ONLINE REVIEW: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus XTREME in Tampa Jan. 25-29

Feld Entertainment Chairman and CEO Kenneth Feld can be very proud of the great restructuring that his daughters and co-producers Nicole and Alana Feld did with Circus XTREME, first seen here in 2015 but updated as a brand-new production of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Sadly, it will be the last production of the Circus, with Feld’s recent announcement that the show would close forever May 21 in Uniondale, NY. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups, all contributed to its demise. “There isn’t any one thing,” Feld told the Associated Press. “This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family.” Feld’s late father bought the Circus from the John Ringling North family in 1967.

Kristen Michelle Wilson is the first female Ringmaster (pictured above) and the 39th overall in the 146-year history of the “The Greatest Show on Earth”. In homage to her hometown, the show opened January 13 for the first time ever in Orlando at Amway Center.

With a commanding presence and booming voice, she got excellent help from internationally famous clown couple Alex and Irina Emelin — who navigate in a “sailboat” and “tour jeep” to compete in discovering the world’s best extreme artists and performers. They also interact nicely and creatively throughout the show with the famous Ringling clown alley, led by boss clown Taylor Albin.

This year’s production is missing the famous Ringling pachyderms, retired after last year’s performances to the world-renowned Ringling Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County.  

Among the standout acts that more than make up for the loss:

Tiger trainer Tabayara “Taba” Maluendo from Chile faces 14 Bengal tigers, with such stunts as a first-ever 14-tiger laydown, sit-up and hind-leg stand-up waving their paws; four tiger rollover; four tiger sit-up on four others; a seven-tiger pedestal sit-up; and a dance-off with one tiger finale. Using his catchphrase “Azucar”–  for sugar or sweet, he calls them by name to perform.  

The Daring Danguir high-wire troupe, led by Mustafa Danguir who once walked a mile-long, 540- foot-high tight wire in Spain, accomplishes dangerous stunts with stunning footwork.  Highlights include a daring female somersault to split; leaping over four others on the wire; a one-man leap forward, then backward, from one member’s shoulder to another’s; and the four-person pyramid finale.

On the 16,000-pound, 50-foot-high “Pendulum of Steel”, daredevil Benny Ibarra does amazing stunts First he executes forward and back flips inside the whirling wheel, and then goes outside to defy gravity by jumping rope and doing forward and backward somersaults atop the wheel.

Featuring acrobats, contortionists and a trio of strongmen, the Mongolian Marvels troupe stuns the audience. Their feats include the trio playing catch with 200-pound iron balls, a teeth-only 551-pound lift of three others and barbells, and a finale three-man lift of 900 pounds of six other troupe members.

The aerial display is one of the most dramatic show-stoppers, topped by Bungee Skydiving in a blacked-out arena under ultra-violet, blacklight in stunning fluorescent costumes including duos, trios and a six-girl, hand-holding finale. A troupe of Angelic Aerialists from Russia and the Ukraine includes four “magical mermaids” on single traps, two single orbs, and five-girl giant orb, as all do synchronized stunts.

Human cannonball “Nitro Nicole” Sanders rockets over 140 feet across the arena experiencing seven G’s, usually encountered by fighter pilots and astronauts. Her shot is followed by a nice choreographed dance routine with her group of assistants.

The Freestyle Sports show finale is a fast-paced display featuring BMX bikes doing half-pipes and 360 wheelies, and the Ukrainian Art of Trampoline troupe doing acrobatics launched off twin trampolines through a 15-foot transparent tower — bouncing, flipping and tumbling around the entire arena.

Also sure to please are the other animal acts, with trainer Colleen Pages opening the show with her six-Bactrian (two-hump) camel group with bareback Desert Goddess riders doing stunts in various ménage routines.

Alex and Irina’s talented group of all-size – toy to standard — Poodles delight the crowd with jumps, dances, “Mutt & Jeff” under legs and jump-overs, and a six-dog, hind-leg “long mount” emulating the Ringling Pachyderms.

Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President and Circus co-producer Alana Feld told Paradise News, “We constantly travel the globe looking for the best and brightest talent. Kristen Michelle Wilson wowed us with her powerful voice and charismatic personality. We knew immediately that she would be able to connect with the audience and bring them along on the Circus XTREME adventure.”

Lucky Tampa Bay residents and visitors can catch the very last local performances of RBB&B Circus XTREME at Tampa’s Amalie Arena: Wed. & Thur. (25-26), 7:30 pm; Fri. & Sat. (27-28), 10:30 am & 7:30 pm; Sun. (29), 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm. For tickets: online at https://ringling-bros-circus.tickets-center.com. 

STORY by STEVE TRAIMAN
PHOTOS by Feld Entertainment

[Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at traimancreativecopy@gmail.com.]

Arts & Culture Best Bets

Look here for what’s new and fun around town as I pick our faves in the literary, film, theater, music, dance, multimedia, arts and crafts scenes, and cover parties and local artists.  We’ve expanded our listings in the Events- Arts & Leisure section in the back of the magazine. Ciao baby, see you around town!  – Nanette Wiser

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TEN BEST BETS

  1. ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Ave. downtown St. Petersburg  www.artpoolrules.com
    • January 21, 8 pm: – midnight ARTpool Gala 11th annual celebration of  St. Pete’s creative culture through art/music/fashion
    • Call for Artists, Performers, Body Artists, Designers & Models! The 2017 show season is right around the corner, and ARTPool needs you. Apply on the website for these shows: I Love St. Pete, MUSE Body Art, Mad Hatter and the Underwater Anniversary Show!

  1. Heritage Village 11909 125th St. N, Largo 727-582-2123 www.pinellascounty.org/heritage
    • Jan. 7, 10 am – 4 pm: Roc Day Tampa Bay Join the spinners of Pinellas Weavers Guild to celebrate Roc Day as part of your New Year’s celebrations.  The annual Roc Day event will be held at Heritage Village’s McMullen House (also known as the Fiber Arts House) where Guild members plan to demonstrate fiber crafts including weaving, spinning and other portable fiber projects, answer questions about fiber crafts, share holiday stories, recruit potential new weavers and spinners, and generally have an old fashioned good time.
  1. Morean’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop – Discover how beautiful works of glass are created in real time with professional glass blowers educating you on the process. 719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete,  727 822-7872 x 2220  www.moreanartscenter.org/hot-shop
    • Events include Ladies Night, Friday Hot Date Night, & Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations daily at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872  www.MoreanArtsCenter.org
    • Keep St. Pete Lit  keepstpetelit@gmail.com $10 writing classes for beginners and pros. The Morean Center for Clay  420  22nd Street South, downtown St. Pete
  1. Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues through 2017 with these talks at St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, downtown St. Pete 727-894-1052  www.spmoh.com.
    • Feb. 9: – The Magnificent Drama – Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine
    • April 13, 2017: – Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging Water World from the Inside Out
  1. OLLI at Eckerd College  Classes on Music, Film, Television,  Florida Studies, Literature, Writing, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. www.Eckerd.Edu/Olli/Register  727-864-7600.
  1. Studio@ 620 620 First Ave. S, downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620 www.thestudioat620.org
    • Wordier Than Thou: Open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. http://www.thestudioat620.org/events/wordier-than-thou-34
    • Jan. 19, 8 pm: Anyan Dévery (pronounced “any and every”), is short for anything, everything, anyone and everyone. Their style ranges from alternative rock to funk to jazz fusion with influences including Snarky Puppy, Radio-head, & Jacob Collier. The band is comprised of Dave Hamar on drums, Daniel Navarro on bass, Stephen Dornfeld on keys, Joe Coyle on keys and Will Thomas Scecina on guitar and vocals (all former members of  the band “Us Four”).  Anyan Dévery would like to invite you to an exclusive live recording of their original music.
    • Feb. 16-20: Dangerous Gully is the latest concoction by local playwright, Joseph Alan Johnson ( Lovefool, Misconception).  A saucy tale of love and romance that pays homage to the fairy tales of our childhood with a modern twist!  Local stage  favorite Daniel J. Harris stars as Prospero – a professional story teller with a sexy web to spin! Mr. Johnson has been nominated the past three years in a row by the readers of Creative Loafing as Best Local Playwright. You won’t want to miss his latest magical journey into the human condition, glitter and all!
  1. St. Petersburg Opera 727-823-2040 http://www.stpeteopera.org
    • Jan. 27, 7:30 pm, Jan. 29: 2 pm, Jan. 31: 7:30 pm: The Elixir of Love
  1. St. Petersburg Arts Alliance 100 Second Ave. N, Ste. 150 St. Downtown St. Pete, FYI: John Collins 727-518-5142  john@stpeteartsalliance.org
    • Jan. 27:  Muse Award Benefit: The Muse Awards will celebrate artistic inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts, 7 pm.  St. Petersburg’s fourth annual fundraising benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination.  Sculptor & painter Kyu Yamamoto will be honored as the Muse Award’svisual artist for the fourth annual Muse Awards benefit.  Kyu joins 2016 winner, Steven Kenney and 2015 winner, Carrie Jadus as the visual artist honoree. His artwork will be featured on the 2017 commemorative poster.
  1. Jan 25-29 Circus Xtreme at Amalie Arena  It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, like our big cats!  It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Buy tickets by phone or online 800-745-3000 www.ringling.com/shows/circus-xtreme.
  1. Jan. 27-28 Shen Yun at The Mahaffey Go beyond the boundaries of performing arts. Shen Yun combines ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops, letting classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else. The Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First Street South  http://www.themahaffey.com  Buy tickets / phone 888-974-3698. Info: sytampabay@gmail.com

ARTWALKS: Whether you have visitors or it’s a girls night out, these events are moving feasts, both visual and culinary.  There’s always live music and never a dull moment.

Gulfport Artwalks 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday, 3101 Beach Blvd. S.,  www.visitgulfportflorida.com

– St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk  5 – 9 pm – Discover arts, crafts, bodacious brews and delicious bites.  www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS: Pinellas County’s nature preserves offer unique cultural and historical programs, including Weedon Island, Heritage Village and Florida Botanical Gardens. From guided nature walks and book readings  to photo excursions, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sample below; for more events, visit   http://www.pinellascounty.org/Events.

Our Wildest Place: The Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve: This permanent, hands-on educational exhibit that helps visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. The Windows to Our Wildest Place exhibit allows visitors to experience the life of a gopher tortoise and includes educational videos and a touch-and-feel display of animal, insect and reptile skins and skeletons that have been preserved. Visitors will also find interpretive trail signs located throughout the boardwalks of the preserve that feature educational information about its ecosystems.

  • Jan. 8, 2: 30: 4 pm, Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve Music Jamboree Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it to the Brooker Creek Preserve for a jam session in our outdoor music pavilion with a gorgeous view of the woods! Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. The jam session will be led by a local musician.

People and Place: The Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.  (727) 453-6500; www.weedonislandpreserve.org.  This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit that reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. Exhibits include Connecting People and Place,  Uncovering Past Cultures, Understanding Culture through its Pottery, A Gallery of Memories, Mischief and Movies, Discovery of Hidden Worlds, What a Watershed Is and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Weedon Island artifacts.

  • Jan. 19, 7-8 pm: Archaeology Lecture Series: Complex Hunter-Gatherers of Interior British Columbia –  Archaeology of the Middle Fraser Canyon: The Middle Fraser Canyon of interior British Columbia is the traditional home of the St’át’imc people, famous for their intensive salmon fishing, large pithouse villages, and complex social organization. Archaeological research has identified the establishment of permanent St’át’imc villages in the Mid-Fraser Canyon shortly after 2000 years ago.This presentation provides an introduction to the ethnology and archaeology of the Middle Fraser Canyon with a particular focus on the Bridge River site, one of the largest and most intensively studied St’át’imc villages.
  • Jan. 12, 8:30 am Weedon Photography Hike: Hike the Preserve in search of that perfect shot. This program provides great opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, Center volunteers highlight seasonal features of the Preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve. Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center.

Objects from the Turner Family Permanent Collection: Geraldine “Jere” Turner bequeathed her family home to Pinellas County along with $100,000 in moving costs and the contents of her 1915 bungalow. When it was moved to Heritage Village in January 2014, thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history were discovered in the house. These included toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. These objects are on display in the Ralph Reed Gallery in the Visitor Center. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. 727-582-2123; www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.

DANCE: Jan. 13: Beacon at The Palladium – See the profile of dancer/choreographer Helen Hansen French in this issue and mark your calendars for Gulf Coast Dance on March 11.

FILM: March 2 – Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival – Currently accepting submissions (no deadline listed  for short films, U.S. narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. Details and the online application: www.withoutabox.com/login/5440

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

  • Jan. 12, 5:30 – 8 pm: Fuel The Fire Fundraiser for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Enjoy an entertaining evening of fantastic food and drink, hot glass demonstrations with Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen – two of the world’s finest glass sculptors – and overall great fun! Complimentary valet parking.
  • Jan.14, 5 – 10 pm: Dream / Space with Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen Welcome Seattle Glass Artists  Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen, two of the art forms most imaginative and innovative creators! Watch them blow glass 6 – 8 pm. The Henry Ashwood Jazz Project will perform from 8-10pm. Cash Bar & food truck on premises.

