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dR Tampa Bay A&E Guide: Jan.-Feb. 2019

The Schuyler Sisters! 'Hamilton' comes to the Straz Feb. 12-Mar. 10. Photo: Joan Marcus.
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A Bronx Tale. Set in the Bronx in the 1960s, this musical adapation of the play by actor Chazz Palminteri (also the basis of a popular film) finds a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, direction by Robert De Niro (yes. that Robert De Niro) and Tony winner Jerry Zaks. 1/29-2/3, Broadway Series at the Straz, strazcenter.org.

The Business of Murder. British expat Mike Nower’s production of Breaking the Code last year for Gulfport Community Players was one of the best things I saw all year in either professional or amateur venues. So it’ll be interesting to see what he does with this three-character play, a twisty suspenser that ran for eight years in London’s West End. Gulfport Community Players, 3/14-24, gulfportcommunityplayers.org.

Columbinus. It’s been 20 years since the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Back then, school shootings were a horrible anomaly; now, even more horribly, they’re commonplace. Innovocative Theater is devoting its entire season to the subject of school violence, beginning with Columbinus, a mix of fact and fiction that addresses “the fatal consequences that result when a culture succeeds in weaponizing the alienation and angst of its own children.” The theater will be holding post-show talk-backs after weekend matinees, with guests including Manuel Oliver, father of a student killed during the Parkland shooting. Through 1/20, Innovocative Theatre Company at Stageworks Theatre, Tampa, innovocativetheatre.org.

Copenhagen.Why did two of the world’s most renowned nuclear physicists, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, meet in Copenhagen in 1941? That’s what Mrs. Bohr wants to know, and Michael Frayn (of Noises Off fame) speculates on the answer by conjuring up a posthumous meeting between the three in this Tony-winning drama that the New York Times called “the most invigorating and ingenious play of ideas in many a year.” Through 1/20, Tampa Repertory Theatre, tamparep.org.

Hamilton. Yes, it’s as good as everyone says it is. And yes, it’s the hottest ticket in town. But if you haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t despair. The Straz encourages people to continue to check with them for availability of late-release tickets. And make sure you’re dealing with the Straz, not some ticket-scalper: The only official avenues for purchasing tickets to Hamilton’s Straz Center engagement are via phone at 813-229-STAR (7827) or 800-955-1045; in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office (1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place); or at www.strazcenter.org. And stay tuned: There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement. 2/12-3/10, Broadway Series at the Straz, strazcenter.org.

Heathers The Musical. mad Theatre of Tampa stages the Off-Broadway hit based on the very dark, very funny movie of the same name, in which high school cliques take a murderous turn. 2/14-3/3, Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz, strazcenter.org.

Hundred Days. In this critically acclaimed and appealingly raucous musical memoir, creators and stars Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore a fundamental question: What if you lived as if you only had 100 days left? Directed by Anne Kauffman with choreography by Sonya Tayeh (of So You Think You Can Dance fame). 1/15-3/24, Jaeb Theatre at the Straz Center, strazcenter.org.

Kiss Me Kate. Cole Porter’s backstage musical about a troupe staging The Taming of the Shrew amidst romantic and other entanglements features such signature Porter tunes as “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” and St. Petersburg Opera is staging it a Broadway-size orchestra under the scintillating baton of Mark Sforzini. 2/2-5, The Palladium, stpeteopera.org.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare [Abridged] [Revised]. For its 20th anniversary season, Jobsite brings back one of its biggest hits, in which all of the Bard’s 37 plays plus a few sonnets are squished into 90 minutes. Pratfalls, puns and madcap capers are promised. 3/13-4/7, Jobsite Theater at the Straz, jobsitetheater.org/the-2018-19-anniversary-season.

The Odd Couple (Female Version). No, it’s not Laverne & Shirley redux (RIP Penny Marshall). It’s Neil Simon’s classic comedy with a fussy Florence instead of Felix and a slovenly Olive instead of Oscar. Trust Hat Trick Theatre Productions to find the laughs, whatever the genders. 2/14-24, Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, rutheckerd.com.

