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January-February 2020 A&E Guide

Charles Rowe's "Salt River" (3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches) is among the miniature artworks on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center Jan. 19-Feb. 9.
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Midnight in Paris screening at the Dalì. Whatever you think of Woody Allen, this 2011 fantasy comedy (which won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay) is pretty darn enchanting, its premise being that a current-day screenwriter (Owen Wilson) time-travels to Paris in the 1920s and meets everybody, including Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and, of course, Salvador Dalì (perfectly embodied by Adrien Brody). This free screening at sunset in the Museum’s Avant-garden is being held in conjunction with the Dali’s current exhibition, Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929, which runs through 4/9.

Iliza Shlesinger.
  With five Netflix specials under her belt, including last year’s Elder Millennial, and another on the way, Shlesinger’s stand-up comedy is known for making social topics relatable for everyone.

Steve Martin & Martin Short at Ruth Eckerd. Two of the funniest men alive — and you get ’em both for the price of one!

Englebert Humperdinck at the Cap. Please release him, let him go! He’s got to sing tonight at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre!

Roxanne Faye’s Thrice to Mine at HCC Ybor. One of Tampa Bay’s most charismatic actors as well as a superb writer, Roxanne Faye reprises her one-woman show about Lady Macbeth, Thrice to Mine, in benefit performances for Tampa Repertory Theatre. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, HCC-Ybor, corner of E. Palm Ave. and N. 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba), Tampa, 

1/24, 26 & 28
St. Pete Opera’s Rigoletto at the Palladium. Giuseppe Verdi’s tragedy of love and revenge, in which a corrupt duke seduces the beautiful daughter of his court jester, Rigoletto, has been set amongst Mafiosi in NYC’s Little Italy, Sinatra and his Rat Pack in Las Vegas, and Silvio Berlusconi’s cohorts in Italy. Don’t know what St. Pete Opera will do with it (I can think of at least one corrupt-duke analogy off the top of my head), but I’m confident Maestro Mark Sforzini and company will do Verdi (and “La donna è mobile”) proud. 1/24, 8 p.m.; 1/26, 2 p.m.; 1/28,  7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Ira Glass at the Mahaffey. The most imitated man in public radio, This American Life’s Ira Glass brings his live show, “Seven Things I’ve Learned,” to St. Pete.
The Robert Cray Band at the Cap. The Grammy-winning blues guitarist, who was admitted to the Blues Hall of Fame when he was 57 (the youngest ever admitted), brings his band to the Capitol Theatre.

The 2020 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Or, for short, just Gasparilla. Though it’s been expanded this year to stages on the Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon and MacDill Park, the Big Event is of course the Pirate Parade (preceded by the 103rd Gasparilla Invasion and Brunch, because pirates love brunch). Once the mayor has ceded the invaders the keys to the city, the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla celebrate with a victory parade that begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore and continues for 4.5 miles  into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring 103 floats, five marching bands and over 50 participating social organizations (i.e. krewes). And oh yes, there will be drunken fools clamoring for beads. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,

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. 
Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank at the Florida Holocaust MuseumIf you’ve read The Diary of Anne Frank, you will have already imagined what it felt like for Anne and her family to hide from the Nazis in the cramped, concealed rooms of a friend’s home. Visitors to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam can experience those close quarters with visceral immediacy, and now there’s an exhibition coming to the Florida Holocaust Museum that recreates that haunting, claustrophic environment through Virtual Reality. That’s just one way in which Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank carries her story into the 21st century, addressing issues of identity, exclusion, and discrimination and tracing her life from her birth in 1929 to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Opening reception, Sat. 1/25, 7-9 p.m., RSVP required. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-820-0100,
Kris Kristofferson at the Cap. The Rhodes scholar/rugby player/prolific singer-songwriter, still craggy-sexy 44 years after surviving Streisand and that bathtub scene, KK comes to the Cap.
Through 1/26
Please Stand By: A TV Themed Exhibit at MIZE Gallery. A group exhibit featuring new works inspired by television. Each artist selected from a curated list of TV shows (1950s-current) and worked on a 18 x 12″ canvas. Opening reception 1/10, 6-10 p.m., MIZE Gallery, 689 Dr. MLK Jr St. N, Unit C, St. Petersburg.
Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group at the Cap. Continuing an amazing week of acoustic music at the Capitol Theatre, the wonderfully idiosyncratic Americana trailblazer (and Julia Roberts ex) comes to town with his band.
Radio Theatre Project Live at The Studio@620. Actors at microphones accompanied by live sound-effects maven Matt Cowley, performing radio plays submitted from all over the country — it’s like nothing else around, and it almost always packs the house.
Rita Rudner & Louie Anderson at the Cap. The divine deadpan of Rudner and the comic anarchy of Anderson (aka Christine Baskets) should make for a fun Capitol evening.
Through 1/29
Through Our Eyes: Midtown And Beyond. The 15th Annual Journeys in Journalism Exhibition at the Studio@620 gives students in grades K-12 in South St. Pete the chance to share their worlds via writing and photography. Opening Reception, 1/10, 5-7 p.m.; Second Saturday Art Walk, 1/11, 5-9 p.m.,