MUSEUMS: The Dali Museum  www.thedali.org
Thru Apr. 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. Frida Kahlo at The Dali will be Florida’s first solo exhibition showcasing the extraordinary career and life of the acclaimed 20th century artist. The exhibit will feature a collection of more than 60 Kahlo pieces including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist and influential icon. The exhibition will extend outdoors where a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul, her home in Mexico, will grace the grounds of the Museum’s Avant Garden.

“With her dreamlike images, Kahlo has stirred huge public interest beyond the traditional art audience. In a way, Kahlo created a persona that serves as a contemporary feminine ideal – both tender and fierce,” said Dali Museum Executive Director, Dr. Hank Hine. “Much like Dali, she constructed an eccentric identity through the iconography in her paintings and then dressed and carried herself as the personality she created in her art. Painting by painting, she becomes a heroic figure of struggle and perseverance.”  The Frida Kahlo exhibit continues to attract national and international attention. What’s amazing is that our downtown museums feature two amazing collections; you can explore the primitive icons of the Inuit culture and the raw emotion and symbolic paintings of Kahlo.

February – 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.

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

  • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Inuit people of the Arctic, formerly known as the Eskimo, have combined traditional and contemporary worlds in their work and have developed a distinctive visual language using modern materials and techniques. Through their art, the Inuit have continued a vital storytelling tradition among themselves, while reaching out to the broader public. They are especially known for their prints and sculpture.
  • Thru Jan. 22: Our America – The Latino Presence in Latin American Art Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic community of their day with 92 original works that delve into the history and imagination of the artists and the world that inspired them.

MUSIC: Feb. 23 – Feb. 28: Sunshine City Songwriters Festival If you are a musician and would like to perform, reach out now and be part of this amazing festival. On Feb. 23, The Special Concensus Performs at the Craftsman House. This Grammy-nominated & International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awardwinners “Special C”. Originating from the Midwest, they have been performing for over 40 years.  Craftsman House, 2955 Central AveSt. Petersburg, 727-323-2787 www.SunshineCitySongfest.com
www.facebook.com/Sunshine-City-Songwriters-Festival-1485407188432998

PARTIES: Museum of Fine Arts Culture & Cocktails Events – There’s always something fun going on with MFA, meshing cuisine, art, wine and movies in some unique way. Mark your calendars for these events. Buy tickets online – www.stuartsociety.org    WineWeekendReservation@stuartsociety.org  (727) 896-2667, ext 221.

  • Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm Coastal Chic Party – Enjoy Florida Favorites, Craft Beer, Wine & Chocolate. Featuring The Mad Beach Band. Individual Ticket: $99. Location: MFA. Dressy Casual.
  • Saturday, February 11,  7 pm – Paint the Town Red, White & Chocolate– Dinner & wine pairing by Chef Tyson of Parkshore Grill. Live and silent auctions. Featuring The TomKats Jazz Orchestra. Individual Ticket: $300*. Location: MFA. Cocktail Attire.
  • Saturday, February 18, 7 pm – 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner –Featuring Ten Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 100 Point Wines. Individual Ticket: $1,800*.  Seating is limited. Location: The Rolls-Royce Tampa Bay Showroom. Dress to impress

Jan. 29, 5 pm: American Stage Century Cycle Celebration:  Join American Stage artists and friends at  Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Legacy Garden as we celebrate the exciting conclusion of our 10-year commitment to producing playwright August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. Enjoy a night to remember that will include live visual & performing arts entertainment along with cocktails, dinner and festivities in support of American Stage as we pay tribute to this momentous accomplishment together. Century Cycle Celebration is a special fundraiser benefitting American Stage Theatre. For more information contact 727-823-1600 ext. 207 or development@americanstage.org.
Venue: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 33712

PERFORMING ARTS: Jan. 11, 7:30 pm: Cirque Dreams – Jungle Fantasy: An exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers & musicians!  The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with spectacular costumes nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award. The journey comes to life in a fantastical jungle setting filled with flowers, magical trees and a variety of special effects. From the Butterfly Ballet and Flipping Monkeys to Hopping Frogs & Stretching Lizards, this world-class explosion of imagination, athleticism & Broadway theatrics will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages. Tix: 727-893-7832 The Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First Street S., St Petersburg http://www.themahaffey.com

SPOKEN WORD: Jan. 8, The Women of Temple B’nai Israel Present – Warriors Rising:   Temple B’nai Israel brings New York Times best-selling author, inspirational speaker, courageous truth-teller and hope-spreader Glennon Doyle Melton to her long -awaited first speaking engagement in the Tampa Bay area. Glennon uses her trademark wit and candor to easily express what so many of us think, but would not dare say aloud. Through a conversational keynote presentation, Glennon will encourage us to celebrate sisterhood and find our inner love warriors. We invite you to be a part of this inspirational evening. www.warriorsrising2017.com

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of New York Times bestselling memoir Love Warrior, which was chosen as the latest novel in Oprah’s Book Club and New York Times bestselling memoir Carry On, Warrior. Glennon is also the founder of Momastery, an online community reaching millions each week. She is the creator & president of  Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over $5M for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving. www.warriorsrising2017.com

Jan. 15, 7 pm: Captain “Sully”  Sullenberger commemorates the Eighth Anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson”  Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger will make a special appearance in St. Petersburg (the birthplace of scheduled commercial aviation) to share his emergency water landing experience that captivated the world at Mahaffey Theater, Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm. Ticket holders will hear the true story of an American hero who will share words of courage, inspiration, hope and joy. His story is captured in the film Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and also Making a Difference: Stories of Vision & Courage from America’s Leaders. Ticket holders can re-live what the world witnessed eight years ago. Tickets, $45.50, $57.50, $75.50 from www.TheMahaffey.com, by phone at 727.893.7832, in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office or at least 90 minutes prior to event.

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. The 2017 series kicks off its fifth year Jan. 12 with a journey through a religious cult that believed the world is hollow, its leader would live forever and sex was forbidden. Run out of Chicago, the Koreshans discovered wealth, power and paradise in what is now Estero, Florida. 335 2nd Ave. NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052 www.spmoh.org

  • Jan. 12: Lyn Millner: The Allure of Immortality – An American Cult, a Florida Swamp & a Renegade Prophet.
  • Mar. 9: Craig Pittman: Oh, Florida  America’s Weirdest State
  • 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

THEATER: Jan. 12 – 22: “Parfumerie” –The Gulfport Community Players present Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo, at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 26th Ave and Beach Blvd. Parfumerie is the romantic comedy that inspired several film classics: In the Good Old Summertime, Meet Me in St. Louis, You’ve Got Mail and the musical She Loves Me. The action takes place in the pleasing old shop Hammerschmidt’s Parfumerie. The play follows the tangled tale of Parfumerie employee George Horvath and his secret love interest. This old-fashioned, romantic tale is set in 1937 Budapest. Patrick Brafford directs. Performances Thur-Fri-Sat 8 pm; Sat & Sun 2 pm. Advance tickets $18. Available online and at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar. Tickets at the door $20. www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org.

Jan. 18 – Feb. 19: – Joe Turner’s Come & Gone at American Stage –Don’t miss the epic conclusion of American Stage’s journey through August Wilson’s Century Cycle.  In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth & Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world.  American Stage 163 3rd St. North. Box Office: 727-823-PLAY (7529); boxoffice@americanstage.org  http://americanstage.org.

TAMPA & BEYOND

Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota –Thru Jan. 27, 2017: Jenny Medved’s – exhibition INDIGENOUS PEOPLE will be on display in this glorious Sarasota cultural mecca.  Jenny Medved (Class of 2004) is a figurative artist & illustrator based in Sarasota, Florida. Medved’s meticulously crafted watercolors of Hawaiian and Polynesian dancers and Native Americans are part of an ongoing visual exploration of indigenous cultures prompted by the discovery of her own Native American roots. In December of 2015, Medved was featured as one of ten artists to watch in Watercolor Artist Magazine.

ARTS NEWS

Mahaffey Theater: Big3 Entertainment, which manages the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, has expanded its programming team with the addition of veteran New York talent booker and promoter Harlan Halper. Halper has been working with Big3 since 2011, bringing standup comedy to The Mahaffey and The Palladium Theater. As Vice President of Programming, his role now expands to include all genres of the performing arts. His years of experience include operations management, booking, promoting and talent buying for theaters and performing arts venues around the country. “The Mahaffey is an absolutely gorgeous building, and needs to be experienced by locals, as well as visitors to this dynamic community,” Halper said. “And we want more and more artists, regardless of the genre of entertainment, to experience how amazing The Mahaffey is, how they’re taken care of, and how we put on and present shows.”

Call to Artists: Superheroes on Parade is a whimsical, dog-centered art affair inspiring the community with its menagerie of life-size dog sculptures created by local artist and sculptor, Scott Moore.  Call for hand painting by local artists for the Superheroes on parade sculptures to benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs.  $400 stipend. Planned events include placing 50 painted dog-in-cape sculptures around town and an online contest where the community votes for their favorites and an awards celebration.  The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance plans to host the painted sculptures during SPFestival ’17 in September on South Straub Park. Please send your contact information with you website URL or three photos of your work to  Frances.Marinaro@guidedogs.org.

Jan. 19, 10 am: Ikebana International, St. Petersburg

Japanese Floral Demonstration Presents Fusako Hoyrup of the Wafu School of Ikebana: Fusako Hoyrup will demonstrate Japanese floral arranging to guests at a luncheon sponsored by Ikebana International, St. Petersburg Chapter.  Ms. Hoyrup holds the highest ranking teacher’s degree in the modern Wafu School of Ikebana. Her theme will be “Shinnen Omedeto Gozaimasu” which translates “Happy New Year.”  A raffle for gift baskets donated by members will be held following lunch. Registration required. 727-729-9445, The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. PN

Art News Compiled by Nanette Wiser

Fitness Inspiration: Helen Hansen French

On Friday, January 13th at SPC’s Palladium Theater, Helen Hansen French, a beloved St. Petersburg dancer/choreographer, showcases where fitness and passion can take you if your pursue your artistic dream.

Following in the footsteps of last season’s wildly successful performance, BEACON 2017 includes not only vibrant, lively dance works, but also the world premiere of a dance film created by world-renown dancer and BEACON Series co-founder/choreographer/artist Helen Hansen French, in collaboration with more than 25 artists from across all disciplines.

The performance will embody strength, joy, courage, tenacity, resilience and communal celebration. French and BEACON co-founding partner/choreographer/dancer Lauren Ree Slone will offer another evening of virtuosic, thought-provoking dance helping and reflecting the effort towards building a thriving, safe environment for everyone.

French was an Old Northeast St. Petersburg native with a graceful, melodic style and regarded as one of the most accomplished artists in the world of modern dance. She earned her BFA from NYC’s acclaimed Juilliard School and brings fifteen years of dance experience back to St. Pete. A founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance, she always wanted to write music and dance to it and at age 12, danced in a summer program at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

French graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High and migrated to a modern dance company, dancing with the Buglisi Dance Theater for fifteen years. She’s worked with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as well as serving as a faculty member at George Mason University, Juilliard and is currently on faculty at St. Petersburg College.

French brings dance off the stage to new audiences, including a fall event hosted by the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance at Green Bench Brewery. Dance on Film, a series of four films, was made by local choreographers like her.

Article by Nanette Wiser

Arts & Events Dec. 2016

lights-in-the-garden-domeMuseums, holiday lights, New Year’s Eve parties! Crank up the Michael Buble Christmas tunes  and check out these artsy events. (Compiled by Nanette Wiser)

Holiday Lights: Start with the Florida Botanical Gardens and then check out these neighborhoods who transform everyday lawns into magical Disney-like spectaculars, complete with nodding reindeer and penguin blow-up balls. 

