ARTS & CULTURE June/July 2017

NANETTE RECOMMENDS

Curl up with a good book on the beach, or take advantage of the amazing arts and culture events happening all over town.

Hideaway Cafe: This is one of the best live music showcases downtown. Catch Shawn Brown 7/9 and 7/17 don’t miss Songwriters in the Round – Caudill, Mehl, Weiss

Yes, we have them in St. Pete Beach but there’s a quirky adult vibe & cocktails at the Hollander Hotel Dive-In Movie Party (7/29, 7-10 pm)

The Getaway’s food, tiki décor and boat drinks are always fun, but more so when Smokey & The Angels (7/11, 7-11 pm) are in the house. 13090 Gandy Blvd N, St. Pete.

Lunch Truck It takes place every thid Wednesday of the month from 11 am -2 pm in Williams Park (300 Second Ave. N) this summer.

The Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center tribute shows include homages to Frankie Valli (6/10), Patsy Cline (7/8), Motown (8/12). 4951 78th Ave. N; www.pinellas-park.com/residents/events

PAVA’s 29th Annual COOL Artshow convenes at The Coliseum July 15-16, 10 am – 5 pm.

A free LEGO exhibition courtesy of The Viniks will boost public art. The Art of the Brick with 100 Nathan Sawaya Lego sculptures will be on display Wed. thru Sun. June 23-Sept. (802 E Whiting St., Tampa)

FYI: For venue address, phone. website, check our Events Listings in the back of the magazine. – Nanette Wiser

Palladium/Side Door/Hough Hall 253 Fifth Ave. N, downtown St. Petersburg 727- 822-3590 www.mypalladium.org

  • June 18: The Comedy of Ward Smith & Friends – The Palladium’s Side Door Cabaret is Tampa Bay’s critically-acclaimed listening room offering the best in blues, jazz, acoustic, Celtic and more! This award-winning space of only 175-seats gives audiences the rare opportunity to see established and emerging artists up close in the intimate atmosphere of a nightclub, complete with linen-draped, candlelit tables where the performers are the focal point. Adding to the Side Door experience, audiences can enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and if the spirit moves, get up and dance!
  • June 11: Expressions Academy of Dance: Stage & Screen – 20th Showcase
  • June 16: Nate Najar’s Swing Guitars with Chip Henderson
  • June 18: Lillette’s Rhythm Club with Jade Simmons
  • June 18: Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz

Musical Chairs:

The summer sizzles with concerts for every musical taste. Kendrick Lamar (9/1) and Katy Perry (12/!5) at The Amalie Arena are sure to sell out fast, so get tix now.

  • The Mahaffey Theater will host the Isley Brothers Aug. 6 @ 7 pm.

Get your tickets now for Lovers of jazz, soul, R&B and the sounds of gospel will enjoy Preservation Hall presents: Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Legacy Quintet heading to St. Petersburg Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm while comedian Tracy Morgan returns Nov. 5.

The Capital Theater showcases rock legend Dave Mason 6/13, Firefall and

Al Stewart 7/1 and An Evening with Ace Frehley 7/20.

Ruth Eckerd Hall features songbird Ann Wilson of Heart 6/10, the magnetic Gypsy Kings 6/16 and the incomparable Diana Ross 6/21. Stars of the hit CMT series Nashville perform at REH 7/25 featuring cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Jonathan Jackson. Esten was just announced as the host of the upcoming 2017 CMT Music Awards.

  • Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall student performance of Bye, Bye Birdie July 27-29 gets in the spirit of things when the classic movie, starring Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke, airs on 6/9 at 7 pm.
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall announces the 2017-18 Broadway season, which includes, making its Clearwater debut, the Tony Award®-winner for Best Musical Jersey Boys, along with multiple Tony Award® Best Musical winners A Chorus Line, Cabaret & Chicago, family favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Onstage and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles.

6th Annual TBEC Etsy Craft Party (7/8 11 am – 4 pm):

The Tampa Bay Etsy Crew brings the area’s most vibrant makers, artisans, and vintage sellers. This free community event will have Live Skill Demonstrations and Make & Take projects for all! The first 100 through the door get a Dark Cycle Clothing swag bag full of goodies from vendors, sponsors, and community makers. And don’t miss our raffle- 100% of the proceeds go to the Heart Gallery Tampa Bay!

St Petersburg Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N DTSP

Downtown St. Petersburg Highlights:

  • June 9 to 11 – The Coliseum;  – Ink Mania Tattoo & Art Expo
  • June 16 – Port St. Pete;  – St. Pete Grouper Grunge Festival
  • June 24 – Location TBA;  – LGBT Pride Parade
  • June 25 – St. Pete Pride Festival – – Location TBA;
  • July 1  Vinoy Park; – Vans Warped Tour –
  • August 5 – South Straub Park- The Great Brain Wash

PARTIES

  • Simmer & Sift This ongoing Museum of Fine Art edible extravaganza this summer presentsculinary legends and chefs. Sponsored by AARP Tampa Bay, it kicks off June 28. Space is limited; reserve your spot now $40.person.www.mfastpete.org/simmerandsift
  • Gary Mormino: Simmer & Sift will feature presentations on Florida cuisine by award -winning historian Gary Mormino. Dr. Mormino has served as a professor of history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and was named the 2003Humanist of the Year by the Florida Humanities Council. In August, he will discuss the “Foodways of Ybor City” and explore the “Ten Foods that Define Modern Florida” in September.
  • June 28: Enjoy the sumptuous seafood fare of Kenny Tufo, the executive chef of Sea Salt. Tufo, whose culinary career spans over two decades, has worked alongside the talents of Gordon Hammersly, Scott Bryan, and Daniel Boulud and has cooked at New York’s legendary James Beard House.
  • July 26: Lauren Macellaro, the executive chef of The Reading Room, will bring her garden-grown demonstration. A New York native, Macellaro attended the Institute of Culinary Education and served as sous chef for both Cucina 24 and the Locale Market before taking her talents to The Reading Room.
  • Aug. 23: Dual restaurant-owner Greg Baker will present his old Florida- inspired Demonstration. Baker, the chef-owner of Tampa’s The Refinery and Fodder & Shine, trained at Portland’s Western Culinary Institute and is passionate about Florida cuisine and maintaining partnerships with farmers. He was included in acookbook by Chef Mario Batali and has been recognized in USA Today, TheWashington Post, Bon Appetit and Edible Tampa Bay.
  • Sept. 27: Chef Norman Van Aken’s is the executive chef-owner of 1921 by Norman Van Aken and a James Beard semifinalist. He has been called “the culinary Titan of Florida” and is one of the founders of New American Cuisine. Van Aken has been featured everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel Live to The New York Times and has published five cookbooks. Abook-signing will follow his demonstration

FILM

Summer Dive In Movies: Splash into our theater under the stars at the Summer

Dive-In Movies at the St. Pete Beach Community Aquatic Center. Grab a float, chair, or floating chair to view a kid friendly movie from the pool on the big inflatable screen! No outside coolers or food allowed; snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold.

  • June 16 – Jungle Book,
  • June 30 – Lego Bathman,
  • July 14 – Finding Dory,
  • July 28 – Dr. Strange.

FYI: Tickets 7 pm; doors open 8 pm. www.spbrec.com 727-363-9264.

THEATER

At the Mahaffey Theater, run, don’t wait to get your tickets to a La La Land  Live-To-Film Celebration where you can enjoy the jazz soundtrack played by a 100-piece orchestra conducted by composer Justin Hurwitz, larger than life dance numbers and strong storytelling continue to endear it to audiences & critics alike. Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. South 727-893-7832; www.mahaffey.com

Studio@620 -620 1st Avenue South, downtown St. Pete June 8-11, 15-18 “Tunnelvision: The Musical” in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. The musical was written by Tim Cain, the award winning musician, activist and founder of the iconoclastic gay rock band, Boys’ Entrance. Founded in 1991 in Chicago, Boys’ Entrance is recognized internationally for creating some of queer rock’s most challenging and critically acclaimed music. Their 2016 album, “Tunnelvision” (Q Ear music) has been hailed as “the next Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

American Stage Theater Raymond James Theatre,  163 3rd Street North downtown St. Pete www.americanstage.org 727-823-PLAY (7529) BoxOffice@AmericanStage.org

  • Thru-June 25 – The Invisible Hand: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this intense,fast-moving, and contemporary political thriller.
  • June 19 & 26: Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project presents The Golden Gurlz LIVE starring Matthew McGee (Dorothy), Joey Panek (Rose), Scott Daniel (Blanche) & Emanuel Carrero (Sophia) as television’s favorite geriatric funny ladies. This all-new parody/tribute show will be a fundraiser for Metro Wellness.
  • American Stage After Hours www.americanstage.org/after-hours
  • June 18, 7 pm – House Teams Live Improv/Comedy: A night of outrageous improvised comedy. Laugh out loud with As Per Usual and Separate Checks the 3rd Sunday of each month.
  • June 4, Other Dates TBD – Hawk & Wayne Anywhere, USA Improv Comedy: Gavin Hawk and Ricky Wayne are now in their 8th season at American Stage, take a comedic road trip with Hawk & Wayne through “Small Town America.” Totally funny and 100% improvised, these 2015 Best of the Bay winners will bring to life an uproarious and ridiculous cast of characters.

FreeFall Theater:

Youth and adults can sign up now summer classes and explore the art of theatre in a supportive and enriching environment. FYI: 727.498.5205; admin@freefalltheatre.com https://freefalltheatre.com/education/

OPERA & DANCE

The St. Petersburg Opera Company www.STPeteOpera.org

  • Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann will be performed June 2, 4 & 6 at the Palladium Theater. Hoffmann, the poet hero of The Tales of Hoffmann, has four love affairs that haunt him in Offenbach’s grand and final opera.
  • June 30-July 9, Stephen Sondheim’s enchanting Into The Woods will be performed.

WRITING & THE SPOKEN WORD

Young Adult Writing Workshop with Amy Christine Parker: Register for this writing workshop series, held Saturday afternoons on June 10 and June 24 hosted by the WordSmitten Writing Workshops. Parker is the author of three critically acclaimed Young Adult books under the Random House Children’s imprint. She will be teaching a series of master classes as WordSmitten’s guest author and instructor for June. You can also register for summer writing workshops to discover the craft of the short story, novel, memoir, and nonfiction. Saturday afternoons. www.WordSmittenMedia.com

Creative Writing Summer Camp: Keep St. Pete Lit and the Morean Center for Clay are teaming up to offer a free Creative Writing Summer Camp for low-income students ages 9 to 12. Come learn about creativity in a fun week-long camp with Keep St. Pete Lit teachers! All students will explore storytelling through play, art and writing in a welcoming environment. Students will also be invited to participate in a final camp reading. Camps July 17-21 and July 24-28, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg. Space is limited, so reserve a spot for your child today! FYI: 727-798-4530;register by July 5.

Studio@ 620: Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader kicks off the night, followed by 10 minute open mic slots. In partnership with Keep St. Pete Lit, enjoy Poetry Open Mike with a featured poet and opportunity to read 7-9 pm June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25

Happy Hour with the Historian: Sharing the stories of the sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series features an evening of wine, words and wisdom.

  • July 13: Peter Meinke: An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate;
  • Sept 14: Bill Leavengood: Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City;
  • Nov 9: Lynn Waddell: Fringe Florida 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052; www.spmoh.org

Comedy: Tickle your funny bone at Coconuts Comedy Club (5501 Gulf Blvd., SPB; 727-360-5653) and Hawk & Wayne’s Anywhere USA quirky improv at American Stage 6 pm Sunday.

