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Martin Short, left, and Steve Martin will play at the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday.

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Martin Short, left, and Steve Martin will play at the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday.


See his love of the sea

Eric Polins grew up enjoying the water off Newport, R.I., and now lives in our coastal area so his affinity for water has a long history. (His talent has a long history, too: his mother is also a painter and he began exhibiting at age 7.) Polins pays homage to his love of the life aquatic in Sail Away, a group of paintings on view at The Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., in Ybor City. He's a successful marketing executive and a filmmaker; some of them can be viewed at (Clearly both sides of his brain are equally active.) "Sail Away" opens Sunday and continues through Oct. 12. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday (free music night) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Around the World in 30 Days Open House Reception Gallery professional artists feature works in all media, each depicting a place the artist has traveled to, or imagined. On display through Sept. 27. Music will be provided by local musician, Michael Chauncey. Free. The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. (727) 848-6500. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Cathy Salustri Photo Exhibit Meet Gulfport photographer Cathy Salustri at the reception for her "Adventures in Small Town Paradise" themed photo exhibit. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1118.

Cultural Revolutions in China: A Review of Chinese Contemporary Art Since the Revolution This presentation features the work of contemporary artists in China and serves as an introduction to the exhibition My Generation: Young Chinese Artists at the Museum of Fine Arts through Sept. 28. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 867-1166.

Dry The fall 2014 season kicks off with the opening of a juried, multimedia art exhibition. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Tempus Projects, 4636 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 340-9056.

Fissures: Opening Reception Presentation of works inspired by the patterns and movements of cracks as they form. The artist uses time lapse video and light installations as well as digital and analog photographic processes. Free. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers Exhibit Featuring the art of Michael O'Donnell, who has been an avid artist in acrylics, oils, watercolor and water soluble oils for the past 50 years. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 4. Free. Bamboozle Cafe, 516 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 223-7320.

Gulfport Art Walk Meet independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers and purchase their work along Beach Boulevard, take classes at the Industrial Art Center in specialized areas and enjoy live musicians at venues throughout the waterfront district. Free. 6-10 p.m. Friday. Gulfport, Beach Boulevard. (727) 322-5217.

NatureScapes: Opening Reception This juried exhibit features paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculptures and ceramics of landscapes and wildlife. Free. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310.

Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form Opening Reception Bernhard is known for her imagery of the female nude, primarily focused on the contrast of light and significance of line. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Through Nov. 30. Free members, $10. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 221-2222.

Summer Exhibition Closing Reception A closing reception for "A Different Frame of Mind" and "Richard Beckman: Outside the Curve of Reason." 7-9 p.m. Friday. Free. University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2849.


French renaissance

The Francis Wilson Playhouse, now in its 85th season, on Friday unveils the very popular and challenging musical, Les Misérables. New seating and carpeting, part of a recent $75,000 renovation, will welcome audience members who come to "hear the people sing." "This is the biggest, most ambitious production in our history," said Gabrielle Snapp, board member and box office manager. "We are the first community theater in the tri-county area (Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco) to be awarded royalties to produce this show." Francis Wilson, the celebrity actor for whom the theater was named, no doubt would be proud of the massive undertaking: a cast of 53, numerous costumes for each actor, a set with a "barricade" that won't collapse and a secret passageway behind the main set to move the actors. The Tony Award-winning musical runs through Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a special 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 13. Tickets are $26 for adults; $15 for students at the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. For info, call (727) 446-1360 or visit — Terri Bryce Reeves

Doubt Bronx school principal Sister Aloysius takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Part of the Tarpon Springs Summer Performing Arts Festival. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $16, $14 members/students. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605. ­

Fiddler on the Roof The Village Players present the classic musical about Eastern European Jewish life. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through Sept. 20. $15, $13 students/seniors. James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St., Valrico. (813) 689-0044. ­

Eleven Reflections on September Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music in this poetry-based, multimedia performance on Arab American experience. Features a concert by Iranian vocalist and Daf player Aida Shahghasemi. 8 p.m. Monday. University of South Florida Barness Recital Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2301.

My Unspeakable Confessions: Gala Dalí Declines to Explain Herself To recognize the birthday of Gala Dalí, this one-act play touches on secrets, fears, promises and lies and told through Gala's fascination with the Tarot. 7 p.m. Monday. $15, $10 members. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest When a man opts to serve his sentence in a mental institution thinking it will be better than prison, his plan doesn't account for the nurse who rules the hospital with an iron fist. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, (SOLD OUT), 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 14. $20-$44; package deals available. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

The Year of Independent Living When Sal Hannigan's aging, difficult father moves into an assisted living facility and Sal's wife leaves him, he and his father both have to learn to live independently for the first time in their lives 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $20. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.


Who's Tommy?

Tommy Johnagin came in second on Last Comic Standing in 2010, and has since appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman numerous times, as well as John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. This weekend he's at Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, performing at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday for a special "Fun'raiser" show — a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Wiregrass High School's Boys & Girls Cross Country team. A cocktail hour with a raffle begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$14. (813) 960-1197. ­

Michael Blackson "The African King of Comedy" from Ghana has appeared with Ice Cube in Next Friday and Are We There Yet and on BET's ComicView, HBO's Def Comedy Jam and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $20-$22. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Lynn Trefzger This ventriloquist's characters include a drunken and lovable camel, a grumpy old man and a feisty little girl. 8 p.m. Saturday. $24, $20 members (advance); $26, $22 members (day of) Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. ­

Tim Kidd 7 and p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 937-3737.

Hawk and Wayne's This Is a Comedy Show Gavin Hawk and Ricky Wayne weave together an improvised one-act play based on audience suggestions. 6 p.m. Sunday. $10. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. ­

Lazlow 7 p.m. Sunday. $10. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Bob Zany 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. $14. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

The Big ticket: Steve Martin and Martin Short

There's something poignant, and comically significant, in Steve Martin and Martin Short coming to town for an improv-based gig so soon after the death of Robin Williams. After all, each of these funny men, especially when they were just starting out, bent the rules of their trade, making us guffaw in ways we just hadn't done before. Williams was the madman, of course, inserting a rocket-boosted energy in his standup. Martin blended cerebral (Comedy Is Not Pretty) and silly (King Tut) as a working comic, both mocking and celebrating his craft. Short shared Williams' kinetic go-go-go juice, and yet on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, he also wasn't afraid to get absurdist and kind of creepy (Ed Grimley, for instance). Not to get all heavy on you in a riff about comedy, but Martin is 69, Short is 64. Go yuk it up with the legends while you still can. Steve Martin and Martin Short's "A Very Stupid Conversation" (Q&A, standup, banjo shenanigans, etc.) is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $89-$165. (727) 893-7832. — Sean Daly

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2014 2:21pm]


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