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Stage planner: RIAF lineup announced, economic survey, Bobcat Goldthwait


How much do you usually spend on a show? Do you eat dinner at a restaurant first?

By the way, where do you live, how many months of the year do you live there, and how much money do you make? How much education do you have? Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and Manatee counties would like to know, as well as the city of Tampa. So would an additional 33 arts organizations around Florida.

These bodies, most of them associated with counties, are among the more than 300 entities participating in Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, a national survey by Americans for the Arts. I learned about it when Stageworks Theatre invited patrons to fill out a one-page questionnaire at a recent performance. The goal of the survey is to gauge the economic impact of the arts on communities.

"It will tell a lot," said Terri Simons, who directs program services for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. "We are really excited about it."

Counties must pay to participate in the survey. The Hillsborough council got its funding from the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department and the Gobioff Foundation. Results will be known in June 2017, Simons said. So if you go to an event and someone asks you to fill out a survey listing all of your costs associated with going out (including meals, gas, child care, tickets and lodging), that's what that is.


One of the most recognizable comedians in the biz, Bobcat Goldthwait's standup riffs on politics, going broke, and his career as a writer and director of film. His film Call Me Lucky, a documentary about funnyman Barry Crimmins, won Best Documentary at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. He performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Tampa's Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer


The lineup for one of the bigger performing arts events of the year, the Ringling International Arts Festival, has been announced. The festival, which will be held at the Asolo Theater, the Ringling Circus Museum, the court of Ca' d'Zan and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, runs Oct. 13-16, but forewarned is forearmed on getting tickets. Here a few of the entries.

Israeli cellist Matt Haimovitz (Oct. 14-16, three locations) champions new music and collaborations. In "The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast," he combines Bach's six cello suites with overtures by contemporary composers. Gravity & Other Myths, an Australian acrobatic ensemble (Oct. 13-16, circus museum), blends acrobatics and theater models to display an envelope-pushing approach to human physicality. Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. (Oct. 13-15, Mertz Theatre) transforms Othello into a dance piece with a Motown score. The Chicago-based sextet Eighth Blackbird (Oct. 13-15, Asolo Theater) has driven classical training with rock band energy to four Grammy awards. They will perform Hand Eye, featuring the music of six living composers. Award-winning director and actor Thaddeus Phillips delivers a one-man show, 17 Border Crossings (Oct. 14-15, Asolo Theater). Phillips weaves tales of his international border crossings over 15 years with a "dramatic examination of lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs." For the rest of the 20 performances by seven acts, visit Tickets for performances are $35. (941) 360-7399.


Up-and-coming "popera" stars Il Volo, a trio of young Italian singers who won last year's Sanremo Music Festival with their naturally blending crossover vocals, come to Tampa this weekend. Baritone Gianluca Ginoble and tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto were discovered years ago, while still minors, during a televised singing competition. A producer decided to put them together, modeled after the Three Tenors (Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti). The result was worldwide fame, including appearances on The Tonight Show, American Idol and the final episode of HBO's Entourage. Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand are big fans and maybe you will be too after you see the act. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50-$110.(813) 229-7827.

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