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September-October 2019 A&E Guide

Photo by Tom Kramer of Moving Current Dance Collective performers Travis Mesman and Erin Cardinal.
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Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: Triggered: An Evening in a Brain with RogueDance. Sat. 9/21, 8 p.m. & Sun. 9/22, 3 p.m.

Theatre Tampa Bay Awards. The best work from the 2018-19 professional theater season is recognized in a gala awards show at St. Pete’s Metro Center.

The Who “Moving On!” Tour. That they’re still even moving, let alone moving on, is cause to cheer.

Through 9/22
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami at the MFA. The Japanese art of paper-folding has become an avenue for new discoveries both aesthetic and scientific. Works by master “folders” from all over the world are showcased in this exhibition, in which paper is transformed into intricate sculptures, large-scale installations and conceptual works. 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667,

Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Exhibition & Reception. A showcase of new work from winners of Creative Pinellas’s coveted Emerging Artist grants — or in other words, a sampling of some of the brightest new talents in the county in visual, performing and literary arts. Opening reception 9/12, 6-9 p.m.. Exhibition continues 9/13-15 & 9/18-22, noon to 5 p.m., at the Creative Pinellas gallery in Largo.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today. 
The Fab Four get a star-studded tribute concert at Ruth Eckerd, as Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross and Mickey Dolenz pay homage to The White Album.

Best of the Bay Awards. Creative Loafing’s much-complained-about yet still much-coveted awards from CL readers and writers are announced at a big party at the Mahaffey that attracts maybe the most eclectic crowd you’ll ever see in one room.

An Evening with Salman Rushdie. The féted, fatwa’d, Padma’d and otherwise celebrated novelist comes to Tampa Theatre with a new novel, Quichotte, in tow.

Drawing Water. Nathan Beard, known for abstract, almost mathematical imagery, is also a painter of gorgeous landscapes. His new show at the Brooker Creek Preserve’s Environmental Education Center taps into both impulses.

Literary Roast of Ernest Hemingway. Wordier Than Thou hosts a posthumous roast of the eminently roastable Papa Hemingway. Expect many short declarative sentences.

The Florida Orchestra Opening Night. TFO’s “Bigger, Bolder Beethoven” season in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth gets off to a rousing start with a program featuring his Leonore Overture No. 3, plus Gershwin, Grieg, Mason Bates and Ravel. Straz/Mahaffey/Ruth Eckerd,

Wait Until Dark. Like to be scared out of your wits? Frederick Knott’s hit play should do it, as anyone can attest who’s seen the 1967 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as the blind heroine battling a murderous con man and his cronies.

Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: Momentum Choreographers Showcase with projectALCHEMY.
Sat. 9/28, 7:30 p.m. & Sun. 9/29, 3 p.m.

The Turn of the Screw at freeFall. freeFall Theatre gets into the spirit of the scary season with this adaptation by the American playwright Jeffrey Hatcher of Henry James’s chilling tale of a governess trying to protect her two young charges from evil forces — which may or may not be emanating from the governess herself.

Through 9/29
Dinner with Friends at Tampa Rep. Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer-winning comedy-drama requires actors who are equally adept at subtle and explosive, witty and vulnerable — and they should be folks you could see yourself having dinner with. (There’s a lot of dinner in Dinner with Friends, two of the characters being food writers.) Fortunately, Tampa Rep has assembled a delicious cast for the task:  Ami Sallee, Ned Averill-Snell, Emilia Sargent and Alan Mohney, Jr. as two couples whose longtime friendship is challenged when one couple decides to divorce.

Pretty Vacant. MIZE Gallery pairs Todd Bates and Selina Roman in a show inspired by roadside Americana. Bates is showing his photos and screen prints of vintage neon signs and Roman shoots eerie tableaux staged in aging mid-century motels. @mizegallery.

Vietgone. The regional premiere of Qui Nguyen’s award-winning play about two “very new Americans” who meet and find love in 1975 after the fall of Saigon.

Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: Mad Science by Sheila Cowley / Tom and Paula Kramer Anniversary Celebration. Thurs. 10/3, 7 p.m.,

Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: Dundu Dole African Ballet.
Fri. 10/4,

Revolution: Music of The Beatles — A Symphonic Experience. 
The Florida Orchestra meets Abbey Road with arrangements based on original recordings, vocalists singing the hits, photos from the Beatles Book Photo Library and more. Straz/Mahaffey/Ruth Eckerd,

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, TIGLFF is not only a great filmfest for the LGBT community, it’s a great filmfest, period. Highlights in the lineup include retro screenings of important films in the festival’s history, like the ground-breaking documentary Tongues Untied by black gay filmmaker Marlon Riggs; an acclaimed new doc about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus touring the deep South; and the controversial new comedy Adam about a straight guy who passes for trans to stay in the good graces of his summer crush.

Through 10/6
Meteor Shower at Jobsite. Jobsite Theater kicks off its 2019-20 season with an edgy comedy by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) that’s been called “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with a Twilight Zone twist.” Local favorites Jonelle M. Meyer, Amy E. Gray, Jamie Jones and Jordan Foote star.