  • If you can weather the crowds, check out Downtown Disney’s drone light show.
  • At Ringling Museum in Sarasota, enjoy the Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’ Zan, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 5-8 pm. Dressed for the holidays, Ca’ d’Zan features festive fireplace mantels, balconies, doors and most especially the 10-foot-tall tree that stands in the Grand Court.
  • On Dec. 3, John’s Pass lights up their Christmas Tree with music and Santa’s arrival. The Florida Orchestra hosts its annual tour of homes downtown from 10 am – 4 pm.
  • The Lowry Park Zoo opens a special holiday exhibit with reindeer and decorations.
  • Iconic to this area, the holiday boat parades in Madeira Beach, Indian Rocks, Redington, St. Pete Beach and downtown make mingling merry and bright.
  • Thru Jan. 3 from 6 pm – 10 pm, the Oakdale Neighborhood goes all out with 1/4 million lights, A walking yard tour that includes a small pond, several waterfalls & fountains; an 18-train HO scale railroad, with moving planes & carnival rides; animated & lit up figures and inflatables and houses a-glow. Featured on HGTV’s All Out HGTV’s All Out Christmas Special, NBC Today and PEOPLE Magazine.  2719 Oakdale Street S, St. Pete; www.ChristmasDisplay.org

hollander-hotelLike Culture & Cocktails? You’ll find it in downtown St. Pete, frocked with lights and glorious with artist murals. Look for me decked out in a red dress and silver bells at these holiday soirees:

  • On Dec. 7, check out the evening rooftop event at The Station House downtown catered by Fresh Kitchen.
  • On Dec. 10, it’s the 12 annual downtown Bad Santa Bar Crawl (Spark 5, Inc.), raising money for South Pinellas Autism Project and The Children’s Dream Fund & Blessings in A Backpack – Pinellas County! 
  • Enjoy wine and appetizer specials at 6 pm during Wine Down Wednesday at Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria.
  • Celebrate Punky’s Bar & Grill 1st Anniversary in the artsy Grand Central District for four days Dec. 15-18 with music by Chic; Ella Jet; DJ Bill Kody; Brothers Gabriel; Nora Riki; Halcyon and Mighty Mongo.

Happy Hanukkah, Kwaanza wishes and Merry Christmas to our Paradise friends and family. Hoping for Peace on Earth, goodwill to all. Ciao baby, see you around town!  – Nanette Wiser

ONGOING

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk – 5-9 pm – Five arts districts, one fun day: Ride the Trolley and enjoy 40 galleries, studios, warehouses and yummy brews and chews along the way downtown. www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org

Gulfport 1st Friday & 3rd Saturday   www.visitgulfportflorida.com   3101 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. Art Walk spans 6 city blocks that includes more than 35 unique and locally owned shops, businesses, boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants. Over the last few years, several new art venues have popped up around town including Domain Home Accessories & Gallery, Country Harvest Craft Studio, Suzanne Vernon Mosaics, August Vernon Studios, Rejoys, Portspace Art Gallery, ProjectFree Gallery & Studio and Pitzen Studios.

OLLI at Eckerd College  www.Eckerd.Edu/Olli/Register  -727-864-7600. Take a trip or a class on Music, Film, Television, Florida Studies, Literature, Writing, Performing Arts and Visual Arts… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

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

  • Thru Feb. 19: Jack Barrett People Watching – Mr. Barrett’s explorations of the human figure in paintings, sketches and select sculptures will be on view.  Some may know him as a former St. Pete Times illustrator.  
  • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Inuit people of the Arctic, formerly known as the Eskimo, have combined traditional and contemporary worlds in their work and have developed a distinctive visual language using modern materials and techniques. Through their art, the Inuit have continued a vital storytelling tradition among themselves, while reaching out to the broader public. They are especially known for their prints and sculpture.
  • Dec. 8, 6:30 pm: Book Club at MFA – Presented by Keep St. Pete Lit – Melanie McGrath’s The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic will add another layer of understanding to The Far North.
  • Dec. 11, 5 pm: Free outdoor Christmas double feature, How the Grinch Stole Christmas & Gremlins. Enjoy music, food trucks and trivia at this dog-friendly event. Movie starts at dark.
  • Dec. TBD: Christmas Sing Along
  • Thru Jan. 22: Our America – The Latino Presence in Latin American Art – Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic community of their day with 92 original works that delve into the history and imagination of the artists and the world that inspired them.

The Dali Museum http://thedali.org In addition to exhibits, guest can enjoy Sunday yoga at the Dali, programs for children and storytelling for families.

  • Dec. 8: Poetry with St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace occurs on 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.
  • On Dec. 15: there is a Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar beginning at noon. Join the talented, artistic staff and volunteers of The Dali at a holiday bazaar featuring their original art & crafts for sale. Enjoy the seasonal ambiance, holiday music and complimentary sweet treats & beverages. Melting clock and mustache ornaments from the Museum Store and more make unique gifts.

Dec. 17 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. Frida Kahlo at The Dali will be Florida’s first solo exhibition showcasing the extraordinary career and life of the acclaimed 20th century artist. The exhibit features a collection of more than 60 Kahlo pieces including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist and influential icon. The exhibition will extend outdoors where a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul, her home in Mexico, will grace the grounds of the Museum’s Avant Garden.

“With her dreamlike images, Kahlo has stirred huge public interest beyond the traditional art audience. In a way, Kahlo created a persona that serves as a contemporary feminine ideal – both tender and fierce,” said Dali Museum Executive Director, Dr. Hank Hine. “Much like Dali, she constructed an eccentric identity through the iconography in her paintings and then dressed and carried herself as the personality she created in her art.  Painting by painting, she becomes a heroic figure of struggle and perseverance.”  

  • February 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.

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, downtown St. Pete, 727-894-1052  http://spmoh.com Fighting for the Right to Fight – African American Experiences in World War II – This exhibit explores the challenges and triumphs of African Americans during the war era and is the first time the exhibit has been seen outside of its home in New Orleans. Before the Civil Rights marches of the 1950s and 1960s, there was a group of young African American men who fought for equality and the right to defend their country. On loan from the National WWII Museum, the exhibit features artifacts,  photographs and oral histories to highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and  on the Home Front.

Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues through 2017 with these talks:

  • Dec. 15: Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition
  • Feb. 9, 2017 – The Magnificent Drama – Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine
  • April 13, 2017 – Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging Water World from the Inside Out.

Morean Arts Center  719 Central Ave. 727-822-7872  www.MoreanArtsCenter.org

  • Thru Dec. 30: Find hip gifts at “There is No Time Like the Presents” – 2016 Holiday Show & Sale.  Members of the Morean display gift-worthy items to purchase for the holidays including locally made paintings, functional pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments and arty stocking stuffers. With more than 1000 members, the show displays a unique range of style and art to suit most tastes and décor and are one-of-a-kind.
  • Dec. 3, 10, 17: Parents Shop, Kids Create – Keep St. Pete Lit  $10 keepstpetelit@gmail.com  writing classes – beginners / pros.
  • 3-D Workshops and Design classes.  info@create-3d-biz

Morean’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop 719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete, 727-822-7872 x 2220 www.moreanartscenter.org/hot-shop/ Discover how beautiful works of glass are created in real time with professional glass blowers educating them on the process. Events include Ladies Night, Friday Hot Date Night, and Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations daily at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave.  727-822-7872 x 8  www.MoreanArtsCenter.orExplore the new home featuring 4,200 square feet of dedicated outdoor space, a premier retail store and an expanded temporary exhibition space that will host nationally acclaimed glass artists from around the country. 

The Morean Center for Clay  420  22nd Street S., downtown St. Pete – One of the largest working potteries in the Southeast United States. It offers education, studio space, rotating exhibitions and gallery sales in one large, beautifully-renovated train station. It’s here you will find The Morean Center for Clay’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which houses six artists on an annual work exchange basis.

Craftsman House Gallery  (10 am – 5 pm) 727-323-2787  www.CraftsmanHouseGallery.com

Suntan Arts Center @ The Don Vista 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727-367-3818  www.suntanart.org Each month, Suntan Art Center sponsors a Members’ Show, and each month’s show is based on a different theme. Prize ribbons will be awarded by a group of judges and representation of the stated theme is a factor in the judging. Ribbons will be presented each month at the opening reception. Members not wishing to participate in the theme may still submit work for that month. There will be an opening reception on the second Saturday of each month 4 – 6 pm. Check out the 2017 calendar. http://www.suntanart.org/130-2/

ARTS & HOLIDAY EVENTS

Thru Dec. 31 5:30 – 9:30 pm: Holiday Lights In The Garden 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, 727-582-2100  www.flbg.org/annual-events.htm The Florida Botanical Gardens light up nightly with whimsical flora and fauna, music and performances, plus warm cider and other delights including Santa

Thru Dec. 24: ‘Tis the Season at Sundial – Santa Visits the Courtyard Sundial 153 2nd Ave. N, St. Pete, On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm, visit Santa and the Christmas Tree in the Sundial St. Pete Courtyard and whisper what you want.  Dec. 10, 2 pm: Santa Sisters, the fabulous dancing trio, will dazzle as they perform choreography to some of your favorite seasonal tunes.

Studio @ 620 620 First Ave. S, Downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620 www.thestudioat620.org

Wordier Than Thou: Open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths.  (Check website for dates; starts 7 pm.)

  • Dec. 17 Holizaar 2016: Shop for unique artisan gifts, food gifts and funky treasures including Carnage Leathers (journals, belts, wallets, cuffs, bags, keychains); Crow and Lion (functional art lamps made of reclaimed wood and found objects); Louise’s Healing Calendula Salve (organic healing salves and tinctures made from Florida gardens); Calamity Kim (hand dyed fabric clothing and bags) and Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles (pickles, jams, plus baby burp clothes and pillows).

www.thestudioat620.org/events/holizaar-2016

Dec. 2: 6:30 – 8:30 pm: & Dec. 3: 10 am – 3 pm:   The Florida Orchestra Guild’s Fifth Annual Holiday Tour of Homes and Cocktail Party  – See fabulous decorations and enjoy a holiday boutique and tasty treats at this fundraiser and tour of homes in the Snell Isle and Brightwaters Blvd. area of Northeast St. Petersburg. FYI: Charlene Miller, 727-254-1176.

 

Dec. 8, noon: – Coffee and Conversation with Nathan Beard Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. 727-298-DFAC

Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ahhhh, that’s the life! Well, that IS the life at least for an hour or so each month at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Coffee and Conversation series. Enjoy coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and insights as each month’s invited guest holds forth on their own area of expertise. Admission to these relaxed talks is $5 and is FREE to current DFAC members. From formative memories of his time in Egypt to advances in quantum physics, Nathan Beard’s work explores the patterns and processes at the confluence of human experience and natural forces. For his contribution to this year’s Coffee & Conversation Series, he will lead us through the inspirations and experiences behind the creation of his abstract paintings. He is also eager to share his thoughts for the future of his work and the inclusion of “communion” into his personal search for universal meaning.

gulfport-holiday-hooplaDec. 10, 10 am – 6 pm:  8th Gulfport’s Annual Holiday Hoopla! 3101 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, This celebration of arts, crafts, foods, holiday music, dance performances, roving street performers and holiday characters gives you a chance to shop early and stay late to see the Boca Ciega Club’s Lighted Boat Parade. Registration for the boat parade is available online at www.sailbcyc.org/Christmas

  • Boat Parade and at the club, 4600 Tifton Drive South, Gulfport.  A portion of event proceeds benefits Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need. FYI: Facebook Holiday Hoopla Gulfport; 727-322-5217.

Dec. 11: St Pete Beach Corey Avenue Christmas Market

(10 am – 2 pm) & Holiday Parade (4 pm): Shop for crafty gifts, nibble holiday delights and bring the kids to see Santa and the festivities.  www.coreyave.com

Dec. 15: Gingerbread House Benefit @ Loew’s Don Cesar Hotel, 2400 Gulf Blvd. St. Pete Beach. Decorate a gingerbread house with icing, candy and decorations in this competition that benefits the American Red Cross. 727-385-5786; www.redcrossgb.org

Dec. 17 – 18, 10 am – 5 pm  3rd Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Enjoy this outdoor gallery of original and handmade art created by artisans from across Florida and throughout America featuring painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more. http://www.paragonartevents.com/S-30St%2E+Petersburg+Holiday+of+the+Arts.html

St. Petersburg Opera 727-823-2040 http://www.stpeteopera.org

  • Dec. 18: 2 pm, Dec. 19: 7:30 pm: Seasonal Sparkle celebrates all four seasons in this eclectic program of orchestral, choral, and solo vocal music.
  • January 27: 7:30 pm, Jan. 29: 2 pm, Jan. 31: 7:30 pm: The Elixir of Love

ARTpool Gallery

2030 Central Ave. Downtown St. Pete

  • Dec. 17-18: 11 am – 5 pm Crafty Fest Market:

Buy local, handmade & vintage fabulous at this monthly event. Sellers can apply for a booth at http://www.artpoolrules.com/crafty-fest.html

  • January 21: 8 pm – midnight ARTpool Gala – 11th annual celebration of St. Pete’s creative culture through art/music/fashion

CHARITY EVENTS

Dec. 9, 11 am: 51st Annual SILVER BELLS Gala Luncheon “Elixir of Elegance” – St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete. The event ushers in the holiday season in a festive setting, with entertainment by Maestro Mark Sforzini and members of the St. Petersburg Opera Company w/instrumental accompaniment.  The co-chairs Francesca Brusini and Linda Pugliese promise an ELEGANT afternoon with a delicious luncheon, a silent auction and fine entertainment. Contact Ursula Carroll 727-366-2476;  ursulacarroll7882@yahoo.com

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

100 Second Ave. N, Ste. 150 Downtown St. Pete,  

FYI: John Collins 727-518 5142   john@stpeteartsalliance.org

Jan. 27, 2017: Muse Award

Benefit The Muse Awards will celebrate artistic inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts, 7 PM. St. Petersburg’s fourth annual fundraising benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination. Sculptor & painter Kyu Yamamoto will be honored as the Muse Award’s visual artist for the fourth annual Muse Awards benefit.  Kyu joins 2016 winner, Steven Kenney, and 2015 winner, Carrie Jadus as the visual artist honoree. His artwork will be featured on the 2017 commemorative poster.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

People and Place:

The Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve

1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Thurs – Sat: 9 am – 4 pm. This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. For classes / events: http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/programs-classes.htm

  • Dec. 10, 8:30 am: Great Weedon Bird Quest  

Heritage Village 11909 125th St. N, Largo. 727-582-2123; www.pinellascounty.org/heritage

Jan. 7, 10 am – 4 pm: Roc Day Tampa Bay – Join the spinners of Pinellas Weavers Guild to celebrate Roc Day as part of your New Year’s celebrations.  The annual Roc Day event will be held at Heritage Village’s McMullen House (also known as the Fiber Arts House) where Guild members plan to demonstrate fiber crafts including weaving, spinning and other portable fiber projects, answer questions about fiber crafts, share holiday stories, recruit potential new weavers and spinners, and generally have an old fashioned good time.  

