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Whitney James performs with La Lucha at Peace Memorial Church on March 10. See listing for details.

Things to Do
in the
Tampa Bay Arts Scene

Welcome to Creative Pinellas’ ongoing, periodically updated listing of upcoming and ongoing events. We’ve created this listing to help locals find enriching and amusing things to do in their spare time and provide visitors with an event guide that reflects the diversity of culture in the central west coast region of Florida.

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Festivals & Celebrations

39th Annual DFAC Garden Party Gather for Dunedin Fine Art Center’s springtime tradition — this year celebrating the art of food — from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. For more information, visit

Geri X

Florida Food & Brews Festival 2019 LocalShops 1 presents a weekend full of live entertainment, food and more Feb. 23-24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Expect food trucks, restaurants, dessert vendors, craft brew options, local artists and retail shops at the centrally located England Brothers Bandshell, 5010 81st Ave N., in Pinellas Park. Nearly all food is available for $5 or less. Proceeds from beer/wine sales will go to programs to end violence in greater Pinellas community. Saturday’s lineup features Geri X at 12:30 p.m., Holey Miss Moley at 2 p.m., the Betty Fox Band at 4 p.m. and The Bearded Brothers Band at 6 p.m. Sunday features music and comedy with Dean Johanesen & The 24 Hour Men at noon; A Tribute to Rock, Blues and the 1980s at 2:30 p.m.; comedians Juanita Lolita, Rahn Hortman and Johnny Bell at 4:30 p.m.; Wild Root Music at 6 p.m.; and Reno Collier at 7 p.m. Single day ticket is $10; Single day admission for two is $15; weekend admission for two is $25.; 727-637-5586.

Heights Unites A partnership between the South Seminole Heights Civic Association and Brew Bus Brewing to raise money for neighborhood improvement projects in Seminole Heights, the second annual event returns Feb. 23, 2 p.m. to midnight, with a gallery of local artists and live music from  Five Eight, The Burke Brothers (of Have Gun, Will Travel), The Dollyrots, Johnny Mile and the Kilometers, Hello Joyce, Badda Skat, Fever Beam, Kerry Courtney, Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent, Kristopher James, Cormac Kavanagh, Shawn Kyle, Lassyu, Jack Sprouse, The Tiny Terror (members of The Holy Terror), Damion Suomi  and Lauris Vidal. A limited edition craft beer created  expressly for the event will be on sale by Brew Bus Brewing as will limited-edition posters. Tickets available through Eventbrite. Brew Bus Brewing is at 4101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Click here for updates.

Punk Rock Flea Market Punk lovers are invited to a pet-friendly, curated indie flea market on Feb. 23, noon-5 p.m. The shopping event will feature independent sellers with a variety of iconic, vintage and unusual wares. Sellers are invited to bring musical instruments, posters, books, zines, collectibles, vintage clothing, antiques, funky decor, retro stuff, pins, old junk, vintage toys, art, and whatever else you think will fit in. “You don’t need to be a professional ‘dealer’ to sell here,” they say. Enjoy live music from local bands, DJs, vegan and omnivore food and drinks. Sat., Feb. 23, noon-5 p.m. at Planet Retro Records. Click on the Facebook event page for more details.

St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts The new annual event series pays tribute to the Bard with the help of collaborating and showcasing local institutions Feb. 1-28. Participants include The Florida Orchestra, St. Petersburg Opera Company, the Museum of Fine Arts, Spitfire Theater Improv, the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival, Palladium Chamber Players, freeFall Theatre, Tampa Bay Symphony, American Stage, the Dali, the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Keep St. Pete Lit. Click here for event schedule.

The 6th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival Browse outdoors at showcases of original artwork by more than 130 artisans from across Florida and around the United States. Works include original, handmade fine art and fine crafts in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art and more. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, at South Straub Park, downtown St. Petersburg. Click here for information and updates.

Wonderland Follow Derek Donnelly and his posse down the rabbit hole at the Pinellas Arts Village Saturday, Feb. 23. Donnelly’s  COVE – Creative Opportunities & Visual Entertainment will install an interactive exhibit inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Plus, a Wonderland themed ride can be enjoyed at Pompei Monster Factory. Meanwhile a themed art show will offer weird and wonderful inspiration at Studios at 5663. Don’t be late to a Mad Hatter Tea party at Complete Sweet Shoppe. More details to come.

