A port like no other
Laura Waller has been a presence in the bay area arts community for decades. Besides being involved as an advocate and supporter of various organizations, she's a painter whose loosely worked, soft watercolors have evolved into a more muscular style with a heavier water-based oil paint. And what a surprise to see the subject matter of a new series that opens at Clayton Galleries Friday. In The Working Waterfront: Port of Tampa, Waller explores the bustling industrial waterfront in 25 paintings that take viewers to scenes closed to outsiders and curiosity seekers because of strict security. She wrangled her way in through a personal connection and spent months exploring the area and operations from wharfs and a small boat. The result is a triumphant hybrid of art and documentary. The ships, never designed or maintained as objects of beauty, become so on her canvases. Her compositions bring out their massiveness, emphasizing the relationship between their size and ours. Their forms dominate the paintings, though rarely shown in their entirety. The result is a sense of abstract form folded into a realist work. The exhibition continues through March 7. Clayton Galleries is located at 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Opening reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. claytongalleries.net; (813) 831-3753. — Lennie Bennett
A Retrospective: 1960-2015 A never-before-seen collection by artist Peter Max. He will make two appearances at the gallery for a reception. 7-9 p.m. Friday, 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. State of the Arts Gallery, 1525 State St., Sarasota. (941) 955-2787.
Erik Johnson Visits Silhouette artist Erik Johnson will demonstrate his work and create pieces on site. Free; $25 original art, $15 duplicates. 2-6 p.m. Friday at Dixieland Monogram, 1625 W Snow Circle, Tampa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Learning Express, 7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa. (813) 926-9380.
Harbour Island Art Walk Browse local artists' work, food, drinks, fashion, jewelry, a kids' art zone and more. Free. Harbour Island, 700 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa. 12-5 p.m. Sunday.
Italian Traditions Opening The opening for a temporary exhibit of a wide variety of works by contemporary glass masters influenced by traditional glassblowing techniques. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Remains on display through April 19. Free. Chihuly Collection, 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-4527.
Square One Art: Opening Reception The main exhibit is presented by Shyama's Art. Featured artists include Cheryl Levin and Robert Winch with Curious Sense of Place and Suncoast Kids Place with Expressions of Grief and Hope. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. The reception will also feature Pandit Jasraj School of Music. Free. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310.
Music for lovers
Romeo? Romeo? Wherefore art thou, and all that? Tap into your inner Shakespeare at the next Florida Orchestra masterworks. The concert tackles Prokofiev's bold and lush score for the ballet Romeo and Juliet — not to be confused with Tchaikovsky's famous score of the same name. Also on the program are Barber's Mutations from Bach, followed by Copland's Piano Concerto featuring soloist William Wolfram and Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride overture. Gerard Schwarz conducts. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337 or floridaorchestra.org. — Stephanie Hayes
Bethany Tampa Rep's 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. tamparep.org.
Elvis Lives The theatrical multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis' life features finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, as well as a tribute to Ann-Margret. 8 p.m. Friday. $29-$59. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.
Elvis Monologues and Graceland The second show in the "Powerplay Series" features Elvis Monologues edited by Lavonne Mueller and Graceland edited by Ellen Byron. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Powerstories Theatre, 2105 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-2000. powerstories.com.
Fifty Shades! The Musical Parody When a book club decides to read Fifty Shades of Grey, their interpretation of the novel leads the audience through a show of dance numbers and original songs. 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday. $35.50-$45.50. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Footloose Based on the 1984 movie, the musical about a city boy who shakes up a small Midwestern town features forbidden 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. spcitytheatre.org.
Music of the Knight Spanish Lyric Theatre presents a cabaret tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, with musical selections from Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aspects of Love and The Phantom of the Opera. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$50. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 884-5154. spanishlyrictheatre.com.
Escanaba in Da Moonlight The Gulfport Community Players present this contemporary comedy written by actor Jeff Daniels about hunting traditions in Escanaba, Mich. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $15. Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1070. gulfportcommunityplayers.org.
Imagining Madoff This controversial play performed by Tampa Rep imagines an evening conversation between Bernie Madoff, the notorious financial con artist, and Solomon Galkin, a poet-philosopher and potential Madoff client. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $20; $15 students/seniors/military University of South Florida Theater 120, 3837 W Holly Drive, Tampa. tamparep.org.
On Golden Pond The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the gap between three generations and the difficulties of a couple in the twilight years of marriage come to light. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 31. $20, $17 students/seniors/military. Carrollwood Players Theater, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000. carrollwoodplayers.org.
The Buffalo Kings In this dark comedy by local playwright Natalie Symons, the King family is struggling at Christmas to heal in the wake of a hate crime committed against 15-year-old Nick, and his senile grandfather threatens to take matters in his own hands. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Feb. 8. $21-$44. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
Twelfth Night Jobsite Theater puts Shakespeare's hilarious 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, against the backdrop of Ybor City in 1926. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 1. $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. jobsitetheater.org.
Mad about her
Kathleen Madigan's third hour-long special, Madigan Again, was named one of iTunes' best comedy albums of 2013. She's a favorite of late-night talk shows and performed three CMT Salute to the Troops specials with Ron White, and was one of the first female comics from the late-'80s comedy boom to graduate to playing theaters on a regular basis. Check her out at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $52.75-$62.75. (727) 791-7400.
20 Penny Circus The vaudevillian show for grown-ups features stunts, magic illusions and two clowns, blending mind reading, twisted magic, circus arts and a classic sideshow as seen at Halloween Horror Nights. 7 p.m. Sunday. $10. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Aries Spears One of the longest serving cast members on Fox's hit sketch comedy show MADTv, he was known for his impressions. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 30, 7 and 10 p.m. Jan. 31. $25. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Jo Koy A regular guest panelist on Chelsea Lately. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25, $50 VIP. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Tommy Blaze 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$14. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Mike McCarthy 9:30 p.m. Sunday. $20. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. tampabaycomedy.com.
Steve Arik 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. tampabaycomedy.com.