DO NOTPASS 'GO!'
"Go! A Square One Art, Fashion and Music Showcase" is the latest arty party to pull together creative types in a fun atmosphere to see what shines through. The show on Saturday in Ybor City will showcase works by about 80 artists, including Rolando Corsa and Katy Alderman. All artwork and designs will be available for purchase; the event will benefit Central Park Youth Services, Inc. There will be a fashion show by local designers, including organizer Gary Randall, that will be choreographed by the Bella Danza Dance Company. Music acts include Bradley Akeman, Lush Progress and PK. Doors open at 7 p.m. and it's free, with a cash bar, until midnight. Ritz Ybor (formerly the Masquerade), 1503 N Seventh Ave., Ybor City. For details, visit myspace.com/square1art.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
Round up all the Orphans, Lizzies and Gramercy Riffs in your life for "Warriors, Come Out and Play," featuring art inspired by the 1979 gang-war cult classic The Warriors, at Vitale Studio in St. Pete. Bask, Bluelucy, Frank Strunk III, Chris Parks, Brandon Dunlop and Derek Hess are among the artists offering up Warriors-themed pieces, and fashion designer Courtney Kessel will showcase a new Warriors-inspired women's collection. Big Chris, Samthepickle, Sugar Bear and DJ Patrick will provide the tunes, but the highlight of the night might just be a dance performance inspired by the uniform-wearing gang the Baseball Furies. Now that, we can dig. Vitale Studio, 2740 25th St. N, St. Petersburg. For details, visit vitalestudio.com.
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GET A LEG UP
Tampa artist Taylor Robenalt pays tribute to the bygone art of burlesque with her show "The Leg Business," which opens June 2 at the Centre Gallery at USF. The mixed-media show includes porcelain and metal sculptures that showcase the spirit and style of women who chose to get out there and strut their stuff. "It isn't like contemporary striptease, where there's no show, it's just getting naked," said Robenalt, 24. "In the past, there was more of a show — an orchestra, a band, costumes that were really elaborate." The show is June 2-20. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. June 4 at the Centre Gallery, CTR 246 in the Phylls P. Marshall Center at USF, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. For details, call (813) 974-5464 or visit ctr.usf.edu/gallery. — tbt* staff