Deborah Masters: Spirits. Huge hanging sculptures make a haunting impact at the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs.

Story Days in  Tampa Bay.
Your Real Stories’ 6th annual festival of story-telling, presenting real-life stories told, sung, danced, slammed,talked about and enjoyed in exhibits, performances, and onscreen.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Oompa-Loompa alert! The Broadway tour of the musical based on the mordantly lovable children’s parable comes to the Straz.

Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: Theatre Grottesco presented by St. Petersburg Performs. Thurs. 10/10,

And Then There Were None. Hat Trick turns to Agatha Christie for the classic whodunnit (or who’s doin’ it?). Hat Trick at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theatre,

Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: Choreographic Lecture and Demonstration with Andee Scott.
Fri. 10/11,

Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony. Beethoven with a touch of Mahler? I’ll drink to that! The Florida Orchestra performs Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s “Eroica,” plus Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote (with heartthrob cello soloist Maximilian Hornung) and a world premiere by Kevin Wilt. Straz/Mahaffey/Ruth Eckerd,

JB Smoove: Lollygaggin Tour.
He’s held his own with the likes of Larry David and Chris Rock, with an eclectic comedy resume that ranges from Curb Your Enthusiasm to The Real Husbands of Hollywood to Spider-Man: Far From Home. And tonight he brings his national tour to the Straz.

Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: 620 Dance Hall Finale with VYB Dance.
Sat. 10/12,

Through 10/12
Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: A Decade of Dance: Photographs by Tom Kramer
The dance community in Tampa Bay is simmering, and this fall it comes to a full boil with The Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival, a series of social events, artist talks, lecture demonstrations, and performances by local dance artists and companies at that indispensable center of all things cultural in St. Pete, The Studio@620. The visual centerpiece will be the dynamic dance photography of Tom Kramer. His knack for capturing moments of motion is rooted in his own longtime relationship with a beautiful dancer, his wife, the choreographer Paula Kramer. His show at the Studio@620 brings together a collection of his images, and the September 14 opening will feature an added treat: pop-up dances by many of the performers in the photos. (Note: Tom Kramer’s portraits have graced Mitzi Gordon’s series on arts pioneers for dRTB; see examples here.)

: 20 Years. Has it been 20 years already? Shouldn’t this title come with an exclamation mark?  The pioneering muralist gets his due in a retrospective at the Morean Arts Center.

“The Grasshopper and the Ant” and Other Stories.
At the Museum of Fine Arts, Jennifer Angus creates unsettling images using dried, exotic insects.

A Tribute to Bob Heitman.
A good and talented gentleman, the late Bob Heitman will be honored at Studio@620, where his performances as announcer and cast member with the Radio Theatre Project were models of graceful timing and good humor.

The Star Awards. The best work in the 2018-19 community theater season is recognized in a big awards show at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo.

Through 10/13
The Fabric of India at the Ringling. This alluring show at Sarasota’s Ringling Museum features 140 examples of the variety, technical sophistication, and adaptability of Indian textiles from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The textiles come from private collections and from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday.  This year’s headliners include Boyz II Men (10/17), Trombone Shorty (10/18), Chicago (10/19) and Alison Krauss (10/20).

SHINE. The annual festival that decks the walls of St. Petersburg with mile after mile of murals.

Broadway Ball at the Straz. The Straz Center’s annual fundraising gala celebrates Disney’s Aladdin this year, in anticipation of the Broadway tour opening at the center in December. Performances by the cast, dinner, live auction, dancing and more.

Hauntizaar 2019. For all your creepy, spooky, Halloween-y shopping needs.

Through 10/20
Beautiful & Bizarre at Florida CraftArt. A figurative ceramics invitational featuring human, animal and fantastical figures by nationally known artists that bridge the gap between the real and surreal.

Through 10/20+
Five Fall Exhibitions at Dunedin Fine Art Center. DFAC jumps full-on into the fall season with five new shows: Vista, a dedicated effort to bring home new and vivid visions from contemporary Native American artists and regional visionaries (through 12/24); HUE and Me, an all-media juried exhibition celebrating color (through 10/20); Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back,  a contemporary multi-media artist (Delaware Nation/Cherokee) whose figures serve as her storytellers to the world (through 12/24); ’Round the Wheel, a collection of artists from Tampa Bay and Sarasota exploring  the color wheel through various media and processes (through 12/24); Georgia O’Keeffe: By Her Hand, a limited edition print portfolio of O’Keeffe’s lesser-known early drawings from the collection of Syd and Irwin Entel (through 10/20).

Gretchen Peters at the Jaeb. A singer-songwriter who’s been compared to the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams, Peters brings empathy and a rich tone to  songs like “Arguing with Ghosts,” a heart-rending meditation on aging.

Thrice to Mine. 
Roxanne Fay finds new dimensions in Shakespeare’s scariest heroine, Lady Macbeth.

The Thanksgiving Play. A troupe of terminally “woke” artists attempts to honor Native American Heritage Month and Turkey Day at the same time in a comically doomed Thanksgiving pageant. A satire by Larissa FastHorse, directed by the multi-talented Kari Goetz and starring Giles Davies, Caitlin Eason, Adam Workman and Dana Mauro.

