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3 stage picks: NewGrounds 2012, Little Tunes, Fanny Brice


New choreography is the theme of "NewGrounds 2012," an annual event presented by Moving Current, the bay area modern dance collective. This year's lineup of choreographers with contemporary works to unveil includes Rosie DeAngelo, Erica Lessner, Amy Mutarelli Taylor, Sadie Lehmker and others. "This is one of the best programs for emerging and established choreographers to try out new work in a safe, supportive environment," says Bill Doolin, director of the Florida Dance Association. "You feel like you are part of the family." Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Theater 2 of the University of South Florida, Tampa. $11-$16 (cash only at the door). Jennifer Salk, a dance professor at the University of Washington, and George Staib, from the Emory University dance program, give master classes today, Saturday and Sunday at USF; $12 per class. A free "Show & Tell" of new choreography is at 4 p.m. today at Theater 2. (813) 237-0216;


Little Tunes, a one-man show written and performed by Ned Averill-Snell, is being staged by Jobsite Theater as part of its "Job-side" series for three performances: 10 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday at the Shimberg Playhouse of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. "Sweet, funny and sometimes sung, Little Tunes is a comic memoir of growing up in an eccentric '70s family, misadventures in a musical education and finding out what happens after a dream dissolves," reads a summary. Snell is appearing in Jobsite's production of Race, the David Mamet play that runs before his show on Saturday and Sunday. Race ticketholders may purchase Little Tunes tickets for $1; otherwise, tickets cost $7. (813) 229-7827;


Marya Grandy stars in Fanny Brice, America's Funny Girl, which opens Wednesday and runs through June 17 at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota. Brice was an early 20th century stage, radio and film star known for songs such as My Man, I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy with Somebody Else) and Second Hand Rose. Barbra Streisand portrayed her in Funny Girl on Broadway and in the 1968 movie. Written and directed by David H. Bell, the show with Grandy was a hit at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in 2009. $29-$65. Tickets to previews at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday are $22-$41. (941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388;

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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