Othello. OK, maybe it’s a little too on-the-nose to say that a production of Othello has a killer cast. But Jobsite certainly seems to have assembled just that for Shakespeare’s tragedy of race, jealousy and male ego. UK- and USF-trained Robert Richards Jr. stars in the title role; Tatiana Baccari, so good in Jobsite’s Cloud 9, is Desdemona; and the dream team of Giles Davies and Katrina Stevenson play the scheming Iago and his wife, the savvy Emilia. Add director David Jenkins’s tantalizing promise of a “ripped-from-the-headlines” contemporary spin, and you’ve got an Othello we’re dying to see. Through 2/3, jobsitetheater.org.

Perfect Arrangement. A gay man and a lesbian working for the U.S. State Department in the 1950s have married each other’s partners to escape suspicion — and then they’re tasked with identifying “sexual deviants” within their ranks. 1/26-2/24, freeFall Theatre Company, freefalltheatre.com.

Pipeline. A timely play by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Dominique Morisseau in which a single mother teaching in an inner-city school wants to transfer her son to a private school — until an explosive classroom incident upends everything. 1/23-2/24, American Stage, americanstage.com.

Radio Theatre Project Live. RTP’s hardy crew of radio players ring in the new year with another live radio play, sound effects and all. 1/28, 7 p.m., The Studio@620, studio620.org.

Ready Steady Yeti Go. In the aftermath of a hate crime, a white student befriends the only black girl in his school, leading to bad parental advice, passive-aggressive acts and ill-formed gestures of kindness that create a “White Guilt Perfect Storm.” The play, a “rolling world premiere” coordinated with two other U.S. regional theaters via the National New Play Network, is presented in partnership with Tampa’s Blake High School of the Performing Arts, from which all of the cast members (and two crew members) are drawn. 2/8-24, Stageworks Theatre, stageworkstheatre.org.

Three Shining Lives. Catherine and her friends are dying, but they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits. 2/7-24, Powerstories Theatre, Tampa, powerstories.com.



Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert. The GRAMMY-nominated classical crossover diva is on tour for her new album Hymn — a collection of orchestrated, choir-based songs that Brightman says felt soothing to record. 2/19, 7:30 p.m., The Mahaffey.

Florida Orchestra

   Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. Joshua Weilerstein conducts; Joshua Roman plays Bates’s Cello Concerto. 1/18, 8 p.m., Straz; 1/19, 8 p.m., and 1/20, 2 p.m., Mahaffey.

   Dreams of Spain. Soprano Camille Zamora, Jeff Tyzik conducting. 2/1, 8 p.m., Straz; 2/2, Mahaffey.

   The Planets. Michael Francis conducts, w. the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Women’s Choir. The Planets align with NASA images on the big screen for the 100th anniversary of Holst’s sonic trip through the galaxy. Also on the program: Debussy’s Nocturnes. 2/15, 8 p.m., Straz; 2/16, 8 p.m., Mahaffey; 2/17, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd.

   A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Michael Francis leads a rare performance of the full work, proving it’s so much more than the famous “Wedding March.” Also, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with Anne-Marie McDermott. 2/22, 8 p.m., Straz; 2/23, 7 p.m., The Palladium; 2/24, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd.

One City Chorus. A St. Pete institution in only its third year of existence, the community chorus led with wit and precision by Jon Arterton welcomes special guest Roy Zimmerman, the singing satirist who’s been called “a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” 2/17. 4 p.m., Hough Hall at The Palladium.

Opera Tampa: The Pearl Fishers. Lifelong friends in a Far East seaside village find themselves in an impossible love triangle in Georges Bizet’s 1863 opera, which makes its Straz Center debut. Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Jorge Parodi conducts an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus. 3/15-17, Straz.

Palladium Chamber Players. World-class chamber players grace the Palladium’s Hough Hall stage in this monthly, Wednesday-night series. Beethoven/Korngold/Beethoven (2/13, 7:30 p.m.) w. Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Danielle Farina, viola; Julian Schwarz, cello; and Marika Bournaki, piano. Mozart/Dohnányi/Fauré (3/6, 7:30 p.m.) w. Jeffrey Multer, violin; Danielle Farina, viola; Julian Schwarz, cello; and Jeewon Park, piano. The Palladium.

Tampa Bay Symphony: Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Described as “one of Tampa Bay’s hidden jewels,” the Tampa Bay Symphony plays a Bard-inspired program of works by Tchaikovsky, MacDowell, Ben Goldberg and Vaughn-Williams, under the irrepressible direction of Maestro Mark Sforzini. 2/29, 8 p.m., The Palladium.

