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July-August 2019 A&E Guide

Helen Frankenthaler, February's Turn at the Tampa Museum of Art. Details below.
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Tongue and Groove. Curated by Arthouse3’s Kathy Gibson, this show at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas in Largo brings together the work of Babette Herschberger and Ry McCullough, two artists who met only last year but who share a strikingly complementary aesthetic.

Pivot. The Imagine Museum’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. 

Constellations. A much-acclaimed play by the young British writer Nick Payne (Ruth Wilson was nominated for a Tony for her performance in the 2015 Broadway production), Constellations centers on the romantic relationship between a beekeeper and a cosmologist but branches out into everything from quantum mechanics to ballroom dancing as it explores the many different directions two lives can take. Jobsite Theater, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Preview performances 7/10-11. Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. 813-229-STAR,

Pippin. Singers have been reaching for their corner of the sky ever since Stephen Schwartz’s musical landed on Broadway in 1972, and the show about a young prince searching for the meaning of life has been a staple of the musical comedy repertory everywhere from high schools to Broadway ever since. Director Diane Paulus’s circus-themed take in 2013 brought new life (and four Tonys) to the show, FX’s Fosse/Verdon just shed new light on director Bob Fosse’s staging, and now freeFall Artistic Director Eric Davis is putting his own freeFall-esque spin on it. Everything has its season, but we expect he’s got magic to do, just for… you?

Feeding Tampa Bay Epic Chef Showdown. The Epicurean Hotel and Feeding Tampa Bay team up with chefs from eight of the region’s best restaurants in a seven-week cooking competition to benefit the fight against hunger in Tampa Bay. Just like those Food Network shows, competing chefs will be presented with mystery ingredients and challenged to create delicious dishes under the pressure of the clock with an audience and judges watching the culinary action at the hotel’s Epicurean Theatre.

Fun Home. It hasn’t been all that long since area audiences had the chance to see Jeannine Tesoro and Lisa Kron’s Tony-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir — the Broadway tour was at the Straz in 2017. But it’s such a moving, joyous and sui generis look at a young woman’s coming to terms with herself and the secret life of her father that it’s worth seeing again and again. And it’ll be, um, fun to see what director Karla Hartley (away from her usual home at Stageworks) and American Stage’s crackerjack team of designers will do with the show in the theater’s intimate space.

LAB Laughs. The Lab Theater Project moves from their usual digs at the Silver Meteor Gallery to the roomier environs of Stageworks Theater, where they’re presenting “an evening of adult humor” featuring one-act plays by David Mamet (of Glengarry Glen Ross fame), Doug Wright (of I Am My Own Wife fame) and Owen Robertson (LTB’s head honcho). labtheaterproject. com.

Through 7/20
Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel. A panel exhibition at the Henry  B. Plant Museum — formerly the posh Tampa Bay Hotel (now part of the University of Tampa campus) — reveals truths about the women who cared for garments and guest rooms they’d never be able to afford themselves.

Through 7/21
The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis. In the first three decades of the 20th century, American photographer Edward S. Curtis traveled the country to document “vanishing” Native American cultures with his cameras, producing thousands of images. His respect for Native people was ahead of his time, and the relationships he nurtured allowed for information-gathering that would have otherwise been lost to history. A moving, thought-provoking exhibition at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.

Rays on the Runway.
Tampa Bay Rays players exchange their uniforms for stylish duds from area retailers to benefit the Children’s Dream Fund, strutting the runway with children who’ve been helped by the Fund to realize their wildest dreams despite having to contend with life-threatening illness.

John Cusack & Say Anything
. A screening of that most crushable of romantic comedies, 1989’s Say Anything, with the extra bonus of star John Cusack, live and in person. If we’re lucky, he’ll bring his boombox along and play “Your Eyes” for, like, an hour.

Shawn Mendes. Ever since breaking through in 2013, there’s been nothing holding him back. The Canadian singer/songwriter/heartthrob brings his tour to the Amalie Arena, with special guest Alessia Cara.

The Dave Matthews Band.
Did you know DMB was the first group to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at the top of the Billboard 200, and that they’ve sold more than 100 million tickets? You can make it 100 million +1 when Dave  and company crash into Tampa’s Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater.

