Performing Arts

Performing Arts Highlights: Oct. 15-31

Here we are, well into the hot Florida autumn. This season change typically brings a bit of spookiness. Let me stop stirring the cauldron and get (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do |
Oct. 6-12 – Do It All Edition

Someone seems to have gotten my memo about events crowding into Saturday, because this week’s plethora of arts events, including great music and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Actor Kim Sullivan
Is ‘Still in the Game’

The Royale begins a new cycle for Kim Sullivan at American Stage. Versatile and regal with a side of charisma, Kim Sullivan made history last (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

Theater Review | The Royale
packs a punch at American Stage

If you were to personify the word swagger, your closest approximation might be  Jay “The Sport” Jackson. The Royale’s protagonist — loosely (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Banned Books Burlesque promotes literacy with Va-va-va-voom!

Because promoting literacy is a tough sell in an ADD-addled society preoccupied with Netflix bingeing and cat memes, it doesn’t hurt to add (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | COMEDY, LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS

Interfaith Week celebrates religions’ influence on culture and the arts

Joran Oppelt founded Tampa Bay Interfaith Week to celebrate all the religions in the Tampa Bay, encourage fellowship, and to heal and solve (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Performing Arts Highlights: Oct. 1-14

Autumn is finally here and although there’s no colorful leaf change in our neck of the woods, there are plenty of colorful performing arts events (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Review: Wearable Art 13
Wows Again

  As the figurative dust from Hurricane Irma settles, some arts venues are still dealing with damage in Tampa Bay, depending on where on the (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Have Irma, Will Travel

When the storms came a-knockin’, two Creative Pinellas contributors hightailed it out of state and discovered some choice sights and people (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Performing Arts Highlights |
Sept. 20-30

Hurricane Irma wreaked varying degrees of havoc across the state, but now electricity has been restored to Tampa Bay and a little razzle dazzle (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Performing Arts Highlights: Sept. 1-14

Welcome to the first installment of a new bimonthly column in which I highlight unique, must-attend performing arts events. Let’s see (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

August Arts News Roundup

Art was in the news this month in a way nobody would have chosen. In Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist protests against the removal of a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Congratulations, TTB Awards nominees!

  Pinellas performers and companies are well represented in Theatre Tampa Bay’s round of 2016-17 picks. If you haven’t been a (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

Love and activism with George & Ruth: Songs and Letters of the Spanish Civil War

  Silver Meteor Gallery provides a musical history lesson with truths that resonate today.   An inspiring love story, a slice of (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things to Do | Aug. 24-31

  Howdy, and welcome back to Five Things to Do after our brief Summer Doldrums Hiatus! I hope you’re weathering this sun-drenched time with (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Yass, Queen! Marie Antoinette’s Girl’s Guide to Royalty

  freeFall Theatre Company‘s production of Marie Antoinette (the last in this season’s series of true stories) unfolds like a (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Regional Arts Summit Gathers Arts & Cultural Community

Artists, arts leaders and representatives of arts organizations descended on Clearwater’s EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College on July 21 for the (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | FILM, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Two great plays, two brief runs — Proof and The School for Lies

It’s a rainy and/or muggy weekend, perfect for an immersive theater experience. In addition to the big companies’ productions Sex (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

July Arts News Roundup

This month in our regular roundup of news you may have missed, we have fine art controversies, television honors, musical passings, and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Sex With Strangers offers a satisfying if low-key score

American Stage’s production of Sex with Strangers has audiences and critics just about as tickled with its newfangled tech repartee as your (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things to Do in Pinellas | July 14-20

It’s a lively week despite the summer heat — and we’ve also got a hot tip about an upcoming event you might want to grab tickets for (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Sheila Cowley’s Flying Soars Nationwide

Flying is taking off. Sheila Cowley’s full-length drama premiered in an Equity playhouse on May 26 in Upstate New York, earned inclusion in the (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things to Do | June 30-July 6

The coming week will, of course, be full of celebrations of our nation, in all its messy and complex glory. The Tampa Bay Times has provided a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

June Arts News Roundup

Here’s your monthly dose of headline arts news, from painting to film, and with a good squeeze of Florida. This month has seen protest, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Arts In: Tom and Paula Kramer

Paula Kramer is a dancer and choreographer who’s graceful, powerful and adventurously creative. Tom Kramer is a dance photographer known (...)

