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This week on stage: Louis C.K. slips in, Seal with the Florida Orchestra, Anton Coppola's new opera and more

And don't miss out on flamenco star Farruquito or the long-awaited St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts, featuring a city-wide tribute to Shakespeare.
Published Feb. 6, 2019

In harmony: Seal with the Florida Orchestra

Seal seems as worldly a being as one can be — the London-born son of a Nigerian mother and Brazilian father, and famously once married to Heidi Klum to boot. So when he says the Great American Songbook selections he covers on his new album Standards are actually "global standards," he knows what he's talking about. "If you haven't heard those songs in your life, then you've been living under a rock," the singer said by phone recently. "Maybe in the deepest regions of Africa, but even then, as far as I'm concerned, they're just standards." He'll bring songs by Porter and the Gershwins to St. Petersburg on Saturday for the Florida Orchestra's annual gala, where he'll perform backed by the symphony and conductor Michael Francis. 7 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $75 and up. (727) 892-5767.

INTERVIEW: Is "Kiss From a Rose" a modern standard? Florida Orchestra gala headliner Seal isn't so sure

A century in the making: Anton Coppola's Lady Swanwhite

The last time Anton Coppola had a big show at the Straz Center, several members of his famous extended family came to Tampa for the occasion, including Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage and Phoenix singer Thomas Mars. Now nearly 102, he'll premiere a new opera, Lady Swanwhite, based on a Swedish fairy tale about a princess (soprano Maria Brea) who, upon being sent to learn the art of becoming a queen, falls in love with a prince (tenor Thomas Massey). Don't be surprised to see a few famous faces at this historic, once-in-a-lifetime Opera Tampa show, too. 7 p.m. Saturday. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $59 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Love hurts: Lewis Black

Lewis Black: Comic. Playwright. Crank. Cupid? Yeah, just maybe. The Grammy-winning Daily Show contributor returns to the Capitol Theatre next week for a pair of shows, including one on Valentine's Day. Just don't expect him to celebrate. On his 2016 album In God We Rust, he announced he was ditching V-Day from his annual holiday calendar. "I'm not saying we shouldn't have a holiday of love," he ranted. "Just not in f- - - - - - February! It doesn't belong there!" Be that as it may, he'll perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 at the Cap, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

The Bard in the Burg: St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

St. Petersburg couple Dr. Gordon Gilbert and Michele Kidwell Gilbert are both active in the local arts community, and it has been their dream to connect the cultural community through a monthlong, themed event. After two years of planning, the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts is happening all throughout February and the theme is Shakespeare. Events this weekend include St. Pete Opera's Kiss Me Kate and the Palladium Chamber Players' performance of Beethoven's Tempest Piano Sonata No. 17 and music from his unrealized opera of Hamlet. Local museums are participating by pairing art with Shakespeare's sonnets, as well as film screenings, lectures and panel discussions. Find the entire schedule at

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Fancy Footwork: Farruquito

Just in time for Valentine's Day, flamenco star Farruquito rhythmically stamps his feet and expressively waves his arms across the stage of Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center. The New York Times called him the "greatest flamenco dancer of the century." He's sure to bring the heat with this solo performance. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$55. (813) 229-7827.

Here comes controversy: Louis C.K.

In January, Side Splitters Comedy Club owner Brian Thompson told Vulture that he had booked disgraced comic Louis C.K. in his club because he's likely to sell tickets. Lo and behold, C.K. is scheduled for a series of shows there through Saturday. It's part of a low-profile national comeback for the comic, who was accused of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of multiple women, in a 2017 New York Times investigation. A lot of venues won't touch C.K. these days, especially after audio surfaced of one recent show in which he was heard mocking student survivors of last year's Parkland shooting. But after six Tampa shows were announced last weekend, all sold out almost immediately. He'll be here through Saturday, so keep an eye out for protests outside the club at 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.


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