ONGOING EXHIBITS

Turner House Artifacts:

Geraldine “Jere” Turner bequeathed her family home to Pinellas County, along with $100,000 in moving costs and the contents of the 1915 bungalow. When it was moved to Heritage Village in January 2014, thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history were discovered in the house, most in excellent condition. These included toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.

Pinellas Passport: Illustrates major areas of development in Pinellas County, including coastal living with a focus on the sponge industry; agriculture featuring citrus industry artifacts; community life through newspapers and a printing press; and tourism, showcasing souvenirs and once-popular roadside attraction icons. Living History Demonstrations: Some of the living history demonstrations and hands-on activities you might encounter during your stroll through the Village include pine needle and palm frond weaving, laundry day, working in the heritage garden, rope making, net mending, blacksmithing, traditional fiber arts and pioneer cooking.

Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th Street S, downtown St. Pete.  Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, USA TODAY recently named them as the #1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg – Clearwater out of a top 10 list of museums! For the past 25 years, The Museum’s focus has been to tell the story of millions who suffered or died during the Holocaust through the personal testimonies, official documentation, photographs and artifacts of individual narratives.

NOTEWORTHY: TAMPA & BEYOND

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa Jan. 13 thru March 4: Duke Riley Flights of Fancy

Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Thru Jan. 27, 2017: Jenny Medved’s – exhibition  “INDIGENOUS PEOPLE” will be on display in this glorious Sarasota cultural mecca.  Jenny Medved (Class of 2004) is a figurative artist & illustrator based in Sarasota, Florida. Medved’s meticulously crafted watercolors of Hawaiian and Polynesian dancers and Native Americans are part of an ongoing visual exploration of indigenous cultures prompted by the discovery of her own Native American roots. In December of 2015, Medved was featured as one of ten artists to watch in Watercolor Artist Magazine.

OPEN CALL, CASTING NOTES, VOLUNTEERS

Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival, March 2 – 9, 2017. Currently accepting submissions (no deadline listed for short films, U.S. narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. Details and the online application: 

www.withoutabox.com/login/5440

The Docent Program at the Chihuly Collection Docents are trained to serve the needs and interests of our diverse visitors, from elementary school children to adults. No prior art history background or work experience is required.

FYI: Andy Schlauch, Chihuly Collection Ex. Dir.  727.896.4527   Andy.Schlauch@MoreanArtsCenter.org

KUDOS & ART NEWS

A New Muse & Leader for MFA:

Kristen Shepherd, an innovative leader in the art world who has expanded community engagement at museums in Los Angeles and New York, has been named the new Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. She was unanimously approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees after a national search. She will join the Museum December 15, succeeding former Director Dr. Kent Lydecker, who retired in March. She is the sixth director in the MFA’s history and its first female director. Ms. Shepherd brings to her new role the perspective of an art historian  combined with strong business acumen. She has served as Associate Vice President, Audience Strategy & Services, for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2013. She led her staff and volunteers to create engagement opportunities for the diverse local audience, increasing revenue from visitor attendance and membership by 19 percent during her tenure.

preserve-the-burg2017 Prestigious Preservation Awards Nominations (due by Dec. 16)

The awards recognize the people, associations and businesses that are actively working to preserve, restore, and complement the city’s historic buildings and places.  Nominations can be made by building owners, neighbors, neighborhood associations or other groups. Nominations are an excellent way to recognize those individuals who Preserve the ‘Burg! The awards recognize exemplary efforts in historic preservation in five categories: Residential and Commercial Restoration; Residential and Commercial Rehabilitation; Compatible Use; Adaptive Reuse; and Residential and Commercial Stewardship. There will also be an award for Preservationist of the Year. http://www.stpetepreservation.org/page-1806144

The 2017 Preservation Awards Celebration will take place on Wednesday, February 8th at the historic St. Petersburg Woman’s Club on Snell Island, in conjunction with an exhibit and sale of watercolor paintings of area landmarks by local artist Robert Holmes. Contact: Allison Stribling, Executive Director, St. Petersburg Preservation, 727-824.7802 director@stpetepreservation.org  www.stpetepreservation.org

Art and Theater Tidbits November 2016

folkfest-artist-2ART & LITERARY NEWS  

November 2016

I’m a lifelong learner. So when I discovered Olli at Eckerd College (my friend, Kathi Diamant and book author, teaches at San Diego State University Olli), I just had to look into their art and literature classes.

Register online- www.Eckerd.Edu/Olli/Register  or call 727-864-7600. They just sponsored their first ever Poetry Contest, you can travel to Cuba or on the Blue Danube with other passionate learners, or meet author Peter Kageyama (Love Where You Live) at a community workshop on Nov. 15 at 1-4 pm.  From Gershwin to the Golden Age of TV shows, Ollis showcases film, television, Florida Studies, Literature, Writing, Performing Arts and Visual Arts…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Local artists, but well-known nationally, the Vitale Brothers’ murals capture the magic of Quentin Taratino’s film sets and Mexican wrestling iconic imagery at Nueva Cantina, the new Southeast restaurant whose grand opening is Nov. 2 with a Day of the Dead celebration and mucho margaritas, the brainchild of restauranteur Louie Spetrini and Chef Paul Daubert.  If you haven’t toured the downtown murals and experienced the Second Saturday Artwalk, you are missing a delightful day of culture and cocktails.

Ciao baby, see you there!  – Nanette Wiser

ONGOING

St. Petersburg

Second Saturday Artwalk  5-9 pm – Five arts districts, one fun day: Ride the Trolley and enjoy 40 galleries, studios, warehouses and yummy brews and chews along the way downtown. www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org

Gulfport 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday  www.visitgulfportflorida.com

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Museum of Fine Arts

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

Nov. 5 – Feb. 19: Jack Barrett People Watching – Mr. Barrett’s explorations of the human figure in paintings, sketches and select sculptures will be on view.  Some may know him as a former St. Pete Times illustrator.  

  • Nov. 5, 3 pm: Gallery talk with Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill and

Barrett’s wife, Louise.

  • Nov. 19 – March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Inuit people of the Arctic, formerly known as the Eskimo, have combined traditional and contemporary worlds in their work and have developed a distinctive visual language using modern materials and techniques. Through their art, the Inuit have continued a vital storytelling tradition among themselves, while reaching out to the broader public. They are especially known for their prints and sculpture.
  • Nov. 20, 3 pm: Gallery talk on Inuit Prints and Sculpture by Dr. Teresa Wilkins.
  • Dec. 8, 6:30 pm: Book Club at MFA, presented by Keep St. Pete Lit – Melanie McGrath’s The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic will add another layer of understanding to The Far North.
  • Thru Nov. 13: From the Heart – Folk Art on Paper. The MFA draws on its impressive collection of work by Southern self-taught artists Martha & Jim Sweeny, plus art by Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lonnie Holley, Juanita Rogers and Purvis Young Dilmus Hall.
  • Thru Jan. 22: Our America – The Latino Presence in Latin American Art Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic community of their day with 92 original works that delve into the history and imagination of the artists and the world that inspired them.
  • Nov. 9 10 am: – Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: In Every Mind is a World, Nan Colton portrays the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who has influenced Latino artists, as well as others around the world. Refreshments, followed by performance and general docent tour.  
  • Nov. 10, 6:30 pm Book Club at the MFA: The Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz draws us closer to the themes in Our America. Díaz teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a past recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant.” Presented by Keep St. Pete Lit and the MFA.

The Dali Museum  http://thedali.org

  • Dec. 17 – April 17: Frida Kahlo at the Dali
  • February – May 2017: Dali/Duchamp
  • Thru Nov. 27: Ferran Adria – The Invention of Food  Widely celebrated for changing the landscape of gastronomy, renowned chef and restaurateur Ferran Adria changed cooking in the same way Salvador Dali changed art.

Thru – Nov. 16: Ferran Adria Immersion Dinners

www.thedali.org/ferran-adria-homage-dinners

A series of seven unique dining experiences in conjunction with our special exhibition

Ferran Adria: The Invention of Food. Each meal serves as a one-of-a-kind homage to food innovator Adria.  These exclusive dining events feature singular, chef inspired menus and wine pairings from Masciarelli Wine Company, designed to immerse you in the transformative nature of food. Seating is limited, reservations required.

  • Nov. 6: Chef Fabrizio Aielli, Sea Salt
  • Nov. 9: Chef Marty Blitz, Mise en Place
  • Nov. 16: Chef Jeannie Pierola, Edison: food + drink lab

St. Petersburg Museum of History

335 2nd Ave. NE, downtown St. Pete, (727) 894-1052  http://spmoh.com

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II

This exhibit explores the challenges andtriumphs of African Americans during the war era and is the first time the exhibit has been seen outside of its home in New Orleans. Before the Civil Rights marches of the 1950s and 1960s, there was a group of young African American men who fought for equality and the right to defend their country. On loan from the National WWII Museum, the exhibit features artifacts, photographs and oral histories to highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and on the Home Front.

In addition to this exhibit, the museum is home to permanent exhibitions such as the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs, “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown,” and Flight One Gallery, where guests can explore the world’s first airliner and the birth of commercial aviation.

  • The Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues through 2017 with these talks:
  • Dec. 15: – Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition;
  • Feb. 9, 2017: – The Magnificent Drama – Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine;
  • April 13, 2017: – Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging Water World from the Inside Out.

Morean Arts Center   

719 Central Ave.  727-822-7872 www.MoreanArtsCenter.org

  • Thru Nov. 30: Stories On Clay: Focusing on narrative, story telling and imagery, this ceramic exhibition tells a unique story.
  • Nov. 12-Dec. 30: Find hip gifts at “There is No Time Like the Presents” – 2016 Holiday Show & Sale.  Where members of the Morean display gift-worthy items to purchase for the holidays including locally made paintings, functional pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments and arty stocking stuffers. With more than 1000 members, the show displays a unique range of style and art to suit most tastes and décor and are one-of-a-kind.
  • Keep St. Pete Lit  keepstpetelit@gmail.com $10 writing classes for beginners and pros.
  • 3-D Workshops and Design classes. info@create-3d-biz

Morean’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop

719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete, 727 822-7872 x 2220  www.moreanartscenter.org/hot-shop/

Discover how beautiful works of glass are created in real time with professional glass blowers educating them on the process. Events include Ladies Night, Friday Hot Date Night, and Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations daily at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Chihuly Collection

720 Central Ave.  727.822.7872 x 8  www.MoreanArtsCenter.org

Explore the new home featuring 4,200 square feet of dedicated outdoor space, a premier retail store and an expanded temporary exhibition space that will host nationally acclaimed glass artists from around the country. 

The Morean Center for Clay  

420  22nd Street South,  downtown St. Pete

One of the largest working potteries in the Southeast United States. It offers education, studio space, rotating exhibitions and gallery sales in one large, beautifully-renovated train station. It’s here you will find The Morean Center for Clay’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which houses six artists on an annual work exchange basis.

Craftsman House Gallery (10 am-5 pm) 727-323-2787  www.CraftsmanHouseGallery.com

ARTS, LITERARY & FILM EVENTS

Nov. 5 Historic Kenwood Bungalow Fest (10 am – 4 pm) www.historickenwood.org/bungalowfest-2016  The Historic Kenwood Association in conjunction with The Artists Enclave of Historic Kenwood host “A Celebration of Art and Architecture’ Home Tour, “ one of Southwest Florida’s Premier Architectural Home Tours.

Nov. 5 – 6 Folkfest St. Pete

(Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm).

Central Ave between 11th & 13th www.FolkFestStPete.org  Benefits Creative Clay, this art and music festival features amazing art, music, a family area and great food!  

