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La Floridiana by Will Moriaty
   Now in our seventh calendar year
    PCR #306  (Vol. 7, No. 5)  This edition is for the week of January 30--February 5, 2006.

La Floridiana Lite: Will to Appear at Florida Collectibles and Vintage Memorabilia Show....Fall Debut Shows Redux  by William Moriaty
The Academy Award Nominations  by Mike Smith
MegaCon 2006: Looking Ahead, Part 1....Profanity in "Deadwood"....Remembering the Challenger  by Brandon Jones
Oscar Snub  by Mark Terry
Wal-Mart Mess....Rondo Reminder....Bush: The Liar....Masters of Horror Update  by Matt Drinnenberg
Reunited....But Then He Lost Me....Oscar Time....My Favorite Films--Chapter 5  by Mike Smith
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La Floridiana Lite

"La Floridiana Lite" is a collection of Florida-related tidbits to tide you over until I turn in my next honest-to-God column (slated for the February 27th edition of PCR) - Enjoy! --Will  

"William Moriaty's Florida" Author to Appear at Florida Collectibles and Vintage Memorabilia Show
Yours truly will be an honored guest at the Florida Collectibles & Vintage Memorabilia Show which will be Sunday, April 30, 2006 at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm! Admission to the show is $6.00, children under 2 years $3.00. Free parking! For show information, call 727-363-4852 For more information on this extravaganza of Florida kitsch and Sunshine State memories read the publicity release from sponsor Hula Hula Productions, Inc. below!

Florida Collectibles and Vintage Memorabilia Show
Looking for authentic old Florida photographs and Highwaymen paintings? Perhaps some flamingo figurines or alligator souvenirs to add to your collection? How about a 1920's lamp made from coconuts and palm fronds? On Sunday, April 30th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Florida Collectibles & Vintage Memorabilia Show will be held at the historic Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. This unique event is Florida's largest antiques and collectibles show focusing exclusively on vintage Floridiana, and will feature over 50 exhibitor booths of vintage Florida souvenirs and memorabilia, with everything from old roadside attraction kitsch to the hand-tinted Florida landscapes of Barnhill and Harris. Visitors will enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time as they browse booths filled with the finest selection of vintage, collectible Floridiana, including: old Florida books, ephemera and postcards; flamingo and alligator souvenirs; paintings from The Highwaymen, tinted photographs from Barnhill and Harris, and other old Florida art; vintage Florida license plates and roadside signs; kitschy roadside attraction souvenirs; fruit crate and cigar box labels; rattan and other tropical furnishings and decor; much more...all for sale.

Many exhibitors will be offering paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, and several of the original Highwaymen will be on hand providing painting demonstrations and selling their art. The documentary film The Highwaymen will be shown throughout the show, exploring through interviews with the artists the history of these self-taught African-American painters who traveled Florida's highways selling their beautiful paintings of Florida landscapes. A lecturer on paintings of the Florida Highwaymen and the work of other Florida artists will be giving several talks during the day, recounting the history of the Highwaymen and giving an introduction to this highly collectible field. The public is invited to bring their vintage Florida art to the show for a free verbal appraisal.

Several other show highlights are planned. Ever wonder where Florida's largest cement alligator lies, or what town celebrates Christmas all year long? Then be sure and attend the lecture and book signing by Charlie Carlson, author of Weird Florida...Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. Mr. Carlson (aka, Florida's Master of the Weird) will provide his unique insight into the Sunshine State's history, its myths, and all things weird about kitschy Florida.

William Moriaty, author of William Moriaty's FLORIDA will be appearing and will offer book signings. His fascinating book provides a view of the Sunshine State through the eyes of Mr. Moriaty, a native son influenced by baby-boomer pop culture. From road trips to local TV to the paranormal, William Moriaty's FLORIDA has it all.

Also included in the impressive line-up of Floridiana exhibitors are some of the leading experts and authors in the field of vintage Floridiana, including Larry Roberts, author of Florida's Golden Age of Souvenirs: 1890-1930 and Dr. Alfred Frankel, author of Old Florida Pottery/Potters in Paradise: The Collectors Guide. Mr. Roberts and Dr. Frankel will be available for questions on collecting vintage Floridiana, and book signings.

"South Beach": Sexy, Sunny, Sandy and Sizzlin'!
Well, half of the fall debut shows of the 2005-2006 television season that I highlighted have themselves headed south. "Kolchak" and "Threshold" barely lasted over one month before being unplugged by the Gods of the Golden One Eyed Orb. Thankfully "Surface" and "Invasion" survived, but will be having their own finales over the next two weeks! "Supernatural" on the other hand. may well have been the overall paranormal offering this season.

Just when I was ready to give up on network T.V. for the umpteenth time, along came "South Beach" on the UPN. The story centers around Elizabeth Bauer (Vanessa Williams), a beautiful and elegant lady who owns a Miami Beach resort called the Hotel Soleil. Her handsome and genteel son Alex (Lee Thompson Young) assists her with the management of this opulent South Florida, running its hip nightclub the Nocturnal. Alex is smitten with a New York fashion model named Arielle Casta (Odette Yustman), a beguiling yet vulnerable young lady who is unexpectedly reunited with her former flame Marcus Caloma (Matt Evans), a thoughtful, handsome and caring young man who finds himself also working for Ms. Bauer.

Ms. Bauer's competitor and possible former lover is a heavy-handed Santeria-practicing powerhouse named Robert Fuentes (played by Giancarlo Esposito who played a street junkie in the Miami Vice episode "Little Prince" back in 1984). Fuentes appears bent for leather to buy out any remainder of the Hotel Soleil that he does not already own and "reclaim" his former squeeze. Caloma's trouble-prone friend Vincent (Chris Johnson) finds himself working for - - you guessed it - - Robert Fuentes. The scenes of the tropical palms swaying in the breeze and the Atlantic's turquoise and azure Caribbean waters are colorful and stunning, and are only surpassed by the beauty of Ariel's fashion model friend named Brianna (Adrianne Palicki).


A visually exciting and appealing show with lots of twists, turns and subplots does something for Miami that hasn't been done since the first two seasons of Miami Vice - - it makes Miami the star of the show!

Check it out, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM on UPN Channel 44, WTOG!

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