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Art, stage, comedy


Lovely night for a walk

A full moon will shine down on the Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Petersburg. At least it will near the end at 9 p.m. But the sun will shine first as more than 40 galleries and studios keep their doors open late to showcase and sell just about any type of art. ArtWalk sprawls through five arts districts: the Waterfront, Central, Edge, Grand Central and Warehouse. Some venues will have demonstrations, and some are open only for the event. Trolleys and shuttles (the shuttles also have art guides) cover all of the districts. All are free except for the Central Avenue Trolley, which charges 50 cents. Parking is also available in all areas. Cool restaurants and craft breweries dot the neighborhoods, too, so the party doesn't have to end early. The event starts at 5 p.m. For a map and a list of venues, go to

Celebrate America: Reception Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded at the reception for a showcase of paintings, photography, drawings, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics that honor the country. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Free. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310.

If You're Not Getting Better, You're Getting Worse: Opening Reception This exhibit features the collection of recent works by Ryann Slauson, whose objects, hand-crafted from plaster, paper, cardboard, fabric and paper mache, look like common things in the world — discarded cough drop wrappers, pizza boxes, work uniforms. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Free, donations accepted. Tempus Projects, 4636 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 340-9056.

La Mujer Opening Reception The opening reception for an exhibition of Latin American women artists. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. On display through Aug. 2. Free. Feathered Serpent Gallery, 1018 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. (727) 824-8877.

Paper Art: Opening Reception Printmaking, book arts and handmade paper created by Creative Clay artists will be on display. Americana-folk singer Danielle DeCosmo will provide live entertainment. 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Creative Clay, 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 825-0515.

Hot Art, Cool Crowd! The MacDonald Training Center art event features a MTC historical photo exhibit, chocolate chance drawing, complimentary refreshments and wine, benefiting participating MTC artists and the MTC fine arts studio, 5:30-8 p.m. at Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 221-2222.


Portrait of a master

Vincent van Gogh's final self-portrait, painted right before he died, has never been seen before now. At least, that's the premise of Inventing Van Gogh, the latest production from Jobsite Theater. The drama tells the story of contemporary painter Patrick Stone and his dealings with van Gogh, a story set in the converging universes of a modern-day art studio and 19th century France. The play opens Friday and runs through Aug. 3 in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

God of Carnage When two 11-year-old boys have a playground fight, their parents come together to discuss the situation civilly. But the veneer of polite society quickly falls away, and the evening deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, tantrums and tears. And that's before they break out the rum. Preview is 8 p.m. Wednesday (pay what you can) and it opens July 18. $39-$59. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Hair The Broadway musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War-era America. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $25.50, $12.50 students. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

Summer One Act Festival Gulfport Community Players 14th Annual summer festival of short plays includes 13 original plays by 12 Florida playwrights. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $15. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 322-0316.

Tarpon Springs Summer Performing Arts Festival: The Sound of Music Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres opening night (6:30 p.m. Friday) hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Current Restaurant at the Artist Faire Gallery, 111 E Tarpon Avenue. The play is at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $24; $22 members/students Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605.

The Winter's Tale The Patel Conservatory puts on William Shakespeare's story of loss and redemption of Leontes, the King of Sicily who convinces himself that his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend's child. Leontes' jealousy turns to tyranny as the king proceeds to destroy his entire family and a lifelong friendship. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $15. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Journey to Greatness Sir Brock Warren presents a dance performance featuring original music, choreography, multimedia, a workshop and talk back to demonstrate his transformation of triumphant life struggles into empowering works of art. The theme is self discovery through self-reflection and discovery. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $10-$15. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Wordier than Thou: Prose and Short Story Open Mic A unique open mic series focusing on storytelling. Poetry and musical performances are not allowed. Includes a performance by a featured reader followed by numerous 10-minute open mic slots. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $5. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.


Improv everywhere

The Sarasota Improv Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Florida Studio Theatre (see for details), and one notable troupe will make its way to St. Petersburg on Sunday. Austin, Texas theater ensemble the Available Cupholders, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a group, will perform at American Stage at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Earlier in the day, at 1 p.m., they'll lead a "World of Narrative" improv workshop; the $40 tuition includes a ticket to the evening show. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Ian Bagg 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Matt Davis 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $14-$20. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Jay Hewlett 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Luenell She's best known for her controversial role as the "hooker with the heart of gold" in the comedy Borat. $25-$35. 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

The Big ticket: Chinese rock 'n' roll

To highlight its new exhibition, "My Generation: Young Chinese Artists," the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg will bring in author and musician Jonathan Campbell to talk about China's rock 'n' roll scene. In addition, the $5 admission to the talk gets you into the entire museum. Campbell, who lived in Beijing for 10 years, will discuss what it was like to be immersed in the rock scene in China as a drummer, chronicler, promoter and agent. His lecture will focus on the history of yaogun (Chinese rock), which emerged not from underground music scenes, but from a near vacuum after the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and the disillusionment that followed. He even pinpoints the birth of yaogun as May 9, 1986, when a swarm of Chinese musicians gathered for a concert inspired by We Are The World to make their own charity pop album. The talk is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Then on Thursday, St. Petersburg will host a concert by contemporary Chinese rock band Rebuilding the Rights of Statues (Re-TROS), photo above. They've performed at South by Southwest and toured with their heroes Gang of Four, and are known for explosive performances. St. Petersburg's Sonic Graffiti will open the show at 7 p.m. at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave. Tickets are $12 for the show, or $15 for a combo ticket for both the lecture and concert. For info, see or call (727) 896-2667.

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:12pm]


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