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A queen of prints

The late printmaker Lin Carte, who died in 2012, was such a positive presence in the Tampa Bay arts community. She used her talent not only to create art but also as an educator who worked in clinical art-therapy programs in hospitals here and in Colorado. Lin Carte: A Tribute at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is the first opportunity for many to see a broad representation of her output. On full display is her ability as a printmaker and her clear point of view as a feminist with a sense of humor. Adam and Eve in Florida, for example, has the couple surrounded by palms and native animals such as an armadillo and pelican, and she holds an orange. A series of small-format prints named Serene Women that she created between 1992 and 2002 begins with a naked woman pushing a vacuum cleaner. Many in the group are portraits of her friends and all present the intimate moment, no matter how banal, as one to be cherished. The exhibition is at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, through Sept. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 seniors. Free to kids and students with ID. Free with a suggested donation of $5 on Sunday, which includes a free docent tour at 2 p.m. or (727) 712-5762 .

Gulfport Art Walk Meet independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers and purchase their work along Beach Boulevard. Live musicians including the New Horizons Band and the Double M Band appear at venues throughout the waterfront district. Visitors can also view the stars through St. Pete Astronomy Club's telescopes every first Friday. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport.

Jake Troyli Reception Troyli presents his original oil paintings and hand-drawn pen-and-ink illustrations. Free. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Play: Toys & Games Made By Artists The exhibit includes a game night every Thursday hosted by members of the community who step up as Game Masters to lead a game of their choice. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Through Aug. 24. Free. Florida Craftsman, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4294.


Staged fun

Two theater companies are celebrating milestones this week. Jobsite Theater celebrates 10 years as resident theater company of the Straz center Saturday at 7 p.m. with a gala with food from local Tampa restaurants, an open bar, a silent auction and live music from The Black Honkeys; tickets are $150, $250 a couple at the Straz Center. For details, see And to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Stageworks will put on an evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer and more Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd.; $50-$100. For info, see

Mystery of Edwin Drood The audience votes on the ending to this "whodunnit" in which a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster falls in love with a woman who is engaged to his nephew. $22. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

The Sound of Music Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical features classic songs like Sixteen Going on Seventeen, My Favorite Things and Edelweiss. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Players Theater, 8313 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 862-1394.

FAME Jr. Carrollwood Players teams up with Theater By Young People for a pared-down version of Fame. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 25. $12; $11 seniors. Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000.

Art A novice art collector's friendships are strained when he asks them to evaluate his purchase of a white painting in this Tony Award-winning production. 24 pieces of art from the Duncan McClellan Gallery will be on display during the show. 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Wednesday. Through Sept. 8. $29-$39. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Spring Awakening The ground-breaking rock musical that won the Tony for Best Musical in 2007 closes out the 2012-13 season. The play draws parallels between the youth of the late 19th century (when the original play was written) and the youth of today as it explores teenage sexuality. Intended for mature audiences only. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $37-$44. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

Misconception The newest play by local actor and playwright Joseph Alan Johnson is a supernatural comedy about a young Hollywood couple who discovers that the apartment of their dreams is haunted. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20. Venue Theatre, 9125 US 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 822-6194.

My Name Is Asher Lev A young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his artistic goals must make a difficult choice between art and faith. 8 p.m. today-Friday, Sunday and Tuesday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday. Pay What You Can: 5 p.m. Sunday. Through August 25. $29-$49. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.


Man of 1,000 voices

One of the most popular touring comedians on the stand-up circuit, Pablo Francisco's two Comedy Central specials They Put It Out There and Ouch! continue to stay on the network's most requested list. A cast member on Fox's Mad TV and TBS' Frank TV, Francisco is best known for his impersonations of movie stars, singers and a multitude of sound effects. He'll be at the Improv in Centro Ybor at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Andrew Norelli 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 937-3737.

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

Post Dinner Conversation See an hour of improv by Tampa Bay's Original Improv Comedy Company. $5. The Roosevelt 2.0, 1812 N 15th St., Ybor City. (813) 248-1904. 7:45 p.m. Friday.

The Big ticket: Josh Blue

Last Comic Standing winner Josh Blue made an impression on audiences, and not just because the riotously funny Denver comic has cerebral palsy. He uses self-deprecating wit to tease the crowd's discomfort away with cracks like, "You are all going to hell for laughing at me." Or milking applause with, "Come on, this is my Make-a-Wish." Blue has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia and he maintains an active role on the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games. He performs at Side Splitters Comedy Club today through Sunday, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets are $16-$20 and shows are at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. (813) 960-1197.

Art, stage, comedy 08/14/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:04pm]
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