Grouper Food Truck Rally.
Grouper groupies, it’s time to go crazy at this Grouper Week event (yes, there’s something called Grouper Week) at St. Pete’s Albert Whitted Airport. The food trucks will be serving up specialty grouper and seafood-inspired dishes in addition to their normal cuisine. Craft beer, too, of course.

Ferris Brewer’s Day Off Beerfest. The annual movie-themed beerfest for the benefit of historic Tampa Theatre is a good excuse to play hooky (though it is on a Saturday).

5th Annual 4×6 Fest. A bunch of crazy-talented people gather at St. Pete’s ArtsXchange to write, produce and perform eight brand new plays they create within 24 hours.

Lionel Richie. Well, “Hello!” From the Commodores to the Oscars to the Kennedy Center Honors, from “Three Times a Lady” to “Endless Love” to, yes, “Hello,” Lionel Richie has been writing hits and epitomizing smooth for decades with no signs of letting up. He’s hitting the Amalie on a tour in support of his new Live from Las Vegas album.

Bill Maher
. The political barb-master brings his probably-not-very-P.C. humor to Ruth Eckerd.

Luke Bryan. The country bro and American Idol judge hits the Amp on his Sunset Repeat Tour, accompanied by Cole Swindell, Jon Langston and DJ Rock.

8/2- 11
The 100 Dresses. Innovocative Theater brings to life the beloved children’s book about an ostracized young girl whose drawings of dresses ultimately answer the bullies who plagued her. 

97X Craft Beer Experience at the Mahaffey. More than 100 types of craft beer from local and national craft brewers, plus food from St. Pete restaurants, live music, and Drew and Shark from 97X.

Through 8/10
Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets.
The goofy, beautiful creatures we share our lives with, as rendered by a slew of talented craft artists. Related activities throughout the summer include sessions with shelters, veterinarians, pet-friendly businesses and fellow pet owners.

Through 8/11
Tampa Museum of Art: Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, Selections from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell. Abstract Expressionism as a unifying direction in post-WWII art, reflected in 25 works by such seminal artists as de Kooning, Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Mark Rothko (4/11-8/11).

Bolts Brew Fest. A huge and hugely entertaining food and beer fest at the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena.

Through 8/18
Quilts & Textiles. 
Six count ‘em six shows celebrating the multi-faceted field of fabric art both traditional and contemporary.

Queen + Adam Lambert.
From the time he showed off his awesome singing chops on Idol, it was clear Adam Lambert was born to be Queen — and if he can’t (and probably doesn’t want to) erase the memory of Freddie Mercury, he’s a star in his own right, with the kind of flamboyant precision that fits perfectly with the Queen aesthetic. amaliearena. com.

Wearable Art. It’s the 15th (!) anniversary of Tampa Bay’s most fabulous fashion show, and Dunedin Fine Art Center is promising that this year’s edition will top them all. We have no doubt it’ll live up to the hype; it always does.

Halfway There: A Festival of Beer.
That’s halfway, as in halfway to Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020, at Armature Works.

George Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic.
The out-of-this-world funksters beam down to the Mahaffey from whatever celestial sphere they’re currently occupying.

6th Annual Tampa Bay Theatre Festival at the Straz. Thanks to the bountiful charisma of fest founder Rory Lawrence , this valuable festival keeps getting bigger and stronger, this year with eight new full-length plays plus workshops on acting, directing, improv and playwriting.

Geckofest. The inimitable end-of-summer testament to why Gulfport will always stay joyously, determinedly weird.

Through 9/2
Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. 
Forty superb Old Master paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries by major Italian, Spanish, German, and Netherlandish artists at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Art Ties Us.
Fashion benefits charity in this juried competition for which local artists submitted designs for the wardrobes — to be specific, the ties — of staffers at St. Pete’s Birchwood Inn.

Through 9/22
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. 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,

Through 10/13
The Fabric of India. 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.

Through 11/3
At The Dalí: Goya & Augmented Reality. 
There’s an embarrasment of riches in area museums at the moment, including the profoundly moving Edward S. Curtis photography exhibit at the James (through 7/21) and the invigorating Abstract Expressionism show at the Tampa Museum of Art (through 8/11). Now the Dali has added another exciting pair of shows into the mix, both of which opened June 15: 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.

Pictured above (from the Tampa Museum of Art Abstract Expressionism show): Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011), February’s Turn, 1979. Oil on canvas. 48 1/8 x 108 1/4 inches.The Haskell Collection. © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


























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