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Norman Rockwell, No Swimming, cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 1921

Copyright 1921 SEPS, Norman Rockwell Museum Collections

Norman Rockwell, No Swimming, cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 1921

ART

Garden party

We haven't been brutalized by winter as those in the northeast have, so we don't yearn for spring as they do. But spring still has a lot of weight here as a time of renewal and a last gasp of lovely weather before we face Florida's enervating summer heat and humidity. Gardens are at their loveliest now, and we have plenty of literal examples available to us. Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, presents Garden of Earthly Pleasures, with more than 30 artists who create fine-craft examples of garden adornments such as fountains and sculptures along with art that summons the inspirations found in gardens. A free opening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday will feature models wearing garden-inspired costumes by participating artists. The show continues through April 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. — Lennie Bennett

Dalí & da Vinci: Invention as Art The exhibit, running through July 26, shows how these two major artists used math, anatomy, motion devices, religion and visual perspective. The exhibit features more than 75 works, including facsimiles of da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings as well as the invented objects that both da Vinci and Dalí proposed in advance of their times. 12-6 p.m. Sunday. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children ages 13-17, $10 children ages 6-12. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Augustine Ludovico Art Show The 2015 grand art show features more than 20 local artists with paintings at affordable prices. Meet the artists, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and the paintings. Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Augustine Ludovico Studio and Academy of Art, 2851 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 322-0450.

Feminine Mystic: Opening Reception An exhibit that provides perspective into a women's world, from wives and mothers to fashion icons and goddesses. Featured artist is Countess Edith Huber-Ribeaud. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 848-6500.

Landscapes and Wildlife Opening Meet local artists Marie Schadt, who specializes in watercolors, and Virginia Butler, whose work has been featured at the annual Zoofari at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Free. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. (813) 247-6964.

Live Art at the Sail The 360-degree waterfront bar offers the opportunity to explore artwork and meet the artists at this event with entertainment and art created as you watch. 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Free (food, drink additional). The Sail, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-7778.

Silent Auction at the Morean More than 20 local and nationally known artists have donated their work for the auction to benefit emerging artists. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7162.

STAGE

Man, he feels like a woman

What if you swapped genders, literally overnight, and were forced to live in a new skin for hundreds of years? Orlando, Virginia Woolf's novel about an English nobleman who wakes up as a woman, gets the Jobsite Theater treatment starting Friday. Orlando has been adapted for the stage by MacArthur Fellowship winner Sarah Ruhl, exploring gender roles throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This is the Jobsite mainstage directorial debut for Giles Davies, previously seen on stage in Twelfth Night, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Macbeth, Fahrenheit 451 and Quills. It stars Emily Belvo, Jonelle Meyer, Ami Sallee, Nicole Jeanine Smith and Katrina Stevenson. See it at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through March 29 at the Shimberg Playhouse of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $28 (813) 229-7827. jobsitetheater.org.

The Peking Acrobats The high-flying Chinese circus acts have been touring the Western world since 1986, blending ancient tradition with over-the-top cutting-edge presentations that make stunning feats look easy. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday in Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. strazcenter.org.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer Stages Productions presents the story of the adventures and dreams of a young boy growing up in the American heartland. $7.50, $6.50 children. 11 a.m. Saturday. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. largoarts.com.

Gutenberg! The Musical In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers' audition for their new project: a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. Preview performances at 8 p.m. March 11-12 are "pay what you can" nights; the production opens March 13. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

Miss Firecracker Contest Set in the South, this comedy focuses on six eccentric characters as they push to secure a better, brighter future for themselves. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $22, $10 students. St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 866-1973. spcitytheatre.org.

Other Desert Cities A woman returns home to Palm Springs after six years to celebrate Christmas with her family, announcing she will publish a memoir dredging up a tragic event in the family's history. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 22. $19. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363. wp.wcplayers.org.

Red, Hot and Blue: A Cole Porter Party Paul Wilborn and the Blue Roses follow Cole Porter and his friends to two parties, one in a Parisian villa and that other at a suite in New York's Waldorf. $15 advance, $18 at the door. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

Snow White The Gilbert and Sullivan Players present the Brothers Grimm tale featuring a wicked witch, a magic mirror, poison apple, glass coffin and seven tiny men. 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday. $10, $5 members/students. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605. tarponarts.org.

Tampa Shakespeare Festival See Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet in the park. 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 274-8615. www.facebook.com/Tampashakes.

The Addams Family Musical Eight O'Clock Theatre presents the tale of everything going off the rails when the spooky family hosts a dinner for Wednesday Addams' "normal" boyfriend and his parents. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $25.50, $12.50 student (with ID). Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. eightoclocktheatre.com.

Vegas Legends An impersonator show with songs by Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tom Jones, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra and more. 2 and 7 p.m. Monday. $24.50. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. largoarts.com.

First Date A blind date newbie and a serial-dater meet for a casual drink and are overwhelmed by supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents singing and dancing. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Through April 19. $40. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

My Fair Lady The 1956 Broadway hit follows Henry Higgins' successful attempt to cultivate a perfect "lady" from a humble flower girl. $26; $15 students. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360. franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

The Importance of Being Earnest In Victorian London, characters assume fictitious identities to escape their social obligations. $10-$20. Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 300-3585. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Also 7 p.m. Wednesday at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. thestudioat620.org.

COMEDY

Terrible Tony

It's hard to imagine acid-tongued comic Anthony Jeselnik writing for the up-with-people Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but Jeselnik did just that during the show's first year. But he's far better known for the crushingly dark humor he's displayed on Comedy Central Roasts and his own panel show, The Jeselnik Offensive. His arrow-through-the-heart one-liners are masterpieces of concise wit, and he knows it — he titled his 2010 debut album Shakespeare. Catch him at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Jim Breuer He gained fame for his run on Saturday Night Live and in the cult classic Half Baked. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $25-$35. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Andy Woodhull From CMT's Next Big Comic. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$16.50. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Brood Feud Alpaca Suitcase presents an improv show inspired by competing families, parallel universes, game shows and missed sequels. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $5. The Box Theatre, 1925 Second Ave., Tampa. (813) 400-0269. boximprov.com.

Dave Heenan 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $18-$25. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

G. David Howard 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $20. Sporty's on the Beach, 17093 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach.

Scott Novotny 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $12. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 937-3737. snappersgrill.com.

Carmen Ciricillo 8 p.m. Sunday. $10. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

The Big ticket: American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

A big show of the beloved art of Norman Rockwell opens at the Tampa Museum of Art Friday and continues through May 31. The late painter was a brilliant storyteller, creating an inspirational visual narrative of American life that was both down-to-earth and idealized. His greatest fame derived from more than 300 covers he created for the Saturday Evening Post magazine. Most of them will be on view at American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell along with some of the original oil paintings from which they were copied. Shown is No Swimming, the cover illustration for the Post on June 4, 1921. The Tampa Museum of Art is located at 120 Gasparilla Plaza (on the riverfront off Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa). Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 adults; $7.50 seniors, groups and military (plus one guest), $5 students, and free for children younger than 6 . Sunday is Military Appreciation Day with free admission for military, veterans and their families, with ID. Pay What You Will on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. tampamuseum.org or (813) 274-8130. — Lennie Bennett

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2015 3:15pm]
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