FESTIVALS, ARTWALKS & WALKING TOURS

June 10, July 8 – St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk:  Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central  District, & the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5 to 9 pm. Download the new Studio/Gallery guide here. https://stpeteartsalliance.org/wp-content/uploads /2016/04/Arts-Alliance-Directory-2.17.17-reduced-size.pdf

Night Market St. Pete

(7/13 7-11 pm): The 3rd Night Market under the Stars. Awesome local vendors, delicious food and drinks! Kids Fun Zone, pet friendly and high energy DJ! Note the summer times from 7-11 pm! This will be our largest yet, as we are spilling over into the 3Daughters parking lot creating even more vendor spots! St Pete Side Lot 2133 2nd Ave S. DTSP

Gulfport Adventures: Get your funky fun on at Gulfport’s Tuesday’s Fresh Market, Swing Dancing Wednesday at the Casino and Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday. 3101 Beach Blvd., www.visitgulfportflorida.com

St. Pete Preservation‘s (SPP) Walking Tours:  Enjoy these “Twilight on the Town” historic strolls that allow participants to learn a bit of history and architecture, all followed by a chance at the end of the tour to cool down and continue the conversation while enjoying one of the area’s local fun spots. Tours are free for SPP members and just $10 for nonmembers. Starting locations and times vary and are listed below. Tours last about an hour and end at a local business where tour goers are welcome to get something to eat or drink. www.stpetepreservation.org

  • June 6 The Waterfront;
  • June 15 Historic Gulfport;
  • June 28 Downtown

GALLERIES

Check out the eclectic exhibits at the Leslie Curran Gallery (1431 Central Ave.) and Beach Drive’s Shapiro Gallery, Ocean Blue and Wyland Galleries.

Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. www.dmglass.com

  • June 10: “Sea Discernibly” featuring the newest works by Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty. 5-9:30 pm; free Glassblowing demonstrations 6-7:30 pm. Cash bar and food truck on the premises. Coming soon, The Duncan McClellan Gallery and DMG School Project headquarters in the Warehouse District will launch the first-ever ArtZipline®.

ArtPool Gallery

  • July 15 Trashin’ Fashion Looking for Designers /Artists/Models

Design your own collection, or team up with some friends, and work on a line of recycled & upcycled couture! Trashion Fashion is our most creative fashion show of the year, we welcome designers of any age, no experience needed, and it is free to participate. 2030 Central Ave DTSP 727-324-3878 artpoolgallery@gmail.com

Creative Clay 1114 Central Ave., St Pete – 727-825-0515  https://www.creativeclay.org/

  • Thru June 30 – Community Café: Flower Power showcases paintings of flowers by Linda M., Emily M., Gina K., Conchita, Mike E., Dolores M.,Yalanda S. & Patsy Lieberman, Teff A. Hazard, Sheryl L.
  • Thru June 30 – Time After Time featuring the artwork of Ray M who paints clocks and watches.

Morean Arts Center http://www.moreanartscenter.org/   727.822.7872 Check out these classes and workshops. http://www.moreanartscenter.org/classes-2/

  • Thru June 25 100 Years 100 Artists: For 100 years, the Morean and the Art Club have been a place for art lovers to gather and exhibit, create, and learn about contemporary art. This exhibition tells the Morean’s story through its mission, and specifically, through the individual artists who shaped our organization and made it what it is today.

The Chihuly Collection:

Launching this summer, the Chihuly will be part of the Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. 720 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872 www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly/

Florida CraftArt:

Contemporary Fiber in Florida (thru 6/17) This juried exhibition showcases original artwork with contemporary approaches to fiber art, pushing the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution. The exhibition features fresh interpretations of traditional types of fiber art including surface design, weaving, basketry, felting and wearable art and includes work created with nontraditional materials and innovative technologies and is curated by Cindy Bartosek a well-known artist, photographer and curator from West Palm Beach. 501 Central Avenue downtown St. Pete 727-821-7391 http://www.floridacraftart.org

MUSEUMS

Construction has started on the $70 million Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement downtown at 4th Ave. North between Third and Fourth Streets. The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is also under construction – 100 Central Ave. St Pete

Thru June 10 – St. Petersburg Museum of History: Two exhibits offering a unique look at Florida history run through June 10: Seminole People of Florida: Survival and Success and Florida Folk Art – Just Above the Water. www.SPMOH.org

Museum of Fine Arts  Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-896-2667 www.mfastpete.org

  • The Marly Music Program kicks off at the MFA in June and runs through August. • June 18 showcases Roger Dowling whose charismatic and elegant style of pianism specializes in the works of Chopin, Gershwin, American ragtime and French Impressionism.  He has been hailed by The New York Times as an “especially impressive fine young pianist” who appears in orchestral and solo performances throughout the world.
  • Thru July 23 Dorothy Height’s Hats: Civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010) was known for her courage, intelligence, leadership, standing straight and hats made by African-American milliners.
  • June 9, 7 pm -10 pm: Art & Beer Lounge Fundraiser: Preserve a masterpiece by tapping into a one-of-a-kind evening! Sip and savor the liquid interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection while lounging in artistically designed spaces. Brewing companies create limited batch brews for a one night exhibition at the Museum. Featured works include: William Shayer, The Elder, Harbor Scene on the South Coast; Anonymous, Effigy Beaker (Kero); Thomas Hovenden, Breton Soldier…and others! The evening will also include a special “Florida” themed beer in celebration of the upcoming Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration crafted by 2016’s Best of Show winner & St. Pete Homebrew Club. www.mfastpete.org/beer-project
  • Thru July 2 Dominique Labauvie – Dig: The formal explorations of interdisciplinary artist Dominique Labauvie are rooted in both material and a highly developed relationship to philosophies of the drawn line. Dig brings together recent works by Mr. Labauvie in his signature media of steel and pastels. The theme of the ruin runs throughout, as he seems to take on the role of archaeologist, digging into the earth’s histories to try to understand their effect on current events.
  • June 24 thru Oct. 1: Skyway A Contemporary Collaboration: Skyway spotlights the compelling work of 57 artists in the Tampa Bay area, spanning sculpture, photography, video, painting, and prints. The work is being shared by the MFA, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. This is the first time all three museums have joined forces to present the work of gifted contemporary artists in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee & Sarasota Counties.

The Dali Museum  http://thedali.org

Join locals and friends for

  • Lucky Cat yoga on Sunday’s at the museum.
  • Cult Classics 2017: Starting June 1 with Young Frankenstein, The Dali’s can’t-miss summer celebration is back and better than ever. Grab your lawn chair, don some movie-inspired duds and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare, and cold craft brews. The fun goes down the first Thursday of the month all summer long. Come early to enjoy The Dali’s extended hours on Thursday nights at reduced $10 admission, then stay for the film & festivities. Movies begin at 8:30 pm. http://thedali.org/event/cult-classics-2017-june/
  • Thru Sept. 24 – Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillada:

An exhibit of world-renowned Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida’s works in paper, alabaster, steel and stone is the Dali’s first show dedicated to sculpture since the opening of its new building in 2011. Exhibit presents more than 60 Chillida works including 16 sculptures, a large-scale wall mural, numerous drawings and ‘gravitations,’ the artist’s unique approach to paper collage.

TAMPA & BEYOND:

Sarasota

Van Wezel Hall:  John Deming & The Jewel Tones 7/16 and the free Friday Fest concert series 6/16, 7/21, 8/25 & 9/15. www.vanwezel.org

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art  www.ringling.org and Ringling College of Art & Design http://www.ringling.edu/ Worth the drive for both the permanent collection and special exhibits and the Museum of Art where admission free on Monday. 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

ART CONTESTS & CLASSES

Contest: AARP and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance are collaborating on the

“St. Pete Timeless Art, Limitless Ages for Art Contest.” The promotion consists of a contest where entrants will have the opportunity to design a “Next Stop: Real Possibilities” trolley wrap ad. The winner will receive $5,000! Contest runs through 5 pm on Friday, June 30. http://local.aarp.org/news/timeless-art-limitless-ages-art-contest-tampa-bay-fl.html

Morean Arts Classes: This summer, take a drawing, photo or craft class or workshop. Call 727-822-7872 for times/listings. . http://www.moreanartscenter.org/classes-2/

  • Chihuly Collection: 720 Central Ave.
  • Morean Arts Center / Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop: 719 Central Ave.
  • Morean Center for Clay: 420 22nd Street S.

By Nanette Wiser

MAY 2017 ARTS & CULTURE    

May flowers with parties, plays and artistic visions, but nothing makes us happier than knowing that our favorite Beatle is coming to town this summer to Amalie Arena. In his first Tampa show since 2005, Paul McCartney tickets for his July 10 show go on sale to the public on Monday, May 1 at 10 a.m.  – Ciao baby, see you around town at one of these faves!  – Nanette Wiser  

One of the coolest new DTSP coffeehouses with an artistic bent is Black Crow Coffee Roasting (2157 1st Ave. S), who has hosted an exhibit by the amazing Barry Lively as well as a  funky film and flea market night.

The Crafty Fest Market features indie art and vintage pop-up at ArtPool Gallery May 6-7 and June 3-4 (www.artpoolgallery.com). On May 13 (5 pm), Mastry’s is hosting a limited release of their first bottle, the Island Lime Margarita Gose, in collaboration with Hunter Skipper (artist, apparel designer).

At Oxford Exchange in Tampa, May 7th 9 am – 4 pm, you can discover local literary talent in a Book Fair (420 W. Kennedy) while the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival features the Grammy nominated Barenaked Ladies.

If you believe art is food (which we do), check out the expanded Da Sesto Italiano Ristorante e Vino for hand-crafted pastas and more. (7199 66th St. Pinellas Park)

FYI: For venue address, phone. website, check our Events Listings in the back of the magazine.

PN TOP PICKS

Musical Theater: At the Mahaffey Theater, run, don’t wait to get your tickets to a La La Land Live-To-Film Celebration where you can enjoy the jazz soundtrack played by a 100-piece orchestra conducted by composer Justin Hurwitz, larger than life dance numbers and strong storytelling continue to endear it to audiences and critics alike. It tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. May: May 5 , you can rock to the music of Journey while May13 features The American Songbook. Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. South 727-893-7832;  www.mahaffey.com 

Studio @ 620 Music, art, spoken word, poetry, this performance/visual art gallery is a downtown treasure.  620 First Avenue S., DTSP 727-895-6620 http://www.thestudioat620.org/

May 5, 5 pm – 9 pm -USFSP Graphic Design Senior ExhibitionCome join the 2017 USFSP graduating seniors as they demonstrate their design acuity and transition into the professional world. There will be food, drinks and much more!

May 6-7, 7 pm – The Mountain Top by Katori Hall: This fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. Playwright Katori Hall takes this historic date with destiny and weaves a powerful surrealistic fantasy about a conversation between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of African-Americans. Hail’s insight, light touch and lively mood depicts King as a real man with very human foibles who was nonetheless capable of inspirign millions to hope and move toward a momentous societal shift for equality and justice. 

May 14, 3 pm – Black Cow Jumps: This exploration of life through immersive theater flows from the absurd to the intimate. Three performers – vulnerable, open and present – present an array of original vignettes portraying a world honest to them. Music, performance art, storytelling, movement and the art of being drives Black Cow Jumps’ narrative.

May 18-20, 7 pm – Collected Stories by Donald Margulies: Who tells your story? Witness the tale of two women, one an established writer, the other a fan…who becomes student, and later rival. Over the course of the play, the women deal with the moral dilemma of whether a person’s life events are suitable for another to use in their own creative process.