Nov. 12 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading,

USF St. Pete, 140 Seventh Ave www.festivalofreading.com  Dozens of writers, including Michael Connelly, Joyce Maynard, Brad Meltzer, Tim Dorsey, Ted Geltner, Lauren Gibaldi, Craig Pittman, Jim Webster, Ellen Prager and Frank Deford, plus biblio-phile workshops and so much more.

Nov. 10-13 Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit  

The Palladium Theater 727-388-6682 www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org  Showcasing films that impact social issues, this respected festival brings light to the importance of our oceans and the protection we must provide to sustain them.  

Preserve The Burg Walking Tours:

  • Nov. 5 The “Original” Downtown Walking Tour  – (starts at 10 am at the corner of 1st St & 1st Ave. SE, next to the entrance to the Saturday Morning Market (100 1st St. SE, St. Petersburg 33701)

Tour participants will take a trip through the heart of downtown St. Pete, seeing grand hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade and the Open Air Post Office as well as seeing many examples of how historic buildings have been successfully reused.

  • Nov. 18: Noon – Friday Lunchtime Tour (starts at Mickey’s Café & Organics,

318 Central Ave.) Led by architectural historian & St. Petersburg Preservation President Emily Elwyn. Tour goers will see some of the best of the city’s architecture, including the Open Air Post Office and the adjacent Snell Building, while being led by a historian offering a unique perspective on the growth of the ‘Burg.

  • Nov. 12: 10 am – The Waterfront Tour (starts at corner of 1st St and 1st Ave. S.E., next to the entrance to the Saturday Morning Market). The waterfront has a great history, ranging from being the site of the fountain of youth to the departure point for the world’s first airline. Tour participants will get to visit the fountain of youth and learn about the history of the city, including the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park systems in the country.
  • Nov. 19: 3pm – Historic Gulfport (starts at Gulfport Historical Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S.) Led by author Cathy Salustri, the Gulfport tour offers a stroll in the “suburbs” of funky and artsy Gulfport. Tour participants will get a look at this former fishing village on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial & residential structures, including the National Register listed Gulfport Casino. With the introduction of the streetcar connecting it to St. Pete, Gulfport began to grow and to attract tourists in the 1920’s.
  • Nov. 26: 10 am (starts at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave.) The Historic Kenwood tour offers a chance for participants to enjoy the feel & character of Historic Kenwood, one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods and a National Register listed historic district. The tour is led by neighborhood residents proud to “show off” their neighborhood and excited to explain how hard work and reusing history changed a declining neighborhood into one of the ‘Burg’s most desirable neighborhoods. The tour will include a brief look inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows.

Studio@ 620

620 First Ave. S, Downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620   www.thestudioat620.org  Wordier Than Thou: Open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths.  (Check the website for dates; starts 7 pm.)

  • Nov. 20 at 7 pm Russian Folks Songs & More  Enjoy an  evening of traditional Russian folk songs, some of which are over 500 years old, sung by Elona Krasavtseva (lyrical soprano) accompanied by Nina Slyusar-Wegmann (accordion and piano). The program will include a range of song styles, including wedding songs, also called “crying songs”, because weddings in northern Russia were for many years considered a sad event, as it meant that young girls were sent far away from their homes and families. There will also be a lot of sunny, hilarious, cheerful Italian and Spanish music, spiced with American and English favorites too.
  • Elona Krasavtseva is an award winning singer and songwriter from Moscow, Russia.  In 2013 she was named a National Treasure of Russia for her songwriting & performance.  Elona performs in New York City and Los Angeles as well as in Europe including Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. She runs a Music and Poetry Club in Florida.
  • Nina Slyusar-Wegmann is a frequent soloist with The Florida Orchestra and is the winner of four international music contests.  Some songs will be performed with piano, some a capella, and some instrumental.  There will be a lot of miraculous music.
  • Nov. 19-20: CraftArt Festival   

(Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 4 pm).  Central Avenue between 4th & 6th Street.  727-821-7391  www.FloridaCraftArt.org  Featuring some of the nation’s most established and emerging fine craft artists! Enjoy works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal paper and mixed media.  

Suntan Arts Center @ The Don Vista

3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 367-3818   www.suntanart.org

  • Nov. 26 – 27: 6th Annual 100 Artists Show (10 am – 5 pm): Art makes a great holiday gift. Discover gifted artists and enjoy food from The Hurricane and Mangia Gourmet, wine and beer while tapping your toes to The Dave Williamson Band & Pete Merrigan.
    • Nov. 16 – 20: El Cultura  A Festival of Creative Culture Station House, downtown St. Pete www.etcultura.com  More than 20 bands in three days at the main stage venue, plus provocative lectures and interactive sessions at this new festival.
  • Nov. 16:  “Emerging Technologies” with Tech Immersion Room @ “Tech Zoo” and “Rise of Digital Art- film, art, projection mapping and virtual reality”
  • Nov. 17:  “The Outlook of the Entrepreneurial Landscape”
  • Nov. 18:  “Coffee and the Morning papers- all things Lit!” & “Speed Networking Session”

Nov. 17: “Ambassador Of Jazz”  7 pm at Muvico Theater, Sundial downtown St. Pete.  This documentary/film depicts the life journey of Sonny LaRosa which has many twists and turns.  Produced by Barbara Bickerstaffe, Troy Bowman & Apollo Productions, the movie trailer can be viewed on YouTube under “Ambassador Of Jazz” Sonny LaRosa.

  • Dec. 2: 6:30-8:30 pm, Dec. 3: 10 am – 3 pm  The Florida Orchestra Guild’s Fifth Annual Holiday Tour of Homes and Cocktail Party  See fabulous decorations and enjoy a holiday boutique and tasty treats at this fundraiser and tour of homes in the Snell Isle and Brightwaters Blvd. area of

Northeast St. Petersburg. FYI: Charlene Miller, 727-254-1176.

St. Petersburg Opera

727-823-2040 http://www.stpeteopera.org

PERFORMANCES

  • Dec. 18: 2 pm, Dec. 19: 7:30 pm: Seasonal Sparkle celebrates all four seasons in this eclectic program of orchestral, choral, and solo vocal music.
  • January 27: 7:30 pm, Jan. 29: 2 pm, Jan. 31: 7:30 pm: The Elixir of Love

CHARITY EVENT

  • Dec. 9: 51st Annual SILVER BELLS Gala Luncheon “Elixir of Elegance” 11 am

St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue  downtown St. Pete: The event ushers in the holiday season in a festive setting, with entertainment by Maestro Mark Sforzini and members of the St. Petersburg Opera Company with instrumental accompaniment.  The co-chairs Francesca Brusini and Linda Pugliese promise an ELEGANT afternoon with a delicious luncheon, a silent auction and fine entertainment. Contact: ursulacarroll7882@yahoo.com

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

100 Second Ave. N, Ste. 150 St. Downtown St. Pete,  FYI: John Collins 727-518-5142 john@stpeteartsalliance.org

  •  Jan. 27, 2017 Muse Award Benefit: The Muse Awards will celebrate artistic

inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts, 7 PM.  St. Petersburg’s fourth annual fundraising benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination.  

Sculptor and painter Kyu Yamamoto will be honored as the Muse Award’s visual artist for the fourth annual Muse Awards benefit.  Kyu joins 2016 winner, Steven Kenney, and 2015 winner, Carrie Jadus as the visual artist honoree. His artwork will be featured on the 2017 commemorative poster.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

People and Place: The Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve

1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Thurs – Sat: 9 am – 4 pm. This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. Exhibits include Connecting People and Place, Uncovering Past Cultures, Understanding Culture through its Pottery, A Gallery of Memories, Mischief and Movies, Discovery of Hidden Worlds, What a Watershed Is and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Weedon Island artifacts.

Heritage Village

11909 125th St. N, Largo. 727-582-2123; www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.

Objects from the Turner Family Permanent Collection.  Thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history including toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel showcased here.

  • Pinellas Passport: – Your Ticket through Time Heritage Village

This exhibit illustrates major areas of development in Pinellas County, including coastal living with a focus on the sponge industry, agriculture featuring citrus industry artifacts, community life through newspapers and a printing press, and tourism.  

Florida Holocaust Museum    

55 5th Street S. downtown St. Pete.  Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, USA TODAY recently named them as the #1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg – Clearwater out of a top 10 list of museums! For the past 25 years, The Museum’s focus has been to tell the story of millions who suffered or died during the Holocaust through the personal testimonies, official documentation, photographs and artifacts of individual narratives.

NOTEWORTHY: TAMPA & BEYOND

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa

  • Through Dec. 10: Extracted
  • Jan. 13 – March 4: Duke Riley Flights of Fancy

Ringling College of Art & Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Thru Jan. 27, 2017: Jenny Medved’s – exhibition “INDIGENOUS PEOPLE” will be on display in this glorious Sarasota cultural mecca.  Jenny Medved (Class of 2004) is a figurative artist & illustrator based in Sarasota, Florida. Originally from Atlanta, Medved relocated to Florida in 2000 to attend Ringling College where she obtained her BFA in Illustration. Medved holds an MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she studied under Zack Zdrale, William Whitaker and Warren Chang. She also studied traditional portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy. Medved’s meticulously crafted watercolors of Hawaiian and Polynesian dancers and Native Americans are part of an ongoing visual exploration of indigenous cultures prompted by the discovery of her own Native American roots. In December of 2015, Medved was featured as one of ten artists to watch in Watercolor Artist Magazine.

OPEN CALL, CASTING NOTES, VOLUNTEERS

Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival,  March 2 – 9, 2017. Currently accepting submissions (no deadline listed for short films, U.S. narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. Details and the online application: www.withoutabox.com/login/5440

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

The Docent Program at the Chihuly Collection Docents are trained to serve the needs and interests of our diverse visitors, from elementary school children to adults. No prior art history background or work experience is required to volunteer; however, those wishing to volunteer in the Docent Program should be comfortable working and communicating with the public. Docents create and conduct public tours of the permanent and visiting exhibitions as well as private tours arranged by the Group Sales staff.

Junior Docents: As part of the Junior Docent program, middle and high school students are trained in a mini-docent course. This program introduces students to artistic processes, builds self-esteem and public speaking skills. FYI: Andy Schlauch, Chihuly Collection Ex. Dir.  727.896.4527 Andy.Schlauch@MoreanArtsCenter.org

KUDOS & ART NEWS

“Not Just Another War Story”: Wayne Macdowell’s book is a meaningful true account of what the Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crews went through during World War II in the dangerous sky above occupied Europe. “You’ll get caught up in this exciting, action-packed, true to life, World War II adventure that puts YOU in a front row seat!”  “Not Just Another War Story” is a story of hope, dreams and love in a war-torn world. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Tyrone.   www.waynemacdowell.com

Art & Theater Tidbits- October 2016

clearwater-jazz-artMaybe you miss the change of seasons. Here in Paradise, fall brings fabulous festivals from Heritage Village to Clearwater Jazz Oct. 13-16, pumpkin picking and downtown’s Saturday market.

This month, we debut our new Downtown Best Bets column, and if you haven’t seen all the new Shine murals adorning the walls, be sure to attend the Second Saturday Artwalk and tour them all. Don’t miss Michel Mirabal, an acclaimed Cuban painter known for his pairing of Cuban and American flags, who painted a wall of the Warehouse Arts District’s Arts Xchange. 

Finish the day with a local craft beer and burger (featured in this month’s articles)! Ciao baby, see you there! – Nanette

NAME OF EXHIBIT

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance – 100 Second Ave N, Ste 150, Downtown St. Pete

John Collins 727.518.5142, john@stpeteartsalliance.org

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, Downtown, St. Petersburg, 727.894.1052 http://spmoh.com/

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S, in St. Petersburg.

The Palladium – 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

ONGOING

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk 

5 – 9 pm, Five arts districts, one fun day:

Ride the Trolley & enjoy 40 galleries, studios, warehouses and yummy brews and chews along the way downtown. www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org

Gulfport 1st Friday & 3rd Saturday  www.visitgulfportflorida.com

Downtown St. Pete Saturday Morning Market 

Al Lang Stadium (9 am – 2 pm)

www.saturdaymorningmarket.com

Listen to live music, nibble knishes or crepes and enjoy local crafts, fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, green products, plants and flowers.

Ikebana Demonstrations

3rd Monday (10 am – 2 pm) www.ikebanastpetersburg.com

Chapel On The Hill in Evan’s Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole

The public is invited to view our programs and demonstrations for a free first time visit. We request a small $10 donation after using first free visit. Enjoy friendship through flowers.

Coliseum Tea Dances   

1st & 3rd Wednesday (Starts Oct. 5)  12:30 – 3:30 pm, 535 Fourth Ave. N, Downtown St. Pete. Come dance the afternoon away at the Coliseum Tea Dance. Don’t know how to ballroom dance? Dance instruction begins at 11:30am and live music begins at 1pm.  Individual Tea Dance is $7 or $10 with instruction. Tea Dances are BYOB.  Snacks and set-ups are available for purchase. Group rates are available for groups of 15+.  Call 727.892.5202 for group rates.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Morean Arts Center   

719 Central Ave., 727.822.7872.  MoreanArtsCenter.org

Oct. 8 – Nov. 30: Stories On Clay: Focusing on narrative, story telling and imagery, this ceramic exhibition tells a unique story.

