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  1. Movie Planner: 'Magic Mike XXL' fizzles, but don't miss 'Dope,' 'Me and Earl'



    It's easy for worthy, smaller films to get overlooked in the summer stampede of Hollywood blockbusters. That shouldn't happen to Dope and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, for each put fresh spins on teenage movie tropes.

    From left, Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler star in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
  2. Stage Planner: Get tickets now for seasons at the Straz, Stageworks and more


    Theater might be coasting a bit for the summer, but the new season lineups offer something for everybody. We've got musicals and experimental plays, Broadway legends and Shakespeare coming. Advance tickets are available for many, so if you want to be sure to catch the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. …

    Ashley Danewitz plays Anninna, left, and Elizabeth de Trejo is Violette in La Traviata.
  3. Art Planner: Summer shows at the Polk Museum, Clayton Galleries and the Chihuly Collection

    Visual Arts

    For centuries, collecting art was a pastime only for the wealthy (including the wealthy church), but with the rise of the middle class in the mid 19th century, it became an aspiration many more could afford. Travel, too, became available on a broader scale because of the convenience of expanded railroad destinations. As …

    Louis Aston Knight, Path Along a River, ca. 1920, oil on canvas.
  4. Review: Franchise runs out of steam with 'Terminator Genisys'


    Don't worry about brushing up on Terminator mythology before seeing the latest sequel. There's a helpful prologue in Terminator Genisys that explains everything that happened since 1984, and a movie after that makes much of it useless.

    Skynet’s T-800 model is getting rusty after 31 years.
  5. Opera company closes out the season on a lighter note


    ST. PETERSBURG — Putting It Together, a revue of Stephen Sondheim songs loosely arranged around a Manhattan couple's cocktail party, aims to please devotees of the composer.

    Putting It Together’s five-member cast includes, from left, Paula Broadwater, Peter Kendall Clark, Clayton Brown, Kaitlyn Costello and Tripp Fountain.
  6. Big and bold, Mamma Mia! delivers on its promise at Straz in Tampa


    TAMPA — At this point, you don't go to Mamma Mia!, the touring Broadway show playing at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, without some idea of what to expect.

    Mamma Mia!,the hit Broadway musical, runs through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. A capable cast milks both corny and the occasional X-rated joke for all they are worth.
  7. Alex Newell of 'Glee' talks Coachella, shoes before performing at St. Pete Pride


    Alex Newell doesn't have awesome memories of the summers he spent in the Tampa Bay area visiting family.

    Alex Newell performs in 2014.
  8. Plan your weekend June 26-28


    Plan your weekend

    Rainbow connection

    St. Pete Pride Florida's largest celebration of gay pride gets rolling today with a fashion show hosted by E! network's Ross Mathews at the Tyrone Square Macy's ($10 donation, but Macy's will return the favor with a $10 gift card). Then Alex …

    A fashion show, a Glee star’s performance, a night parade and a Sunday festival will be highlights of St. Pete Pride this year.
  9. Preview: Puppets old and new, from near and far, for young and old, on display at Florida CraftArt

    Visual Arts

    We think of puppets as playthings for children, but they have a history thousands of years old as adult entertainment. Almost every culture in the world has deployed them in some form from European hand puppets to Asian shadow puppets. A new exhibition at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, which opens …

  10. Billy Gardell of 'Mike & Molly' on comedy, the road and battling weight


    When Mike & Molly hit its 100th episode in January, Billy Gardell wasn't gifted with a fancy Ferrari or a brand new beach house in Cabo.

    Billy Gardell, whose family moved to Florida when he was a kid, spent years on the Florida standup circuit.