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STOMP, an eight-member percussion group, performs Feb. 25, 2017, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Courtesy of STOMP

Stage Planner: St. Pete Jazz Festival at the Palladium, STOMP at Ruth Eckerd, Freefall opens 'Red Velvet'

  ALL THAT JAZZ:PALLADIUM FESTIVAL   For jazz lovers, the big kahuna in recent decades has been the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. But the Palladium is making a run at bringing St. Petersburg into that conversation. The St. Pete Jazz Festival runs through Tuesday, bringing a range of acts over the weekend, from a hat tip …

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  1. Award-winning 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' set to open at Richey Suncoast

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — You would think a Broadway musical comedy featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin and set in the 1920s Prohibition era is an oldie but goodie.

    Think again.

  2. 5 things to do under $5: Florida Orchestra, Black Arts Festival, Peter Max and Fiesta Day

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    1Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: This family-friendly "pay what you can" show brings husband-and-wife musicians Anna Kate Mackle, principal harp for the Florida Orchestra, and John Shaw, principal percussion, who will demonstrate their instruments and play together. Arrive early for art activities and the …

     John Shaw, principal percussionist and his wife, Anna Kate Mackie, principal harpist, both of the Florida Orchestra, pose at home in St. Petersburg.
  3. Stage Planner: St. Pete Jazz Festival at the Palladium, STOMP at Ruth Eckerd, Freefall opens 'Red Velvet'

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    For jazz lovers, the big kahuna in recent decades has been the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. But the Palladium is making a run at bringing St. Petersburg into that conversation. The St. Pete Jazz Festival runs through Tuesday, bringing a range of acts over the weekend, from a hat tip to …

    STOMP, an eight-member percussion group, performs Feb. 25, 2017, at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  4. Musical version of 1970s classic opens Saturday night at Show Palace

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    HUDSON — Think of iconic movie scenes — Rhett Butler carrying Scarlett O'Hara up a broad staircase two steps at a time in Gone with the Wind, Rocky Balboa running up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Rocky, Bette Davis's Margo Channing standing on the staircase snarling, "Fasten …

    Saturday Night Fever runs Feb. 25-April 2 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. Pictured are cast members Heather Baird as Stephanie and Aaron Atkinson as Tony.
  5. Pauses aside, fine actors relate touching story in 'Stop Kiss'

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    Don't get me wrong. The drama Stop Kiss has a fine script with a compelling story. The cast of the Richey Suncoast Theatre II production playing through Feb. 26, is an honor roll of the theater's best actors, plus a newcomer who promises to be a great addition to that list.

  6. Calm of Debussy and Duruflé surrounds the storm of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2

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    TAMPA — The latest offering by the Florida Orchestra begins with dewdrops and ends on a whisper. Between 20th century compositions by Claude Debussy and Maurice Duruflé bursts Ludwig van Beethoven, like an intruder yanking out all the drawers in the house and smashing everything that can be smashed.

    Harpist Anna Kate Mackle led the orchestra in Debussy’s Danse sacr?e et danse profane.
  7. Take the Cross-Bay Ferry for free to these events in Tampa and St. Petersburg on Sunday

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    “Are you driving, or am I?"

    You know the refrain. You and your partner swap it every time you head out on the weekend, to dinner, to a concert, to a parade. Someone has to bear the brunt of the steering wheel work.

    But what if you didn't?

    The Cross-Bay Ferry in port on the Seddon Channel near the Tampa Convention Center. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  8. Stage Planner: Beethoven, Bodytraffic and 'Forbidden Broadway' at the Straz

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    Every job has its drudgery. Truckers have traffic jams. Lawyers have paperwork. Politicians have to shake hands and smile when they don't want to. No one feels especially sorry for them.

    The dance troupe Bodytraffic, shown here performing A Trick of the Light, performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Tampa.
  9. 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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    In times of great political uncertainty, maybe a dose of The Daily Show is just what Florida needs to stay sane. Thankfully, Trevor Noah is on his way.

    Trevor Noah of  "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." (Associated Press [2015])
  10. Review: 'The Aliens' at Stageworks an authentic challenge to what we're used to

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    TAMPA — It's always nice to see conventions broken successfully. The Aliens, now running at Stageworks Theatre, features elements for which young playwright Annie Baker has been celebrated, notably its use of smart, realistic dialogue and lifelike situations with a minimum of theatrical gimmicks. It's worth …

    In The Aliens, two 30-something friends, KJ (Derrick Phillips, left) and Jasper (Chris Jackson), unexpectedly bond with a teenager, Evan (Franco Colon).