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Art blooms before your eyes

Organizers are describing it as "eye-popping" but it sounds more like an out-of-body experience. "Bloom 3D Art Show" is a one-night event on Jan. 31 with all the art in three dimensions. (Special glasses provided.) About two dozen artists will transform the galleries at Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center, a repurposed warehouse at 910 Fifth Ave. N , St. Petersburg. Three live bands will entertain beginning at 9:30 and a donation bar will be available. The event is from 7 p.m. to midnight and admission is $9. Sounds like a good party. — Lennie Bennett

Intimate Immensities: Curiosity Cabinets of the Floating Woods Opening reception for an exhibition by local artist and the studios own gallery curator and studio manager, Kenny Jensen. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Free. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

The Wall Speaks: Voices of the Unheard Exhibit Exhibit artist and author Wojtek Sawa dedicates the latest museum installation to Polish children and teenagers of World War II subjected to Nazi German and Soviet policies and actions expressed by the slogan: "We will make you less than human." 7 p.m. Saturday. On display through April 26. $9, FHM members free. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Muse "Creative" attire is suggested for this party with interactive digital art, pop-up performances, artful dinner courses, an auction and awards. Benefits Arts Alliance programs and services. 7 p.m. Friday. $100. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 518-5142.


Save this 'Date'

Everyone has endured an awkward date. But what if during that date, everyone in the restaurant turned into your singing subconscious, your friends, and worst of all, your parents? First Date opened on Broadway in 2013 starring Chuck's Zachary Levi and Smash's Krysta Rodriguez. Locally, the musical is being produced by the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa starring Michael Mahany and Valerie Witherspoon. There are lots of chances to see it starting Tuesday and running through April 19 at the Straz's Jaeb Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $40. (813) 229-7827. — Stephanie Hayes

Birds of a Feather Two gay penguins named Silo and Roy adopt an egg together in the Central Park Zoo, hatch it and raise the baby. Four actors play 25 characters in the play opening at Stageworks Theatre Friday, based on a true story. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. $15-$30, $40 for opening night. 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. (813) 374-2416.

Ahn Trio The Korean-born, Juilliard-trained sisters reimagine chamber music on the piano. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $23-$25. (727) 942-5605.

Barber of Seville The St. Petersburg Opera Company presents Rossini's comic opera starring the famous barber, Figaro, who works as Count Almaviva's wingman to secure the affections of the beautiful Rosina. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Tuesday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 823-2040.

Bethany The play presents a single mother who loses more than her house at the height of the foreclosure crisis, but struggles to stay positive. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 8. $15. Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 300-3585.

Don't Dress for Dinner With his wife away, Bernard thinks he has the foolproof romantic weekend planned for himself and his chic mistress. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $19. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363.

Educating Rita Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser, wins over a disillusioned tutor of English in his 50s. $16, $14 members and students. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605.

Elvis Monologues and Graceland The second show in the "Powerplay Series." 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. $20. Powerstories Theatre, 2105 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-2000.

Footloose Based on the 1984 movie, the musical about a city boy who shakes up a small Midwestern town with dance, romance and music such as Let's Hear It For The Boy, Holding Out For a Hero and I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man). 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 8. $24, $10 students. St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 866-1973.

The Book of Mormon The hit musical comedy about two 19-year-old missionaries dispatched from Utah to Uganda from the creators of South Park. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $38.50-$163.50. Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

The Buffalo Kings In this comedy by local playwright Natalie Symons, the King family struggles at Christmas to heal in the wake of a hate crime. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $21-$44. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

Twelfth Night Shakespeare's tale of a girl disguising herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves, set against the backdrop of Ybor City in 1926. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $28, $14 rush for students/seniors/military/Theatre Tampa Bay members. Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo The famed all-male dancers known as the Trocks deliver their signature mix of parody and the kind of staggering classical pointe technique traditionally done by women. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400.


Meaty material

You may know the Tenderloins from TruTV's hit show Impractical Jokers, but they're well trained in the art of long-form improv comedy. Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn have been performing together since the '90s, turning their penchant for practical jokes and interactive skits into viral-video success and a hit cable show. At this event, they'll perform live improv, tell stories and share videos from their careers in comedy. See them at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $49.50. (813) 274-8982.

Aries Spears One of the longest serving cast members on Fox's hit sketch comedy show MADTv. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Erik Griffin From Comedy Central's Workaholics. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Saturday. $10-$16.50. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Bert Kreischer The Tampa native, podcaster and Travel Channel host (Trip Flip, Hurt Bert, Bert the Conqueror) headlines a lunchtime show at noon Friday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 864-4000.

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

The Big ticket: Yo-Yo Ma

When is the last time Yo-Yo Ma brought you a scone? Ask around the Florida Orchestra, and the musicians and staff will inevitably unleash tales of the famed cellist's unstoppable kindness and geniality, in addition to his storied musical chops. Ma makes his debut with the Florida Orchestra in a sold-out gala affair on Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, playing Dvorak's Cello Concerto under the guide of guest conductor Tito Muñoz. If you didn't get a ticket, be sure to read a recap after the show from Stephanie Hayes on And don't miss the tales we rounded up from those who have crossed paths with Ma on, including the time he brought the orchestra's marketing guy a boxed breakfast.

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 29, 2015 1:00pm]
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