo pieces [La Di Da (Spring 2009), Camille Leone (Spring 2010), Man On The Moon (Spring 2011)]. This is Colleen Gorlewski's first photo used for a Square One promotional piece. Her most recent photo was used as the cover of Jeremy Gloff's most recent album, This.

Special thanks to Colleen, Chris, make-up artist J.ALFONSO and model Katrina for the wonderful piece!

Liiisten! - Jeremy Gloff's Open Mic Night @ Collage Ybor

Jeremy Gloff's
Tampa's Premier Open Mic Night

Square One presents Jeremy Gloff's Open Mic Night called Liiisten! every Wednesday starting September 28, 2011 at COLLAGE YBOR, Tampa's NEW Local Live Music Venue, located at 1701 East 8th Avenue (corner of 17th Street) across from Crowbar.

Sign-Up: 9pm to 9:30pm
Open Mic: 9:30pm to 1am
Free Admission! Ages 18+! Drink Specials!

Music, Spoken Word, Guest Co-Hosts & DJ's, Featured Artists & more

For more information, please e-mail Jeremy Gloff at or visit

Collage Ybor - Soft Opening on Saturday, September 17, 2011


Collage Ybor is Tampa’s new local live music venue that will feature the best from the Bay area’s live musicians, bands, singers, performers and artists. The new venue will be geared towards artistry, live music and special events. Collage Ybor will open its doors with an invite-only VIP reception for friends, family and special guests on Friday, September 16, 2011 and a Soft Opening open to the general public on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

The Soft Opening of Collage Ybor on Saturday, September 17, 2011 will feature blues band Betty Lou Fox performing on the main stage with the artwork of Tampa-native artist Collin Thompson on display around the venue. Drink specials and specialty cocktails will be featured throughout the entire evening. Doors open at 8pm and the event will be FREE ADMISSION to the general public aged 18 years & older.

Collage Ybor owners Niely Cornacchia and Shane Zinn are ecstatic about their new venue, and promise everything from open mic nights, art shows, dance showcases and local live music performances.

Collage Ybor is located at 1701 East 8th Avenue (corner of 17th Street) in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. A secure parking lot is conveniently located next to the venue on 8th Avenue.

More Information about COLLAGE YBOR is available from:

Niely Cornacchia, owner

Tel. 813-562-5165

Shane Zinn, owner
Tel. 813-758-9298

Twitter: @collage1701
Facebook: Collage Ybor

“Where Art and Music come together…”

COSMOPOLITAN... Square One's 4th Annual Fall Event

Designed by Chris Zenger

Square One's 4th Annual Fall Creative & Performing Arts Showcase will be called COSMOPOLITAN, and the event theme will revolve around an international, world motif.

The main event will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 7pm to midnight at The RITZ Ybor, with an Art Walk preview on Friday, November 18, 2011 at The RITZ Ybor, Singing Stone gallery, Ybor Art colony and 10 other participating venues.

Check out for more information!

CONGRATULATIONS to The James-Lange Theory!

The ULTIMATE Band of 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to The James-Lange Theory, the winners of this year's ULTIMATE BAND showcase at The RITZ Ybor. The James-Lange Theory won over On Carlton Row (runner-up), The Reverie, The Ken Apperson Band, Next of Kin and Khora for the title and are the recipients of the Grand Prize:
  1. $500.00 cash & a $100.00 gas card courtesy of The Radiant Group
  2. studio recording time courtesy of Atomic Audio, Inc.
  3. a paid gig at COSMOPOLITAN, Square One's annual fall event on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at The RITZ Ybor
  4. a paid gig at Live Music Series at Hyde Park Village
  5. the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor
Each band had to perform the cover song performed at the Semi-Finals the week they won, two original songs and 1 cover song by Michael Jackson. Below are photos of the bands along with captions of what songs they performed by The King of Pop.

The James-Lange Theory
Semi-Finals cover: "Toxic" & "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
Finals cover: medley of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 & "Black or White" by Michael Jackson

On Carlton Row
Semi-Finals cover: "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley
Finals Cover: "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson

Next of Kin
Semi-Finals cover: "Oops! I Did It Again" by Britney Spears
Finals cover: "Bad" by Michael Jackson

Semi-Finals cover: "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey
Finals cover: "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson

The Ken Apperson Band
Semi-Finals cover: "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey
Finals cover: "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" by Michael Jackson

The Reverie
Semi-Finals cover: "Fat-Bottomed Girls" by Queen
Finals cover: "Dirty Diana" by Michael Jackson

Mighty Mongo
last year's winners of The ULTIMATE Band 2010

The James-Lange Theory
with some of this year's Judges Panel
Teacup (GaYBOR), Dinah Powers (The Cowhead Show, 102.5 The Bone)
Lauren (The Kage Kult Show, 98 Rock), Carole Liparoto (tbt)
Jocelyn Brenner (Hyde Park Village Live Music Series)
Dallas Nielsen (returning judge), Jeremy Gloff (tbt Top Music Artist of 2011)
Brandon Thompson (Metromix)

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the bands for a successful night for live music in Tampa & thank you to all of our judges!

Check out more photos from The ULTIMATE BAND 2011 by clicking here.