Do It Today: First Monday Movie Night at the Independent, Roger Palmer's scathing political art and more

The Room has been cited by some critics as one of the worst films ever made and has been called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" for its continuity errors, inconsistent plots and subplots, badly synced dubs and character details that are introduced and instantly discarded. The plot, such as it is, centers on the love triangle of Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), his "future wife" Lisa (Juliette Danielle), and his best friend, Mark (Greg Sestero) and the insanity that ensues from their f-ed up situation.

The Independent is at 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Call 813-341-4883.

[image-1]Here's a free event to get you fired up for Election Day: Tempus Projects (just a few stumbles from the Independent) presents the  politically charged art of Roger Palmer tonight (for one night only) from 7 to 10 p.m. The artist takes on the far right with his salacious depictions, which may or may not amuse, depending on which side of the party fence you perch yourself.

Since 1970,  Palmer has produced poetry, paintings, installations, and a large body of drawings. His installations of drawings and artifacts have been shown in at  NEXUS in Atlanta, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Polk Museum of Art,  Jacksonville Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art and Ringling Museum of Art — which purchased an installation for their permanent collection.  He works reclusively, often in a cabin he hand built in Ozello, Fla. Tempus Projects is at 5132 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.

[image-2]Meet author/poet Shane Seely at 7 p.m. at University of Tampa's  Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Seely’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Notre Dame Review, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner and other journals, and on the Poetry Daily website. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in Best Young Poets 2008. Seely's Levine Prize-winning book of poetry, The Snowbound House, was published in 2009 by Anhinga Press. Admission is free to this special writer's talk. For more information about Seely and future UT writer's talks, contact Richard Mathews at [email protected].

Rural Kentucky boy Chris Knight is just as much a storyteller as he is a musician, his rootsy Americana marked by his acoustic guitar strumming and the rusted pitch of his vocals. The singer-songwriter’s lyrics are raw, genuine, relatable, and sometimes, like in “Heart of Stone,” just hit it right on the head: “Got the broken promises / Got the broken home / Don’ t break yourself on a / Heart of stone.” At the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. (contributed by Mary Small.)

Tonight is the  inaugural free First Monday Movie Night at the Independent in Tampa. The first screening falls under the "so bad, it's good" category: The cult film The Room, the most audience-participation-heavy midnight movie  since The Rocky Horror Picture Show first got toast pelted at the screen. Here's a trailer ...


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