Sing Out! Tampa Bay. People from all corners of Tampa Bay unite as one voice with The Florida Orchestra. 2/7, 7 p.m., The Mahaffey.

Woodson Chamber Concerts. Spend a sublime Sunday afternoon listening to Florida Orchestra members play chamber music in the artful surroundings of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, followed by a reception. Admission is pay what you can at the door; proceeds benefit the museum. Seating is limited. Afternoon with a String Quartet (2/10, 3 p.m.); Women in Music (3/10, 3 p.m). Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.


Chuchito Valdés Trio. Following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, Chuchito continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. 2/22, 8 p.m., Side Door at the Palladium. 

Chris Botti. The golden-haired Grammy-winning trumpeter returns for his sixth visit to the Capitola. 3/13, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre.

Diego Figueiredo & O Som Do Jazz. Brazilian guitar master Diego Figueiredo performs a solo set, then joins Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz in a fusion between bossa nova, jazz and classical. 1/18, 8 p.m., Side Door at The Palladium.

EMIT-a-thon. A scholarship benefit program of adventurous music for students in St. Petersburg College’s MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program. Special guests: inventive electric noise-maker Mark Hosler; choreographic dance and electroacoustic research trio Anoikis; and improvising duo Kersey/Stewart. 1/22, 7:30 p.m., Side Door at The Palladium.

An Evening of Percussive Resonance. An evening of dynamic and bold percussive chamber music featuring Andrea Tafelski and Washington Squared (W² Percussion). 1/24, 7 p.m., Studio@620.

Matt Haimovitz & Vijay Iyer. Iconoclastic cellist Haimovitz collaborates with jazz pianist/composer Iyer duet and solo on an eclectic repertoire. 1/22-23, 7:30 p.m., Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling, ringling.org. 

LaChanze. A Tony winner for The Color Purple, she’s gone on to Broadway diva status in shows like Once On This Island, Company, and If/Then. 2/28, 8 p.m., Straz Center.

Mayumana: Currents. A high-voltage mixed-media performance inspired by the struggles over power (electric power, that is) bewtween Edison and Tesla, Currents features specially-made musical instruments, massive video art projections and 11 performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds. 2/21, 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz.

Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, and Ed Metz w/James Suggs. Arbors Records recording artists Parrott (bass and vocals), Sportiello (piano) and Metz (drums) return to the Palladium following a sold-out show last February. Special guest James Suggs joins them on trumpet. 1/12, 8 p.m., The Palladium.

Whitney James’ Jazz Valentine. A night of music for lovers and jazz lovers, with smooth-as-silk vocalist James, acclaimed local trio La Lucha, and jazz guitarist LaRue Nicholson. 2/14, 8 p.m., Side Door at the Palladium.

Pink Martini. The multi-lingual, multi-talented 12-member ensemble brings its suave, eclectic sounds to St. Pete. 1/27, 7 p.m., The Mahaffey.

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. The 11th annual festival brings five days of top-flight jazz to the Palladium, beginning with multi-instrumentalist and singer Valerie Gillespie and ensemble (2/27, 7:30 p.m.), followed by a a tribute to legendary jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers (2/28, 7:30 p.m.); Latin Grammy-winning flutist Nestor Torres and his quartet (3/1, 7:30 p.m.); vocalist Alexis Coles, who’s been compared to Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day, backed up by the 17-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra (3/2, 7:30 p.m.); and pianist Martin Bejerano and his trio (3/3, 7:30 p.m.). Five-show package available as well as individual tickets. The Palladium.


Air Supply. They’re not all out of love yet just yet. 1/26, 8 p.m., Capitol.

America. The pop-rock wonders bring their 50th anniversary to Clearwater. No word on whether they’ll arrive on a horse with no name. 1/27, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd.

Michael Bublé. The satin-voiced crooner kicks off his tour in Tampa for a special Valentine’s Day show. 2/13, 8 p.m., Amalie Arena. 

Celtic Woman. Get prepped for St. Paddy’s Day with this Grammy-nominated all-female ensemble as they celebrate Ireland’s musical and cultural heritage. 3/13, 7:30 pm., Mahaffey.

Shawn Colvin Acoustic. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter returns. Will Sunny will come home, too? 1/23, 7:30 p.m., Capitol.

Fleetwood Mac. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie — together again! 2/18, 8 p.m., Amalie Arena.

