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Mainsail sets sail

Mainsail Art Festival, coming Saturday and Sunday to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, needs little introduction after 38 years. In that time, the outdoor festival in a downtown waterfront park in St. Petersburg has brought together thousands of artists and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Some of those visitors have been seasoned collectors; many have been newbies who bought their first piece of art there. Mainsail, like the other excellent outdoor art shows in the region, is a good entry point for those interested in art and fine craft who may have little knowledge of them. And all of the most accessible media are represented, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and jewelry. This year's festival runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. No pets. For info on parking, shuttles and more, go to — Lennie Bennett

Find Your Dog on the Wall Exhibit The Studio 1212 artists have created their versions of all things doggie for Safety Harbor's Third Friday Music Night. They will have a tent set up in front of Franklin Clark Financial, with free kibble and bottled water. Commissioned artwork will be available on request. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Free. 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 446-4566.

Harte and Marshall: An Art Exhibition In this tandem display, John Harte works primarily in watercolor on paper while Cora Marshall paints in acrylics, oils and mixed media. On display through April 27. 6 p.m. Friday. Free. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

In the Form of a Painting: Opening Reception Exhibition of paintings by George Anderton, Megan Bisbee, Pablo Seibel. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. It will be on display through May 17. Free. Tempus Projects, 4636 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 340-9056.

The Gold Room Artist Eva Avenue won a $1,000 grant to create this full-room gold installation, party and photo-op space. 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Oleson Gallery, 685 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Jim Kirkman Exhibit: Opening Reception The featured artist of the month will have his drawings and mixed media works of St. Petersburg and religious themes on display through May 3. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 710-7716.


Give it up for 'Ghost'

Here's an alternative to curling up with a glass of wine and watching Ghost on cable for the 39th time. Pull on a dress or a jacket and head to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where the tour of Ghost the Musical opens Tuesday. The story is the one you know from the 1990 movie — Sam and Molly are young and in love, except Sam is dead and caught in the ether. The musical has an original pop score from Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Glen Ballard, who co-wrote Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. The show runs through April 27 at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $46.50-$81.50, (813) 229-7827. — Stephanie Hayes

The Wiz American Stage's outdoor production of the musical runs Wednesdays through Sundays through May 4 in Demens Landing Park, 100 First Avenue SE, St. Petersburg. $13 to $32, children 5 and younger free on the lawn. Sunday is Pets in the Park Night, when pooches get in free. Through May 4. (727) 823-7529;

Godspell City Players present their inaugural show based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and featuring a score by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Pippin. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $18.50-$28.50. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

The Wizard of Oz Developed from the original film screenplay, Andrew Lloyd Weber's production contains all of the songs from the Academy Award-winning score including some new song by Tim Rice and Weber. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $35-$100. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

USF Student Dance Concert The USF Student Dance Production Board's annual performance presents works by student choreographers with styles ranging from classical to contemporary. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $12, $8 seniors/students. University of South Florida Theatre 2, 3829 USF W Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2323.

Four Days of Dance This year's performance celebrating the variety and diversity of dance in Tampa Bay investigates the topics of interaction, definition, transformation and experimentation. Each night features a different performance. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10, free students/staff with ID. Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Art Gallery and Mainstage Theatre, 14th Street and Palm Avenue, Tampa. (813) 259-6589.


Che says hey

Michael Che may not be a household name yet, but that may not be the case for long. The Saturday Night Live writer has been named one of the "50 Funniest People" by Rolling Stone, one of the "50 Hottest Men in Comedy" by Buzzfeed and one of Variety's "Top 10 Comics to Watch." Plus, earlier this year he made history as the first stand-up to appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He'll perform at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$18. (813) 960-1197.

Iliza Shlesinger The Last Comic Standing winner recently released her own stand-up special, War Paint. $17-$20. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Danny Bevins $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. (727) 360-5653.

Ricky Reyes 6 p.m. Saturday. $10 advance; $12 day of show. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

The Big ticket: rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes

Back in the 1980s, the notion of an orchestra playing music from video games would have been laughable. A flute flourish when the duck bites it on Duck Hunt? A violin crescendo when Frogger rides a crocodile off screen? But not anymore. Modern video-game music is getting a sophisticated treatment Saturday with rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, a concert from the Florida Orchestra and the University of South Florida chamber singers. It's produced by Jason Michael Paul, whose show credits range from Luciano Pavarotti and the Three Tenors to the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda. The orchestra put on a video games concert last year. It attracted a crowd mostly under age 30, a pretty rare feat for an orchestra constantly vying for new eyes and ears. Guest conductor Amy Andersson will lead the musicians in works from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Journey, Guild Wars, Kingdom Hearts, BioShock, Lair, God of War: Ascension, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Portal 2, Metal Gear Solid 4, Chrono, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Lost Odyssey, Shadow of the Colossus and Halo. These games have sweeping melodic scores and orchestral arrangements complex enough to rival any soundtracks to movies or theater. Scenes from video games will project on screens above the orchestra at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. And in addition to typical orchestra instruments, expect things like a thunder sheet, friction mallets, crotales, tom toms, tam-tam, doumbek, vibes, marimba, casaba, glockenspiel, gongs, chimes and cymbals of all sizes. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $35-$45, or $100 for VIP. (727) 892-3337 or

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