Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Stageworks Theatre Masquerade Ball; other Tampa social events

Krewe of Venus royal coronation

All rise for Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Dan Perry, crowned the 48th King Venus XLVIII on Saturday along with his daughters, Queen Amanda, 27, of Washington, D.C., and Queen Adrienne, 23, a University of Florida law student. The Perrys are not the club's first sister-queen duo. In 1981, twins Gina and Tina Diaz set the precedent. Dukes, duchesses, squires and maids, sparkling in their costumes, attended the court. County Sheriff Mike Perotti emceed at the Ritz Ybor, concluding with a Second Line dance parade to honor the krewe's Mardi Gras roots.

Stageworks Theatre's Bollywood Nights

Indian cinema's popular Bollywood musicals, known for catchy song-and-dance numbers, spiced up Stageworks Theatre's seventh annual Masquerade Ball, lending its lively theme Saturday at the India Cultural Center. Among the 265 guests, Eileen Goldenberg's sari creation could win Project Runway; Paul Garcia's nehru-collared kurta and wig sprouted black plumes, while some others opted for black-tie.

Emcees Cathy Unruh and FOX 13's Denise White introduced Stageworks' founding director Anna Brennen, honorary chairwoman Dr. Sheetal Patel and her parents, donors and doctors Pallavi and Kiran Patel.

Stageworks star Ricky Cona sang his support for the Channel District theater's drama programs for at-risk youth before the crowd rushed to fill the dance floor like a Bollywood movie set.

"What you think, you become," said board president Andrea Graham quoting Siddhartha, and reporting the gala netted $45,000 for their mission of education, theater and community.

Second annual BANDAids for BRIDGE

If malpractice insurance gets too high, second year University of South Florida medical student-singer Madeline Snyder can swap her stethoscope for a microphone after taking first place at BANDAids for BRIDGE.

Third-year medical student Mike Perrone can moonlight as a standup comic as his, ahem, anatomy jokes kept the audience in stitches during the 30-act talent show Jan. 11.

More future docs danced mambo, hip-hop, ballet and Bollywood, sang original songs, played piano and guitar at the sold-out benefit for BRIDGE, a student-run clinic providing free health care in the underprivileged area surrounding USF.

Stephen Klasko, dean of the college of medicine, co-emceed with Snyder at TPepin's Hospitality Centre. Morphing from Blues Brothers to Psy, Klasko and USF director of development Joel Momberg cracked up the university president Judy Genshaft rapping, not Gangnam Style, but Genshaft Style.

Impressed American Idol-esque judges Steve Oscher, Pam Muma, Rhea Law, Cynthia Stevens Gries and Brendan McLaughlin applauded life beyond gross anatomy. "The Zorba dance was better than the Greek economy," he said of the tricky sirtaki dance.

Steve Specter, associate dean of student affairs, had a better idea: "Maybe we should rename it Morsani College of Medicine and the Arts."

     
 
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