Keep St. Pete Lit  keepstpetelit@gmail.com $10 writing classes for beginners and pros. Express yourself with these classes: Writers’ Gym, Storytelling for Business, Voice & Presentation, Full Moon Beach Journaling, Beginner Blogging and more.

3-D Workshops and Design classes. info@create-3d-biz

Morean’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop

719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete 727.822.7872 x 2220. http://www.moreanartscenter.org/hot-shop/

Discover how beautiful works of glass are created in real time with professional glass blowers educating you on the process. From gathering the molten glass from the furnace, to working it on the pontil pipe and glory hole, to its final cool down process in the annealing kiln, visitors gain a new appreciation for this art form. View the gaffer blowing glass while the assistant narrates in detail the science behind the glass, the artistic vision guiding the process and the steps involved as the work is being produced. Enjoy these special experiences.

• Ladies Night – The evening begins with an instructional demonstration, after which each participant will have a hands-on experience culminating in one piece of glass per person in the form of a solid sculpted paperweight or a blown-glass ornament.

• Friday Hot Date Night – Each couple brings home a piece of glass made by both individuals in a joint

• Live Glass Blowing Demos – Daily at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.

• Personal Glass Experience – Available at 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 5 pm and 5:30 pm

Studio@ 620  620 First Ave. S, Downtown St. Pete 727.895.6620   http://www.thestudioat620.org

Oct. 2-3: The Vagina Monologues

Thru Oct. 8: The World’s Greatest Kiting – The Studio@620 & Drayton Callison are collaborating to bring a new exciting immersive exhibition featuring innovative, unique and handmade kites from around the world, ranging from popular sport models, to one-of-a-kind works of art, giant structures to delicate forms that fit in your hand, historic artifacts to contemporary designs, wind propelled to windless kites. There will be an additional mini exhibition featuring conceptual kites created by local artists as well as educational programming, presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and will organize some hands on outdoor kite flying events.

• Oct. 13: Tampa Bay Flute Choir

• Oct. 21-Nov. 1   Midtown-Throught Their Eyes – Come experience Midtown and Beyond as shown through the eyes of Journeys In Journalism participants. This program is designed to immerse students K-12 in journalism/multimedia training which results 100 photographic images and multimedia displays. There will also  be a series of related events that highlight the experience of the Midtown  community. 

• Wordier Than Thou – Open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths.  (Check website for dates; starts 7 pm.)

Craftsman House Gallery (10 am-5 pm) 727-323-2787   www.CraftsmanHouseGallery.com

• Oct 1: Craftsman Days – Pottery, blown glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and painting paired with live music, food and craft.  

• Oct. 7-16: American Craft Week – Recognize the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy.

october-movies-in-the-park-2016-posterOctober: St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) October Movies & Music in the Park   (No. Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE at Beach Drive, St. Pete) www.stpetepreservation.org Movies in the Park occur each Thursday evening Oct. (6, 13, 20, 27) with live music at 6 pm followed by the movie on the big outdoor screen at dusk.  Movie goers can come early, enjoy live music before the movie and enjoy a picnic they can  either bring or purchase food from vendors who will be set up on-site.

• Oct. 8: Artists’ Studios Tour & Sales – The 2016 Studio Waltz (10 am – 4 pm)  http://www.studiowaltz.com Artists in North Pinellas County (Dunedin, Palm Harbor & Clearwater) areas are opening their home studios to the public. You can enjoy demonstrations of how they create their work and buy directly from the artist. Plein air (painting outdoors) painters and muralists will be working at select locations.The tour is free and you can start at any location visiting as many of the studios as you’d like.

• Oct. 8: The SPCA Pet Walk  (9 am) at Vinoy Park www.3kpetwalk.org From crafts to puppy treats and a doggie day spa, there’s something for two and four-legged critters. Enjoy dog caricature artists, a pet parade and costumer contest. Fido will love the Sit n Splash Waterpark and since its downtown, there will be food!

• Oct. 9: Pinellas Opera League Opera Film

(1 pm). Safety Harbor Library, 101 2nd Ave. North.

Enjoy a DVD showing of  LaForzadel Destino by Verdi starring Leontyne Price, conducted by James Levine, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Oct. 13: Sunken Garden Trip to Gainesville  (7:30 am – 7 pm) Take a bus trip to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Slate Park, enjoy lunch in Micanopy, discover wicked plants and a butterfly rain forest.  Reserve your spot now: 727.551.3102.

Oct. 14-15: Grand Re-Opening of the Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave. 727.822.7872 x8 MoreanArtsCenter.org Explore the new home featuring 4,200 square feet of dedicated outdoor space, a premier retail store and an expanded temporary exhibition space that will host nationally acclaimed glass artists from around the country. On Oct. 15, you can attend an exclusive ticketed event (7 – 10 pm) and on Sat., the public re-opening kicks-off with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 am, followed by a block party.   

Oct. 21 – 22:  St. Petersburg Science Festival– Science In Sun (10 am – 4 pm) @Poynter Park www.StPeteSciFest.orgBig Bang fanatics will adore the artistic fighting robots, a tiny shark, MAD scientists, a sea turtle hurdle and a life size whale calf!

Oct. 28 – 29: Garden Club of St. Petersburg Annual Plant Sale (9 am – 2 pm) 500 Sunset Drive South.  Find the perfect plants, used garden tools, old yard art, pots, local honey and get your tools sharpened or consult the experts. Refreshments available. 

Oct. 29: Broadway Ball – Fundraiser for David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts  Tickets and information: 813.229.7827

Nov.4-5: Gulfport Extravaganza Crawl (9:30 am – 9 pm)

Nov. 5: Historic Kenwood Bungalow Fest  (10 am – 4 pm)  http://www.historickenwood.org/bungalowfest-2016The Historic Kenwood Association in conjunction with The Artists Enclave of Historic Kenwood host “A Celebration of Art & Architecture’ Home Tour, “ one of Southwest Florida’s Premier Architectural Home Tours.

Nov. 5-6: Folkfest St. Pete (Saturday 10 am – 11 pm, Sunday 10 am – 10 pm). Central Ave between 11th and 13th  www.FolkFestStPete.orgBenefits Creative Clay, this art and music festival features amazing art, music, a family area and great food!  

Nov. 10-13: Blue Ocean Film  Festival & Conservation Summit @The Palladium Theater 727.388.6682 www.blueoceanfilmfestival.orgShowcasing films that impact social issues, this respected festival brings light to the importance of our oceans and the protection we must provide to sustain them.  

Nov. 16-20: Treasure Island’s Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpture Contest & Music Festival www.mytreasureisland.comAll it takes is a pile of sand, some buckets of water, and lots of  imagination to build a masterpiece — at least for ten master sculptors who compete for the top prize.  Enjoy the beach food court, an arts and crafts marketplace and three days of live music.

Nov. 19-20 CraftArt Festival (Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 10 am – 4 pm).  Central Ave. between 4th St. & 6th St.   727.821.7391  www.FloridaCraftArt.orgFeaturing some of the nation’s most established and emerging fine craft artists! Enjoy works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper and mixed media.  

Suntan Arts Center at The Don Vista 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818   www.suntanart.org

Nov. 26 – 27 – 6th Annual 100 Artists Show: (10 am – 5 pm): Art makes a great holiday gift. Discover gifted artists & enjoy food from The Hurricane and Mangia Gourmet, wine and beer while tapping your toes to The Dave Williamson Band & Pete Merrigan.

Nov. 16 – 20: El CulturaA Festival of Creative Culture Station House, downtown  St. Pete www.etcultura.comMore than 20 bands in three days at the main stage venue, plus provocative lectures and interactive sessions at this new festival.

Nov. 16:  “Emerging Technologies” with Tech Immersion Room “Tech Zoo” & “Rise of Digital Art- film, art, projection mapping & virtual reality”

Nov. 17: “The Outlook of the Entrepreneurial Landscape”

Nov. 18: “Coffee and the Morning papers – all things Lit!” and “Speed Networking Session”

Nov. 17: Ambassador Of Jazz 7 pm, Muvico Theater, Sundial downtown St. Pete This documentary/film depicts the life journey of Sonny LaRosa which has many twists and turns.  Produced by Barbara Bickerstaffe, Troy Bowman and Apollo Productions, the movie trailer can be viewed on YouTube under “Ambassador Of Jazz” Sonny LaRosa.

St. Petersburg Opera

727.823.2040  http://www.stpeteopera.org

• Oct. 14, 16, 18:  Il Trovatore

St. Petersburg Opera’s second decade begins with Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi’s turbulent tragedy of four characters caught in a web of family ties, politics and love, seasoned with revenge and death.  The characters are impelled by raw emotion and the music is as uninhibited as the emotions. The story of the troubadour of the title, his vengeance–obsessed gypsy mother, his devoted lover and her evil aristocratic pursuer is pure soap opera.

Dec. 9: 51st Annual SILVER BELLS Gala Luncheon 

“Elixir of Elegance”  11 am St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave.,  Downtown St. Petersburg: The event ushers in the holiday season in a festive setting, with entertainment by Maestro Mark Sforzini and members of the St. Petersburg Opera Company with instrumental accompaniment.  The co-chairs Francesca Brusini and Linda Pugliese promise an ELEGANT afternoon with a delicious luncheon, a silent auction and fine entertainment. Contact: ursulacarroll7882@yahoo.com

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Dr. NE  www.fine-arts.org  727.896.2667

• Sundays: Marly Music Series (2 pm) Tickets are first-come,  first-served; purchase them at  www.mfastpete.org/rsvp.  Admission to the entire Museum is included in ticket price. Come early and have brunch in the MFA Café.

• Oct. 2: Summer Cinema – Footloose  (7 pm, movie @ dusk) Bring your blanket and join in the outdoor fun! Indulge in music, food & drink under the stars.

• Thru Nov. 13: From the Heart – Folk Art on Paper The MFA draws on its impressive collection of work by Southern self-taught artists Martha and Jim Sweeny plus art by Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lonnie Holley, Juanita Rogers, Purvis Young & Dilmus Hall.

• Thru Oct. 8: Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body

Shana Moulton (born in 1976) explores our obsession with self-help fads and wellness therapies, as well as consumer culture as a whole. She primarily uses video, with her alter ego Cynthia, who rarely speaks, as the protagonist. Whispering Pines 10, a one-act live-performance video opera will be presented Oct. 6, 7 pm.

• Oct. 27-Jan. 22: Our America- The Latino Presence in Latin American Art   Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic community of their day with 92 original works that delve into the history and imagination of the artists and the world that inspired them.

• Thru Oct. 30: Vantage Points: Paintings by Mernet Larsen

• Nov. 5 – Feb. 19: Jack Barrett People Watching

• Nov. 19 – March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture

People and Place:

The Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Pete. Thurs. – Sat., 9 am – 4 pm.

This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit that reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. Exhibits include Connecting People and Place, Uncovering Past Cultures, Understanding Culture through its Pottery, A Gallery of Memories, Mischief and Movies, Discovery of Hidden Worlds, What a Watershed Is and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Weedon Island artifacts.

Heritage Village 11909 125th St. N., Largo. 727.582.2123; www.pinellascounty.org/heritage

• Objects from the Turner Family Permanent Collection

Thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history including toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel showcased here.

• Pinellas Passport: – Your Ticket through Time Heritage Village

This exhibit illustrates major areas of development in Pinellas County, including coastal living with a focus on the sponge industry, agriculture featuring citrus industry artifacts, community life through newspapers and a printing press, and tourism. 

The Dali Museum http://thedali.org

Dec. 17 – April 17: Frida Kahlo at the Dali

February – May 2017: Dali /Duchamp

Thru Nov. 27: Ferran Adria – The Invention of Food: Widely celebrated for changing the landscape of gastronomy, renowned chef and restaurateur Ferran Adria changed cooking in the same way Salvador Dali changed art.

Oct. 4 – Nov. 16 Ferran Adria Immersion Dinners http://thedali.org/ferran-adria-homage-dinners

A series of seven unique dining experiences in conjunction with our special exhibition Ferran Adria: The Invention of Food. Each meal serves as a one-of-a-kind homage to food innovator Adria. These exclusive dining events feature singular, chef inspired menus and wine pairings from Masciarelli Wine Company, designed to immerse you in the transformative nature of food.  Seating limited, RSVP required.