Art Garfunkel. Most of us know the ethereal voice that bridged troubled water lo these many years ago. But did you know Art Garfunkel is also a published poet? That he walked across the U.S. and Japan on foot? That he has a master’s in architecture from Columbia? He’s still singing, still making albums, but boy, he could just explain his resume and it’d be a fascinating evening. 2/23, 8 p.m., Capitol.

Havana Cuba All Stars. Direct from Havana, Cuba’s greatest musicians assemble for an electrifying program celebrating the music of the Cuban people. 2/27, 8 p.m., Straz.

Sarah McLachlan. She’s sold over 40 million albums worldwide, won multiple Grammys and Juno Awards, founded a fabled music festival (Lilith Fair) and a music school, and she’s written songs like “Adia” and “Building a Mystery” that have forever earwormed their way into our hearts and minds. 2/27, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd.

Glenn Miller Orchestra. The world-famous ensemble of over 20 musicians and singers brings timeless classics like “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” back to the stage. 1/22, 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey.

Carrie Newcomer. The author, poet and songwriter Newcomer traffics in everyday grace, telling stories of working people that reveal deep spiritual truths. 1/21, 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz.

P!nk. The international pop icon brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to Tampa. So don’t go asking, “What about us?” 3/3, 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. As one wag recently tweeted, both “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall” have been trending of late, yet Pink Floyd had nothing to do with either. Nevertheless, the band’s music remains indelible, and this show promises to showcase it in eye-popping fashion. 1/17, 7:30, Mahaffey.

Wayne Newton. Clearwater gets a touch of Vegas as “Mr. Entertainment” makes his Capitol Theatre debut. Danke Schoen, Wayne! 3/3, 7 p.m., Capitol.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC. Aaaahhh… freak out! Mega-hit producer Rodgers and his disco-riffic band CHIC take a break from touring with Cher to promote their critically acclaimed new album, It’s About Time. 1/18, 8 p.m., Mahaffey.

Blake Shelton. That guy from The Voice who keeps losing to Kelly Clarkson. 3/8, 7 p.m., Amalie Arena. 

TFO Rock Concert: The Music of Tom Petty. The Florida Orchestra pays tribute to one of Florida’s own with songs like “Free Fallin,’” “American Girl” and many more. Brent Havens, conductor; Tony Vincent, vocalist. 1/25, 8 p.m., Mahaffey.

TFO Pops: Women Rock. A tribute to the women who changed rock ‘n’ roll forever, including Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar and more. 3/2, 8 p.m., The Mahaffey.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired by the words of Dr. King, producer and musical director Damien Sneed showcases repertoire from across the African-American music traditions, including works by Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and more, plus gospel, jazz and Broadway tunes, all interwoven with King’s impassioned oratory from recorded historic speeches. 1/31, 8 p.m., Straz.


Carol Burnett. The queen of TV comedy in “an evening of laughter and reflection where the audience asks the questions.” 2/12, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd.

Ronny Chieng. Fresh from his starring role in Crazy Rich Asians, Chieng is a political and cultural satirist, stand-up comedian and correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. 2/23, 7:30 p.m., Straz.

Penn & Teller. Rescheduled from their original date of Aug. 9 due to unexpected back surgery, the masters of comic magic finally return to St. Pete. 2/1, 8 p.m., Mahaffey.

Russell Peters Deported World Tour. Canada’s number one stand-up export and one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Comics of All Time. 1/26, 8:30 p.m., Straz.

Ward Smith & Friends, featuring G. David Howard. One of the Bay’s top comics (and an excellent actor to boot) returns to the Side Door with funny friends in tow. 1/19, 8 p.m., Palladium.

Francine Wolf: Half-Baked Boomer. A solo performance improv show with lots of audience interaction, participation, laughter, drama, home-baked delights and fun. 2/20, 7 p.m., Studio@620.


Farruquito. “The greatest flamenco dancer of the century” (according to the New York Times), Farruquito takes furious footwork to new heights in a solo flamenco performance. 2/13, 8 p.m., Straz.

iLuminate. As seen on TV (particularly AGT), the troupe fuses technology and dance with glow-in-the-dark suits and specialized dances designed to be performed on a fully darkened stage. 1/31, 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey.

Moving Current Dance Collective 2019 Winter Concert. The company celebrates its 21st season of producing and supporting the contemporary dance community of Tampa Bay and beyond with works by Cynthia Hennessy and Marion Baldeon Kampert. 1/18-19 at 7:30 p.m., 1/20 at 2 p.m., USF Theater 2 TAR, 3829 W. Holly Dr., Tampa.

Shen Yun. Classical Chinese dance and spectacular stagecraft bring 5,000 years of folktales and legends to life. 2/20-24, Mahaffey.

Tied. An avant garde dance work by Black Horse Theatre and Alice Ferrulo Stampfle telling the tale of a Victorian Englishwoman tormented by an unfulfilled desire. 2/16, 7 p.m., Studio@620.

Voices: The Encore. Back by popular demand, Voices: The Encore is an evening-length work by the brilliant dancer/choreographer Alex Jones, an interactive solo that seeks to reveal life’s many complexities. 1/19, 7:30 p.m., Studio@620.


Sunscreen Film Festival Shorts@620. Short films ranging in length from 90 seconds to 30 minutes, chosen from past years of the Sunscreen Film Festival. Each monthly program adds up to over 70 minutes of entertainment. 1/22, 7:30, Studio@620.


Limelight. The lineup of Tampa Theatre’s inaugural speaker series is irresistibly eclectic: legendary football coach Lou Holtz (Mar. 12); theoretical physicist Michio Kaku (Apr. 4); NBC correspondent and presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager (Apr. 23); Florida’s favorite columnist/novelist/pot-stirrer Carl Hiaasen (May 14); and renowned photographer Platon (June 6). Series subscriptions are on sale now for $275-$375 at the theater’s box office and online for an additional fee. A select number of Platinum packages (premium seating, cocktail receptions) are also available. Fun fact from the Tampa Theatre crew: The word “limelight” derives from the invention in the early 1800s of theatrical lighting technology using quicklime, which bathed any scene in an intense white glow when burned at a temperature of more than 4500°F and focused through a thick glass lens. For the first time, plays could simulate sunlight, and individual performers could be highlighted. The technology’s name soon took on a life of its own, forever associated with the bright glow of fame. Look for Limelight’s famous speakers to shed new light on their areas of expertise. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa, tampatheatre.org. 

Tampa Bay Publishing Conference. A weekend of useful information and engaging conversations, as dozens of seasoned writers and book industry professionals from throughout Florida share their expertise and personal publishing journeys. 2/22-24, Creative Pinellas campus, Largo, wordierthanthou.com.

World Affairs Conference. How do you make sense of an increasingly confusing world? Here’s one way: Spend a weekend engrossed in stimulating discussions about critical international issues with top intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts. A cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, it might be just what you need right now — and it’s free! Just make sure to register ahead of time via the conference website or by phone, and plan ahead; seating is first-come, first-served. Feb. 12, 5 p.m.: Keynote speech by Chas Freeman, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Feb. 13-15: Daily panel discussions, USFSP University Student Center, 200 6th Ave. S., and USFSP Lynn Pippenger Hall, 700 4th St. S. 727-873-4872, worldaffairsconference.com

Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight w. Carlton Ward Jr. Eighth-generation Floridian Carlton Ward, Jr. has trekked more than 2,000 miles across Florida during two National Geographic-supported expeditions to showcase a ground-breaking statewide vision to protect the last of our wild places. His current project, Path of the Panther, uses sophisticated camera traps and intimate photojournalism to create an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one of America’s most endangered and elusive predators. 2/26, 7 p.m., Ferguson at Straz.


Firestone Grand Prix. The vroom-vrooms take over the streets of downtown St. Pete, much to the delight of racing fans and city boosters (all that national TV coverage of the waterfront!) and much to the chagrin of Beach Drive apartment dwellers.  3/8-10, St. Petersburg, gpstpete.com.

Florida State Fair. Thrill rides, livestock competitions, circus acts, stunt dogs, country singers, racing pigs, demolition derby — and the part everyone cares about the most: fair food! Chicken and waffles pizza, anyone? 2/7-18, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, floridastatefair.com.

Gasparilla Parade of Pirates. If you’ve been, you’ve likely had one of two reactions: I. wil. never. do. this. again. or ARGGHHHThatwasashiploadofbeerybeadedfunhiccup! Whichever is you, Gasparilla is, for better or worse, Tampa. And you do have to go at least once. 1/26, 2-5:30 p.m. Parade begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore boulevards in South Tampa, continues down Bayshore to Brorein Street, then east on Brorein and north to Cass Street & Ashley Drive. gasparillapiratefest.com.

HamilFest. Hamilton fans, don’t throw away your shot! A free day-long celebration of all things Alexander (including that lil’ Broadway show you may have heard of), with singalongs, talent show, discussion panels, tea duels(!), history presentations, costume contests and more. 2/9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 6605 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, sites.google.com/view/hamilfest/home.

Localtopia. Over 200 indie businesses and organizations assemble in St. Pete’s Williams Park for a “community celebration of all things local.” Makers & merchants; multiple “villages” devoted to health, family and the arts; a food truck rally and a restaurant row; music, raffles, photo booth and lots more. 2/2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Williams Park, Downtown St. Pete, KeepSaintPetersburgLocal.org/Localtopia. (Rain date, 2/23).

Valspar Championship. Tiger Woods’s second-place finish brought increased attention to Valspar last year, and while he’s not confirmed yet for this year’s tournament, the nationally televised championship should prove to be a bigger draw than ever. There’s lots more than golf on tap, including a family fun zone (with everything from hula hoops to putt-putt to a Fortnite Zone), Valspar’s first Chillounge and Silent Disco, and the Valspar LIVE concert on Saturday night Mar. 23 featuring… Brad Paisley! 3/18-24, Innisbrook, 36750 US Hwy 19 N., Palm Harbor, valsparchampionship.com.


Battle of the Minds. Challenge your cranial capacity and support a vital non-profit organization, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, at the same time. You and your guests will compete for the coveted Mastermind Cup as cocktails flow and your knowledge of current events, local trivia and Free Clinc facts is tested. (Hint: Bring a board member. I’m available.) 3/2, 6-11 p.m., Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/Battle.

Bravura Brunch. The 25th Anniversary Bravura Brunch to benefit The Florida Orchestra will feature a piano performance by Stuart Malina, principal guest and Coffee Concert conductor, a gourmet lunch, and a silent and live auction. 3/9, 11 a.m., Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, 727-584-4542.

Fire & Light Gala: Illumination. A celebration of the American studio glass movement and the world-class collection of the Imagine Museum. Guests will enjoy VIP access to the galleries, food and drink accompanied by live music and entertainment, and light displays that will illuminate the night. 1/26, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, imaginemuseum.com.

TFO Gala Concert: An Intimate Evening with the Florida Orchestra & Seal. Four-time Grammy Award winner Seal will perform with The Florida Orchestra at its annual gala concert to benefit the orchestra’s community and artistic initiatives. The multiplatinum singer-songwriter will perform classics from the Rat Pack era such as “Luck Be A Lady” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” from his 2017 Standards album, as well as hits like “Kiss from a Rose.” 2/9, 7 p.m., Mahaffey, floridaorchestra.org.

The MUSE Awards. A swell bash thrown each year by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance in the Museum of Fine Arts’ two-story glass conservatory, MUSE is never stuffy and always full of surprises — this year including interactive digital art, pop-up performances and artful by-the-bite dinner courses. But the main event is the MUSE Awards, a tribute to the people making a difference in the city’s booming arts scene, including Mark Aeling and MGA Sculpture Studio; jazz bassist John Lamb; author and Writers in Paradise co-founder Sterling Watson; arts patrons Lisa and Perry Everett and Jennifer and Jeff Lovelady; and photographer Edel Mohr, who’ll be recognized as an extraordinary volunteer for her creation of a book documenting SHINE. 2/8, 7 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, stpeteartsalliance.org.

Whiskey and War Stories. Scott Neil, COO of American Freedom Distillery and retired Master Sergeant of Special Forces, will speak about his experiences as one of the first to lead direct action and counter-terrorism charges into Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa; his work to ensure veterans’ successful re-integration into civilian society; and his collaboration with other Special Operations veterans to open a distillery in St. Petersburg. All proceeds to benefit the Warehouse Arts District Association. 1/26, Tully~Levine Gallery at The ArtsXchange, 515 22nd Street S., St. Petersburg (6 p.m., Whiskey Experience; 7 p.m., Dinner; After Dinner, Scott Neil’s War Stories). warehouseartsdistrictstpete.org.


ArtsXchange Gallery. Off the Wall: Meet the real people and hear the real stories behind Off The Wall: A Curated Series of Storytelling, the photographic exhibit in the Your Real Stories gallery at the ArtsXchange. 1/22 & 2/26, 6:30 p.m., yourrealstories.blog.

Dali Museum. Magritte & Dali: Two preeminent surrealists who opened minds to an alternative view of the world, constantly challenging reality. In addition to viewing the 30+ works on display in the special exhibit, visitors are invited to contemplate (and photograph) an interactive “cloud room” and to capture images of themselves intermingled with surrealist icons & symbols. Through 5/19, thedali.org.

Dunedin Fine Art Center. Laura Waller: Rockland, Tampa, NYC: New works focusing on working waterfronts and urban landscapes from three coastal cities, through 3/1. David Frye—Electromagnetic Narratives: The Saint Helices Series, through 3/1. Jack Ellis: Intricate large-scale watercolors by a local arts legend, through 2/24. One Day Tampa Bay: A 24-hour community photography project intended to capture the lives and light of the Tampa Bay area, through 2/24. dfac.org.

Florida CraftArt. QUEST: Celebration of Glass: In honor of the Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference in St. Petersburg, a three-day conference with more than 5,000 attendees from the glass world, Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs will curate an exhibition of glass masters who draw on mythological, cultural, and personal imagery. 3/7-4/20, floridacraftart.org. GAS Conference, 3/28-30, glassart.org. (Fun fact: Last year’s conference was held in Murano, Italy.)

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the Collection of BNY Mellon. An adventurous group of contemporary image-makers, offering a glimpse into the potential of this ever-expanding medium. Through 4/15, fmopa.org.

Galleria Misto @ The Mahaffey: Jane Bunker. During the month of February, Galleria Misto is devoting its Mahaffey space to a special show by the nationally recognized painter Jane Bunker, whose gorgeous paintings of lilies are being auctioned off on Mar. 9 at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum to benefit a new scholarship for college-bound students with at least one parent of African American heritage. Galleria Misto Preview: Feb. 4-28, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg, galleriamisto.com; Bunker Scholarship Auction: Sat. March 9, 5-8 p.m., Carter Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, BunkerScholarshipAuction.com.

James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. James Michaels: An American Pop Life: A special exhibition devoted to the vibrant pop expressionism and painterly realism of the unique Palm Harbor-based artist. Through 3/3, thejamesmuseum.org.

Museum of Fine Arts. Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger from the Mellon Collection: Extraordinary works by the master mid-century Tiffany & Co. jeweler whose innovative designs graced the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, through 3/31. Drawn to Beauty: The Art and Atelier of Jean Schlumberger: A complementary exhibit tracing the evolution of the Schlumberger style, through 3/10. mfastpete.org.  

Studio@620. Midtown Through Our Eyes: Come experience Midtown and beyond through the eyes of Journeys in Journalism scholars in grades K-12. The three-school magnet and career academy track immerses students in multimedia journalism, equipping them with life skills that serve them no matter what their future career and college paths. Through 1/28, thestudioat620.org.

Syd Entel Galleries/Susan Benjamin Glass. Peter Max The Retrospective 1960-2019: Collected works from the studio of America’s iconic pop artist, through 1/20; gallery receptions 1/19, 5-8 p.m., and 1/20, 1-3 p.m. Alex Sepkus Jewelry Trunk Show: A rare opportunity to view the work of a true original and a master of design. 3/8, 11-6 p.m. and 3/9, 12-2 p.m. Open to the public. RSVP to Linda at 727-725-1808 or Linda@sydentelgalleries.com. 247 Main St,, Safety Harbor, sydentelgalleries.com. 

Tampa Museum of Art. Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations (1/31-5/27): An exhibition celebrating one of South America’s most ambitious and celebrated modern artists, Oswaldo Vigas (Venezuelan, 1923-2014), who drew on a broad mixture of sources and stylistic approaches for his art, mingling indigenous South American traditions with Western modernism into a distinctly personal language. Through 2/14: Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING. You’ll only have a few moments inside Kusama’s mind-blowing Infinity Mirror Room installation, but you likely won’t forget it. Through 3/17: Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective. He’s most famous, of course, for his bold, graphic LOVE sculptures, but this retrospective reveals much more about this seminal artist’s wide-ranging oeuvre over his five-decade career. tampamuseum.org


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