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  1. American Stage's 'Red' exposes an artist's drama

    Stage

    Visual art meets performance art when American Stage Theatre Company presents Red, the Tony Award-winning play about abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. John Logan's drama spans a period of two years in which Rothko and his assistant completed a giant commission for a series of murals in New York's Four Seasons …

    The Tony-winning play Red opens at American Stage in St. Petersburg, with Andrew Joseph Perez, left, and Gregg Weiner.
  2. Florida Orchestra lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert

    Stage

    Playing off the American theme running through the Florida Orchestra's coming season, the orchestra has landed one of the greatest American pops singers of all time: Michael Feinstein.

    Musician Michael Feinstein in 2012.  (Getty Images)
  3. Disney resort bar lets you see Magic Kingdom fireworks without park ticket

    Florida

    A new bar has opened up at Walt Disney Word's Polynesian Resort, and you don't have to be a theme park or resort guest to take in this unusual watering hole. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a bar loaded with tiki-tacky Hawaiian kitsch, special effects that go off on the ceiling, walls and fake windows with a screen that …

    Reminiscent of a South Seas hideaway, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort whisks away guests to a tropical oasis with a selection of exotic cocktails, small plates and scenic views. ? Located in the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge overlooks the resort's marina and Seven Seas Lagoon and features signature beverages such as the Polynesian Pearl and Castaway Crush and a? varied? menu? including? pork p‰tŽ b‡nh m“ sliders, Hawaiian poke, sushi and pan-friend dumplings. The lounge has 50 seats inside and 82 on the patio.? Disney?€™s Polynesian Village Resort? is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.? (David Roark, photographer)
  4. Plan your weekend May 22-24

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  5. 'Journey to Space' blasts off Friday at MOSI's IMAX dome

    Movies

    Watching a rocket take off in IMAX, as well as footage from moon landings and Mars rover landings, makes for an impressive panorama in Journey to Space, a new documentary opening Friday at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. It runs for the next year at MOSI.

    Hey, it might not look so cool on newsprint but a rocket blasting off looks mighty impressive in IMAX in Journey to Space, a 45-minute documentary opening Friday at MOSI.
  6. Art review: William Pachner's powerful response to Holocaust still resonates

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG

    William Pachner turned 100 on April 17. For almost 50 of those years, he had been a fine artist, putting his brushes down by 1999 only after he became blind. Two exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and the Florida Holocaust Museum, honor this milestone and his remarkable …

    William Pachner, View of My Birthplace, 1958, oil on board.
  7. In 'The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,' Freefall Theatre merges Shakespeare and Cuba

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    The set for the next production at Freefall Theatre includes 9 tons of sand on the stage. But don't expect a day at the beach.

    Eric Davis wrote and stars in Freefall Theatre’s “The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
  8. Tampa Bay History Center celebrates St. Augustine at 450

    Visual Arts

    Happy 450th birthday, St. Augustine!

    The Tampa Bay History Center honors the occasion with an exhibition, opening Saturday, featuring more than 40 rare maps, charts and prints that trace the city's evolution from a gritty Spanish fort in the 16th century to a pleasure spot for the wealthy in the late 19th century. …

    Detroit Photographic Co., King Street, St. Augustine, 1902. King Street was, and is, one of the principal thoroughfares in the city of St. Augustine. It runs through the center of the city to the Matanzas River and provides the southern boundary to the public lawn, depicted on the right side of the image.
  9. The Illusionists bring shocking tricks to the Straz stage

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    Two images come to mind when you say "magic show": Clowns pulling quarters out of Grandma's ear or David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty vanish.

    Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjuror, is one of the seven magicians coming to the Sraz Center with The Illusionist Tour from May 26-31. 

Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus.


Illusionists, The: ? Witness the Impossible
Marquis Theatre

Synopsis:
Seven illusionists enact mind-bending acts of magic and illusion; many have never been seen before. This critically acclaimed production is a mix of outrageous, jaw-dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and a full-view water escape. 

Cast List:
The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin
The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry
The Trickster, Jeff Hobson
The Escapologist, Andrew Basso
The Inventor, Kevin James
The Warrior, Aaron Crow
The Futurist, Adam Trent


  10. Downtown Disney halfway through its transformation to double in size

    Florida

    You don't need a theme park ticket for Downtown Disney, and the shopping and dining destination is halfway through a two-year project to double in size and be reborn as Disney Springs, a fictional boom town from the turn of the 20th century.

    Downtown Disney is halfway through a project to double the shopping and dining spot in size and it's already shaping up. Just opened is The Boathouse: From the creator of the T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe, a waterfront restaurant with nautical theme that has an Amiphicar, that?€™s a special car drives into the water and around the lake in what looks like a vintage convertible