Do summertime reruns have you bored out of your gourd? If so, maybe a shot of laughter is the best medicine.
This Thursday, Michael S. Novilla and Daniel "Motown Pride" Jefferson will present the Big Bang Show at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg.
"The Big Bang Show is a unique combination of live comedy, improv, comedic skits and a suspenseful variety show. Think of American Idol plus The Gong Show plus Improv and the Johnny Carson Show," said Novilla, creator of the show and owner of NOVA 535.
The show, held the first Thursday of the month, features five to six local contestants with a diverse range of talent, a panel of judges and entertainment sprinkled throughout from Got Jokes?, a local improv group that Jefferson founded.
Contestants are judged on their performance, but the audience will ultimately determine the winner by applause.
"After each performance, the panel of celebrity judges gives their take, sometimes resulting in a standing ovation or the contrasting equivalent, a signal to a model to kindly escort the contestant off the stage. It's an emotional roller coaster as the contestants in all of their diversity take the audience on a ride filled with laughter, tears and triumph," Jefferson said.
The first-place winner at each show receives $100 and a chance to compete in the finals in December for a $1,000 grand prize.
As producers of the show, the Got Jokes? team screens contestants in advance. Selection is based on uniqueness, professionalism, show diversity and, of course, talent.
"The Big Bang Show is a 21-and-up show geared toward giving an adult crowd an enjoyable, classy evening filled with laughs," Jefferson said. "Hands down, it's the most original, top-class variety talent competition ever offered to the Tampa Bay area public."
Novilla said community members would have to travel to places like New York or Las Vegas to see a similar show, which offers a full dinner menu and bar service at the table, and pay a much higher admission fee. Another plus, Novilla said, is that audience members get to see homegrown talent.
Auditions for Fractured Fairy Tales: Apollo Project community theater seeks a cast of all ages; singing and some light dancing required. Bring sheet music or a backing CD of one representative song and be prepared to read from the script and learn a short dance combination. 7 to 10 p.m. Konionia Hall at Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 823-7252 or visit apolloproject.net.
Good art endures: Take a look at these highlights from the collection of the now-closed Gulf Coast Museum of Art. The exhibition includes works by Theo Wujcik, Duncan McClellan, George Inness, Salvador Dali, Clyde Butcher, Miriam Schapiro and Sam Gilliam. Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 341-7900 or visit spcollege.edu/fimuseum.
'Woven Threads Through Time': This exhibit explores the use of the backstrap loom and other techniques. Also shown are the stories behind the weavings and those who created them. Recommended for all ages. Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 453-6500.
Ballroom dancing with the Rhythm Kings: A four-piece band will play while you dance the night away. All are welcome. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Pinellas Park Senior Citizens Center, 7625 59th St. N. $3, $2
for center members. Call (727) 541-0776.
Credit repair, identity theft: The Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. will host a "Credit Repair and Identity Theft" session. 6 to 8 p.m. St. Petersburg Business Assistance Center, 440 Second Ave. N. Free. For registration or information, call (727) 893-7146 or go to stpete.org/bac.
Growing vegetables and herbs: The Garden Club of St. Petersburg's Horticulture for Weekend Gardeners presents a program on successfully growing vegetables and herbs. 7 p.m. Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center,
500 Sunset Drive S. Nominal charge for nonmembers. Call (727) 423-7644.
Coffee with a curator: Meet for complimentary coffee in the museum store, with a focused, theme-oriented gallery tour with a member of the Salvador Dali Museum curatorial staff afterward. Scheduled: Bethany Mead, "Dali's Hispanic Heritage." 10:15 a.m. Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Included with museum admission. Call (727) 823-3767.
Little Black Dress Night: Ladies, wear your favorite little black dress and receive complimentary wine from 9 to 11 p.m. Table Restaurant, 539 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 823-6372.
Business and Professional Women Meeting: The topic will be "Florida's 2009 Priority Legislation Affecting Women." 11:30 a.m. Gratzzi, 199 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $16 for members; $21 for nonmembers; must RSVP on or before Tuesday. Visit online bpwstpetepinellas.org or call (727) 471-8248 to register.
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime: Sublime might not be around anymore, but Badfish keeps playing the influential and unique music that made Sublime such a hit in the '90s. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. Call (727) 896-2276.
First Friday Art Walk: This expanded art village features more than 50 artisans, craft vendors, antique dealers, art demonstrations and entertainment, and 20-minute classes in glass blowing at the Industrial Arts Center. Free trolley rides, pet friendly. 6
to 10 p.m. In the Gulfport Art District, south of 28th Avenue, on Beach Boulevard. Free. Call (727) 322-5217.
Get Downtown First Fridays: Central Avenue is closed to traffic for live music, vendors, drink specials and a party atmosphere. Proceeds from beer and wine street sales benefit charity. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday. Downtown St. Petersburg (Central Avenue between Second and Third streets), 201 Central Ave. Free. Call (727)
The Beach Boys: The iconic '60s band of surf rock and sunshine pop still brings the harmonies. Part of the Rays Summer Concert Series after the 7:08 p.m. Rays game against the Detroit Tigers. 10 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. Free with game admission. Call 1-888-
326-7297 for tickets or more
Gulfport Gecko Fest: The geckos are coming to the ninth annual Gecko Fest. This quirky celebration brings together strolling street performers, main stage performers and vendors with all types of weird and wonderful wares up and down Beach Boulevard. More than 165 vendors will be at this year's event. Noon to 10 p.m. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Call (727) 322-5217 or visit geckofest.com for information.
If you go
The Big Bang Show
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: NOVA 535 Unique Event Space
535 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Dinner and bar service are extra. Advance tickets can be obtained at brownpapertickets.com. There is a search field for events.
For more information: Call (727) 821-6682 or visit nova535.com.
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