May 25-26, 7 pm: Sunshine City Opera: Showcasing excerpts from Vivaldi’s Griselda alongside Handel’s La Lucrezia and Partì l’idolo mio, this program features rarely-performed Baroque opera and cantatas presented by early music specialists from around the country. This semi-staged production for soprano and mezzo will be performed alongside a late 17th century style harpsichord with cello continuo.

Palladium/Side Door/Hough Hall  253 Fifth Ave. N, downtown St. Pete 727- 822-3590 my palladium.org Whether it’s jazz, classical or world music, this is one of our favorite downtown venues. We usually start at The Hollander Hotel for a nosh or Kahwah coffee, and stop back in at 400 Beach or Birch & Vine for a nightcap.

FYI May: Snatam Kaur (4), the Palladium Chamber Players (10) and more.

May 13, 8:30 pm Hough Hall -Kafkasso:  From the exotic Orient, East meets West in a whirlwind spectacle of sight and sound. From the streets of Istanbul, virtuoso guitarist Kafkasso leads you through ancient cities and European cafes through his experiences and imagination. Original and traditional compositions, with both folk and modern instruments, come to life through the Art of Danse Orientale for a spectacle that will engage your soul. The blending of old world and new captivates the heart and ignites the spirit! Sound and movement, two arts intertwined since the beginning of time, embrace the emotions of human experience across the world. Become intoxicated with the thrill of a new lover, or hung over in the despair and rejection of love lost. Rhythms, melodies, and dances play with never ending hope and desire for connection, understanding, and fulfillment. Experience the music with dance artists who bring the music to life in true Mediterranean style, improvising and interpreting rhythms and melodies foreign yet familiar. Classical belly dance fuses with modern folk to bring humanity to the passion and emotion the music evokes. Explore the Gypsy Trail with us, and remember that all who wander are not lost; they may be bravely following their dreams. 

John Legend @Coachman Park: Ruth Eckerd Hall sponsors this alfresco concert venue with the most amazing view of the bay. The tour announces on the heels of Legend’s fifth studio album Darkness and Light, which has received a plethora of critical praise since its December 2nd release on Columbia Records. USA Today hailed the album as John’s “most personal record” with tracks like Right By You which they described as “a heart –tugging rumination on his 7-month old daughter, Luna.” Time Magazine called the body of work “unflappably classy” while the New York Times said Legend “treats love as something far more complex than a panacea and a fount of perpetual reassurance, with music to match.” Continuing, the New York Times pointed to the album’s most recent anthemic hit single, Love Me Now, which they praised as “a seize the moment song”, that “revolves around an insistent, lo-fi piano figure, and its chorus first arrives with Mr. Legend nearly alone, singing over simple, fading chords.” 

FILM 

Check Eckerd College International Cinema Series in Miller Auditorium (art films, opera in HD) where on May 5 hosts Paterson. www.eckerd.edu/internationalcinema Clearwater Beach’s Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60 on the jumbo-sized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm.

St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) May Movies in the Park May Movies in the Park occurs each Thursday evening in May (4, 11, 18 & 25) starting with live music @ 7 pm and the movie at dusk. Bring your chairs, blanket and friends, grab a picnic from the The Annex or Pipo’s.  North Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE on Beach Drive).  Movies are free. http://www.stpetepreservation.org/page-1806145 

THE SPOKEN WORD

Movie Buffs May 20 Lecture:  Enjoy the wry humor of Tampa Bay Times Film Critic Steve Persall from 2 pm – 4 pm.  As Times staff film critic since 1993, Persall is Florida’s longest-tenured journalist on that beat. He is a founding member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and his commentaries air on Tampa Bay’s Eagle 107.3 and WWBA 820.  St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N, St. Petersburg

May 18: RCS Fundraiser: Child actor and best-selling author, Melissa Francis, will join Religious Community Services (RCS) for a night of “Cocktails and Conversation.” She will share stories and lessons from behind the scenes in Hollywood and talk about her new book, Lessons from the Prairie. Guests will receive a signed copy of the book. All proceeds from the event will benefit the programs of RCS. She has appeared in numerous motion pictures, television series and commercials, but is best known for her role as Michael Landon’s daughter, Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, on Little House on the Prairie. Today Melissa is a Fox News anchor and frequently hosts The Five, Outnumbered, After the Bell, and Happening Now. FYI:  Belleair Country Club 1 Country Club Lane; Contact Melissa Reddington, 727-443-4031 x 513; info@RCSpinellas.org

Studio@ 620  620 1st Avenue South, downtown St. Pete

Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader kicks off the night, followed by 10 minute open mic slots. In partnership with Keep St. Pete Lit , enjoy Poetry Open Mike with a featured poet and opportunity to read  7-9 pm May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 

Happy Hour with the Historian: Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series features an evening of wine, words and wisdom.  May 11: Lisa Bradberry:  Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios; July 13: Peter Meinke:  An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate; Sept 14: Bill Leavengood:  Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City; Nov 9:  Lynn Waddell:  Fringe Florida 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052; www.spmoh.org

Comedy: Tickle your funny bone at Coconuts Comedy Club (5501 Gulf Blvd., SPB; 727-360-5653) and Hawk & Wayne’s Anywhere USA quirky improv at American Stage 6 pm Sunday.

FESTIVALS & ARTWALK

May 13 – St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk: The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m.  Don’t miss Artlofts’s Luster exhibit which runs through May 31.  Rebecca Skelton presents life drawings created in a palette based on copper, brass and their patinas.  This new work shows the humanity of the models through the warmth of these lusters. Enjoy the show then visit with the 18 artists in their working studios where they produce paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, copper and mixed media. 10 Fifth St. N. (2nd Floor) above Florida CraftArt, DTSP

Gulfport Adventures: Get your funky fun on at Gulfport’s Tuesday’s Fresh MarketSwing Dancing Wednesday at the Casino and Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday.  On May 5, Gulfport’s featured artist is water-colorist, Kathleen Wilke whose favorite subject is flowers, but loves to paint animals and birds as well as abstracts; she will be available for meet & greet. 3101 Beach Blvd., www.visitgulfportflorida.com

PARTIES

Eat, Drink & Raise Money: Sheraton Sand Key Resort will host Evening with the Chefs May 5 (7-10 pm) showcasing award-winning chefs and Pinellas County culinary students creating gourmet cuisine and raising money for the ryanwellsfoundation.com.

May 5 Art & Cinco de Mayo: In addition to a Cinco de Mayo party at The Edge’s rooftop aerie, The Epicurean Hotel debuts CASS Contemporary’s newest exhibit, “Branded Series” by Chris Valle at an opening reception featuring a Q & A session with Valle plus beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. A sampling of the artist’s work will be on display in the Epicurean Hotel’s permanent satellite gallery for three months following the reception. All pieces are available for purchase for the duration of the display at the hotel. A Florida native, Chris Valle uses a classical and experimental approach to combine representation and abstraction in his work. Valle’s artwork has been featured across the globe. His paintings have hung in over 130 exhibitions from New York to Germany – together with 17 solo-exhibitions in 16 years. Valle’s work is in several impressive collections including William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Sienna Art Institute Library and the HESS Corporation.  Epicurean Theatre – inside the Epicurean Hotel 1207 South Howard Ave. www.EpicureanHotel.com/Events 

May 6: Hats Off, Thundering Hooves at The Coliseum: Lift Your Spirits at the Derby Benefit is a fantastic evening featuring the live Derby on two big screens, mint juleps, lady’s hat contest, best dressed men event, open bars, live music, a grande gourmet buffet, an exclusive silent auction and an exciting live auction, all benefiting the students of LiFT Academy and LiFT University.  FYI: Jodie Miller jmiller@liftacademy.org; 727-258-7659. www.liftacademy.org    www.stpete.org/coliseum; 727-892-5202 

May 13, 4 pm -8 pm – 2017 St. Pete Beach Beer Fest: Drink craft beers and enjoy a waterfront view. Enjoy more than 50 national and local craft breweries, food, brewing demonstrations and mingle with the Tampa Bay area homebrew clubs, Admission includes a commemorative festival tasting cup and water; good eats available for purchase in association with the St. Pete Beach Fire Department.  St Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive http://www.stpetebeachfestivals.com/

THEATER

The Straz Center’s line-up in May is utterly amazing with the King and I (2-7), Masters of Dance (13-14, Latin Nights (18) and on Oct. 7, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will engage in an unscripted and unforgettable conversation at The Straz Center. strazcenter.org. At Ruth Eckerd Hall, shake your booty at  Dirty Dancing May 5-7 and catch a contemporary spin on a classic Three Musketeers May 18-21 and 25-28.  111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater  727-791-7400; RuthEckerdHall.com On May 12-14 and 18-21, The Eight O’Clock Dinner Theater (Largo) features the hilarious Spamalot. www.eightoclocktheater.com It’s a dog’s life at the Early Bird Dinner Theater when Sylvia deubts May 6-July 9. (21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765  727-437-2363) 

Thru May 28 FreeFall Theater: End of the Rainbow: A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway in 2012. It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of “comeback concerts” at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But stormy skies are on the horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting back and forth between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulation, this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving. FYI: 727-498-5205 www.freefalltheatre.com

If You Go: Dine @ The Reading Room: This clever new bistro in the former Christian Science Reading Room mixes iconic dishes and drinks.

American Stage Theater Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North downtown St. Pete www.americanstage.org   727-823-PLAY (7529)  BoxOffice@AmericanStage.org

Thru May 14: Hairspray: The American Musical is performed in Demens Landing Park. Bring a picnic and dress vintage Sixties. http://americanstage.org/park/

May 31-June 25 -The Invisible Hand: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this intense, fast-moving, and contemporary political thriller. American banker Nick Bright finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when an Islamist militant group kidnaps him in Pakistan. When the United States won’t negotiate for his release, Nick offers to raise the $10 million ransom on his own by teaching his captor, Bashir, how to play the stock market. In a race against the clock to save his own life, Nick must ask: is the price of freedom something he’s willing to pay. What is the cost of American capitalism in the Middle East?

June 19 & 26: Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project presents The Golden Gurlz LIVE starring Matthew McGee (Dorothy), Joey Panek (Rose), Scott Daniel (Blanche) and Emanuel Carrero (Sophia) as television’s favorite geriatric funny ladies. This all-new parody/tribute show will be a fundraiser of Metro Wellness. Tampa Bay’s Music Man Michael Raabe will be joining the fun as Musical Director and arranger of song/commercial parodies. SATP founder Garry Allan Breul will be directing. The cast will also feature Sarasota’s Joey Panek, singer/actor Emanuel Carrero and a cast of local LGBT and LGBT friendly performers that have appeared with SATP over the years.

MUSIC

May blooms with concerts for every musical taste and the upcoming concerts for summer will rock your world. The Mahaffey Theater will host the Isley Brothers Aug. 6 @ 7 pm. For more than 50 years, The Isley Brothers have received acclaim as “the rocking soulful legends that started it all.” The iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy award-winning artists will bring inspiring sounds of soul and classic R&B featuring award-winning soul singer Ronald Isley (known as Mr. Biggs) and guitarist extraordinaire Ernie Isley. It makes you want to Shout!

OPERA & DANCE

The St. Petersburg Opera Company will perform Preview to the Tales of Hoffmann: Three Times A Lady May  18-9 in the Evenings and Mornings with the Maestro series. Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann will be performed June 2, 4 and 6 at the Palladium Theater. Hoffmann, the poet hero of The Tales of Hoffmann, has four love affairs that haunt him in Offenbach’s grand and final opera.  The opera fantastique begins with Hoffmann waiting in a tavern for his current passion, an opera diva appropriately named Stella.  To pass the time, Hoffmann tells the other students stories about three of his previous loves, each of which ends in disaster. June 30-July 9, Stephen Sondheim’s enchanting Into The Woods will be performed. STPeteOpera.org

A Touch of Classics: The South Pasadena Community Band showcase classic favorites at 7:30 pm 5/18 Galatea Garden, South Pasadena http://www.southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program/.