Art SENSEation: See, Touch, Hear Me. A sensory art experience that includes original two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork that is meant to be touched and enjoyed by people of all abilities. Much of the artwork displayed was created by artists with sensory disabilities in cooperation with Arts4All Florida, whose mission is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. An Experience/Sensory Collection developed by Florida CraftArt will be on exhibit as well. This collection of 17 works of art, accessible to a diversity of senses, is meant to be viewed, touched and even strummed in some cases. A  partnership between Arts4All Florida, Florida Craft Art, and Creative Pinellas. Opening night reception 1/30, 6-9 p.m., The Gallery at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Rd, Largo,

4th Annual HighBall Craft Cocktail Competition. Who makes the best cocktail in Tampa Bay? Creative Loafing lets us locals decide at the HighBall Craft Cocktail Competition. 7-10 p.m., Nova 535, St. Petersburg.
Sing Out Tampa Bay with The Florida Orchestra. Come belt one out at the Mahaffey with TFO Music Director Michael Francis. Familiar favorites from Broadway, film, symphonic, and popular repertoire.
“Daydreaming: Soul Jazz” with Jeremy Carter at the Palladium.
Sarasota Ballet: Redefined Movement. A program of dances by Sir Frederick Ashton (Les Rendezvous, with music by Daniel Auber); Paul Taylor (the company premiere of  Brandenburgs, with music by Johann Sebastian Bach); and Dominic Walsh  (I Napoletani)  at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
A Gala Evening w. Bernadette Peters and the Florida Orchestra. 
The headliners of the last two Florida Orchestra fundraising galas at the Mahaffey — Sting in 2018, Seal in 2019 — tore the roof off the place (TFO Music Director Michael Francis rocks!) Bernadette Peters promises to be equally soul-shaking, if not quite as loud, because when Peters sings, audiences hang on her every note. With a particular affinity for Sondheim (in the 2010 revival of his A Little Night Music she sang the absolute best version of “Send in the Clowns” I have ever heard), she is not only blessed with a wide vocal range, she’s also such a good actress (c.f. Mozart in the Jungle and The Good Fight on TV, Gypsy and Follies on Broadway, Pennies from Heaven in the movies, just to name a few) that she lets you hear songs like you’ve never heard them before. Tickets are $75, $100, $150 and $200 at and no doubt worth every penny. (Service charges apply. Concert tickets do not include the reception or dinner.)
Stageworks Gala: Come As Thou Art. Stageworks invites guests to dress as “The Creative Expression of Yourself” (or black tie, if that’s easier) for their fundraising gala at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.
David Wilcox at the Straz. If you’re a singer/songwriter fan, you can always depend on the artists booked at the Straz Center’s JaebTheater, and you can find few better than Wilcox, whose warm, empathetic vibe makes him one of the most unassumingly alluring talents in American music.
The Calidore String Quartet at the Palladium. 
Cirque Diablo at Tampa Theatre. Billed as “a new generation of Cirque-style show,” Diablo features a cast of champion acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists in an award-winning spectacle.
Steve Ross: Crown Prince of NY Cabaret at the Palladium. 
“Palladium Paul” Wilborn tested the waters for cabaret at the Palladium’s Side Door Cabaret last December by booking the wondrously talented Ann Hampton Callaway in her Linda Ronstadt show, and the place was packed. That bodes well for the success of Steve Ross, a legend in NYC cabaret circles.
Billy Joel at Amalie Arena.
He didn’t start the fire, he’s the piano man, and even though he’s in a New York state of mind, the tireless troubador is back in Tampa.
Lucinda Williams at the Cap. The great, gravelly-voiced singer/songwriter comes to town for a two-night stand with her band Buick 6. 
WineFest 2020: Cabbyshack at Tampa Theatre. “Somebody step on a duck?” Each year Tampa Theatre’s WineFest fundraiser takes a famous flick as its theme (and usually makes a groan-worthy pun in the process). This year, a landmark achievement in the cinematic arts was the inspiration — or at least a landmark achievement in movies starring Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, gophers and golf. The two-night event features a Wine Pairing on stage on Feb. 7 and a two-tiered Wine Tasting on Feb. 8.
Opera Tampa presents George Bizet’s Carmen. Prepare for a heated Habeñera, a torrid Toreador Song and a stage full of Spanish spitfire as the Straz comes alive with the saga of one of opera’s most inflammatory tragic heroines.
Morningside at Stageworks. A group of women in Atlanta — played by some of the funniest actors ever to grace local stages, including Karla Hartley, Jonelle Meyer, Kari Goetz, Susan Haldeman, Emily Belvo and Jaime Giangrande-Holcom — gather for the worst baby shower ever.