Oct. 4: Chef Michael Mina, Farm Table Kitchen at Locale Market

Oct. 12: Chef Jeremy Duclut, Cassis American Brasserie

Oct. 19: Chef Tyson Grant, Parkshore Grill

Oct. 25: Chef Greg Baker, The Refinery and Fodder & Shine

Nov. 6: Chef Fabrizio Aielli, Sea Salt

Nov. 9: Chef Marty Blitz, Mise en Place

• Nov. 16: Chef Jeannie Pierola, Edison: food + drink lab

The Morean Center for Clay 420 22nd Street South, downtown St. Pete

One of the largest working potteries in the Southeast United States.  It offers education, studio space, rotating exhibitions and gallery sales in one large, beautifully-renovated train station. It’s here you will find The Morean Center for Clay’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which houses six artists on an annual

work exchange basis. Each resident agrees to work a total of 15 hours a week in exchange for their studio, 24 hour studio access, firings and discounts on clay. The current AIRs include Jackie Head, Seth Charles, Kelsey Nagy, Tucker Claxton, Patrick Rademaker and Liana Agnew.

florida-holocaust-museum-25-yearsFlorida Holocaust Museum 55 5th Street S. downtown St. Pete 

Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, USA TODAY recently named them as the #1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg – Clearwater out of a top 10 list of museums!

For the past 25 years, The Museum’s focus has been to tell the story of millions who suffered or died during the Holocaust through the personal testimonies, official documentation, photographs and artifacts of individual narratives.  As we continue to hear news stories regarding the hatred and intolerance throughout our nation and the world, The FHM’s commitment to preventing future genocides by teaching through testimonies, artifacts, and lessons of the past is more important than ever.

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa

Through Dec. 10: Extracted

Jan. 13 – Mar.  4: Duke Riley Flights of Fancy

OPEN CALL & CASTING NOTES

Sarasota Public Arts Call for Artists  www.CallForEntry.org

Due Oct. 23: The Call to Artists for the State Street Garage is limited to artists who reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150-mile radius of the City of Sarasota.  The project budget for the State Street Garage cannot exceed $100,000. 

Due Oct. 31: The Call to Artists for the N. Palm Avenue/Coconut  Avenue roundabout is a national Call to Artists.  The project budget cannot exceed $150,000.

Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival March 2 – 9, 2017

Currently accepting submissions. No deadline listed for Short Films, U.S. Narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. Details and the online application can be viewed at… www.withoutabox.com/login/5440

ARTS NEWS

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art – This new 80,000 SF museum is coming to the 100 block of Central Ave. and 1st  Ave. So. The museum will be the permanent home of 400-500 premier works of art selected from more than 3,000 pieces collected by Tom and Mary James over the years. In addition to over 30,000 SF of gallery space, the museum will include a 2,500 SF  indoor sculpture court with an indoor waterfall, a 120-seat theater, a 6,000 SF event space, premium catering kitchen, museum store and cafe. Tom and Mary James, longstanding philanthropists of the community, are investing over $50 million personally into the project, which will undoubtedly become an iconic arts destination for the city as well as the region.  

Art News Compiled by Nanette Wiser

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Artist Announced

clearwater-jazz-artNow in its 37th year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Presented by HCI Group Inc. is thrilled to present, in concert, between October 13 and 16, 2016: Daryl Hall, Grace Potter, Kool & The Gang, Commodores, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Mavericks, Houndmouth, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Lone Bellow, Bach to the Future featuring The Silverman Brothers, Show Biz Kids Steely Dan Tribute & Event Band, Fred Johnson Quartet featuring Cliff Downs, Brian Bromberg Full Circle Band, Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band with Special Guest Brian Bromberg and The Ries Brothers! The Clearwater Jazz Holiday continues its exciting collaboration with Ruth Eckerd Hall to bring an amazing and diverse lineup of headline acts to Clearwater in 2016.

clearwater-jazz-artistsPresented in the 20-acre landscaped Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater overlooking beautiful Clearwater Harbor and the majestic Memorial Causeway Bridge, the Jazz Holiday is four days and nights of some of the best live performances in the world presented to the public. The visitor experience is complemented by the Clearwater area’s mild fall weather, miles of world-famous Gulf beaches, brilliant sunsets, nearby attractions, accommodations and dining to suit every taste and budget.

clearwater-jazz-festOne of the longest-running and known events in the country, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has presented in concert multiple luminaries of our generation. The mission of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation is to be the leading proponent of jazz entertainment and education in Florida through the annual presentation of a world-class, live music festival. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation is a 501c3 organization that has been center-stage for numerous scholarship and educational activities to benefit the music students of our community-from the blues-loving beginners to piano-playing protégés, and everyone in between.

The magic of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday emanates from its long-time collaboration with the City of Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and hundreds of volunteers that orchestrate every chord of the Jazz Holiday, a celebration of the most recognized and emerging national, regional, and local artists. From smooth and straight ahead jazz, to rhythm and blues, jam band, folk, Americana, funk, fusion, and Latin, thousands of music lovers always relish in a colorful and diverse musical lineup.

Tickets On-Sale NOW starting at $16 in advance. Children 12 and under are FREE. Limited Reserved Seating and VIP tickets are also available. For more information about the 37th Clearwater Jazz Holiday Presented by HCI Group Inc., call the Clearwater Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200, or visit us online at ClearwaterJazz.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterJazz.

Art and Theater Tidbits August/September 2016

ART NEWS 

Compiled by Nanette Wiser

With the dog days of summer upon us, shouldn’t you cool your brain by expanding your mind? Gulfport 1st Friday & 2nd Saturday Artwalk, the Brocante market downtown, the Palladium’s musical line-up, The Hideaway’s Wednesday Blues Night (best with Bette Fox), the Ale & The Witch’s beguiling acts and Wine Madonna’s wine anda book night (happy 5th Anniversary to our friends there). That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Plan ahead now for Oct. 13-16 Clearwater Jazz Holiday, introducing an Americana day with Greg Allman and featuring Trombone Shorty, 

Commodores, Kool & The Gang, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and so much fun Ciao baby, see you there! – Nanette Wiser

ONGOING

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk (5-9 pm) – Five arts districts, one fun day: Ride the Trolley and enjoy 40 galleries, studios, warehouses and yummy brews and chews along the way downtown. www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org   

Valerie Bogle Photography, Studio B at 912 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.  This new downtown boutique studio shows the empowering photography work of Bogle, known for reminding girls of all ages how beautiful they are, and helping business people get noticed and identify their personal brands. 727-497-7427.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Martinis for Moffitt (Aug. 6, 7 – 11:30 pm) Cocktail-style gala including all-you-can-drink Tito’s martinis and specialty cocktails, wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, live music, entertainment & dancing, raffle, silent and live auction and more. Straz Center, Morsani Hall, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa • martinisformoffitt.org.

PARC’s Florida Inspired 2016-2017  Art Exhibition (thru Aug. 13) A lovely alliance, with a closing reception Aug. 13 from 5 – 9 pm followed by Spoken Word Under The Oaks at 7 pm. Museum hours noon – 5 p.m. on Tuesday – Friday. Admission to the museum is free, though donations are appreciated. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum 2240 9th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. 

Gulfport Gecko Mania  www.geckofest.com  www.visitgulfportflorida.com

Aug. 5 Second Annual Gecko Artists Show: Seven larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction to benefit local charities.  The geckos will be visualized and created according to each artist’s individual concept. See them at the opening reception 6 – 8 pm.The reception is free and open to the public and will also include complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar.  Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. August Gecko Viewing: See them in venues throughout Gulfport’s Waterfront village.  

Aug. 13 Ninth Annual Gecko Crawl: Sample drinks at Boca Bay Grille, Mangia Gourmet, Neptune Grille, Peninsula Inn, Salty’s and Gulfport’s newest venue, Manatees on the Bay, a poker run, and a festive afterparty in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District Aug. 13, 4 – 9 pm with after party at 9 pm. Info: Gulfport Welcome Center at (727) 344-3711.  

Aug. 27 Eighth Annual Gecko Ball: The geckos will then go up for auction during the ball at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom. This year’s theme is “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea,” celebrating all things on, under and near the sea, as well as the classic 1954 film and the 1870 Jules Verne adventure novel. Enjoy a silent auction, costumes and costume contests, coronation of the Gecko Queen, catered tapas, cash bar, live music by the Big Night Out, dancing and more. Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. 

Museum of Fine Arts

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

– From the Heart: Folk Art on Paper (Aug. 6 – Nov. 13)  The MFA draws on its impressive collection of work by Southern self-taught artists Martha & Jim Sweeny,  who have given 34 works in this genre to the MFA, are the exhibition sponsors. From the Heart features exceptional examples by such gifted artists as Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lonnie Holley, Juanita Rogers, Purvis Young, and Dilmus Hall. Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill selected the works and will present a Gallery Talk on Sunday, August 7, 3 pm.

– Marly Music Series @ Museum of Fine Arts  2 pm – Tickets first-come, first-served; purchase them @  www.mfastpete.org/rsvp  Admission to the entire Museum is included in the ticket price. Come early and have brunch in the MFA Café.

– Vantage Points: Paintings by Mernet Larsen (thru Oct. 30)  Larsen works in an abstract, yet narrative style, and her technical accomplishment and unique sense of perspective have earned her increasing critical attention. The respected critic and poet John Yau has written that “Mernet Larsen’s paintings do not resemble anyone else’s. They are a complete world and, in that regard, belong to the tradition that includes Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte…They adhere to their own logic and follow their own rules.” Ms. Larsen will discuss her work September 15, 6:30 pm. 

– Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body (thru Oct. 8) Shana Moulton (born in 1976) explores our obsession with self-help fads and wellness therapies, as well as consumer culture as a whole. She primarily uses video, with her alter ego Cynthia, who rarely speaks, as the protagonist.  The MFA is featuring all nine installments of her Whispering Pines series, as well as other videos, sculpture, costumes, and an opera/performance piece. Whispering Pines 10, a one-act live-performance video opera will be presented October 6, 7 pm. 

People and Place

The Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve

This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit that reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. Exhibits include Connecting People and Place, Uncovering Past Cultures, Understanding Culture through its Pottery, A Gallery of Memories, Mischief and Movies, Discovery of Hidden Worlds, What a Watershed Is and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Weedon Island artifacts.  Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center,  1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Open 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday to Saturday.  Closed all Pinellas County holidays. (727) 453-6500, www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Heritage Village

Objects from the Turner Family Permanent Collection  Geraldine “Jere” Turner bequeathed her family home to Pinellas County along with $100,000 in moving costs and the contents of her 1915 bungalow. When it was moved to Heritage Village in January 2014, thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history were discovered in the house. These included toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.  Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. 727-582-2123, www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.

Pinellas Passport: 

Your Ticket through Time Heritage Village- This exhibit illustrates major areas of development in Pinellas County, including coastal living with a focus on the sponge industry, agriculture featuring citrus industry artifacts, community life through newspapers and a printing press, and tourism. These objects are on display in the Roy Helms Gallery in the Visitor Center. 

Morean Arts Center at  719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872.  MoreanArtsCenter.com

The Chihuly Collection closed its Beach Drive, location Aug.1 and re-opens Oct. 2016 at a new location adjacent to the Morean Arts Center (720 Central Ave.) featuring both an exhibition space and approximately 4,200 square feet of outdoor space.  

– Morean Arts 98th Annual Members Show  (thru Aug. 13) Compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE CONTEST, hosted at the Morean Center for Clay Aug. 20, noon – 3 pm. (420 22nd Street South). For information or questions, call  727-822-7872 or go online and download the entry form –  MoreanArtsCenter.org

Studio@ 620 620 First Ave. S, Downtown St. Petersburg  727-895-6620,   http://www.thestudioat620.org/

Annual Artist Showcase UPA Gallery • Aug. 12-13 With the selected photographic artworks, this presentation fulfills UPA Gallery’s core mission of supporting the advancement and representation of emerging artists, through an exclusive gallery of limited edition photographic works. UPAG supports the education, income, and creative progress of emerging artists via an internet-based format as well as on ground seminars and gallery openings. 

Artists include: Scott Bolendz, Pierre-Yves Chicoineau, Erik Cocks, Cathy Dutertre, Pierre Dutertre, Lisa Fitch, Joel Geffen, Christine Ghezzo, William Glover, Eric Lawson, Maria Chapin, David Monroe, Frank Novatsky, Muffy Sadler, Trentin Shreeve, Ron Weiss, Lindsey Welch, Gary Beeber, Guillermo De Angelis, Monika Ruiz, Tobias Oggenfuss, Matt Smith, Jose Gomez, Sarah Hadley, Joel Gaffen, Alessandra Ruyten and Earl Scott.

Wordier Than Thou: The open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction, no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths. Readings will begin around 7 pm. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed.  Check the website for dates.

Clyde Butcher: Cuba, The Natural Beauty (thru Sept. 30) at St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave NE, Downtown St. Petersburg, (727) 894-1052 http://spmoh.com/Commissioned by the United Nations to create a portfolio of the mountainous lands of Cuba, Clyde Butcher set out on three week-long expeditions into unfamiliar lands. He explored the island country’s varied geographic regions, from the Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba’s eastern Granma province, to the southern coast between Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba. His travel took him to Baracoa in the northeast, the southern waterfalls of the Sierra de San Juan, and the mogotes of the west in the Piñar del Rio region. While taking photographs for the Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains, Clyde thought about being part of an event changing history for the better, and enthusiastically saw an opportunity to make a positive difference.