BY BARBARA ST. CLAIR | PERFORMING ARTS, PODCAST

From the Guest Editor,
Margaret Murray

When there is no threshold, there can be no fear of stepping across it. Art can be a transformative experience, even more so when it unexpectedly (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Pride in Pinellas Arts — Celebrating our Uncommon Bonds

Pride Month means every June is full of parades and performances that recognize the long struggle for equality for queer people in the U.S. and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Captivating Drama — The Invisible Hand at American Stage

THEATER REVIEW The Invisible Hand Runs through June 25 at American Stage americanstage.org Eighteenth century theorist Adam Smith coined the term (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

June 2 – 8 For most people, the weekend is a chance to unwind and enjoy life. Not coincidentally, it’s also when EVERY SINGLE COOL EVENT (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

En Garde, Laugh Hard with The Three Musketeers

Hat Trick Theatre stages a riotous, exhilarating locally scripted twist on a classic tale. Photos by Bianca Badia. Shake off the breaking news (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

May 12 – 18 It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Here’s how to handle that: First, check out Creative Loafing’s exhaustive guide to Mother’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Paul Wilborn

What is an arts town? If you follow most media reports, you might think an arts town is where 18,000 people grab up all the Paul McCartney (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Maestro Mark Sforzini Orchestrates a Modern-Day Appreciation of Opera

The Executive and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Opera speaks in a Q&A about growing audiences with a spirit of fun and community (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS

5 reasons to see End of the Rainbow at freeFall Theatre

Award-winning performer Melissa Minyard unleashes the sass and salty-sweet charms of Judy Garland during her final days. Judy Garland, the star (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things to Do

May 5 – 11 This week in Pinellas, we have free comic books, a couple of musical icons to choose from, glass blowing in the dark (!!!) and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Art-Camp Cures for Kids’ Summertime Blues

Summertime isn’t just for zombie-ing out in front of the TV or video games (well not all the time, anyway). Finding activities to fill time can (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Watch Peter Suarez Transform Before Your Eyes in Studio@620’s ChaMEleon

ChaMEleon Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, 7 p.m. The Studio @620 , 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg Admission: $15 studio620.org   In his (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

April Florida Arts News Roundup

There’s a lot going on around the Tampa Bay and Florida arts scene these days, including star-studded exhibitions, new hirings and major (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | GRANT RECIPIENTS, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Totally groovy! Hairspray the Musical takes over American Stage in the Park

The song-and-dance version of John Waters’ cult classic can be enjoyed outdoors by the Bay at Demens Landing, St. Petersburg, through May (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things to Do

April 14 – 20 This week’s events are dominated by SunLit, the newly revamped literary festival linking together book-themed happenings (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

American Award, Prestige Abroad for Aleshea Harris

Hometown artists made good not only brings cheer but hope to artists trying to branch out, especially when acclaim goes international. In this (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things to Do

March 31-April 6 It’s a great week for weirdness in Tampa Bay, from surrealist painters to edgy theatre to even-more-surrealist rock icons. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Theater Spotlight — Brian Shea, Actor, Teaching Artist and Filmmaker

The versatile actor can be seen in Jobsite Theater’s A Skull in Connemara through April 9. Brian Shea has been a boozy, disgruntled (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things to Do

March 24 – 30 It’s a bit of a rare quiet week in Pinellas County – by which I mean there are only two music festivals. Get outside and make (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 17 – 23 Another week, another top-notch, diverse selection of mind- and soul-expanding opportunities in the land of sunshine. This (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Underground Roundup

March 10 – 16 As mentioned over at our usual Five Things to Do writeup, we’re experimenting with adding an occasional listing focusing on (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Five Things to Do

March 10 – 16 Hey folks! Some quick housekeeping: We’re experimenting with a new occasional feature highlighting some fringier cultural (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

What the World Needs Now or How the Academy Awards Illustrated Everything

Growing up with parents who were vaguely Freudian in everything they understood, I spent my childhood believing that when it came to big (...)

BY BARBARA ST. CLAIR | LETTER FROM THE EDITOR, PERFORMING ARTS

Gibbs High School Grad, Wicked Dance Captain

Although the Broadway production of Wicked has come and gone this past weekend in Tampa, you caught one of many Pinellas County Center for the (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | PERFORMING ARTS

The Impresssive Artistic Trifecta of Fantastic Ekphrastic

Keep St. Pete Lit’s showcase spotlights collaborative works of visual art, literature and performance. Derived from Greek, ekphrasis (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 24 – March 2 We have a problem, folks. Everything this week is happening Saturday. Or, at least, too much great stuff for one (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Honor Black History Month with a Theatrical Milestone

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone marks the final play in American Stage’s August Wilson cycle. Joe Turner’s Come and Gone runs through Feb. (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 17– 23 It’s spriiiiiiing! At least, spiritually. At least, in Florida. Actually, in Florida, it’s already summer. So no wonder this week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Gentrification Cycles: The Artists

This article is part one of a three-part series in which we explore the perspectives of three groups of people affected by gentrification.   (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Art in the City

St. Petersburg-based Filmmaker Makes Film About Art Healing War Wounds When St. Petersburg-based indie filmmaker Jabaar Edmonds set out to make (...)