GALLERIES

Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. dmglass.com

Creative Clay Fundraiser May 3: “Spring for the Arts” is a celebration of the non-profit’s 22nd anniversary of making the arts accessible to all. All funds raised during the 6-9 p.m. event go directly back toward funding Creative Clay’s programs.

May 13 5-9 pm: Opening and reception for the glass show “Sea Discernibly.”

Coming Soon: The Duncan McClellan Gallery and DMG School Project headquarters in the Warehouse District will soon launch the first-ever ArtZipline®. 

ArtPool Gallery – July 15 Trashin’ Fashion Looking for Designers/Artists/Models
Design your own collection, or team up with some friends, and work on a line of recycled & upcycled couture!  Trashion Fashion is our most creative fashion show of the year, we welcome designers of any age, no experience needed, and it is free to participate. 2030 Central Ave DTSP 727-324-3878 artpoolgallery@gmail.com 

The Enroy Foundation Inc., Gallery @ Marketplace at Boca Bay (Gulfport)
This new gallery features local artists such as David Vasquez, Rose Caballes, Nikita Rosalind, Naomi Glueck, Annamarie Sisson, Larry Busby and Scott Spillman.  Boca Bay Grille.  2838 Beach Blvd S. FYI: https://www.facebook.com/EnroyFoundationInc/ Jessica  727-608-0070 

The Veteran’s Arts Center: Opened in March, the VACTB is Florida’s first art center for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Families that provide therapy, healing, wellness and education programming. And is supportive of their need for creative outlets as well as the need for economic opportunities. 6798 Crosswinds Drive North  813-504-3092 http://www.vactb.org/ 

Creative Clay  1114 Central Avenue DTSP 727-825-0515  https://www.creativeclay.org/
Creative Clay prepares to move its headquarters this June from St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District.

Good Folk Gallery: features artist, Shasta G. Shasta, a painter and mixed media artist whose work is generated by information gleaned from books she reads, her imagination and life experiences. “My new work focuses on women,” said Shasta. “Some are historical figures, while others are from my imagination. They are all distinguished in their own way.”

Thru June 30 – Community Café: Flower Power showcases paintings of flowers by

Linda M., Emily M., Gina K., Conchita, Mike E., Dolores M.,Yalanda S. & Patsy Lieberman, Teff A. Hazard, Sheryl L.

Thru June 30 – Time After Time featuring the artwork of Ray M who paints clocks and watches.

Morean Arts Center http://www.moreanartscenter.org/ 727.822.7872

Check out these classes and workshops. http://www.moreanartscenter.org/classes-2/

Thru May 31: Ceramic artist Joe Pint

May 13-June 25 100 Years/100 Artists: For 100 years, the Morean and the Art Club have been a place for art lovers to gather and exhibit, create, and learn about contemporary art. This exhibition tells the Morean’s story through its mission, and specifically, through the individual artists who shaped our organization and made it what it is today.

Thru May 15 An Artistic Discovery: 36th Annual 13th Congressional District Art Competition: Exhibition of some of the most compelling artwork from area high school students. This is the first time the Morean has hosted this annual exhibition.

The Chihuly Collection: This  stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork is presented in a fabulous architectural space designed specifically for his art, showcasing how  art and architecture can work together. The Chihuly Collection recently received its first print release of 2017, Purple Polka, from Chihuly Workshop!

720 Central Avenue, downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872  http://www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly/

Florida CraftArt: Contemporary Fiber in Florida (thru 6/17)

This juried exhibition showcases original artwork with contemporary approaches to fiber art, pushing the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution. The exhibition features fresh interpretations of traditional types of fiber art including surface design, weaving, basketry, felting and wearable art and includes work created with nontraditional materials and innovative technologies and is curated byCindy Bartosek a well-known artist, photographer and curator from West Palm Beach. 501 Central Avenue downtown St. Pete 727-821-7391 http://www.floridacraftart.org/.

Syd Entel Gallery and Susan Benjamin Glass: The 5000 square foot gallery located on Main Street in charming downtown Safety Harbor showcases acclaimed artists from around the World along with today’s premier American glass artists. 727-725-1808  fgalleries@tampabay.rr.com247 Main St. www.sydentelgalleries.com

MUSEUMS

Thru June 10 – St. Petersburg Museum of History: Two exhibits offering a unique look at Florida history run through June 10: Seminole People of Florida: Survival and Success and Florida Folk Art – Just Above the Water. SPMOH.ORG

Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-896-2667 mfastpete.org.

May 14 Mother’s Day Brunch: Make reservations now  @ MFA Café from 11 am – 3pm.

May 14, 3 pm –  Gallery Talk  with Jason Chakravarty and Jennifer Caldwell: Jason Chakravarty is a multimedia artist in Arizona, who primarily works in cast glass, often incorporating neon. His most recent objects are semi-autobiographical and reflect on relationships, communication, and social networking. Jennifer Caldwell has also shown her work widely. She was recently included in the group exhibition, Into the Deep, at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. She continues to be inspired by ocean and sea life and has focused on capturing motion in glass.

Thru July 23 Dorothy Height’s Hats : Civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010) was known for her courage, intelligence, leadership, standing straight—and hats made by African-American milliners. Dorothy Dorothy Height’s Hats are a window to history, commemorating meetings with Eleanor Roosevelt (white mink chapeau). 

The Book Club @ the MFA, presented by Keep St. Pete Lit, will discuss her memoir Open Wide the Freedom Gates on  May 11, at 6:30 p.m. The program is free with Museum admission, which is only $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Thru May 7 Greg Smith Multimedia Artist: Smith’s work often centers on a character attempting to “create something, trying to structure his environment, but who’s also kind of hapless, and, in the end, probably doomed.” Catch his video Breakdown Lane (2013).

Thru June 4: The Open Road- Photography and the American Road Trip: The exhibitbegins with Robert Frank’s iconic series The Americans from the mid-1950s and continues with images by artists of our own time. These gifted photographers did not just take snapshots along our highways and

byways. They are describing and defining America, which is always in motion.

June 9, 7 pm -10 pm: Art & Beer Lounge Fundraiser: Preserve a masterpiece by tapping into a one-of-a-kind evening! Sip and savor the liquid interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection while lounging in artistically designed spaces. Brewing companies create limited batch brews for a one night exhibition at the Museum. Featured works include: William Shayer, The Elder,Harbor Scene on the South Coast; Anonymous, Effigy Beaker (Kero); Thomas Hovenden, Breton Soldier

…and others! The evening will also include a special “Florida” themed beer in celebration of the upcoming Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration crafted by 2016’s Best of Show winner and the St. Pete Homebrew Club. mfastpete.org/beer-project

Thru July 2  Dominique Labauvie – Dig: The formal explorations of interdisciplinary artist Dominique Labauvie are rooted in both material and a highly developed relationship to philosophies of the drawn line. Dig brings together recent works by Mr. Labauvie in his signature media of steel and pastels. The theme of the ruin runs throughout, as he seems to take on the role of archaeologist, digging into the earth’s histories to try to understand their effect on current events.

June 24 thru Oct. 1: Skyway A Contemporary Collaboration: Skyway spotlights the compelling work of 57 artists in the Tampa Bay area, spanning sculpture, photography, video, painting, and prints. The work is being shared by the MFA, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. This is the first time all three museums have joined forces to present the work of gifted contemporary artists in Pinellas,Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties.

The Dali Museum  http://thedali.org

Why not consider a Mother’s Day gift from the museum shop, such as a Surrealist-inspired fragrance or scarf? And don’t forget Lucky Cat yoga on Sunday’s at the museum.

Thru May 2017 – Dali/Duchamp: The father of surrealism and the papa of conceptual art, this is the first exhibit dedicated to Dali and Duchamp’s friendship and influence on each’s art, showcasing 60 works and supplemented by correspondence and collaborative projects. 

May 13-Sept. 24 -Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo: An exhibit of world-renowned Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida’s works in paper, alabaster, steel and stone and is the Dali’s first show dedicated to sculpture since the opening of its new building in 2011. The exhibit presents more than 60 Chillida works including 16 sculptures, a large-scale wall mural, numerous drawings and ‘gravitations,’ the artist’s unique approach to paper collage. About The Artist: Born in San Sebastian, Spain in the Basque region, Eduardo Chillida is well known for his monumental works in public spaces for instance De Musica, Dallas XV (On Music, Dallas XV) at I.M. Pei’s The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and outdoor environs as well as prestigious museums in his native Spain as well as France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom and the U.S. – where he made his debut with exhibitions at The Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art in NY. During his life, Chillida received several distinguished awards; among them the Graham Foundation Award for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the International Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale, both in 1958; the Kandinsky Prize in 1960; and the Carnegie Prize in 1964 and again in 1979, shared with painter Willem de Kooning.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 4th St North, St. Petersburg; 727-821-8992 www.greatex.org

May 13, 10 am – 2pm – Marvelous Mothers: Hand-made crafts will make excellent gifts for Marvelous Mothers & Others. Make a crown, a necklace and a bouquet to celebrate your queen for the day! We’ll also be making our own sun catchers and cards for the special women in our lives!

May 21, 10 am – noon -Big and Small Fundraiser Royal Ball: Families can dress as a Prince or Princess or in their Sunday best, to enjoy an enchanting evening as our royal guests! Children and their parents will delight in royal meet-and-greets, brunch bites, DJ/Dancing, both adult & kids Princess Punch, crafts, chance drawings, and more!

May 26, 10:30 am – 3: 30 pm – Don’t Fry Day! Learn all about how to have fun in the sun while protecting the body’s largest organ – your skin! Make a UV-reactive bracelet, a sun safe visor, and dress a paper doll in sun-safe style! Kids will also be able to participate in a sun-safety relay.

Memorial Day, May 29 10 am- 4:30 pm, Patriotic Fun: Celebrate summer fun with activities, crafts and games throughout the museum. Use household ingredients to create underwater fireworks, participate in a red, white and blue bucket toss or make your very own firework craft! Veterans, retired and active duty Military men and women will receive one free admission today with proper identification.

TAMPA & BEYOND: Sarasota

The arts thrive in Sarasota, where the Sarasota Opera House features world-class performances. The Sarasota Ballet performs a Spring Conservatory concert May 5 and End of Year Performance May 6. www.sarasotaballet.org  From the St. Armand Circle galleries to the Marie Selby Gardens, a culture and cocktails daytrip is in order. At the Van Wezel, Derek and Julianne Hough perform May 14. www.vanwezel.org Also check out: 

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art www.ringling.org and Ringling College of Art & Designhttp://www.ringling.edu/: Worth the drive for both the permanent collection and special exhibits.

Museum of Art: On Mother’s Day May 13, there is a Family Day Summer Kick-Off. Through May 14, Photography Space and Power mesmerizes while A Most Magnificent Sight ends May 15.   Admission is free on Monday. 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  

By Nanette Wiser

3rd Annual Beer Project Returns to the Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts and fifteen area craft brewers collaborate to preserve one of the Museum’s most popular pieces of art, a 20th century beaded Bamileke elephant mask.  This MFA fundraiser features hand-crafted beers, available for one-night only, inspired by selected works in the Museum collection. From the vintage tattoo girl photographed by H.H. Bartram to the sun-drenched, California glamour of a James Weeks painting, each work of art inspires a different taste profile and mood, all captured by craft beer makers. Each guest receives a commemorative Beer Project glass, beer tasting, gourmet appetizers and entrance into the MFA galleries.