Trashy Treasures Preview Party & Art Sale  Kick off the second weekend of March at the Trashy Treasures Preview Party, which offers a silent auction of Dunedin Fine Art Center’s curated “best of” trashy treasures, live music and a request to show up in “trashy” attire. The party takes place Friday, March 8, at 6 p,m. Preview Party admission is $10. The Trashy Treasure art garage sale continues Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit

Upcoming Visual Art Events, Openings & Receptions

The Art of Women: A Heart and Soul Celebration Celebrate womanhood at a multimedia fundraiser with art installations, digital projections, performance artists, paintings, photography and sculpture. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. Takes place Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, from 8 to 11 p.m. at American Legion Post 111, 6918 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Buy tickets in advance through Feb. 22nd for $20 or pay $30 at the door.

Cocktails & Collections Visit the Museum of Fine Arts the third Thursday of each month to mingle into the Museum garden and browse the galleries after regular opening hours. Enjoy live music in the Marly Room, order from a bar and partake of hors d’ouevres served in the gardens. This month’s event focuses on Glow: The Painted Photographs of E.G. Barnhill. Reservations requested. Free or museum members. Takes place 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for details.

CCAA Creative Zone The Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance inc. presents the grand opening of a recurring interactive arts event on Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Creative Zone features artist demonstrations in classroom and art studios; raffle; art for sale; and happy hour refreshments. Located four blocks south of the Pinellas Park Art Walk and the Art Village at 5619 70th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Click here for more details.

44th Annual Mainsail Art Festival Return to the picturesque setting of Vinoy Park for one of St. Pete’s premier cultural events on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and  Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse a wide variety of fine art, take the juniors to the Kid’s Create tent, enjoy live music and “a vast assortment” of food and drink.  The Mainsail committee of hard-working volunteers produces the annual festival, which exhibits artists competing for $60,000 in prize money. Click here for information and updates.

Second Saturday Art Walk, St. Petersburg The Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District and downtown Waterfront District unite once a month to extend hours of studios and galleries. The next gallery walk takes place on Saturday, March 9, 5-9 p.m. Expect romantic/Valentine’s Day themes with gift ideas that offer a unique, personalized, local-friendly alternative to candy and flowers. Find a map of participating galleries, studios, trolley stops and parking options at Free ArtWalk Trolleys run every 30 minutes. In addition, the Waterfront District galleries can be seen by using the free Downtown Looper, which runs every 15 minutes.

Ongoing Exhibitions

dreams deferred: works inspired by Black History Inspired by the iconic phrase in Langston Hughes’ poem Harlem, Mize Gallery will open its exhibition in conjunction with Black History Month. The show includes mixed media works by artists from the Tampa Bay area as well as Detroit, New York City, and Richmond, Virginia. “Our intention is to provide a venue for the artists and our community to have a dialogue around the state of racial relations within St. Petersburg,” says curator/owner Chad Mize. “We look to amplify and provide space for marginalized peoples to express themselves as they choose. Our hope is to celebrate the legacy of African American greatness.” Participating artists including Courtney Alexander, Carrie Boucher & the Justice Studio Creatives (pictured right), Perry deVick, Tamesha Kirkland, iBoms, Kelly U. Johnson, Tenea Johnson, Ajamu Kojo, Valency-Jean Patelle, Joshua Pearson, Calan Ree & Marquise Russ, Marcus Rogers, Erika Schnur, Sleep and Zulu Painter — all presenting their perspectives on Black History.  Works will be up through Feb. 24. A moderated artist talk with several of the artists will take place on Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery.  The gallery will be donating its profits to the Neighborhood Association of Childs Park. Salvador Dali Museum Watercolors & Drawings From the Vault through March 19 — works range from 1917 to 1968, highlighting Dali’s superior ability to draw in a variety of techniques to illuminate his complex dream imagery. Magritte & Dali takes viewers on a journey from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, the period when the two artists’ careers overlapped.

Imagine Museum Imagine Museum’s collection presents major works of American art created by founding, leading, current and emerging artists working in the field of studio glass.

At the MFA: “Wedgwood” by Daisy Makeig-Jones, designer (1881–1945); covered Jar with Ghostly Wood motif, c. 1916-1932; ceramic, gift of Mary Alice McClendon.

Museum of Fine Arts Jewels of the Imagination, on display through March 31, features the glittering jewelry designs of Jean Schlumberger, considered the epitome of mid-century elegance. Inspired by nature, his creations graced such notable style icons as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. Glow: The hand-painted photographs of E.G. Barnhill, through April 7, offers the hand-painted photographs of E. G. Barnhill (1894–1987), images that the viewer on a unique voyage into the natural splendors of Florida during the early part of the 20th century. Fairyland Lustre: The Darkly Magical World of Daisy Makeig-Jones, through Aug. 11, excites the eye with vivid colors, metallic surfaces, and exciting, oftentimes strange, imagery.

