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Che Malambo at the Straz. An all-male Argentinian company whose performances involve dance duels, drums, and long cords with stones tied to the ends called boleadoras. strazcenter.org.
MUSE Awards. This annual benefit for the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance at the Museum of Fine Arts honors a slew of local worthies: dance guru Suzanne Pomerantzeff, arts patrons Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky, Your Real Stories co-founders Lillian Dunlap and Jaye Sheldon, glassmaster Duncan McClellan and painter D. Yael Kelley. This year’s pARTy will be designed to complement the MFA’s Art of the Stage exhibition with a theatrical milieu, makeup table, masks and performances. stpeteartsalliance.org.
I Am… at Morean Arts Center. A group exhibition that proposes a new way to overcome the ineffectiveness of prejudgment through the lens of a multitude of photographers from various parts of the globe. Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, moreanartscenter.org.
The Sarasota Ballet Presents: Paul Taylor Dance Company at FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
Tampa Bay Symphony: Land & Sea. The Tampa Bay Symphony bills itself as “a volunteer orchestra with a professional sound” — over 80 musicians playing solely for love, conducted by that consummate professional Mark Sforzini (who’s also Maestro of the St. Petersburg Opera Company). Country and countryside, earth and ocean inform the Winter Concert “Land & Sea,” which brings together arias from Gounod and Verdi, Roger Zare’s Tectonics, Debussy’s La Mer and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by the peerless Eugenie Bondurant. Young Artist Competition winner Jose Simerilla Romero is the tenor soloist. 3/1, 2:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall, Straz Center. tampabaysymphony.com.
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. flholocaustmuseum.org.
Sponge Exchange and FloodZone at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Solo exhibitions by artists Hope Ginsburg and Anastasia Samoylova draw attention to threatened environments both above and below the sea’s surface via photos and video. usfcam.usf. edu.
The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works. Wait, what? The Tampa Museum of Art is 100 years old? Didn’t it just open in 2010? Or no, wait — that cube on the river is their second home, they opened first in 1979 in a building on the other side of Curtis Hixon, right? Think again. In fact, the museum has existed in multiple incarnations since 1920, when it was the Tampa Museum of Fine Arts, holding its first exhibition on the second floor of City Hall. The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works is a representative selection of the collections it has amassed over the decades, including its renowned collection of ancient Greek and Roman art and increased acquisitions of modern and contemporary art. tampamuseum.org.
Gather the Tribe: Listening Room Festival 2020. Up-close concerts in unique spaces and living rooms all over Tampa Bay, where the intimacy between audience and performer is unmatched. The LRFest Showcase on Fri. Mar. 27 is the festival’s apex, when the singer-songwriters who’ve been playing in area homes come together for a stellar concert at the Palladium. listeningroomfestival.com.
Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 at the Dalì. Turns out the year 1929 wasn’t just notable for that crashing-stock-market business. It was also, according to Dalì Museum Executive Director Hank Hine, the turning point for the Surrealist movement. And where was all the action? In Paris, of course — an “avant-garde hothouse rife with artistic conflict and friendly rivalry” among such legendary figures as Buñuel, Giacometti, Magritte, Miró, Man Ray and, of course, Salvador Dalì. Midnight in Paris, 1929, which was organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Dali Museum, makes its first and only appearance in North America at the Dalì and is designed to evoke the streets of Paris, where visitors can stroll by paintings, photographs, sculptures and personalities of iconic Surrealist artists. thedali.org.
Griff Davis and Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 1947–1967: A Global Friendship at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. A selection from the archives of 62 never-before-seen photographs and material reflecting the decades-long friendship between the photographer, journalist and Senior Foreign Service Officer Griffith J. Davis and the renowned poet Langston Hughes. fmopa.org.
Art of the Stage, Picasso to Hockney at the Museum of Fine Arts. An exhibition that sounds like a must for theater and art geeks alike: Art of the Stage features over 100 studies for scene, costume, curtain, and program designs, as well as maquettes and costumes, by noted artists from the 19th century to the present day. mfastpete.org.