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June-July 2019 A&E Guide

Helen Frankenthaler, February's Turn at the Tampa Museum of Art. Details below.
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St Pete Pride. 
Festivities during the biggest LGBTQ+ pride celebration in Florida include pre-parties on Wednesday at Sirata Beach Resort and Thursday at the Museum of Fine Arts; a free concert Friday night in North Straub Park by Lisa Loeb, the brainy-sexy 1990s pop star; the rollicking night parade down Bayshore Drive on Saturday; and the vibrant street festival all day Sunday in the Grand Central District. 6/19-23, full details at

Madama Butterfly. Puccini’s opera about Cio-Cio San and her misguided devotion to an American naval officer is everyone’s favorite operatic heartbreaker. Bring tissues. St. Petersburg Opera Company at The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Fridays, 6/21 & 28, 7:30; Sundays, 6/23 & 30, 2 p.m.; Tues., 6/25, 7:30 p.m. 727-823-2040,

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 6/30
Long Day’s Journey Into Night. American Stage tackles Eugene O’Neill’s wrenching drama of family and addiction.

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 plans to put his own freeFall-esque spin on it. Everything has its season, but we expect he’s got magic to do, just for… you?

Fun Home. It hasn’t been all that long since area audiences had the chance to see Jeannine Tesori’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.

Through 7/21
James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art: 
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.

Through 7/28
Museum of Fine Arts: 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 (3/23-7/28).

The 100 Dresses.

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. Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-7391,

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).

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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