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Tempus Projects planning Prince dance party in Seminole Heights

Prince, among so many other things, was legendary for throwing dance parties.

He threw a massive one, open to the public, at his Paisley Park estate only five days before his death there, and the Minneapolis club First Avenue held a marathon series of all-night dance parties to honor the icon following his passing last week.

Tampa is getting in on the action on May 5 with a Prince-themed dance party at Tempus Projects in Seminole Heights.

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Is this Beyonce's shopping list from Crate and Barrel in Tampa?

Why does Beyonce need six tea kettles?

A manager for the Crate and Barrel store near International Plaza in Tampa claims that’s one of the items on a list left behind by an assistant who was there shopping for the pop megastar last Saturday.

Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z are rumored to be renting a home on Davis Islands as Beyonce preps for a massive tour kicking off in Miami Wednesday before stopping at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Friday.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’’s Ruby Rose coming to Tampa, Orlando to DJ

There are plenty of celebrities who moonlight as DJs. Christian Nairn (Hodor) from “Game of Thrones” and Pauly D from “Jersey Shore” are a couple who have stepped behind the ones and twos in Tampa area in recent years. So it’s not all that unusual to hear that Ruby Rose, aka every Netflix account holder’s celebrity crush, has DJ gigs scheduled in Tampa and Orlando coming up.

Rose, who starred in the most recent season of “Orange Is the New Black,” will DJ a party Sunday at Beach Bar on the Courtney Campbell Causeway (formerly Hogan’s Beach) as part of the beachside bar and restaurant’s Recess Sundays beginning at noon.

If you don’t get a chance to see the Australian model-turned-actress in Tampa, Rose will be back in Florida on June 3 for a gig at Tier Nightclub in Orlando.

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Let's go crazy at Prince tribute in Ybor

If you were still on the fence about going to Tropical Heatwave on Saturday (silly, you) maybe this will darling your Nikki.

Four Star Riot is going to perform a set of Prince tunes in tribute to the late, great performer at New World Brewery, it was announced today. “It’s going to be special,” the announcement stated. The set starts at 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Tropical Heatwave features more than 40 bands playing on 10 stages throughout Ybor City on Saturday. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Go to www.tropicalheatwave.org for tickets, a full performance schedule and other info.

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Cops reportedly starstruck seeing singer Zac Brown during Palm Beach drug bust

Country singer, Zac Brown said he didn’t know there would be strippers and cocaine when he was invited back to a hotel room in Florida this weekend.

TMZ reported Zac was in a hotel room in Palm Beach last week, when cops raided the suite around 2:30 a.m.

According to the report, four people were arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana. There were three strippers present.

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There's a trendy restaurant called Tampa Sandwich Bar ... in Korea

A little bit of Tampa culture has made it to the other side of the globe in the form of our city’s signature culinary creation.

As Tampa-based music and culture site Suburban Apologist pointed out today, there’s a restaurant in Seoul, Korea named Tampa Sandwich Bar, and they’re serving up Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches complete with the obligatory salami.

Among the items on the menu at Tampa Sandwich Bar are a Tampa-style Cuban, a Miami-style Cuban (um, no) and a Cuban made with mac and cheese (um, maybe). They also serve craft beer and fried plantains.

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Melissa McCarthy will return for Netflix ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival

“Gilmore Girls” fans can let out a sigh of relief/

It turns out Melissa McCarthy will reprise her role of Sookie St James for Netflix’s revival of “Gilmore Girls,” after all. The star announced the news on “The Ellen Show” on Thursday. Fans of the show know that McCarthy had contradicting responses to whether she would be reprising her role. First she said she was never asked, then she said yes, then she seemed firm in her initial “no” response.

“Literally about an hour and half ago we figured out that I’m gonna go back and do it and I am so excited,” she told Degeneres.

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‘American Idol’ goes out with a bang

Thursday night, America said goodbye to FOX’s long-running hit show “American Idol” with a long wave of nostalgia.

‘Idol’ paid tribute to its 15 seasons by bringing back former show favorites and winners.

First, original judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson took the stage to thank America for letting them into their homes.

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Simpsons character Waylon Smithers Jr. reveals he’s gay

The sexuality of beloved character Waylon Smithers Jr. on the Fox animated series “The Simpsons” has been debated for more than 27 years.

Smithers came out of the closet on Sunday night’s episode, revealing his love for his boss, Mr. Burns.

After realizing his true feelings on a skydiving trip with Burns, Smithers was frustrated and took his feelings out on the workers at the nuclear power plant where they all work.

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Watch: J-Lo and James Corden prank text Leonardo DiCaprio on Carpool Karaoke

Who’s the most famous person in Jennifer Lopez’s iPhone contacts?

There were a few to choose from when CBS late night host James Corden asked Lopez that question during the latest Carpool Karaoke segment from his show — Bradley Cooper, Chris Brown, Demi Lovato, Christiano Ronaldo, to name a few (as Lopez did) — but it was Leonardo DiCaprio that Corden settled on when he decided to send a prank text from Lopez’s phone.

“Hey baby, I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose. Any suggestions?,” Corden wrote from her phone. The highlight though, is the response they got back from the Oscar winner.

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