Sueños de Dali. A “Surreal Circus” to benefit The Dalí Museum promises to transform the museum and its grounds into “a big top experience like no other.” Themed open bars, custom cocktails, food and dancing — costumes encouraged, “delight guaranteed.”

Radio Theatre Project.
The 11th season of original radio plays opens with a nod to Halloween Haunting. “Hurst of Hurstcote” by Elizabeth Salazar has ghosts, a spooky English manor, love, suspicion and jealousy. Returning playwright William Ivor  Fowkes presents “Miss Peddy & Grace,” which follows a trail of macabre and mysterious deaths. Each monthly program features the RTP acting ensemble with sound effects from Foley Master Matt Cowley, with Paul Wilborn on the piano. Shows are performed in front of a live studio audience with a sign language interpreter. 7 p.m., Studio@620,

Cirque du Soleil: AXEL. Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever ice show, Crystal, came to the Amalie last year, and it was pretty darned fantastic. Cirque’s usual daredeviltry seemed that much more death-defying with everyone wearing skates, and the story’s focus on the struggles of a young writer gave the show an affecting throughline. So I’m happy to report that the troupe is back with its second skating spectacular, AXEL. The title character is again a young artist, this time part of a group of friends passionate about graphic design and live music (which bodes well for the visuals and soundtrack) in “a high-speed chase for love and self-realization.” Local note: Sarasota-based skating couple Andy Buchanan and Robin Johnstone, who were in the cast of Crystal, are returning for AXEL. Amalie Arena, Tampa, Thurs. 10/31 and Fri. 11/1 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 11/2 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 11/3 at 1 & 5 p.m.,

Through 11/3
At The Dalí: Goya & Augmented Reality.
An exciting pair of shows: Visual Magic, a look at some of the museum’s best-known paintings through the lens of Augmented Reality, a technological feat of which Dali surely would have approved; and Before Dali: Goyas — Visions & Inventions, a selection of powerful works by Dali’s Spanish antecedent, the game-changing Goya, whose Los Caprichos suite of prints may haunt your dreams long after you see them.

Through 11/10+
Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts at the Tampa Museum of Art. 
The Tampa Museum of Art presents three discrete exhibitions focused on works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Purvis Young, and a selection of 20th- and 21st-century Haitian Vodou flags. The use of found objects, such as discarded wood and textiles, links the exhibitions together. Moreover, historical and socio-economic narratives informed by the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, the Black experience in America, as well as European artistic influences, unite the artists featured in the series. Although each is a stand-alone show, viewed together the series explores provocative portrayals of race, identity, spirituality, survival, and hope in a range of assemblage objects and compositions. The three shows are Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist /Two Masterpieces (through 11/10); Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection (through 1/26/20); and Purvis Young: 91 (through 1/26/20).

Through 12/1
Environmental Impact II at the James. 
It’s the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art (italics mine), and this traveling exhibition of contemporary paintings, photographs and sculptures is designed to remind us of the fragility of our world — including our wildlife. The showpiece: a 16-foot-long, 6-foot-wide hanging installation of a blue whale made of recycled plastic objects, aluminum armature, wire and cable ties.

Through 12/22
Pivot at the Imagine Museum. Imagine’s first “open call” yielded work by 28 glass artists from all over the globe. The museum asked artists to submit work that reflected a pivotal moment in a career path, process and/or artistic direction — work that represented a new path of expression for the artist that could be communicated  to the viewer. The exhibition reflects the immense diversity in today’s studio glass movement, from the whimsical glass macarons of Nashville-based Meredith Edmondson to CLEO, the “Crystal Light Emitting Object” created by the robotics/glassblower team of Mike Soroka & Jeremy Sinkus. 

Through 12/31
Women Are Beautiful. Works by the quintessential street photographer Garry Winogrand at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa.

Through 1/5/2020
Robert Rauschenberg: America Mix-16 at the Tampa Museum of Art. A portfolio by the seminal American artist featuring pictures of found vignettes or objects he encountered during his travels around the U.S. He found beauty in the mundane, such as a dilapidated rag hanging from the gas cap of an abandoned truck or the inadvertent still life of discarded objects resting on the curb. Tampa Museum of Art,

William Pachner: Loss and Affirmation at the Florida Holocaust Museum. One of the most important artists to emerge in Tampa Bay in the post-WWII era, Pachner, who died in 2017 at the age of 102, came to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia in 1939. Learning after the war that his parents and brother had been murdered by the Nazis, he began creating powerful paintings and drawings that addressed man’s inhumanity to man, later turning to a focus on human connection. His children donated this collection of illustrations and drawings to St. Petersburg’s Florida Holocaust Museum. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg,

Through 3/1
Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay.
The Florida Holocaust Museum sheds light on the shameful history of racial segregation in Tampa Bay during the Jim Crow era and the courageous response by Civil Rights activists. Opening reception Sat. 9/7,  7-9 p.m., open through 3/1.



























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