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  1. Review: American Stage’s ‘In the Heights’ a hip-hop springtime treat


    ST. PETERSBURG — In the Heights is all about music and dance, specifically the propulsive salsa and hip-hop sounds of Latino New York and kinetic choreography ranging from spiky merengue steps to athletic break dancing.

    (left to right) Sir Brock Warren, Ericka Womack-Brown, Renata Eastlick, Justin Gregory Lopez, Christie Prades, and Kathryn Huxtable, star in American Stage's In the Heights.
  2. 'Book of Mormon' coming to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall


    The Book of Mormon, the bawdy Broadway smash from the makers of South Park, will hit the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage for the first time in February.

    Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand star in "The Book of Mormon."
  3. Plan your weekend April 24-26


    Plan your weekend

    Theme park

    Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival With rocker Daughtry coming this weekend, we can say It's Not Over (Yet). Chris Daughtry is bringing his band to Busch Gardens for the last weekend of the theme park's first Food & Wine Festival. The 35-year-old American …

    Actors Giovanni Ribisi, left, John Leguizamo and director Reed Morano attend the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Meadowland" at the SVA Theatre on Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NYEA118
  4. Art events to consider this weekend: Retro Beach Bash, Morean Off the Wall auction

    Visual Arts

    There's lots going on around the area but here are two arts events in St. Petersburg this weekend you'll want to consider.

    Martin Parr’s England, Weymouth (2000) from the Life’s a Beach exhibit, celebrated Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  5. Review: In 'The Age of Adaline', ageless Blake Lively gets old fast


    Poor Adaline Bowman, sentenced to an eternity of looking like Blake Lively, by a movie premise more preposterous than anything Vin Diesel tried lately. Thanks to scientific hoo-hah that won't be discovered until 2035, Adaline never ages.

    Her movie gets old quickly.

    Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman star in this lunkheaded fantasy romance in which Adaline doesn’t age after 29.
  6. Florida Artists' Group's exhibition fits 95 works into Leepa-Rattner

    Visual Arts

    TARPON SPRINGS — When we visit an art exhibition, some of our pleasure with it is subliminal: The way in which it's presented to us is a big part of our perception of it.

  7. John Leguizamo, in Tampa to film 'Infiltrator, brings one-man show 'Latin History for Dummies'


    John Leguizamo, star of stage and screen known for roles in Moulin Rouge, Ice Age and five of his own HBO specials, has also written and performed several acclaimed one-man shows, including Freak and Ghetto Klown.

    Actor John Leguizamo attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Meadowland" at the SVA Theatre on Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NYEA104
  8. Florida Orchestra Pops go 'Over the Rainbow' for Judy Garland tribute


    Fred Astaire once described Judy Garland as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived," and it's easy to see why, with a versatile career that spanned decades on stage and screen, earning a Golden Globe, Grammys and a special Tony. This tribute from the Florida Orchestra and singer Hilary Kole, a staple on the New York …

    Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), Scarecrow and Tin Man in Wizard of Oz.  Times files
  9. For this year's musical in the park, American Stage goes 'In the Heights'


    Who better to tell the story of Latino struggles in rapidly gentrifying New York City than a group of Latinos currently living and working in the Big Apple?

    Christie Prades, Justin Gregory Lopez and Renata Eastlick on the set of In the Heights.
  10. Review: 'Ex Machina' intelligently explores feminism in a sci-fi setting


    Alex Garland's Ex Machina is a fascinating addition to the sci-fi trend of science feminism, in which concepts of womanhood in patriarchal culture are explored far deeper than Ripley battling aliens in her underwear.

    Domhnall Gleeson plays Caleb, brought into a mad scientist’s designs on artificial intelligence, in Alex Garland’s directorial debut.