Festivities include a roving tattoo parlor, themed pop-up beer lounges designed by Andrew Winchell of Inside Jobs Design, and live painting by Daniel Mrgan, a St. Pete-based muralist and artist. Mrgan’s work, seen in galleries and collections throughout the Bay area, is a celebratory paean to an ever-changing St. Pete. His large scale work, painted live on-site during The Beer Project, will be auctioned off that evening. All funds raised at the auction will help conserve the Museum’s Bamileke elephant mask.

Participating breweries include Abita Brewing Co., Big Storm Brewing Co., Bootleggers Brewworx, Bury Me Brewing Co., Cigar City Cider & Mead, Crooked Thumb Brewery, Flying Boat Brewery, Green Bench Brewing Co., Green Bench Cider & Mead, Marker 48 Brewing Co., Mastry’s Brewing Co., Pinellas Ale Works, Rapp Brewing Co., and Stilt House Brewing Co.

DATE: Friday, June 9
TIME: 7 – 10 pm
TICKETS: $45 for MFA members; non-members pay $60 in advance and $75 at the door.

Wine passes are also available for an additional $5.  Designated drivers are $30.  

Guests must be 21 years or older to participate.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. has a world-class collection, with works by Monet, Morisot, Rodin, O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, and many others. Also displayed are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, and Native American art. Selections from the photography collection, one of the largest and finest in the Southeast, are now on view in a gallery dedicated to the medium. Kristen A. Shepherd is the new Executive Director.

To order tickets, please call 727.896.2667 or visit mfastpete.org/beer-project. To receive further Beer Project updates, visit us on social media at Facebook.com/MFABeerProject or on the MFA Viewpoint App under Custom Tours.

Academy of Performance Arts – Off To A Great Start  

 

As schools kept cutting funds for the arts, “Mr. Lu” Alatorre retired from 40-years in  television production. He and wife Michelle, wanted to “give back” to the arts, which he had set aside for his career.

They have created a place where performers can have fun while unleashing their  inner creativity.

Celebrating an anniversary in June at 7525 Blind Pass Rd. in St. Pete Beach, their Mission Statement is simply: Providing opportunities, quality instruction, and hands-on training for performers of all ages so they may develop their inner creativity and gain appreciation for the arts.

Three MAJOR items differentiate the Academy of Performance Arts philosophy from  other such schools:

  • The Academy offers ALL of the Arts, to ALL Ages, All in One Place!
  • The Academy features LIVE outdoor public performances in addition to “in-house” productions.
  • Performances are for FUN, not competition. With 6 studios featuring Dance, Art, Acting, Tutoring and 2 Music Studios, a variety of the arts can be conducted all at the same time… all day long.

Students from the Academy performed at the Fish Broil in Horan Park in November,  on the streets of Gulfport at the Holiday Hoopla in December, in March at the Pass-A-Grille Island Festival and in April at the SouthPasadena Block Party. They will be performing several shows during the summer, beginning Saturday, May 20 in the Bandshell in Bay View Park on Sunset Dr.,South Pasadena.

Spring, Summer & Holiday Camps provide great opportunities for young performers to find inner creativity while making lasting friendships. Summer camps start May 30. Teen Theater Workshops are planned for Tues. & Thurs. 4 – 7pm for most June and/or July, with performances Fridays, June 30 & July 28 at 6pm.

Dance, Art, Acting & Music evening classes continue all summer. The Academy aims for teamwork and fun while fulfilling performers dreams, drive and ambition, rather than at competition.  While other studios may boast about their awards, trophies and medals, the Academy boasts only of bringing out the best in their performers.

Questions? Visit www.academyofperformancearts.com  for information about the Academy’s summer camps, various dance, music singing, art, and acting lessons & watch videos of outdoor performances. If the website doesn’t answer them, call (727) 350-4644.

The St Petersburg Arts Alliance Announces 2017 Artist Grant Recipients

This year’s St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Artist Grant Recipients represent music, dance, theatre, fine arts, multimedia and expressive arts  programs.  St. Petersburg Arts Alliance established an Individual Artist Grant Program in 2015 with funding provided by the Office of Cultural Affairs, and is a proud partner to continue the grant program this year.  The grants are intended to provide financial support to resident artists for projects that support public engagement of their work.

ELIZABETH A. BAKERNew Renaissance Artist, featuring Dancer/Choreographer Helen Hansen French, will create a new performance work that explores fear as a reaction to our changing environment and circumstances.  This new work will examine how the surfeit of information spread quickly and seamlessly by electronics in our modern age, effects the fear responses of modern humans. By manipulating video/audio of government archival footage, as well as sound and movement, with interactive electronics, Elizabeth and Helen are able to quantify the very real and human emotion of fear.  Blurring the lines of confusion that breeds fear, performers step in and out of the mediums of dance and music — Who is the dancer and who is the musician? Public workshops and performances will be held at the St. Petersburg Main Branch Library, the James Weldon Johnson Branch Library, and St. Pete Opera. 

ERICH BARGANIER will present a sound installation that will run for one week on the grounds of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.  Four speakers play individual tracks that overlap and blend with the sounds of the park. During the first and last Saturday of the installation, Erich will perform live and utilize handcrafted, self-made electronic instruments that capture and process sounds of the park. He will also host an artist talk with the youth from the summer camps of Boyd Hill, Morean Art Center and the YMCA. The attendees of the artist talk will learn how Erich used computer programming to make the sounds, the impact of science in art and the importance of preserving nature.

DANIEL ‘R5’ BAROJAS will create a mural using a visual illusion which will have original art overlaid on the illusion, each painted in light and dark color tones, allowing the illusion to remain visible. Smaller sculptural elements of wood will allow the work to expand beyond the mural wall.  Local at risk teens will be invited to participate in the creation of the piece, which will be located in an area of the city that might benefit from urban beautification. Subject matter will include elements/references native to St. Petersburg including natural fauna and wildlife, and ancient indigenous tribes and cultures of the area.

SHELIA COWLEY will collaborate with actors and dancers to develop a play that celebrates cycles of life as parents die and children have to take their place.  Trio uses the simple theatrical magic of children’s theatre to explore family with characters who are gay, bisexual, and straight.  The script will be workshopped, with a staged reading and audience discussion at The Studio@620.  The project provides a creative space for local actors and dancers to work with a local choreographer, theater director and playwright on a piece that will premiere next year in Austin.

CORALETTE DAMME will produce a solo exhibition of new work inspired by nature and folkways at The Studio@620 in November, 2017.  The exhibit will include hand printed images, assemblage works, art books, and interactive pull-toy puppets.  Visitors to the gallery will be able to participate in a hands-on “make-and-take” activity during the 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on November 11, 2017.  Additional workshops will be offered to engage people directly with the creative processes used in making the displayed artwork.

WENDY DURAND will create a series of “Floating Platters” that can be used by the Free Clinic to leverage financial support and community awareness using art as the vehicle.  An exhibit, talk and presentation of the work will be held at the St. Petersburg Sculpture Museum on May 11 from 5-7 p.m. All proceeds from the live auction will benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank.

HELEN HANSEN FRENCH will produce CAPTURING DANCE, a project that seeks to identify the diverse dance community living and/or working in St. Petersburg, and capture them in photographs.  Working in conjunction with established photographers Tom Kramer and Charlotte Suarez, Helen Hansen French will curate Capturing Dance  by pairing dancers with locations through out St. Petersburg in an effort to showcase the natural beauty of our city and shine a spotlight on dance artists who live, work and create in St. Pete.  The initial project will be available for viewing in an online gallery, and the community will be able to join our event virtually through Facebook and Instagram and follow along through out the project period.  Once the project is complete a select number of images to be printed, framed and displayed in a various venues through the city.

JOHN GASCOT will lead a group of 10 multicultural youths on a 5-week expressive arts program. Providing instruction and guidance as the students create stylized culturally expressive self-portraits celebrating their heritage and ancestry.  Each portrait will be composed of 4 panels which will be separated and mixed with the portraits of others to create “mosaic” cross-cultural portraits, which will be exhibited in a show at the Studio@620.  The project will bring youth from varying cultural backgrounds together for cross-learning and cross-cultural creative teamwork.

MITZI GORDON will present a traveling, collaborative art piece that engages the community in building a paper chain at a series of public events.  Multicolored paper, damaged books, and magazines will be recycled and pre-cut for use in the chain.  These and other materials will be shared on Gordon’s vehicle, the Bluebird Books Bus, at up to 10 locations during the Good Moves tour May 2.  At each stop, visitors receive tools and instruction for participating in the project.  The finished piece will be exhibited as part of a new mixed-media installation entitled Nexus, designed to illustrate connectivity, on display May 13 in the Warehouse Arts District.

KELLIE HARMON will produce a dance project based on a Soundstichting piece by Cassia Kite, which transforms color from a hand-stitched image, “Pot Luck Dinner at Longboat Key Center for the Arts” into a musical composition.  The public will be able to see the performance at three open rehearsals and one artist panel discussion held at Mirror Lake Studios.  There will then be three live performances and film screenings in conjunction with Cassia Kite’s exhibitions, at Rogue Dance Fall Fundraiser, and Rogue Dance 2017-18 Performance Series.

APRIL HARTLEY will create a new body of work consisting of quilts, tapestries, and a site-specific installation of sewn-together receipts of three years’ worth of her personal purchases, exploring the ideas of accumulation, scarcity, identity and culture.  She will  address  questions of how material accumulation is so satisfying, why it fades so quickly, “retail therapy.”  The project culminates in a pop-up exhibition in the Old Southeast in August 2017, providing a space for visitors to experience art in a refreshing and relevant way.

BOB DEVIN JONES produced and directed “Voodoo Macbeth,” an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth influenced by Orson Welles’ historic 1936 production.  It featured an all African American cast and employed numerous musicians, artists, actors and stage crew.  The show also included an educational outreach to local high schools.  The play ran for three weeks at The Studio@620.

BETH REYNOLDS will attend a workshop on the Photo Encaustic process at the Woodstock Center for Photography, where she will learn the process of printing photos on Japanese papers and combining them with encaustic techniques.  She will then give an artist talk on this process at the Morean Art Center, along with two free demo/hands-on workshops, providing supplies, handouts, and materials lists for students, as well as “try-it-out” stations for people to experiment.  Her new work will be displayed at the Morean photo gallery.

TAKEYA TRAYER will produce artwork expressing color, contrast, and organic matter using a resin and acrylic mix on plywood.  She is attempting to explore the movement of plants, vegetables, and flowers and their fluidity by mixing mediums that continue to move and mix until the mixture is completely dry.  She will explore the response of the viewers in relation to images of the living matter as opposed to the living matter itself.  She plans to show the work locally within the art, agricultural community and beyond, including Farmers markets, farms, and local sustainable restaurants and brewing companies.

CATHERINE WEAVER will produce the Artist of Tomorrow Youth Arts and Crafts Show at the Uniquely Original Art Studio in the Warehouse Arts District.  Ten youth ages 14-18 will be selected to create a variety of art to display and sell during the 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on May 13, 2017.  Each participant will attend four consecutive Art and Business instructional workshops leading up to the show, learning the basics of business, advertising, and marketing their work to the public.

Suntan Art Center Summer Camp

Suntan Art Center, located at 3300 Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete Beach, will be hosting its 8th Annual Summer Art Camp for elementary age students with Art Instructor Linda Griffin. Ms. Griffin is a K-12 certified instructor in the Pinellas School District. Art camps give young artists the chance to have fun while exploring painting, drawing, and sculpture as well as  developing and enhancing their confidence in creative skills. Students also will work together to explore art history and the different art mediums.

