Talls & Smallz Talent Smash shines brightly

It's 4:30 p.m. Do you know where your electricity is?

Your inaugural talent event, the one you've been working on for six months, is due to start at 6 p.m. In other words in less than an hour and a half. Right about then, if you had Googled "freaking out", images of Talls and Smallz producers Jen Bruckman and Jaime Laukhuf (Jaime Z aka bLuE) would surely have come up No. 1. That's what happens when lighting strikes and blows out the power grid that supplies your theater with electricity just hours before the doors open. Welcome to show business.

Fast forward to 8 p.m. and the numerous curses hurled by bLuE and Jen at any a number of deities have been recanted. The power is back on (just barely), the sounds checks have somehow gotten done and the event is rolling forward as the halls and rooms of The Ritz Ybor fill up with assorted partygoers, artists and vendors.