Rays Fan Fest. Though the Tampa Bay Rays may have traded away your favorite players (Travis! Avi! Tommy Pham!), and there’s that pesky Montreal thing hanging over our heads, the annual Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field is still a surefire fun time for baseball fans of all ages, and it’s free.
pARTy of the STrAnGE. Taking a cue from its current exhibition, The Art of the Stage, the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society is throwing a fundraiser for the museum called pARTy of the STrAnGE (see what they did there?), billed as “a celebration of the dramatic” with “edgy entertainment, flamboyant food, dramatic drinks, and entertainment surprises.”
Florida Orchestra: Music of Bond… James Bond. Dum da-da dum, da-da-da dum da-da dum! The next James Bond flick isn’t due out till April, but you can get your Bond fix (if not your Bond-girl fix, or your Daniel Craig fix, or even your dry-martini fix, shaken not stirred or is it the other way around) with this program of classic themes from the movie series. 2/8, Mahaffey (matinee and evening); 2/9, Ruth Eckerd,
Arlo Guthrie at the Cap. He won’t be eating at Alice’s Restaurant (because it’s in Stockbridge, MA, not Clearwater — you can visit it). But expect a big ol’ good-time massacree nevertheless.
Through 2/9
Miniature Art Show at Dunedin Fine Art Center. Artworks measuring only inches in size are the stars of the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s Annual Competition, on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Over 800 works of art will be on display in this 45th annual exhibit, including  the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. Starting Monday January 20 through the end of the show, artists from England, Canada and the U.S., including Florida, will be on hand to demonstrate their techniquesAlso at DFAC through Feb. 16: “Monochromatic Minis,” a community art show for which entrants were invited to submit small artworks in shades of a single color.
WEDU’s An Evening with Rick Steves. That indispensable dispenser of travel advice comes to Tampa Theatre courtesy of our friends in public television, WEDU.,
2/14: Valentine’s Day
A slate of V-Day concerts for every heart’s desire.
For the romantic:
Andrea Bocelli at Amalie Arena.
For the jazz fan:
Whitney James’s Jazz Valentine at the Palladium.
For the Willie Nelson fan (doesn’t that mean everybody?):
Willie Nelson & Family at Ruth Eckerd.
Jazz Theory: A Dance-Jazz Collaboration at The Studio@620. projectALCHEMY, led by Studio@620 Artist in Residence Alex Jones, is teaming up with jazz saxophonist Jeremy Carter for an evening of music and dance. Jazz Theory explores jazz music and dance as ritual, conjuring up sensations of the past and creating new memories to be unlocked in the future with favorites like “Killing Me Softly,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Jitterbug Waltz.” Small appetizers and beer and wine from St. Pete local breweries.
2/14 & 16
Rascher Saxophone Quartet with the Florida Orchestra. 2/14, Straz; 2/16, Ruth Eckerd.
Les Ballets Trockadero at the Cap.
Testosterone in tutus. A mix of ballet expertise and inspired slapshtick that never fails to delight.
The Beach Boys at Ruth Eckerd.
Wish they all could be California boys… but wait, they are! And still singin’ those indelible hits lo these many years later.
Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp at the Palladium.
Marc Maron.
A comic who famously got just about everybody famous to chat with him on his garage podcast WTF, from Keith Richards to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to President Barack Obama, Marc Maron got very famous himself in the process, and has lately been seen in GLOW on Netflix and the blockbuster flick Joker. He makes a stop at the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall on his latest stand-up tour.
One City Chorus with the Alumni Singers at the Palladium.
A concert by One City Chorus, the community chorale led with precision and wit by Jon Arterton, is a guaranteed source of joy, which will no doubt be doubled by the presence of the Alumni Singers.
Through 2/16
Marie and Rosetta at freeFall. A play with music by George Brant, Marie and Rosetta looks at the relationship between influential gospel singer Sister Rosetta Thorpe, the so-called “Godmother of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and her protégée Marie Knight, on the eve of the tour that would make them one of the most important duos in American popular music. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Jobsite. Set in an enchanted forest with fairies, sparring lovers and a group of amateur actors who are putting on a play, this production incorporates aerial and circus performance elements choreographed by Artistic Associate Katrina Stevenson and an original score with songs from The Florida Bjorkestra’s Jeremy Douglass.