  • Session 1:  “Nature’s Wonders” – June 19-23
  • Session 2:  “Explorations in Paint” – June 26-30
  • Session 3:  “Art Around the World” -July 10-14
  • Session 4:   “Printmaking: The Art of Ink” – July 17-21

All sessions are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and cost $225. per week. To register, please call  Ms. Griffin at (727) 422-7229.

Bookworms in Paradise: SunLit Festival

The SunLit Festival is an annual literary event designed by, for, and about lovers of the exquisitely written word. The festival premiered in 2015, and this year’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Literature, runs April 10-25, a springtime celebration of reading and writing.

Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit, the Festival will host a kick-off party on April 6 at the Chihuly Gallery from 7-9 pm.  Bookworms can enjoy 17 events in 20 venues during 16 days bringing together various literary organizations and arts disciplines to celebrate literacy, literature, reading, and writing.

The festival line-up is provocative and ambitious. There will be local writers performing their written work inspired by Museum of Fine Art’s photo collection; literary history walking tours and other notable performances. Writes can enjoy contests and competitions including timed writing “death” matches, short story contests and a spelling bee supporting literacy.  You can even enjoy two “beat generation” films Pull My Daisy (1959) and This Song for Jack (1983)

SunLit will also present kids poetry night hike, a city-wide read/write in, writing workshops and storytelling/improv events. You’ll find this PN writer drooling like a kid in a candy store.

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April 13: Poetry at The Dali hosts Janet Wallace

This an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace. Occurring on the second Thursday of each month through May 2017, each evening features Wallace joined by selected poets to present poems addressing the theme of Food and Sustenance. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A.

April 14 David Amram  Music, Stories & Kerouac Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave N.

At age 86, David Amram is still writing, playing and improvising. Said the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns, “Amram seems to have taken a lesson from practically everything.” Indeed, Amram began his professional music career in the early ‘50s playing the French horn for symphonies, as well as with legendary jazz bands including Mingus, Gillespie and Hampton. Appointed in the late 50s by the New York Phil’s Leonard Bernstein as that orchestra’s first composer in residence, Amram also composed scores for, well, scores of award-winning films and theatrical productions as well as his own, influenced by friends, artists, cultures, the world.  As an iconic member of the “Beats,” Amram was thought of by many as the unofficial mayor of Greenwich Village. He hung with and played with jazz greats Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk, and accompanied Jack Kerouac on any number of instruments while the author read from his poetry and other writings. With a catalogue of mammoth proportions, some of his most recent compositions, classical and otherwise, are based on stories by Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Kerouac.

April 21-23 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair  St. Petersburg Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N

The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the United States. Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic. Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles. Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. 727-234-7759

April 25: Book Release Party & Conversation:Intersection of Art & Story

Meet local author and New York Times bestseller, Lisa Unger and acclaimed artist Ya La’ford who will appear at Behar + Peterancz Architecture to celebrate the release of THE RED HUNTER and offer an exhibit of La’ford’s paintings. Friends and major figures of the Tampa Bay area arts community, Unger and La’ford bring their private conversations about art, story, process and life – and where it all intersects – to the stage. With an introduction by Susana Weymouth, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts

For more information and schedule visit www.sunlitfestival.org. Learn more about Keep St. Pete Lit at http://keepstpetelit.org/. In addition to this popular festival, the organization hosts literary salons, classes, a bookspace, book clubs and clever reading/writing events.

Festival Line-Up   http://keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival/

Thursday, April 6th – SunLit Festival Kick-off Party
Monday, April 10th – An Evening with Craig Pittman
Tuesday, April 11th – First Draft
Tuesday, April 11th – Silent Read and Write In
Wednesday, April 12th – True Stories
Thursday, April 13th – Pull My Daisy (1959) and This Song for Jack (1983)
Thursday, April 13th – Poetry at The Dali with Jane Hirshfield
Thursday, April 13th – Sunday, April 23rd – Voodoo Macbeth
Friday, April 14th – From Page to Stage @St. Pete City Theater
Friday, April 14th – David Amram: Music, Stories, & Kerouac
Saturday, April 15th – Downtown Tour With a Literary Twist!
Saturday, April 15th – Lucha Libro: The Madness Returns
Monday, April 17th – Jump At The Sun (2008) and talk with Lois Gaston
Tuesday, April 18th – Fiction Live
Wednesday, April 19th – City of Poets
Thursday, April 20th – Literary Carousel at the MFA
Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd – 36th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Friday, April 21st – Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser
Saturday, April 22nd – Mission Compostable: An Earth Day Letterpress Workshop & Brunch
Saturday, April 22nd – Writers, Winners and the Publishing World
Saturday, April 22nd – Children’s Poetry Night Hike
Sunday, April 23rd – City-Wide Read and Write In
Tuesday, April 25th – Lisa Unger and Ya La’ford, in Conversation: The Intersection of Art and Story

Sun Lit Festival 2017 Partners  

St. Petersburg Art Alliance, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Palladium Theater, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg City Theater, Morean Arts Center, Chihuly Gallery, Haslam’s Book Store, Inkwood Books, AIGA Tampa Bay, Literacy Council of St. Petersburg, Warehouse Arts District, Soft Water Studios, Studio @ 620, St. Petersburg Preservation, Todd Bates Creative, Craftsman House Gallery, Unscripted Theater, Tampa Bay Times, TBT Festival of Reading, Wordier Than Thou, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Friends of Main Library St. Pete, Behar + Peteranecz Architecture, Friends of the Mirror Lake Library, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, First Draft Tampa, Black Crow Coffee Roasting, and Calusa Press for the 2017 SunLit Festival.

Article by Nanette Wiser

APRIL 2017 ARTS & CULTURE

Although we can’t be everywhere, as your Arts & Culture Concierge, I like to suggest diversions that will inspire, education and amaze. From art classes at the Morean and Creative Clay to floral-inspired exhibits (ArtLofts) during DTSP’s Artwalk and our Garden Festivals (see this month’s article), you can admire talent or nurture your own on the canvas of your choice. Ciao baby, see you around town!  – Nanette Wiser   

FYI: For venue address, phone. website, check our Events Listings in the back of the magazine.

TOP PN PICKS

April 19-23 6th Annual Listening Room Festival features six musical acts performing throughout Florida, but mainly in the Tampa Bay area. A showcase to meet the artists takes place on April 21 at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg. www.listeningroomfestival.com On April 20 7 pm Teneia performs at St. Pete Artworks (635 Central Avenue),,  bringing a message of love and equality through songs at a concert in an art gallery.  Teneia Sanders and Husband Ben Eichelberger create music that combines elements of folk, soul, Southern gospel, blues and easy-listening pop. The R&B vibe, unique rhythms, and moving lyrics will lull you into a hypnotic trance and then get you on your feet to dance. It is a part of the Listening Room Festival, a series of concerts at local homes and businesses.

April 28-29 Pass-A-Grille Beach Goes Pops: Bring your blankets and beach chairs to 9th Ave. and Gulf Way and a few bucks for food and drink. The music is free. There’s art and crafts for sale in the park from noon till twilight.  Benefiting Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Friday night kicks off 5-7 pm with Reggae Rich followed by Reverand Barry 7 Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns. On Saturday, Reggae Rich (5-6:30 pm) warms up the flip flop crowd for St. Pete High’s Pitchforks Acapella Choir’s Salute to the Troops. Rumours ATL: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute performs 7- 10 pm.   VIP Saturday: Sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful evening of surf, sand and live music in our “Chillin’ on the Grille” Chillounge Experience, which includes tables for 10, tables for 8, High Top tables for 4 and seating in the Lounge Seats all in the VIP area for the music. www.BeachGoesPops.com

Musical Theater: At the Mahaffey Theater Rock Stars & Stripes: A Rock ‘n Roll Road Trip Across America (4/14) is the brainchild of former Boston frontman and guitar player David Victor, Rock Stars & Stripes is a unique concert experience that takes audiences on a virtual road trip across the country by performing classic American rock ‘n’ roll hits set against the backdrop of engaging video of some of America’s most iconic landmarks, places and people. Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. South 727-893-7832;  www.mahaffey.com  At Ruth Eckerd Hall, Cindy Lauper’s delicious musical and dance romp Kinky Boots dances into Tampa Bay April 11-16, followed by Dirty Dancing May 5-7 and The Three Musketeers May 18-21 and 25-28.  111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater  727-791-7400; RuthEckerdHall.com

Voodoo MacbethApril 7 Preview Performance (7 pm); April 8 Opening Night (7pm) The Studio@620 honors the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy with “Voodoo Macbeth”, inspired by Orson Welles’ historic 1936 production. For those unfamiliar, the play centers on a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.  An all African American cast directed by Bob Devin Jones, will include local notables Sharon Scott, Kylin Brady, Nadine Smith, James L. Lincoln, and Cranstan Cumberbatch, and features Erica Sutherlin as Lady Macbeth and Calvin M. Thompson as Macbeth. A soundscape composed of percussion and live sound effects and a creative installation of the set by artist Ya La Ford will add to this unique dramatization!

Studio @ 620: Music, art, spoken word, poetry, this performance/visual art gallery is a downtown treasure. 620 First Avenue S., downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620 http://www.thestudioat620.org/

Palladium/Side Door/Hough Hall: One of our favorite venues, this refurbished beauty is hip and happening. We usually start at The Hollander Hotel for a craft beer, and stop back in at The Tap House after the performance. 253 Fifth Ave. N, downtown St. Pete 727- 822-3590 my palladium.org

4/7 Harry Allen & Grant Stewart: Two Tenor Giants with Nate Najar Trio
4/8 Defending the Caveman, Broadway Comedy
4/9 Brendan Nolan and Colin Farrell, Irish Singer-Songwriters
4/12 Palladium Chamber Players (Strauss, Schubert, Saint Saens)
4/14 David Amram: 60s Beat Icon and Multi-Instrumentalist
4/18 Helios Jazz Orchestra
4/22 Say Goodnight Gracie, Broadway Comedy
4/23 Heralds of Harmony: Encore ’17, Barbershop
4/27 Sunscreen Film Festival’s 12th Annual Red Carpet Opening Event
4/28 Daniel Giron, Flamenco Guitar

FILM  

Check out Steve Traiman’s article in this issue on the star-studded Sunscreen Film Festival. In addition to Eckerd College International Cinema Series in Miller Auditorium (art films, opera in HD), Clearwater Beach’s Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60 on the jumbo-sized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm. Another favorite of ours is the St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) May Movies in the Park who will unveil the May 2017 movie poster April 6 (6 pm – 8 pm) n the courtyard at The Ale & the Witch (111 2nd Avenue NE). Proceeds from beer sales will be donated to St. Petersburg Preservation.  Movie trivia questions will be asked, offering hints to the movie titles that have been selected.  Prizes will be given to those who guess the May Movie title! May Movies in the Park occurs each Thursday evening in May (4, 11, 18 & 25) starting with live music @ 7 pm and the movie at dusk.(North Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE on Beach Drive).  On April 27. there will be a Movie at Midtown in the garden of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (2240 9th Avenue South).  Movie goers can come early, enjoy live music before the movie and enjoy a picnic they can either bring or purchase food from Midtown vendors who will be set up on-site. Bicycling to movies is a fun way to arrive and free bicycle valet parking will be provided by Coast Bike Share during the movies.  Movies are free. http://www.stpetepreservation.org/page-1806145

THE SPOKEN WORD

April 13 6:30 pm – Florida Holocaust Museum: The FHP’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) lecture series presents  Rwandan Genocide testimony expert Karen Jungblut   As the Director of Research and Documentation at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Jungblut oversees scholarship and research activities, as well as a global network of partner sites with access to the Institute’s nearly 52,000 testimonies. Jungblut is in charge of expanding the existing archive with video of Survivors of other genocides, which will provide scholars and teachers with unprecedented research and teaching opportunities. In 2013, the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive expanded beyond the Holocaust for the first time, taking in 64 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. That set of atrocities claimed as many as one million lives over the course of about 100 days in 1994 when government-backed militias of ethnic Hutus went on a mass killing spree targeting the country’s next largest ethnic group, the Tutsis. The Rwandan government has since eliminated the official use of those ethnic terms in its census and on identity cards in hopes of fostering reconciliation. www.TheFHM.org/25th.

