1. Archive

Art, stage, comedy


Street art, in a sense

Once a year, Florida Craftsmen moves outside its building and into the street for CraftArt, a fun-jam of people, fine crafts, food and entertainment. The juried show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, fills the cross-street next to the gallery at 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, with booths for 113 fine craftsmen selling ceramics, jewelry, and decorative and functional works in wood, metal, fiber and paper. Artist demonstrations, hands-on activities and raffles return, as do beer and wine. On the food frontier, new this year are four food trucks on both days of the event. And there are lots of restaurants nearby. Inside Florida Craftsmen, the galleries are stocked with hundreds more fine crafts made by members. And two blocks west, the Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Ave. has its own collection of holiday gift items. — Lennie Bennett

93 'Til Infinity: Part 2 of 4 The continued celebration of the 20th anniversary of Skatepark of Tampa features a display of skateboard decks with imagery using SPoT's iconic star logo and a reference to "20." 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. The Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1785.

Apophenia Exhibit Opening Reception Reception for an exhibit of works by Roger Chamieh that explores mortality, aging and fear. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. On display through Dec. 4. Free. Tempus Projects, 5132 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 340-9056.

Art of the Season An exhibit for the holidays, featuring the works of more than 40 local artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. On display through Dec. 31. Free. Vincent William Gallery, 320 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-0598.

Art of Jazz Exhibit Opening Reception Meet artists from the Exhibiting Society of Artists and see their exhibit featuring watercolors, oils, acrylic paintings, sculptures, mixed media, photography and portraits. Refreshments will be served. 3 to 5 p.m. Friday. On display through Nov. 30. Free. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310.

Crafty Ladies Winter Show This indoor show features more than 50 crafters' handmade items including holiday ornaments, painted items, sewn creations and household decor. Bake sale/lunch also available. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 784-3632.

Holiday Signing with P. Buckley Moss P. Buckley Moss will make her annual holiday appearance at the gallery to show her new holiday gift collection. Guests are invited to meet the artist, view the new work and bring up to two Moss pieces from their collections for personalization by the artist. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Finn Gallery, 176 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-2899.


Let's get medieval

Patrick Ball is touring his wire-strung Celtic harp across Florida this month, mainly for performances at libraries, but he does have a theatrical engagement at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Side Door of the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. The California troubadour will present The Flame of Love: The Legend of Tristan & Iseult, a medieval story of love, passion, magic, honor and death. "I tell this magnificent story much as a medieval storyteller would have done," Ball says in an email. "The words are similar; the musical pieces were known and loved in the Middle Ages; the Celtic harp was carried and played by this storyteller. And the imagination of the audience is called upon to play its part, just as it was all those centuries ago." $20. (727) 822-3590; — John Fleming

The Normal Heart Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project is commemorating World AIDS Day with a staged play reading of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play about a tight-knit group of friends. Benefits PWA (People with AIDS) programs at Metropolitan Charities of Pinellas. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Pay what you can. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Agatha Christie's BBC Murders The four rediscovered Agatha Christie gems from the BBC Mystery Series set in World War II-era Britain include Butter in a Lordly Dish, Three Blind Mice, Personal Call and Yellow Iris. Actor Gary Sand, best known for WKRP in Cincinnati, plays the lead. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $40-$55. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Gorey Stories Jobsite Theater puts on this collection of creepy vignettes inspired by the author Edward Gorey. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $28. Shimberg Playhouse at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Legally Blonde the Musical When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, sorority star Elle Woods sets out for Harvard Law School. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $25.50, $12.50 students, $23 group (10 or more). Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

Drumline Live In a performance similar to Blast!, the world-class drum line and brass section trace the music of historically black colleges and universities as they pound out a collection of hip-hop, R&B, Motown and top 40. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $25-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Romeo + Juliet The innovative theater stages an edgy take on Shakespeare's masterpiece. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $37-$44. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

CoMotion Fall Dance Concert A presentation of six modern dance pieces in a variety of styles by the St. Petersburg College CoMotion Dance Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5, SPC students/staff free. SPC Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 341-7984.

'If Music Be the Food …' Cellist and USF music professor Scott Kluksdahl brings together guest artists — violinist Wendy Sharp, violist Carol Rodland (who founded "If Music Be the Food …" in Rochester, N.Y.) — with USF music faculty and students, members of the Florida Orchestra and teenage soprano Maria Zoller, in a benefit for Tampa Bay Harvest. Audience members are asked to donate non-perishable food items or cash. (813) 269-1310;


He's De man

Thanks to appearances on Shaq's All-Star Comedy Jam, DeRay Davis — much like Kevin Hart and Mike Epps — is part of a new class of African-American comics drawing huge crowds to comedy clubs and theaters around the country. Davis' credits include films like Old Dogs, Semi-Pro, Life as We Know It and Scary Movie 4. He'll perform at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25. (813) 864-4000.

Sebastian Maniscalco The Italian-American comedian released a Showtime special this year and appeared on Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday. $14 advance, $16 day of. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Matt Davis The comedian has worked with comics like Dave Chapelle and musicians like Dwight Yoakam. 7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Tanyalee Davis At 3 feet 6 inches tall, the diminutive comedian calls herself the Ferrari of comedy — low to the ground and kind of racy. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Giggle Before You Gobble with Boomer Nichols The Tampa comedian has been featured at clubs like Stand Up Live (where he is currently a regular performer), the Improv, and L.A. Comedy Club. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10-$25. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. ­

Glenn Miller The trained clinical hypnotherapist uses hypnosis as humor in his stage show. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. $12. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.