Here's the thing about iconic legends.
You know them by some kind of unequivocal identifying factor. A larger-than-life hairstyle. A song lyric. A wink. A heavily eyelashed sidelong glance. A first name.
Prince. Madonna. Ringo. Cher. Beyoncé. Adele.
Those last two, if you can believe it, are gracing Tampa with their presence in a single week's time. Dolly Parton plays Amalie Arena Saturday. And on Nov. 30, Barbra Streisand is hot on her heels at the same venue.
Pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin explores this twin fortune in his story, for which he talked to Dolly and asked her about Barbra: "I admire her. I think she's just incredible," Dolly said. For his part, Jay calls this "full-blown iconopolypse, the likes of which this or any other city may never see again."
To commemorate the occasion, we have a special treat for Tampa Bay Times print readers this week. If you get Thursday's Weekend section, you'll find one of two special Dolly/Babs covers designed by artist Marilena Perilli. The covers feature the singers' famous coiffures, their song lyrics and their first names only.
When I first saw the illustrations, I'm pretty sure an actual squeak emerged. They're beautiful — the colors, the whimsy, the hopefulness of the lyrics amid a pretty angry time in America. I am a fan of both of these powerhouses for many reasons, perhaps with an extra special fondness for Dolly. My sequined tuxedo jacket and Jolene T-shirt are all laid out for the concert this weekend.
I knew I wouldn't be alone in wanting prints of these to frame and hang in my home or office. If these illustrations are calling to you for holiday gifts, head to tbtim.es/wkcovers and order a set of reprints.
While you're at it, browse and order works from all of our artists and photographers at tampabay.com/store. We've got stunning Florida nature photos, illustrations of celebrities, politicians and athletes. We've even got reproductions of stories as they appear in our pages, if you want to snag one to memorialize a special day in someone's life.
Also a fun holiday weekend activity: Head out on a goose chase Thursday looking for the other cover to create a full set. Do it with a friend who loves Dolly and Barbra, and be sure to tweet your dueling cover finds to @TB_Times. Don't forget to tag @DollyParton and @BarbraStreisand.