Studio@ 620  620 1st Avenue South, downtown St. Pete

Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader kicks off the night, followed by 10 minute open mic slots.

In partnership with Keep St. Pete Lit , enjoy Poetry Open Mike with a featured poet and opportunity to read  7-9 pm May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25

Happy Hour with the Historian: Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series features an evening of wine, words and wisdom.  May 11: Lisa Bradberry:  Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios; July 13: Peter Meinke:  An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate; Sept 14: Bill Leavengood:  Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City; Nov 9:  Lynn Waddell:  Fringe Florida 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052; www.spmoh.org

April 21-23 The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: The oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States. Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic, in a wide range of price ranges. The event features books, maps, prints, ephemera, autographs and more. The book fair will be part of the third annual SunLit Festival, a celebration of literature.  The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N. downtown St. Pete

Comedy: Stand-up comedy tickles the brain and no one does it better than baudy Ron White (The Mahaffey, April 28). Locally, check out Coconuts Comedy Club (5501 Gulf Blvd., SPB; 727-360-5653) and Hawk & Wayne’s Anywhere USA quirky improv at American Stage 6 pm Sunday.

FESTIVALS & ARTWALKS
Spring into Festa Italiana in Ybor City April 8-9 for wine, bocce, good food, homemade vino and a Sunday performance by Zucchero. wwwFestaItalianaTampa.com  Tarpon Springs 43rd Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou April 8-9 showcases juried arts show, 200 artists, live entertainment and refreshments. www.TarponSpringsFineArtsFestival.com

Apr 14-15 @ 10:00 am – 8 pm: Gulfport’s Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival The 23rd Annual Springfest Garden Art & Faerie Festival will transform Gulfport’s Clymer Park into an “enchanted village” inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls on Friday. Renaissance-era characters and gypsies may be spotted strolling through the 7.5-acre greenspace along with minstrels, wizards and roving entertainers during the event which includes a Good Friday Fish Fry, carnival rides,  May pole dances,  faerie house competition, costume contests and live music plus a children’s area offering face painting, pixie dusting, bubble blowing, and more.  Shop the market for plants, garden art, Renaissance-period trinkets, clothing, jewelry, art, hand-made crafts, food, beverages and other items of whimsical interest. 5501 27th Avenue South  http://visitgulfportflorida.com

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk: The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m.  Don’t forget about Gulfport’s Tuesday’s Fresh Market and Swing Dancing Wednesday at the Casino, plus Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday.  3101 Beach Blvd., www.visitgulfportflorida.com

PARTIES

Any night in DTSP is a street party on Central Ave., with dancing at Ruby’s Elixir, Iberian Rooster and Push Lounge, music at The Hideaway and other shenanigans. The 7th Annual Chillounge Night at Curtis Hixon Park April 8 (6-11 pm) features live bands, fireworks, fashion show and a Brazilian Samba Parade to benefit Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay Charity. wwwchilloungenight.com  Sheraton Sand Key Resort will host Evening with the Chefs May 5 (7-10 pm) showcasing award-winning chefs and Pinellas County culinary students creating gourmet cuisine and raising money for the ryanwellsfoundation.com.

THEATER

The Straz Center presents Biana Del Rio Not Today Satan Tour April 7, Opera Tampa’s Tosca April 7 & 9, Sex and the City A Parody April 11-13 and Alton Brown Live Eat Your Science April 21. On Oct. 7, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will engage in an unscripted and unforgettable conversation at The Straz Center. strazcenter.org. Through April 23, you can enjoy Ain’t Retirement Grand at the Early Bird Dinner Theater (21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765  727-437-2363)

April 29- May 28 FreeFall Theater: End of the Rainbow: A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway in 2012. It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of “comeback concerts” at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But stormy skies are on the horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting back and forth between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulation, this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving. FYI: 727-498-5205 www.freefalltheatre.com

If You Go: Dine @ The Reading Room: This clever new bistro in the former Christian Science Reading Room mixes iconic dishes and drinks.

American Stage Theater

April 19-May 14: Hairspray: The American Musical is performed in Demens Landing Park. Bring a picnic and dress vintage. http://americanstage.org/park/ Next up? The Invisible Hand opens May 31

Thru April 9 “Informed Consent” : Continuing its 2016-17 Season – “In Search of…America” theme, American Stage will showcase the Tampa Bay area premiere of “Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, winner of the 2009 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. This powerful drama takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether genetics defines our fate. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon, “Informed Consent” goes “in search of… A CURE” while asking the question, “is your DNA your destiny?”   Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North downtown St. Pete www.americanstage.org   727-823-PLAY (7529)  BoxOffice@AmericanStage.org

MUSIC

In April, there’s something for everyone. At the Capitol Theater, catch jazzy Chris Botti April 14, Olivia Newton John April 20, Kenny G April 21 and Everclear April 30. On April 28, The Fabulous Thunderbirds perform at Blast Friday, the popular street and music festival outside the Cap in downtown Clearwater.  athtecap.com Ruth Eckerd Hall features Little River Band April 8, Boston April 18, Air Supply April 23 and Sheryl Crow April 30. On April 8 @8 pm,

Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center features the Elgon John Rocket Man Tribute visit-pinellas-park.com.  Largo Cultural Center hosts Richard Elliott April 29. LargoArts.com The Rays have announced two post-game concerts: Sabrina Carpenter June 25 and Lauren Alaina July 9 raysbaseball.com/concerts.

The Florida Symphony Orchestra tickles the keys with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 April 8-9. At the Mahaffey there’s a TFO Coffee Concert April 20 featuring French delights including Ravel, Dukas, Saint-Saens and Debussy and on April 22 Singing & Swinging with Ella. floridaorchestra.org

A Touch of Classics: The South Pasadena Community Band showcase classic favorites at 7:30 pm at two locations: 4/12 Treasure Island Community Center; 5/18 Galatea Garden, South Pasadena http://www.southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program/.

April 7 (8 pm) – Street Corner Symphony @ The Club at Treasure Island: This a cappella group transitions seamlessly from gospel to barbershop to rock and roll. Enjoy a seafood buffet before the show. Reserve your spot at 727-367-4511. 400 Treasure Island Causeway

April 7 (7:30 pm) – SPC Piano Concert Series Extravaganza: Presented by St. Petersburg College Music Center Gibbs Campus at St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg  this is a  delightful evening of lighthearted arrangements for 4 pianists, 2 pianos, 8 hands. With pianists Eunmi Ko, Rebecca Penneys, Omri Shimron, Benjamin Warsaw. All are on the faculty of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and hold other academic appointments.

April 8 (5 pm) – Dean Johansen: Accomplished Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, Dean Johanesen will bring his unique brand of gypsy swing, American roots and Spanish guitar to St. Pete ArtWorks Gallery during the Second Saturday Art Walk. Johanesen, a local favorite spins stories ofld times, characters from the 20’s and 30’s, side show and circus performers. This is also the closing reception for Freddie Fred’s current exhibition, “True Dat”. Stop by the gallery for music, food, drink and art.  http://www.gcaa-fl.org/

April 8 (1 pm – 9 pm) Latin Music Festival by the Bay: Gulfport City Limits, LLC. is proud to present the first in a series of annual Latin Music Festivals, “Latin Music by the Bay” on April 8, 2017.  The concert will be located on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay from 1 pm until 9 pm.  The concert event will feature recording artists Orchestra Fuego, The Latin Jazz Knights, Freddy Montez, Victor J. Moreno with Esther Suarez, and Eddie Garrido.  The concert is pet friendly, (dog, cat, bird or whatever) but bring a leash. Enjoy food and drink for sale, a Cuban Cigar maker at La Habana Cigar and Richard Maurer, Massage Therapist will be set up for your relaxation. 5730 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport www.gulfportcitylimits.com,

OPERA & DANCE

The St. Petersburg Opera Company will perform Opera Therapy 3: Couples Therapy April 20-21 and Preview to the Tales of Hoffmann: Three Times A Lady May  18-9 in the Evenings and Mornings with the Maestro series. Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann will be performed June 2, 4 and 6 at the Palladium Theater. Hoffmann, the poet hero of The Tales of Hoffmann, has four love affairs that haunt him in Offenbach’s grand and final opera.  The opera fantastique begins with Hoffmann waiting in a tavern for his current passion, an opera diva appropriately named Stella.  To pass the time, Hoffmann tells the other students stories about three of his previous loves, each of which ends in disaster. June 30-July 9, Stephen Sondheim’s enchanting Into The Woods will be performed. STPeteOpera.org

Eckerd College: Live HD Opera Performances in Miller Auditorium, where April 7 at 1:30 screens Hedda Gable: A Play by Henrik Ibsen. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon, and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award–winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

GALLERIES

Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. dmglass.com

ZIPLINE! The Duncan McClellan Gallery and DMG School Project headquarters in the Warehouse District will soon launch the first-ever ArtZipline®. The zoning department for the City of St. Petersburg has approved the DMG’s plan for the ArtZipline® as yet another unique way to tour St. Petersburg’s popular art center! The ArtZipline® will start at the largest glass studio in Florida–Duncan McClellan Gallery and DMG School Project headquarters in the Warehouse District.  Duncan McClellan thought of this wacky idea to help promote art in the city of St Petersburg and more specifically in the increasingly popular Warehouse District.  He envisions the ArtZipline® to start at his gallery and learning center, then connecting with the Art Xchange via the Pinellas Trail.

Thru April 7: Seattle glass artists Kelly O’Dell and Raven Skyriver.

April 8, 5-10 pm – Joie de Vivre with Nancy Callan! Come to the opening party and welcome renowned Seattle Glass Artist Nancy Callan to St Petersburg. Glassblowing demonstration with Callan begins around 6:15pm. Jazz concert with Henry Ashwood Jazz Project from 8-10pm. Cash Bar and Food Truck on premises.

April 9 noon-1 pm – Art Glass Sunday: Watch  Nancy Callan blow glass in this one hour event. From 3-4, Callan will give a talk at MFA.