The Dali Museum at One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg http://thedali.org.

– “Horst: Photographs – Fashion & Surrealism” (thru Sept. 6)  From pre-war Parisian haute couture to post-war American ready-to-wear, experience surrealism and its influence on haute couture from one of the last century’s leading photographers, Horst P. Horst. This alluring exhibition features the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), who ranked alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the last century’s leading photographers. In an extraordinary sixty-year career, Horst’s photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden and he became renowned as a master of expressive lighting and atmospheric illusion.

– Dali Revealed: Candid Moments from the Artist’s Life (thru Fall 2016) This special exhibition includes 48 archival photographs taken by French photographer Robert Descharnes, a close friend and confidant of Dali’s from 1950 through the end of his life in 1989 (Mr. Descharnes passed away in 2014).

– Yoga  + Dali (Sat. 10:30 am): Join Inspire Yoga every Sunday at The Dali – a remarkable environment where Dali’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga

The Shine St. Petersburg 

Mural Festival  (Sept. 1 – 10)  Bringing more than a dozen new murals and vibrant special events, The Shine  returns for its second year, showcasing colorful and inspiring public murals by a diverse group of artists from around the world.The festival, which received widespread media accolades in its first year, is a non-profit public art project built in partnership between local artists and community members. 

SHINE illuminates the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue, and uniting the St. Petersburg community. The 2015 festival brought more than 15 new murals to downtown St. Petersburg, created by renowned visiting artists such as Hoxxoh (Miami, FL), 123Klan (Montreal, Canada), and Erik Jones (Brooklyn, NY), as well as local talents including Ya La’Ford, Carrie Jadus, and Chad Mize.Contact: John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, 727.518.5142, john@stpeteartsalliance.org

Downtown St. Pete – SPF16   (Sept. 11, 18, 24)  

Presented by the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance with support from the City of St. Petersburg Office of Cultural Affairs, SPF16 will again kick off with the Shine Mural Festival, followed by weekly spotlights on all the arts, including fine arts, performing arts, and a family arts festival. SPF16  will conclude with the grand opening of the Chihuly Exhibit at its new location.  Contact  john@stpeteartsalliance.org

– Week ending Sept. 11: SHINE Mural Festival, Fine Arts, ArtWalk, Craft Arts
– Week ending Sept.18: Performing Arts (dance, theatre,  music performances in traditional & nontraditional places)
– Week ending Sept. 24: Family Arts Festival (Arts Alive, TBBCA Chalk Walk, Central Ave. Solstice Festival

Sept. 24: Central Avenue Solstice Enjoy this popular event as part of the St. Petersburg Festival, SPF16. Festivities begin on the east end at 7:20 am with Sunrise Yoga at South Straub Park, and finish on the west end with St. Petersburg Preservation´s Movies in the Park at Sunset Park on Boca Ciega Bay.  Enjoy a Follow the Sun Walk, a Bay to Gulf Bike Ride, Sunny Side Up Breakfast specials, full schedule of live performances at each of the event´s five Main Stages, and a host of Illuminating Art Demonstrations along the route. All outdoor activities free & trolley rides throughout the day. www.centralavenuesolstice.com

 St. Petersburg Arts Alliance • 100 Second Ave N, St 150 St. Downtown St. Petersburg

OPEN CALL & CASTING NOTES

Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach FL is accepting applications for the Master Artists-in-Residency Program with Heather McHugh, poet; Joan Snyder, visual artist and Derek Bermel, composer/performer. Deadline Sept. 18. https://stpeteartsalliance.org

ARTS NEWS

St. Petersburg City Theater  Needs help. 

Make donations to www.spcitytheatre.org by clicking “Donate Now!” in top right hand corner of website.  Individual & Corporate Sponsorships being offered for our summer camp productions.  

Email: ExecDir@spcitytheatre.org to obtain more information about how you can become a sponsor.

The Mahaffey Adds 20 New Shows to the 2016-2017 Season

With the addition of 20 new shows, The Mahaffey Theater’s 2016-2017 season just went from great to awesome. It’s a diverse lineup that includes the very best in music, dance, family performances and more.

Among the musical highlights: The debut of a newly-commissioned work from rock legend Mike Mills of R.E.M., violinist Robert McDuffie and the chamber music group Fifth House Ensemble; jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny fronting an all-new quartet; and the Five Irish Tenors on their first American tour.

Our “Mahaffey on the Move” series, at The Palladium Theater, features a concert by 15-year-old PBS favorite Ethan Bortnick, the one-man theatrical show Say Goodnight Gracie, and a performance from the top zydeco band in America, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet.

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With In the Wild Live, “Jungle” Jack Hanna will bring a menagerie of exotic animals to the Mahaffey stage; science and entertainment combine via the lifelike, oversized puppets of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live; PBS Kids presents the musical Odd Squad Live!; and the magicians of TV’s Masters of Illusion return.

Other Mahaffey favorites making return appearances include music legend Smokey Robinson, puppeteer Terry Fator and comedian Billy Gardell.

The new additions to the 2016-2017 season are:

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie, Featuring Fifth House Ensemble
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Inspired by the blurred lines between contemporary classical audiences, pop and contemporary music, violinist Robert McDuffie has commissioned a new composition from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, one of the most prolific song-writer/composer/collaborators from the world of rock and pop. The concerto features McDuffie on violin, with a four-member rock band fronted by Mills.

Jeffrey Osborne & Gerald Albright
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Legendary R&B vocalist Jeffrey Osborne (“You Should Be Mine,” “On the Wings of Love”) is joined by the incomparable saxophone player and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright for an expansive program of duets, solos and surprises. From the breathtaking ballads Jeffrey made his name with, to Gerald’s scintillating smooth jazz, pop and funk, this will be an unforgettable concert performance.

Odd Squad Live!
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at 3 p.m.
From the Emmy-winning PBS kids’ series. Attention Odd Squad fans, something very odd has happened in your hometown. Ms. O needs you to team up with Odd Squad agents in this live, interactive adventure to solve an exciting case. There will be gadgets! There will be villains! There will be music! Well, what are you waiting for? Go! 

Windham Hill Winter Solstice Featuring Liz Story, Barbara Higbie & Sean Harkness
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium Theater
Master musicians who made their names on the Windham Hill label, pianist Liz Story, singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness  have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. This ensemble in various forms has toured nationally for the past 10 years in support of the recording series that sold more than eight million copies. Warmth, humor and stunningly pristine performances abound.

Billy Gardell
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Known to millions as the co-star of the hit series Mike & Molly, Billy Gardell played Officer Mike Biggs on the popular sitcom for its entire 2010-2016 run. Most recently, he stars as Col. Tom Parker in the CMT series Million Dollar Quartet. Gardell’s standup show is a powerhouse. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.

Ethan Bortnick: The Power of Music
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. at The Palladium Theater
This Mahaffey on the Move performance features 15-year-old Ethan Bortnick – from singing and playing the piano to songwriting and starring in television specials and feature films, he does it all – with talent, a captivating personality and a passion for bringing people joy. This family-friendly concert is packed with energy and features Elton John to Motown and Michael Jackson, Chopin classical renditions, recent top hits, show tunes and more.

Elvis Lives
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
An unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life, featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. The Elvis tribute artists will be joined by a live band, backup singers and dancers and more; audiences “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience!

The Five Irish Tenors
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Direct from Dublin! On their first American tour, the Five Irish Tenors fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique concert experience. This distinctive program includes everything from W.B Yeats’s “Down by the Sally Gardens” to  Verdi’s “O Mio Rimorso” from La Traviata.

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at 3 p.m.
America’s most beloved animal expert brings his four-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the Mahaffey stage! In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond.

Terry Fator: It Starts Tonight
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 7 p.m.
At the Mirage in Las Vegas, where he’s in his 7th headlining season, Terry Fator is known as “The Voice of Entertainment.” That’s because his voice is an incredibly versatile instrument – he’s a comedian, ventriloquist, singer and unparalleled celebrity impersonator, all at the same time. Terry’s unforgettable cast of puppet “characters” includes Winston the Impersonating Turtle, World’s Greatest Elvis Impersonator Maynard Thompkins, Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, tween Emma Taylor and so many others.

An Evening With Pat Metheny
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Twenty-time Grammy winning guitarist Pat Metheny presents a range of music from throughout his storied career, joined by drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh & keyboardist Gwilym Simcock. The show, Metheny says, “could really be anything and everything … with Antonio, Linda and Gwilym, I think we could and will do a wide range of things from throughout all of it – and maybe uncover what the next period has in store as well.”

Smokey Robinson
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kennedy Center Honoree, the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement and too many others to count, Smokey – with his eternally smooth and instantly recognizable falsetto – is the epitome of Motown soul and classic R&B. Think “Tears of a Clown,” “Being With You,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and dozens more! There’s only one Smokey Robinson.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at The Palladium Theater
A Mahaffey on the Move exclusive! Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. Featuring legendary singer and fiddle player Michael Doucet, the band takes the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blends elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.
It may have been 65 million years in the making, but it was worth the wait. The puppets of Dinosaur Zoo Live are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t!  You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show. It’s an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill kids while stimulating their imaginations.

Masters of Illusion
Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Direct from the hit TV show, Masters of Illusion is a fast-moving, family-friendly spectacular. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, eye-popping appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers – everything you could possibly imagine – all rolled up into a live show! The entire audience participates, and some lucky individuals even get picked to assist with illusions on stage.

Benise: Strings of Passion
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at 8 p.m.
The acclaimed guitarist Benise – a PBS favorite for over a decade – takes us on a musical journey of salsa, flamenco, tango, waltz, samba … and more! A full-scale, multi-cultural production combining Spanish guitar and Spanish dance with rock, with all the mystique, romance and passion Benise is known for. 

Rhythm of the Dance
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.
This incredible live show celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined Celtic Step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style. Rhythm of the Dance creates a new era in Irish entertainment, presenting world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors. 

“1964” … The Tribute
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7 p.m.
A musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, 1964 astonishingly recreates an early ‘60s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and still more.

One Night of Queen
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Great Britain’s Gary Mullen & the Works re-create a complete Queen concert, with all the pomp, power and unforgettable songs of one of rock’s greatest bands. Freddie Mercury was a magnetic and unpredictable performer; he comes alive in the form of Gary Mullen from Glasgow. The Works have enthralled audiences the world over -between “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Are the Champions,” they will most certainly rock you!

Say Goodnight Gracie
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. at The Palladium Theater
From Tony-winning playwright Rupert Holmes, the Broadway hit that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns, in a tour de force solo performance from Alan Safier. It’s a tender, funny, life-affirming love story … a personal guided tour through an American century in the company of a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer.

Tickets for all newly-announced events go on sale Friday, Aug. 5 at noon, along with our THREE FOR ME packages: Purchase three or more shows and receive free parking for each (a $10 value per show), excluding performances at The Palladium Theater. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets and THREE FOR ME packages beginning today at noon. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, on the MyMahaffey mobile app, charge by phone at727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater. 

The Mahaffey Theater

The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.

Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

St. Petersburg City Theatre Needs Your Financial Support!

st-pete-city-theaterSt. Petersburg City Theatre is facing a significant cash flow challenge. We need the immediate financial support of our membership and the community to continue operations and plan for a new season. We do not have the funds to pay an Executive Director and Megan Byrne has resigned. We are moving toward a larger volunteer force in the office to weather this storm. 

From the talent and production side, the theatre is in a very strong position. This past year marked one of its strongest spring seasons ever with the tremendous hit Memphis playing to sold out crowds, even demanding command performances for an additional sold out weekend.

Additionally, its Youth Theatre Program is recognized as one of the best in Pinellas County.  The Teen Productions this past year of Legally Blonde and Into the Woods were outstanding.   Its Summer Camp Programs, beginning in two weeks, sold out earlier than ever before.  All summer camps currently have waiting lists because the demand has been so great.   All summer camps will run this summer as planned. The Board is dedicated to not only returning the theatre to financial health but to strategically plan for the future.

What can you do to help?  Donations can be made online at www.spcitytheatre.org by clicking “Donate Now!” in the top right hand corner of the website.  Any and all donations are greatly needed and will be much appreciated.  

Individual and Corporate Sponsorships are being offered for our summer camp productions.  Email: ExecDir@spcitytheatre.org to obtain more information about how you can become a sponsor.

St. Petersburg City Theatre has been providing quality entertainment and outstanding educational opportunities to this community for over 90 years!  LET’S KEEP IT GOING!

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If we band together and each contribute what we can to support our treasured community theatre, together we can SUCCEED!  It is going to take each and every one of us,  but TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!  Now is the time we must act! Help pave the path to a brighter future.

Message from Bruce Cook, President of the St. Pete City Theatre.