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Tia Jemison and Frank Edmondson III star in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.

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Tia Jemison and Frank Edmondson III star in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.


Art to the Rescue

The annual art auction and exhibit benefits the Dunedin Doggie Rescue. Free. Stirling Art Studio, 730 Broadway, Dunedin. (727) 433-1420. 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Bay Area Art Show: Reception: View the art and see the winners of this juried exhibition. Through May 29. Free. Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-3780. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Blown Away: Opening Reception: A new glass exhibit that features work from the gallery's regular and new artists. Glassblowing demonstration and talk by Albuquerque artists Peter Wright and Kim Goldfarb. Free. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 550 24th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 421-4141. 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrate: Opening Reception: ArtLofts present an exhibition in which five artists give form to their life experience. Through May 30. Free. Artlofts@Florida CraftArt, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 504-8788. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Creatives Refired: Pot, Paper, Wood & Plastic : A group show of 11 female artists from the Creatives Refired group, including Brenda Gregory, Candace Knapp and Kim Radatz. Through May 11. Free. HCC Ybor Campus Art Gallery, 2204 N 15th St, Tampa. (813) 253-7674. Opening Reception: 5:30-8 p.m. today, Artist Talk: 12-1 p.m. Monday.

Day of the Dead Voodood Challenge Wrap Party: Tampa artist Theresa Crout created 44 Day of the Dead "Voodood" dolls in 55 days. The party will feature all of the finished pieces on display and for sale, gourmet Mexican cuisine and tequila, and giveaways. Free. Catrinas Cocina Y Galeria, 2402 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-4604. 7-10 p.m. today.

Ephemeral Traces: Opening Reception: The exhibition features the functional pottery of artists Meridith Coen and Sarah Marraffino, who have worked alongside each other for nearly a decade. Free. Charlie Parker Pottery, 2724 Sixth Ave S., St. Petersburg. (727) 321-2071. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Files & Film: Opening Reception: The juried photographic art show features cash prizes and awards, including a People's Choice award. Music by DJ Kalani. Free. Creative Soul Studio, 2425 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 575-7977. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Lecture: Images of the Floating World and Beyond: Director Emeritus John E. Schloder will discuss the artwork from the new exhibition Images of the Floating World: Japanese Woodblock Prints. Included in admission. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Midflorida Mayfaire By-the-Lake: The juried show featuring the work of 165 artists has grown into one of Florida's premier outdoor art festivals. Both days include live entertainment, food and drink vendors, and a children's area with a hands-on Children's Art Tent and more. Free. Lake Morton, Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland. (863) 688-7743. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Modern Portraits: Opening Reception: The exhibition features portraiture from local artists Robert Phelps and Ron Satlof. Through May 13. Free. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk: Meet the artists and gallery owners during this casual, festive evening at more than 40 studios and galleries. Map available at Free. Downtown St. Petersburg. (727) 518-5142. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Totes Adorbs: Cory Robinson's solo show of reverse acrylic paintings depicting frolicking, playful animals on glass. Remains on display through June 4. Free. Bamboozle Tea Lounge, 109 N 12th St., Tampa. (813) 231-2579.


Grand Hotel, The Musical

Set in an elegant Berlin Grand Hotel over the course of a weekend in 1928, the Tony award-winning play brings the lavish energy of the 1920s. $26; $15 students. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

National Theatre Live: The Hard Problem: Colleagues at a brain science institute can't come to agreement on the nagging question, "If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?" $20, $18 members. Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Shapiro Sisters: Life Would Be Better If it Were a Musical: Milly and Abigail Shapiro, the 11 and 13-year-old stars of the stage, return to their hometown of Tampa to perform some of their favorites, followed by a Q & A. $10. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 374-2416. 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

American Stage in the Park: In the Heights: Catch Broadway's Tony-winning musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home for American Stage's annual play in the park. Through May 17. $13-$20 lawn, $26 premium blanket, $32 reserved. Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. 8 p.m. today-Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tbt* night is Thursday, May 14 — come hang with the cool kids and expect some tbt* swag.

Annapurna: Jobsite Theater presents a love story driven by the emotionally-charged relationship between an estranged husband and wife, put together in one room. Through May 24. $28. Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Alice in Wonderland: The Tampa Ballet Theatre celebrates the 150th anniversary of the book with an original contemporary ballet. $25; $20 Seniors; $15; Children and students. HCC Ybor Campus Main Stage Theater, 2204 N 15th Street, Tampa. (813) 814-0587. 7 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday.

Beauty and the Beast: Back by popular demand, the romantic Broadway musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film is filled with unforgettable characters and dazzling production numbers, including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song. $46-$120. Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.


Bobby Lee: The star of MADtv is known for his original characters, impersonations and pain-inducing physical humor. $20. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday.

Doug Almeida: The former corporate executive and retired kick boxer is known to be always funny and "Always Dangerous." $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. 9:30 p.m. today-Saturday.

Holla' at Me Just Don't Yell featuring Roman Murray: The comic has appeared on B.E.T.'s ComicView and Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment Comedy. $15. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Jim Florentine: Best known as the voice of Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher on the Comedy Central show, Crank Yankers, the comedian, actor and writer currently hosts VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. $10-$14. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mike McCarthy: The Boston-born "funniest man in Rhode Island" is nicknamed "the Comedy Barbarian." Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 937-3737. $12. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Comedy Hypnosis with Gary Conrad: The hypnotist puts volunteers into the hypnotic state as they engage in skits. 21 and older. $10. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Big ticket: Ain't Misbehavin'

Head to the Cotton Club when Stageworks Theatre continues its run of Ain't Misbehavin', the stage tribute to the music of Fats Waller and the black musicians of the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance. The show, directed by Erica Sutherlin and choreographed by Rodney Hamilton, includes favorite songs like Honeysuckle Rose, Handful of Keys and Mean to Me. See it at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 17 at the theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., No. 151, Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 5:09pm]
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