ArtPool Gallery – July 15 Trashin Fashion Looking for Designers/Artists/Models

Design your own collection, or team up with some friends, and work on a line of recycled & upcycled couture!  Trashion Fashion is our most creative fashion show of the year, we welcome designers of any age, no experience needed, and it is free to participate. Come get creative and be a part of the community fun at ARTpool Gallery! All models must apply here. Submissions by April 30. 2030 Central Ave DTSP 727-324-3878 artpoolgallery@gmail.com

The Enroy Foundation Inc., Gallery @ Marketplace at Boca Bay (Gulfport)

This new gallery features local artists such as David Vasquez, Rose Caballes, Nikita Rosalind, Naomi Glueck, Annamarie Sisson, Larry Busby and Scott Spillman. You can buy and enjoy local art while enjoying refreshments from the coffeehouse. On the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday Art & Gallery Walks they will host live music. Enroy Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is committed to the visual and performing arts in the Tampa Bay Area, with an emphasis on collaborative, educational, and environmental projects.  Started by Gulfport musicians Maureen Kilroy and Larry Enlow, the organization has sponsored collaborations between artists and a school, performers and environmental interests, house concerts, and a mutually beneficial relationship with a Gulfport restaurant, Boca Bay Grille.  2838 Beach Blvd S. FYI: https://www.facebook.com/EnroyFoundationInc/ Jessica  727-608-0070

The Veteran’s Arts Center: Opened in March, the VACTB is Florida’s first art center for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Families that provide therapy, healing, wellness and education programming. And is supportive of their need for creative outlets as well as the need for economic opportunities. 6798 Crosswinds Drive North  813-504-3092 http://www.vactb.org/

Creative Clay 1114 Central Avenue DTSP 727-825-0515  https://www.creativeclay.org/ “The 2017 Project: Securing Our Future,” is ready to kick off as Creative Clay prepares to move its headquarters this June from St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District.

Thru June 30 Community Café: Flower Power showcases paintings of flowers by Linda M., Emily M., Gina K., Conchita, Mike E., Dolores M.,Yalanda S. & Patsy Lieberman, Teff A. Hazard, Sheryl L.

Thru June 30 Time After Time featuring the artwork of Ray M who paints clocks and watches. Opening reception April 8 (9 pm) with live music, beer and wine.

Morean Arts Center http://www.moreanartscenter.org/

PN welcomes new executive director Michael Killoren, who comes from the NEA in Washington D.C. Thru May 31: Ceramic artist Joe Pintz; opening reception April 8 (5-9 pm)

 

The Chihuly Collection: This  stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork is presented in a fabulous architectural space designed specifically for his art, showcasing how  art and architecture can work together. 720 Central Avenue, downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872  http://www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly/

Florida CraftArt: Debuts Round Square (thru 4/22) 501 Central Avenue downtown St. Pete 727-821-7391 http://www.floridacraftart.org/ The exhibition features art works by four established Florida artists: Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Kendra Frorup, Babette Herschberger and Charles Parkhill.  

Syd Entel Gallery and Susan Benjamin Glass: The 5000 square foot gallery located on Main Street in charming downtown Safety Harbor showcases acclaimed artists from around the World along with today’s premier American glass artists. 727-725-1808  fgalleries@tampabay.rr.com.  247 Main St. www.sydentelgalleries.com

MUSEUMS

Thru June 10 – St. Petersburg Museum of History: Two exhibits offering a unique look at Florida history run through June 10: Seminole People of Florida: Survival and Success and Florida Folk Art – Just Above the Water. SPMOH.ORG

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-896-2667 mfastpete.org.

April 29-July 23 Dorothy Height’s Hats : Civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010) was known for her courage, intelligence, leadership, standing straight—and hats made by African-American milliners. Dorothy Dorothy Height’s Hats are a window to history, commemorating meetings with Eleanor Roosevelt (white mink chapeau).  One hat in the exhibition is by Harriet Rosebud, a noted milliner who grew up in St. Petersburg. She wore others by such fashion luminaries as Oscar de la Renta, Mr. John, Lisa Rene, Luke Song, and Ruth Kropveld, who established Chapeau Creations.

  • The Book Club @ the MFA, presented by Keep St. Pete Lit, will discuss her memoir Open Wide the Freedom Gates on  May 11, at 6:30 p.m. The program is free with Museum admission, which is only $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

April 12 10-11 am: Coffee Talks with Nan Colton as novelist Virgina Woolf as she sits for painter Jacques Emile Blanche.

April 30 noon-4pm Painting In The Park: Enjoy family friendly fun such as giant paintings, kite making and flying, painting on the NOMAD Art Bus and more; food available.

Thru May 7 Greg Smith Multimedia Artist: Smith’s work often centers on a character attempting to “create something, trying to structure his environment, but who’s also kind of hapless, and, in the end, probably doomed.” Catch his video Breakdown Lane (2013).

Thru July 2  Dominique Labauvie – Dig: The formal explorations of interdisciplinary artist Dominique Labauvie are rooted in both material and a highly developed relationship to philosophies of the drawn line. Dig brings together recent works by Mr. Labauvie in his signature media of steel and pastels. The theme of the ruin runs throughout, as he seems to take on the role of archaeologist, digging into the earth’s histories to try to understand their effect on current events.

Thru June 4: The Open Road- Photography and the American Road Trip: Nothing says spring break like this exhibition, a delightful journey through America’s kitschy landscapes.

The Dali Museum  http://thedali.org

  • Thru April 17 – Frida Kahlo at the Dali: An exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection showcase her dreamlike work suggesting that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest. The Dali and Beyond Film Series fatures the A&E biography of Frida Kahlo.
  • April 23 @ 7 pm – The Art of Recovery: From a hopeless, homeless addict to an outstanding artist and man in recovery, Dione Christopher will be showcasing his artistic talents at The Art of Recovery- An Evening with Dione at The Dalí Museum. Dione is a graduate of Survivors of Addiction who has battled with addiction throughout his life. This night will be an effort to change the perception of addicts and those in recovery, while raising money for a noble, local cause. The event will be hosted by local non-profit, Survivors of Addiction, Inc. The theme of the night is “Principles through Portraits,” where those who are in recovery, as well as those who are still suffering, will get the chance to showcase their artist talents, in hopes to lessen the stigma around addiction.
  • Thru May 2017 – Dali/Duchamp: The father of surrealism and the papa of conceptual art, this is the first exhibit dedicated to Dali and Duchamp’s friendship and influence on each’s art, showcasing 60 works and supplemented by correspondence and collaborative projects.

TAMPA & BEYOND

Ringling College of Art & Design  2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota   http://www.ringling.edu/
April 7-22,  2017 Best of Ringling Annual Juried Student Exhibitions.

ARTS NEWS

Morean Arts Center Turns 100: In March, Mayor Rick Kriseman presented a city proclamation commemorating 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg. The Morean Arts Center started in 1917 as The Art Club of St. Petersburg, the first art gallery south of Atlanta, on Beach Drive. In 1963, as plans for the Museum of Fine Arts took shape, it became clear the Art Club needed to find a new home. 201 Beach Drive – the old homestead – was razed in 1965 after the Museum of Fine Arts opened. A kapok tree was planted in 1965 to commemorate the Art Club. After two additional moves and a name change, the Art Club is now known as the Morean Arts Center. 719 Central Ave.

KUDOS to St. Pete Arts Alliance: The MUSE Awards event netted $32,000 that will help support our activities this year. Since the event a few weeks ago, they have already helped sponsor the Black Arts & Film Festival 2017, and we made a grant to the Arts Conservatory for Teens.  We will soon announce our new student arts grants program, and the February ArtWalk recorded the highest number of attendees in four years.  .  www.stpeteartsalliance.org

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Creative Pinellas Looking for Artists: Creative Pinellas is looking for up-and-coming artists for a new grant program that encourages them to create new work. Its Emerging Artists Grant program will award $2,000 each to 10 working in the creative arts, who will be mentored by someone in their field (literature, choreography, interdisciplinary, media arts, music composition, theatre/musical theatre, and visual arts)  They must be at least 18 and a legal resident of Pinellas County for at least one year and agree to maintain legal residency during the grant period ending in October. Artists must have a track record of success, a strong portfolio, a plan for the future, and a commitment to participate in the exhibition planned Oct. 26. Grant participants are expected to work with mentors and make regular reports on the progress of their work between July 1st and October 26.

Applications are being accepted online through 5 p.m. April 12. Artists are advised to begin uploading before or by 4:30 p.m. to ensure their work is successfully received by the deadline. More information is available at Creative Pinellas. Awards will be announced in June.

Creative Life Project Seeks Artists For 2017 Exhibits: The Creative Life Project is looking for artists to display works within their network of venues. Artwork of all mediums are accepted, including photography. Venues include Hidden Springs Ale Works, Cigar City Brewing, Four Stacks Brewing, Revolution Ice Cream, Escape Brewing, 81 Bay Brewing and more. Submit work to:  Hello@TheCreativeLifeProject.Org   Http://Www.Thecreativelifeproject.Org/Artshowentry/

Call To Artists: Animals In Art May 1, 2016 Deadline: June 3: Smithtown Township Arts Council in St. James NY invites submissions for its upcoming juried fine art exhibition: “Animals in Art – Our Partners on the Planet” at the Mills Pond Gallery, with JurorTim Newton. Artists are encouraged to share their artistic vision of animals both domestic and wild. Artwork may include any animals that live on land, in the sea or in the air and can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction. Open to USA artists age 18 or older. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. Prospectus at Http://Www.Stacarts.Org/Exhibits/Show/96.

Call To Artists: Public Art In Sarasota May 1, 2016 Deadline for submissions: June 5: A Call to Artists is underway for the creation of an original landmark sculpture to be placed at a future roundabout at Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota, to become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. Artists with a proven track record of creating significant outdoor public art commissions that can withstand the Florida elements are encouraged to apply. The piece should be  free standing. Complement the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout location. Require minimal maintenance (no water features). Must be an original design. Can be appreciated from a distance (does not draw people toward it). Must not exceed 20 feet in height. Must not display messages or contain signs, flashing lights etc. The project budget cannot exceed $150,000.  Installation: November 2017. Specific details about the project, including the application process and selection process are posted at www.CallForEntry.com. 

Celebrate Earth Day with Mail Art Contest

Pinellas County residents are encouraged to combine their love of environmental conservation with their creative talents to celebrate Earth Day this year. The UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is currently accepting entries for the 2017 Earth Day Mail Art competition. Participants may mail in their artistic entries for a chance to have them featured on social media.

Contest judges are looking for distinctive handmade entries based on the following themes:

• #ToEarthWithLove: creative art about giving back to Earth by recycling, composting and conserving water
• #LoveTampaBay: art pieces that express love for Tampa Bay’s waters and wildlife
• #PlasticAware: visualize how plastics impact the environment, people and/or communities

Entries in each category will be judged by age groups (12 and under, 13-18, and 18 and over). Prizes include a guided hike of Weedon Island Preserve, gardening-themed prize packs, energy saving kits, a tour of the Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility and more. To qualify, entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 5.

All artwork must be original and must not contain reproduction of existing artwork or images. Submit artwork to:

UF/IFAS Exension Pinellas County
Earth Day Mail Art Contest
Attention: Trevor Ackerman
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774

Artists must include their name, email address, phone number, age and category that the artwork should be judged in. Winners will be contacted by phone or email on Friday, April 21.

All entries will be posted on the Pinellas Extension Facebook page and automatically entered in the “Facebook Fan Favorite” contest. That winner will receive a special prize as well. Vote for those entries atwww.facebook.com/PinellasExtension/.

For more information about the Mail Art Contest, prize information and further details about the rules, email Trevor Ackerman at tackerman@pinellascounty.org or visit http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/MailArt.shtml.

Information courtesy of Pinellas County Government

Final Call for Artists & Volunteers! Artspring March 31 – April 2, 2017

The City of South Pasadena is looking for volunteers to help with the 31st Annual Artspring Exhibition. Shifts are available on the following dates March 27 – April 3, 2017. Please consider donating a few hours of your time. 
 
Artists are also needed to exhibit their artwork in the following mediums: clay, fiber, wood, metals, glass, photography, paper or paint.  Sculptures may be submitted in clay, wood, metals or glass. First, Second and Third Place ribbons will be awarded in three categories (artwork, photography, and sculpture), along with the Mayor’s Award and Honorable Mention ribbons. No entry fee required.
To register or for more information, please contact City Hall at 347-4171 or cityhall@mysouthpasadena.com.