SoundBytes: Kenny G, Trace Adkins at Universal, Paula Poundstone, Disney on Ice
-- Ruth Eckerd Hall’s On The Road series will bring Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G and ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro to Clearwater’s Coachman Park on April 21 at 8 pm. Tickets are $24 and up at RuthEckerdHall.com.
-- Tampa Theatre brings back its popular showcase of Oscar-nominated short films Feb. 10-Feb. 26, . New this year is Documentary Shorts. Click here for more on the series from film critic Steve Persall.
--Cross dressing and schnitzel? What more could we ask for? The gorgeous beer hall Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg is holding its first --- and what it promises willl be annual -- Fasching Festival. It’s the German equivalent of Mardi Gras, originating hundreds of years ago. “People of all ages celebrate the event with unique and festive costumes and masks, including cross-dressing outfits,” the restaurant’s press release says. It will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 from 5 p.m. to midnight with door prizes and gift cards for costume winners. Admission is free. Click here for more info.
--Speaking of Mardi Gras, Universal’s Mardi Gras concert series opens this weekend with Trace Adkins on stage Saturday at 8:30 p.m. It runs through March 25, with Saturday or Sunday concerts included with park admission. The lineup includes Ne-Yo (Feb. 11), Collective Soul (Feb. 18) X Ambassadors (Feb. 19) Fifth Harmony (Feb. 25), Olivia Newton-John (March 5), UB40 (March 11), Toby Keith (March 12), Jason Derulo (March 18), Earth, Wind and Fire (March 19) and ending on March 25 with The All-American Rejects. Click here for the complete lineup.
--Brace yourself for kiddie screeches, tickets are on sale now for Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa March 24-26. The show includes characters from Frozen (naturally), Disney Pixar’s Cars (Lightning McQueen, Mater ) Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and other favorites from the Toy Story gang. Tickets start at $18 at DisneyOnIce.com .
--Iconic trumpeter and composer Herb Alpert and and two-time Grammy winner Lani Hall, the lead singer of Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 on hit songs like Mas Que Nada will perform at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on May 6. Tickets are $45-$75 and go on sale Saturday. Click here.
--Ghanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing, is next in the USF Lecture Series of free talks on Feb. 9. Gyasi, recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2016 “5 under 35” Award, will discuss Homegoing, which highlights the history of slave trade in Ghana and the United States and its impact on two half-sisters raised apart in 18th century Ghana. The lecture at free 7:30 p.m.in the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center Oval Theatre. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost and the Institute on Black Life, as part of the university’s Frontier Forum lecture series.
-- "Fidel Castro will not make it to my show," comedian Paula Poundstone said in announcing she will be performing stand-up comedy at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on March 10. Tickets are $35–$45 and go on sale Friday. Click here