Women in music, dance, comedy and poetry are celebrated in the third annual New Seeds Festival, which gets under way Friday. Produced by playwright and performer Suzanne Willett, the four-day festival held over two weekends features artists such as New York poetry duo Climbing Poe Tree, guitarist Christie Lenee, newly commissioned dance works by Tampa Bay Ballet and Jacksonville Dance, singer-songwriter Israa Khan and comedian Erin Lane.
Friday's opening performance has five acts, including the Hillsborough District Poets, stand-up Robin Savage, Tampa Bay Ballet in Age of Loneliness, Albanian performance artist Gypsee Yo (Jonida Beqo) and Climbing Poe Tree.
Performances Friday and Saturday and March 29-30 are at the black box theater of Tampa Preparatory School, 727 W Cass St., Tampa. $20 at the door, $30 for a two-night pass. Student tickets are $14. (813) 892-7502; newseedsfest.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic