5 Things To Do

December 09, 2016 by DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS
Garrison Keillor performs Monday at Ruth Eckerd Hall
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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 got Garrison Keillor, the future of journalism, a tribute to Peter Gabriel – and, of course, Santa Claus. Get out there and see it all, if you dare.

Dunedin Old-Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade–Saturday, December 10

There’s probably no better time to appreciate Dunedin’s small-town charm than during a holiday parade that evokes It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. The parade and following festival will include Santa’s arrival, carriage rides, train rides, a snow slide, storytelling, games and crafts for kids, live music, and more.

4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Downtown Dunedin

Map Here

Letterpress Basics–Sunday, December 11

We don’t often feature classes in our listings here, but this one’s just too cool not to highlight. Print St. Pete is part of a rising wave of craft printers reviving the beautiful old ways of bookmaking, and this five-hour workshop will take attendees through the basics of hand typesetting, ink mixing, and press operation. The course’s instructors come from St. Pete’s Oma Darlin’ Press and Southern Letterpress.

$150

Noon-5 p.m.

Print St. Pete, 4903 8th Avenue South, Gulfport

Info and Tickets Here

Red Rain: The Music of Peter Gabriel and Tori Amos–Sunday, December 11

Red Rain is a group of jazz and classical musicians dedicated to reinterpreting some of the most iconoclastic pop musicians of our time. The group grew in part out of Jeremy Douglass’ Florida Bjorkestra, a 9-piece ensemble that for about a year has performed tributes to Kate Bush and, yes, Bjork. This is a chance to catch an intimate show from an ensemble that seems pretty clearly on an upward trajectory.

$20-$36

6 p.m.

Palladium Side Door Cabaret, 253 Fifth Ave. North, St. Petersburg

Info and Tickets Here

Garrison Keillor–Monday, December 12

Now that Garrison Keillor has handed over the reins of his Prairie Home Companion juggernaut, we’ll hopefully get more of what was always, if you ask me, the best part of that show – the storytelling. Keillor’s whitefish-dry wit and rumbling, warm-blanket voice are a combo that’s at once comforting and subtly challenging. He paints portraits of an America we wish we had – but that, he also frequently hints, was never quite as perfect as it seemed.

$40-120

7 p.m.

Ruth Eckerd Hall, 111 North McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater

Info and Tickets Here

An Evening with Marty Baron of Spotlight–Tuesday, December 13

Baron, who was played by Liev Shcreiber in 2015’s masterpiece Spotlight, was editor of the Boston Globe during its world-shifting investigation of abuse in the Catholic Church. Today, journalism seems to be under ever-mounting pressure from fake news, shrinking revenues, and secretive leaders to give up its role as the Fourth Estate of American democracy. Baron is sure to have invaluable insights into where news organizations, and our entire culture, can go from here.

(This event follow’s Friday’s annual Bowtie Ball, which this year honors Tom Brokaw, but appears to be sold out).

$40-$100

5:30-9 p.m.

The Poynter Institute, 801 Third Street South, St. Pete

More Info Here

 

Honorable Mentions:

YES Art Exhibition Opening Reception, curated by Chad Mize and Kenny Jensen. Saturday December 10, 5 p.m., The Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg

Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Celebration, featuring giveaways and cosplayers. Sunday, December 11, Emerald City Comics, Clearwater.

Viva Cuba, Juan Carlos Malberti’s tale of star-crossed young love in Havana, is introduced by the director. Thursday December 15, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

 

A Venture For the Arts
From the Guest Editor, Dr. Hank Hine

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