Top 10 A&E stories for July 2017

Here's what you couldn't get enough of last month.

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In Indian Rocks Beach, the Tiki bar is always open. - MR.TINDC VIA FLICKR
MR.TINDC VIA FLICKR
In Indian Rocks Beach, the Tiki bar is always open.

As July gently ceded to the face-of-the-sun heat of August, we took a look back at what y'all loved in A&E this month. Behold, the 10 things you wanted to read the most. From threesomes to Welcome to Night Vale, there are few surprises. The top hit? A certain sexy "radio" host. Keep reading...

1. You wanted to learn more about Welcome to Night Vale's Cecil Baldwin.

click to enlarge Everyone loves Cecil if the response to this article was any indication (and a swooning audience at Tampa Theatre). - Whitney Browne
Whitney Browne
Everyone loves Cecil if the response to this article was any indication (and a swooning audience at Tampa Theatre).


Among the things we now know about him is that Ybor inspired him to speak out about living with HIV. Also, he makes Welcome to Night Vale the amazing podcast it is. No offense, writer-types, but seeing Baldwin live changed Night Vale for us forever. 

2. You love and miss Snooty the manatee.

RIP, you magnificent sea cow. - via the State Archives of Florida
via the State Archives of Florida
RIP, you magnificent sea cow.

Snooty the manatee died and you hated it as much as we did, because it's one thing for a beloved manatee to die of old age, but it's another for a beloved manatee to die two days after he turned 69 because a human he depended on fucked up due to what's looking more and more like an avoidable accident. We're sure that human never quite get over that.

3. The Blueberry Patch makes y'all crazy excited.

Top 10 A&E stories for July 2017
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When I first moved to Gulfport 14 years ago, someone described the Blueberry Patch to me as "being on the inside of a lit Christmas tree, looking out" and I've never found a better way to talk about this eccentric collections of music, love and blueberries (note: I've never seen an actual blueberry there). We sent Lis Casanova to check it out, and you guys loved her writeup.

4. Comic Con-flict received more web traffic than the offending post.

click to enlarge I'm actually afraid to make any joke at all here... - Mandy via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Mandy via Wikimedia Commons/CC
I'm actually afraid to make any joke at all here...


I'm not about to open this can of worms again, but I will repeat something my IT friend Jay told me years ago: You can never predict, on any given day, what the internet will find interesting."

5. The arts pump a shit-ton of money into St. Pete, but the artists see precious little of it.

We have art everywhere, but our artists can't afford it if they haven't made it themselves. Seems a little backwards, doesn't it? - CityofStPete via Flickr/CC
CityofStPete via Flickr/CC
We have art everywhere, but our artists can't afford it if they haven't made it themselves. Seems a little backwards, doesn't it?


James Chapin shared the good news — the arts bring almost a quarter of a billion dollars to St. Pete — and the bad: Many of the contributing artists are living barely above poverty.

6. Shockingly, you like our new sex advice column.

This particular column dealt with having sex in your high school bedroom (as an adult, of course) - pexels.com
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This particular column dealt with having sex in your high school bedroom (as an adult, of course)

What's more shocking is that the sex column wasn't our top hit. Maybe it's true, then, that the internet really has ruined sex.

7. But you also like a nice, quiet wine bar with cool art-y decor.

click to enlarge The bathroom at Room 901. - Cathy Salustri
Cathy Salustri
The bathroom at Room 901.


Personally, I love the cheese plate almost as much as the books on the wall, but my favorite part of Room 901 is the ladies' room.

8. You wanted to weekend on IRB.

In Indian Rocks Beach, the Tiki bar is always open. - MR.TINDC VIA FLICKR
MR.TINDC VIA FLICKR
In Indian Rocks Beach, the Tiki bar is always open.

Well, it is the beach and it is Florida. This one's kinda a no-brainer.

9. You went Into the Woods.

Caitlin Mesiano, Caroline Tye and Clayton Brown. - JIM SWALLOW/ST. PETERSBURG OPERA CO.
JIM SWALLOW/ST. PETERSBURG OPERA CO.
Caitlin Mesiano, Caroline Tye and Clayton Brown.


10. And came back for more sex talk.

Either that or you like frogs. - FUNK DOOBY VIA FLICKR
FUNK DOOBY VIA FLICKR
Either that or you like frogs.


Hey, putting the word "threesome" in the headline is gonna make some people click every time. Which is not why we published this; it's because we care about your sex questions.

Cathy Salustri is the A+E editor. Contact her here.

About The Author

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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