Michael Feinstein at the Cap.
The ever-charming champion of the Great American Songbook. 
The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs. A mighty lineup of diplomats, academics, journalists, and professionals in the arts, military and intelligence services comes to St. Pete to brief us on the state of the world. Now in its eighth year, the conference features an opening address by Carol Bellamy, former executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the Palladium on February 18 and a concluding speech by General John Nicholson (retired), recently the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, on February 21 in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. More than 30 panels on today’s hot-button international issues (and boy, do we have a lot of those!) will be held during the weekend on the campus of USF St. Pete. 
Mean Girls at the Straz. The hit Broadway musical based on Tina Fey’s sharply funny movie satire of teen cliquedom.
Through 2/19
Carol Dameron at the Octagon Art Center. A solo retrospective covering a span of 25 years, with 50 works drawing on different genres. Allegory dominates the exhibit, which also features portraiture, still life and collage. The overall mood is dynamic and colorfully resonant with an underlying silence. Opening reception 1/17, 6-8 p.m., Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, 727-531-7704.
Black Violin at the Straz. Heart-stopping string-plucking from a duo that mashes up classical, hip-hop, string instruments and turntables.
Modern Women: Modern Vision, Works from the Bank of America Collection at the Tampa Museum of Art. The work of women photographers in the 20th and early 21st centuries from Berenice Abbott to Cindy Sherman.
Gregory Porter & Ledisi at the Mahaffey.
He’s a nationally acclaimed singer with a rich velvety baritone and she’s a singer and actress who’s been acclaimed as one of the best soul singers of her generation.
Florida Orchestra: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Beethoven’s only violin concerto is in the hands of brilliant Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, part of TFO’s two-year Beethoven celebration. It is framed by Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Christoph König conducts.
Judy Collins at the Cap.
Still vital at 80 (!), Judy Blue Eyes is sailing into the winter of her years with her usual grace and ethereal voice and a new album — called, aptly enough, Winter Stories.
Through 2/23
Skeleton Crew at American Stage. The company returns to the work of MacArthur “genius” playwright Dominique Morisseau (after staging her play Pipeline last year). Skeleton Crew, one of the most acclaimed plays in her Detroit trilogy, is set in 2008 in a dying auto factory where four co-workers are trying to navigate their relationships and uncertain future.


Tampa Bay Symphony: Land & Sea at the Palladium.
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.
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 
Through 2/28
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,
The Sarasota Ballet Presents: Paul Taylor Dance Company
 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. An artist whose intricate, geometric compositions broke boundaries in Native American art.
Through 3/7
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.
Through 3/20
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.
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.
Through 4/9
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.

Through 4/19
Griff Davis and Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 19471967: 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. 




































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