The Cuban Sandwich Show, a monthlong series of tasty art and cultural events, has the right attitude: All Art. All Tampa. No Mayo. The point is to celebrate Tampa and/or Cuban sandwiches in any form that moves you: visual arts, photography, video, dance, theater, music, poetry. Certainly don't expect everything to be deadly serious. The organizers, the Artists and Writers Group, tend toward the whimsical, satirical, political, hysterical, surprising and wacky — all for a fresh perspective of Tampa. The show is at various Tampa venues through June. Most events are free. Here are some highlights. See cubansandwichshow.com for a full schedule.
Kelly Smith, Times staff writer
Essence of Ybor
This juried art show showcasing Tampa's best artists is one of the meatier parts of the Cuban Sandwich series. Presented by the Ybor Art Association, it's fine art in an outdoor setting, plus live music and an Art of Ybor scavenger hunt (sorry, registration is closed). The free show is from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Ybor Square, between N 13th Street and Avenida Republica de Cuba at Eighth Avenue, Ybor City.
Tampa Pix-Cuban Sandwich
Opening night artists talk with a group show at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Opening night/reception is free; $10 all other times. 200 N Tampa St. On exhibit through July 6.
Cuban Sandwich Pressed Art
Artists reception for group show. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Bamboozle Cafe, 516 N Tampa St. Runs through June 30.
Down the road
The Cuban Sandwich Show: Artists reception for invitational show, featuring Tampa poet laureate James Tokley Sr. giving a reading of his Epic of the Sandwiche Cubano. Free. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 9. Art Gallery in Performing Arts Building, Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City Campus.
The Built, the Lost & the Dreams: The Architectural Drawings of M. Leo Elliott: Exhibition and juried show features paintings and renderings of Tampa landmarks designed by architect Elliott, including the Cuban Club and Ritz Theater. Noon to 3 p.m. June 10, through July 8. Free. Tampa Regional Artists at Old Hyde Park Center, 705 W Swann Ave.
Art Show Opening and Reading Performance: The first reading of The Exquisite Corpse, a serial poem about Tampa by 16 poets-writers-artists. Artwork related to each stanza of the poem will be on display in the King Corona street window through June 30. 2 p.m. June 11. Free. King Corona Cigar Bar, 1523 E Seventh Ave.
Living in America: One Hundred Years of Ybor: Director Gayla Jamison will screen and host a panel discussion of her documentary Living in America, followed by Ybor Memories, a mobile project by Nancy Yasecko. 10:30 a.m. to noon June 11. Free. Ybor Room, HCC-Ybor City Campus.