Adventures in Weekending: 10 things you should know about Seminole Heights this weekend

It's that time again. Party like you're an art installation on its last day at Tempus Projects.

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via First Friday Art in the Heights

It took five whole days, but here we are, back again. Bonus: It's the first Friday of the month, which means all kind of fun all over Tampa Bay. But where to have it? Might we suggest.... Seminole Heights? I mean, yeah, it's Cinco de Mayo, but screw that. Every Mexican bar in the free world (we're still part of that, right?) is having a party.  Seminole Heights is one of those places that sits there, quietly being awesome, waiting for you to come back and see them. And you totally should — there's new stuff there every month. Here are 10 things you need to know about Seminole Heights and First Friday Art in the Heights.


10. Every month the businesses get together for an art party with different artists.

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via First Friday Art in the Heights

Every. Single. One. Read more here.

9. It's glassy over there: Gott Glass

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via First Friday Art in the Heights

Gott Glass has a space for everyone to hang out and watch, and — unlike lots of Friday night venues — they totally welcome kids.

8. They have art galleries even when it isn't First Friday Art in the Heights.

So, OK, if you've never been through Seminole Heights and you drive down Florida or Nebraska, you may not see it, but secreted away in many of those storefronts are galleries showcasing some kick-ass local art.

7. Upstairs from Tempus is an uber-awesome artist in residence space.

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Anthea Behm
Anthea Behm, Wilendur (closeup shot), black & white silver gelatin photogram, 2016

So, with Tempus you really get a three-in-one: Tempus Projects, a cool space for local art, Cunsthaus (yup, we know), which features the feminine-heavy art and the artist in residence art. Tempus brings in artists and lets them live above the gallery. It's a roomy apartment with a great back-facing balcony. We kinda want to live there.

6. Gifts magically appear for Tempus members.

"Wish We Were Here," The Bridgehouse Collective - THE BRIDGEHOUSE COLLECTIVE
The Bridgehouse Collective
"Wish We Were Here," The Bridgehouse Collective

If you join Tempus, you get a locker in the space, and, throughout the year, cool gifts appear there. They can be anything from a t-shirt to a goodie basket — or art. A membership in Tempus is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get.

5. You can have an unlimited closet there.

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via First Friday Art in the Heights

Valhalla is your new closet. For a monthly fee, you can rotate outfits as you need or want. Of course, you can buy stuff, too, but if you're a fashion maven, the monthly membership may be cheaper.

4. They have late-night art, too.

One of last year's Art After Hours artists, Ken Echezabel, at Fodder and Shine. - KEN ECHEZABEL
Ken Echezabel
One of last year's Art After Hours artists, Ken Echezabel, at Fodder and Shine.

Every First Friday, after the First Friday Art in the Heights ends, lots of the restaurants invite the artists in to show off their stuff.

3. The art isn't for sissies

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Noelle Mason

If you saw Noelle Mason's Boys on Film, you know what we mean. In smaller galleries like Tempus, sure, they don't have the well-endowed monied social class to support them, but they also don't have to worry about pissing them off, either — which means they get to do some pretty innovative stuff, like cross-stitched police reports from the Columbine shooting.

2. They have a house of fashion.

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The Disco Dolls
The Disco Dolls create their own fashion.

It's called Disco Dolls and they serve Studio Punch besides making and selling some amazing art — that also happens to be fashion. 

1. Friday nights are the busy time, but they're not the only time. 

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via First Friday Art in the Heights

Most of the places keep weekly hours and those that don't will meet you there by appointment. So, what are you waiting for?

Cathy Salustri is CL's Arts + Entertainment editor. Contact her here.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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