BY QUINCY WALTERS | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things to Do

February 3-9 Decisions, decisions. This Friday is jam-packed with stuff, though there’s plenty to fill out the rest of the week, too. And while (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

When I Step on Stage in Front of a Piano… | Interview with Elizabeth Baker

Thanks to the efforts of sound maven Elizabeth A. Baker, who’s culmination of influences national and international has bestowed Florida with (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS

February Arts News Roundup

  It has been an eventful few weeks, and not only because the arts are entwined with the complex, challenging landscape they comment on. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Comedy’s Status ‘Whoa’ — a Q&A with Michael Murillo

The Comedian Has Worked Overtime to Make Sure you Attend Comedy Shows Headlined by Bay Area Comedians. “Comedy isn’t pretty,” Steve Martin once (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 27– February 2 Sometimes you get a perfect week – a perfect balance of art, music, and words, all of excellent quality, perfectly strung (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

January 20-26 With the holidays over, and the North still frozen, right now is prime time for touring acts coming through Florida. This week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 12–19 Does it still feel like the holidays to anyone else? Like you’re just not ready to return to the real world, with all its joy and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 6-January 13 And now, from famine to feast. As the holiday season closes and the New Year kicks off, the Pinellas arts and culture scene (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Art News Need-to-Know

December saw Golden Globes, Rock and Roll, and some local moves of note.   New Class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New inductees to the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Neverland Holiday, Part 2: Peter Pan

Broadway spectacles can be so tricked out with dazzling visuals and effects they don’t leave much for the imagination, but great theater still (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 23-29 The holiday season forces even the hardest-charging of us to put the brakes on, which can be either liberating or uncomfortable. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Neverland Holiday, Part 1: Peter and the Starcatcher

Classic retellings are all the rage. St. Pete’s freeFall offers its own vintage double delight this winter. Peter Pan and its comedic, (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 16 – 22 It’s another jam-packed week in Pinellas, and a great time to get out and see it all with family and friends. In (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

A Venture For the Arts

Investor Frank Wells has ventured south of St. Pete’s craft brew hubs and trendy restaurants to start work on a cultural hub — and home (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 9-16 Wow. It’s another absolutely jam-packed week of big names, local and national, doing the big work here in Pinellas County. We’ve (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 25 – December 1 You’ve survived Round 1 of the holidays, but to make it all the way to the finish line, you’re going to need to (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Give Thanks For a Long-Awaited Grand Opening – SHAMcGiving in Safety Harbor

North Pinellas arts lovers have been gearing up for a long-awaited milestone this Turkey-Day weekend: SHAMcGivinG, which promises a creative (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 18–24 I hope you’ve got good shoes and some protein bars, because this weekend is PACKED, folks. From Russian folk songs to graphic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

November 11– 17 Whether you’re celebrating victory or nursing your political wounds, at least we’ve all got a little bit of a breather – so why (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Stephanie Gularte: A Conversation

Creative Pinellas is proud to present the November 2016 edition of Our Journal and with it a new Guest Editor: Stephanie Gularte. Gularte joined (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | GUEST EDITOR, PERFORMING ARTS

(Literally) Behind the Scenes of Tartuffe–Part 2

From Casting to Set Design — a Play’s Collaborative Process   Moliere’s Tartuffe, in its final weekend at American Stage, features (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

(Literally) Behind the Scenes of Tartuffe–Part 1

Part One: Why Choose to Adapt a 350-Year-Old Play for the Election Season? Before a set can be designed and the actors are cast, a play must be (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

Everything You’ve Been Afraid to Ask About Theatres…or is it Theaters?

Many people have gone to the theater, but do most people understand the ins and outs of the different kind of theater houses? If you could use a (...)

BY SHAE KRISPINSKY | PERFORMING ARTS

The Play’s the Thing

Stephanie Gularte is Injecting a New Energy at American Stage and Shares Why She Chose the Plays in the Theater’s 2016-17 Season. American Stage, (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS

Political Theatre

How Plays With Messages of the Moment Become Enduring Classics. The American Stage Theatre Company recently debuted its reworking of Moliere’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 4-10 There’s a heck of an election coming up next week! If you’re too close to the edge of your seat, it might be time to distract (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 28-November 3 It’s Halloweeeeeeeen! And while Fall may rarely show her true face down here in the tropics, it’s still a time for change, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Arts and Culture With a Dash of Spookiness

Hauntingly Cool Events for Your Pre-Halloween Weekend (and Afterward) Sometimes traditional haunted houses and pumpkin patches don’t hit that (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 21-28 It’s not quite Halloween, but local artists are already gifting us with delirious takes on the spooky, unnerving, weird and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

October 15–21 Music and theatre and comedy, oh my! It’s another packed week of events here in Pinellas, but we’ve once again picked the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 8 – 14 It’s gonna be a heck of a week – and especially, a heck of a weekend. Things are so packed, in fact, that we had to leave a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 1 – 7 Welcome to the first installment of our weekly 5 Things to Do event guide. There are already some great comprehensive (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

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