Clear69° WeatherClear69° Weather

Art, stage, comedy

Concertgoers enjoy a picnic before a Pops in the Park performance.

tbt* files (2013)

Concertgoers enjoy a picnic before a Pops in the Park performance.


Workshop culminates in works

It has been a busy week at Kokol Arts Studio and Gallery, 3318 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. New York-based abstract artist Roy Lerner has conducted a five-day workshop with area painters and the results of their work will be on view during a one-night-only reception at the gallery on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Lerner has built his reputation on his advancement of techniques using acrylics for his abstract paintings. He works in an intuitive way, building layers of colors, often using thick coats of paint applied with palette knives. The workshop participants won't mimic his style but collaborate. Along with their work, Lerner will exhibit several of his own paintings. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking. For info, call (813) 334-5100. — Lennie Bennett

Cabinet of Curiosities: Opening Reception This mixed-media show explores the many ways art has expanded the centuries-old fascination with the unusual, unexpected, exotic, extraordinary or rare. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Free. Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 596-4331.

Coastal Florida Reception Meet landscape photographer Andrew Vernon at the reception for Coastal Florida, an exhibit of photos focusing on Tampa Bay beaches and coastal scenes. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Remains on display through Nov. 9. Free. Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. (813) 247-6964.

Creative Welding This one-day workshop led by Connor Walker teaches welding techniques and manipulation of steel. Plus, take home the metal art you create. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $197, $185 members. Rustic Steel Creations, 3919 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 222-0016.

Culinary Art vs. Visual Art Artist and chef Ernesto Piloto-Marquez attempts to erase ideas about what separates culinary arts from visual arts. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

Five By Five The third-annual exhibition celebrates arts with a night of music, dance, spoken word and theater performances. Works are available for sale. Proceeds benefit individual artist programs of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. $10, free members. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 274-8130.

Oktoberfest Open House Tour the studio, watch glass-blowing demonstrations and check out the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch by Susan Gott and other artists. With a master glass blower and make your own glass pumpkin. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free, $65 pumpkin making. Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery, 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa. (813) 237-3473.

Transparencia: Opening Reception The exhibit of explorations in transparent media by gallery artist Lourdes Rosas-Rasdall will be on display through Nov. 15. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 710-7716.


Get some satisfaction

Wild horses couldn't keep rock fans away from the Florida Orchestra's Music of the Rolling Stones. Brent Havens will lead the orchestra and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk will belt out hits including Let's Spend the Night Together, You Can't Always Get What You Want, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Jumpin' Jack Flash. The show is 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 893-7832.

Hamlet New Stage Theatre presents a haunting retelling of the one of theater's most iconic works as a modern day ghost story with seven transformation actors. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 2. $30. New Stage Theatre, 11650 131st Street N, Largo. (813) 817-2585.

The Andrews Brothers When a USO show is threatened with cancellation after a certain famous trio of singing sisters fails to appear, it's up to three stagehands to go on with the show. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$26. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310.

The Rocky Horror Show Presented by m.a.d. Theatre, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple who are swept into the world of Dr. Frank N. Furter, a self-proclaimed transvestite. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $20-$25. Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Anne Frank and Me Transported to Nazi-occupied Paris, modern teen Nicole Burns comes face-to-face with Holocaust, meeting Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 8. $7-$10. Second Stage Studio Theatre, 1400 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin.

Country Royalty Grammy-nominated Carolyn Martin and Obie-winning star of the off-Broadway musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway Jason Petty recreate a performance of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. 8 p.m. Saturday. $24.50-$39.50. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

Girls Night: The Musical The comedy follows five girlfriends reliving their pasts, celebrating their present and looking to the future on a wild night out. Features hits Lady Marmalade, It's Raining Men, Man I Feel Like A Woman and I Will Survive. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $24.50-$39.50 advance, $29.50-$44.50 at the door. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

The Legend of Frankenstein The Village Players present local playwright Carlton Jones' family-friendly take on the classic story. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 26. $15, $13 students/seniors. James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St., Valrico. (813) 689-0044.

George Washington Slept Here The Fuller family escapes the New York rat race to buy, renovate and reside in a dilapidated colonial farmhouse where allegedly history was made. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $26, $15 students. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360.


Tampa's own Meltdown

Borrowing a page from the Meltdown — the wildly popular weekly stand-up showcase held in the back of a Los Angeles comic book store, which became a Comedy Central series, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail — Tampa's Anthem Games will host a night of comedy Saturday featuring a group of local comics calling themselves the Unlockable Characters: John J. Murray, J.B. Ball, Matt Fernandez, Joe Riga and Jake Barsness. The "nerd-infused comedy" starts at 9 p.m. at Anthem, 5380 W Village Drive in Tampa. There's a $5 cover, and seating is first come, first served. For info, see

Elayne Boosler 9 p.m. Saturday. $40. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. (727) 367-4511.

Dixie's Tupperware Party Dixie Longate brings her party to Tampa with funny tales, free giveaways, audience participation and an assortment of Tupperware (which you can really buy). 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $37.50. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Guy Torry The former Last Comic Standing competitor is also is an actor, including appearing in American History X. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $15-$17. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Mike E. Winfield 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday (benefits Lost Angels Animal Rescue), 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $14-$18.50. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

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

The Big ticket: Pops in the Park

You know you have to get to Vinoy Park early to stake out an ideal blanket spot for the Florida Orchestra's wildly popular and free Pops in the Park. Now you'll have plenty to keep you entertained besides a bottle of wine. Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday will be food vendors and arts activities, including the NOMAD mobile art studio and the Florida Orchestra Petting Zoo — which is actually a chance for kids to explore musical instruments. Then there are several "warm-up acts:" the Osceola High School Women's Choir, Lakewood High School Jazz Band, Tampa Bay Children's Chorus, St. Petersburg Community Band and the Matt Weihmuller Jazz Quartet. The orchestra takes the new high-tech stage at

7 p.m. in St. Petersburg for a repertoire that includes Armed Forces Salute, Sousa's El Capitan March, music from John Williams' score to E.T., South Pacific and ending with Tchaikovsky's seriously explosive 1812 Overture, punctuated with fireworks. On Sunday, it's Tampa's turn for a concert, at 7 p.m. at River Tower Park, E Bird St. It's also free, but sorry, no fireworks. However, both concerts will collect canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest. For more info, see

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:04pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours