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Maggie Duffy - Times Arts Writer

Times Arts Writer

I have fun covering Tampa Bay's thriving arts scene and my other passion, shopping. I'm always on the hunt for art exhibits, indie markets and small businesses to write about, so if you have one, please share it with me! I graduated from USF in 2004 with a degree in Art History, which comes in handy not only when writing art reviews, but also for the cool history stories I've been covering lately. I also worked professionally in the local art scene for years as a gallery manager and curator, so it's a thrill to continue to support the arts. I came to the Tampa Bay Times in 2006 as an editorial assistant and have found my writing voice in the past few years.

  1. Jordan Foote (Norm) and Jonelle M. Meyer (Corky) in Jobsite's production of Steve Martin's "Meteor Shower."
    Steve Martin’s voice is ingrained in the absurdist comedy.
  2. Mural on the side of the Amsterdam Bar, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. “SHINE.” The wall was completed with the help of students from the Bloom Gallery.
    The roster for October’s festival includes a mix of international, national and local artists
  3. Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988), Untitled (Word on Wood), 1985. Acrylic and oil stick on wood fence slats. 90 x 72 inches. Private collection. Photographer: Jeremy Scott. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
    Here’s how to get free admission and discounts at nearly 20 local institutions.
  4. Jim Jefferies in an episode of Comedy Central's "The Jim Jefferies Show."
    Raunchy moms, YouTubers and flamenco dancers also hit local theaters. Plus, Tampa Rep opens a Pulitzer-winning drama.
  5. City, Tampa Museum of Art's swanky fashion fundraiser, features the work of Venezuelan designer Angel Sanchez.
    There’s fashion week for pets, too.
  6. "Untitled (Word on Wood)" by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The piece is one of the iconic artist's masterpieces on display at Tampa Museum of Art.
    In addition to two masterworks from Jean-Michel Basquiat, TMA also opens exhibitions of Haitian flags and works by artist Purvis Young.
  7. Disney's Aladdin comes to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2019-2020 Broadway series. Courtesy of Deen van Meer.
    From augmented reality at the Dalí to a boatload of Beethoven at the Florida Orchestra, it’s shaping up as another busy season in the arts.
  8. "St. Jacques Majeur", a flag by an  unknown artist, c. 1950-1970's, is part of the Tampa Museum of Art's exhibition, "Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection" is on display from Sept. 12, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020.
    Expect a wide variety of visual treats this season.
  9. Mean Girls comes to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts as part of their 2019-2020 Broadway series.
    From modern Shakespeare to plays that tackle race, the stage is set.
  10. Belle of the Ball, which will take place on Saturday in Clearwater, makes sure no girl has to miss the dance because she can't afford a dress.
    Plus, this weekend offers the chance to sip and shop at Misred Outfitters and peruse the Safety Harbor Public Library’s book sale.