Make us your home page

Art, stage, comedy


Multimedia master

Kirk Ke Wang is such a creative range rover: painter, sculptor, photographer, software developer and art professor at Eckerd College. Coming in the latest installment of creativity is Sugar Bomb at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor's art gallery, at Palm Avenue and 15th Street in Ybor City, Tampa. It's an installation involving bombs made with Cuban sugar and Chinese containers, among other things. You'll just have to see it, beginning Monday and continuing through Sept. 30. (813) 253-7674.

Richard and Helen James Minck Estate Art silent auction On sale will be 130 works of art the St. Petersburg collectors assembled over their lives. There are many works by regional artists. The couple's family will donate the proceeds to the Morean Arts Center's educational funds. The auction will be at the Morean, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, on Saturday. Bidding begins at 6 p.m. and closes at 8:30 p.m. Wine and appetizers. A preview will be on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To place a remote bid, call Melissa Yungbluth, (727) 822-7872, ext. 2111. To see all the works in the auction, go to

Art Deal With It Opening Join a reception for a new exhibit featuring works by more than 30 artists. Viewer discretion advised as works contain provocative subject matter. Free. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Bluelucy Creative Designs, 653 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4647.

Dirty Hands Workshop: Rubber Stamps 101 Local artist Coralette Damme teaches the basics of carving rubber stamps. You'll get dirty, so dress appropriately. $40. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Dog Daze of Summer Bring your canine friend to the gallery and enjoy both human and dog treats. A professional photographer also will be on site taking photographs of dogs and their owners for free. Free. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Artists Faire Art Gallery and Gifts, 111 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Harbour Island Art Walk Browse local artists' work, food, drinks, fashion, jewelry and more. Free. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Harbour Island, 700 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa.

Josue Saenz Reception Saenz presents a variety of paintings, crafts, and live models turned into walking works of art. This exhibit contains mature subject matter. Free. 6 p.m. Friday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.


'Book' your seats now

The hottest theatrical ticket in recent memory goes on sale Sunday. That's right, we're talking about The Book of Mormon, Nov. 12-24 at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets are already on sale to members (which might explain why the number of memberships this year has more than doubled), but if you're a member of the public and you want to see the blockbuster, Tony-winning musical from South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, you'll have to act fast. Tickets, which are $69 to $153.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday at the box office, 1010 N MacInnes Place, or by calling (813) 229-7827. For details, see

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

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. $12; $11 seniors. Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000.

Men Are Dogs The West Coast Players present a comedy by Joe Simonelli that finds the humor men and women encounter as they search for Mr. and Ms. Right. $17; $15 each in groups of 10 or more. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363.

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. $29-$49. 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday, Pay What You Can at 5 p.m. Sunday. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

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.


Christian almighty

Comedian Christian Finnegan has appeared on Chappelle's Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann, but he might be best known as a commentator on VH1's Best Week Ever. He has released two standup specials and recently recorded a third, and he hosts a music-centric podcast, Audio Spackle. Catch him at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Bob Zany A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, his Zany Report is also featured on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $12-$14. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, (813) 864-4000.

Pete Correale The comedian is known for his Comedy Central special The Things We Do For Love and is releasing a new comedy album called Give It A Rest. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $14-$18.50. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

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

The Big ticket: Kevin James

Before he was Paul Blart or a grownup, Kevin James was a working-class funnyman whose standup comedy landed him at No. 89 on Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest comics of all time, calling him a "modern-day Ralph Kramden." Following his successful 2012 return to standup, James is back with another tour that will bring him to St. Petes Mahaffey Theater for a sold-out show Saturday. The star of Zookeeper, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and this summer's critically panned but audience fave Grown Ups 2, James is best known as TV's The King of Queens. He started his career on the Long Island comedy scene and arrived on TV in good friend Ray Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond before landing his own show in 1998. Like a classic rock band that can deliver familiar material, his standup shows are full of conversational stories about his wife and daughters, aging, the Wendy's Baconator and more relatable material presented in clean, safe-for-work bits. For info on the show, see — Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Art, stage, comedy 08/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours