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  1. Are guitars dead at music festivals? A Big Guava primer

    Music & Concerts

    Joey Santiago is stumped. Asked to name an up-and-coming rock band he could see headlining a major music festival in five years, he draws an utter blank. • "God, that's a good question," said the guitarist for influential alternative legends the Pixies. "Well, it wouldn't be a band. It'd be Kanye West, crashing a …

    Grammy nominee Hozier will play the Big Guava Music Festival on Saturday night.
  2. Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal' takes the stage at Tampa Repertory Theatre


    Tampa Repertory Theatre continues its season of treachery and deceit when Betrayal by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter opens today. The production of Pinter's emotionally biting 1978 play stars Emilia Sargent, Ned Averill-Snell and Greg Thompson as Emma, Robert and Jerry across a seven-year …

    Emilia Sargent in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Tampa Repertory Theatre.
  3. Bette Midler talks girl groups and her 20th concert tour


    Three weeks before her 20th concert tour, Bette Midler isn't feeling entirely divine. • "You don't even want to know," Midler sighed by telephone from California. "The story is much too sad to be told … I'm wearing hats to cheer myself up." • Costumes still must be fitted, rehearsals endured. Midler, …

    Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention tour celebrates women’s groups from the ’30s to the ’90s. “The singing suffragettes, I call them,” Midler said. “To me it’s all the sound of angels singing.”
  4. Ain't Misbehavin' sings through Stageworks Theatre


    Head to the Cotton Club when Stageworks Theatre continues its run of Ain't Misbehavin', the stage tribute to the music of Fats Waller and the black musicians of the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance. The show, directed by Erica Sutherlin and choreographed by Rodney Hamilton, includes favorite songs like …

    Tia Jemison and Frank Edmondson III star in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.
  5. A touch of Tampa at the Straz for 'Beauty and the Beast'


    Thomas Mothershed grew up in Tampa watching his minister father sing for the congregation. The city is full of fond family memories for him.

  6. Morean, Silver Meteor and Florida CraftArt shows on spring art scene

    Visual Arts

    Spring brings lots of new gallery shows. Here are three examples of the diversity you'll find throughout our region.

    Lennie Bennett, Times art critic


    Carrie Smith, Nascent, 2014, oil on canvas, at the Morean Arts Center.
  7. 'Rock star' bassoonist adds cheery tone to Florida Orchestra performance


    Bet you didn't know bassoonists could be rock stars.

    Anthony Georgeson, the Florida Orchestra's principal bassoonist since 2007, on Friday performed Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, one of the most distinctive pieces in classical music. [Florida Orchestra]
  8. RiverFest will show off Tampa's Riverwalk with weekend loaded with events


    It took 40 years to realize the dream of a 1.8-mile Riverwalk, and Tampa aims to show off its jewel with a big new event this weekend, its first RiverFest. There will be an array of activities at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River. The most high-profile will be the Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown on Saturday and …

    Michael Silver gets a spoonful of mac and cheese from Dianne Triplett at the Mac N Cheese Throwdown last year.
  9. Plan your weekend May 1-3


    Plan your weekend

    River of dreams

    RiverFest It took 40 years to finally realize the dream of a 1.8-mile length of Riverwalk, and Tampa aims to show off its jewel this year with a big event this weekend: a RiverFest, with an array of activities at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River. The …

    Jerry Seinfeld’s shows at the Mahaffey Theater are sold out. But there’s laughs to be had, with Josh Blue, left, a winner of Last Comic Standing, and John Mulaney, from the SNL writer’s room, in Tampa Bay.
  10. Review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' over-the-top fun from start to anticlimactic finish


    How do you top The Avengers, the third-highest grossing movie of all time?

    This photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows, Chris Evans, left, as Captain America/Steve Rogers, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, in the new film, “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 1, 2015. (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP) CAET427