Offbeat Bijou Explore alternative materials, processes and ideas in jewelry design. Offbeat Bijou features contemporary, forward-thinking jewelry in a variety of materials and styles created using nontraditional methods, materials or concepts (necklaces, brooches, rings, bracelets, earrings, etc.). Artists featured reflect contemporary practices in repurposing and cross-genre configurations. For instance, Daytona Beach-based artist Zach Mellman–Carsey integrates Bluetooth speakers and sound in 3D-printed necklaces and brooches. Exhibit runs through March 2 at Florida Craft Art.

PAW Exhibit & Fundraiser Pinellas Ale Works, a brewery in the downtown St. Pete area, is hosting a worth-your-while exhibition fundraiser through March 8. Browse and purchase art from an exhibit curated by Tim Gibbons and his Funky as a Monkey collective. The show features the art of six artists living with autism: Remmick Wadsworth, Russell Wadsworth, Armona Dawes, Sarah Jones, Ashley Urban and Robert Klute. PAW can be found at 1962 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Modernism Reimagined: Joe Testa-Secca in Full Color Explore the art of renowned local artist Joe Testa-Secca, which features works from the University of Tampa’s permanent art collection, numerous local private collections and the artist’s personal studio collection. The monographic show will showcase the scope and evolution of Testa-Secca’s work, saluting both his artistic career and the invaluable local art supporters who have collected his work over the decades. Exhibition continues through Feb. 22; the gallery will host a closing reception on Friday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.   The gallery is located on campus in the R.K. Bailey Art Studios at 310 N. Boulevard. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; free

Sheryl Oring: Writer’s Block  A grid stretching dozens of feet, 18 rusty metal cages imprison hundreds of 1920s and ’30s-era typewriters. The silence of Sheryl Oring’s sculptural installation powerfully implicates a 1933 Nazi book burning while protesting censorship today. Opens on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas with a reception and conversation with the artist from 6 to 9 p.m.  12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.

Live Music 

The Gasparilla Music Festival GMF returns March 9-10 and features more than 40 bands across five stages along Tampa’s waterfront. Headliners include the Avett Brothers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Toro Y Moi, Tank & the Bangas, The Pharcyde and Gary Clark Jr. Voted Tampa’s No. 1 Music Festival eight years running and Tampa’s No. 1 Food Festival. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa. Click here for tickets and more information. Take a look at last year’s Creative Pinellas coverage here.

Pearl & The Oysters w/ The Jackettes & Garden Club at The Bends Enjoy a night of eclectic, experimental and thoroughly danceable local/regional music on March 7, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m at 919 First Ave., St. Petersburg. For more information and tickets., visit

Peace Memorial Concert Series  Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church (the pink church downtown) hosts touring, internationally acclaimed ensembles at 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater. After concerts, there is a light reception in the fellowship hall. Click here for a schedule.

Swing Into the Spring with Whitney James & La Lucha Enjoying a Sunday sunset at Clearwater Beach? Looking for good live music instead of the same ol’ cover band? Enjoy first-rate jazz on the way. La Lucha, recipients of Best-of jazz awards and high praise from critics,  consists of three friends from different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico and the USA. They include Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums.  Likewise acclaimed vocalist Whitney James will join them. Also a DJ on Sunday evening’ All Night Jazz Show on WUSF,  she was featured on Piano Jazz Rising Stars, a nationally syndicated radio show on National Public Radio as one of the top 12 rising stars jazz artists worldwide. Show goes on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at the Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church (the pink church downtown) at 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater.  No tickets needed.  Seating is first come, first served.  An offering will be taken ($5-10 minimum suggested). Doors open at 2:30. Reception with refreshments follows. For more info, visit or call the church office at (727) 446 3001 or Concert Series Chair, Beth Daniels at 727-461 1818.

Theater/Performing Arts 

The Mousetrap The Friends of the Library of Hillsborough County present a revival of the Agatha Christie classic at Stageworks Theatre on March 21.  A director and artistic director meet-and-greet precedes the play at 7:30 p.m. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the first four rows, $30 for the remaining seats.  Purchase tickets online or call Stageworks Theatre at 813-374-2416. Stageworks Theatre is located at 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #151 in Tampa. Call the Friends office for more information at 813-273-3616.

Emily Belvo (left) and Jonelle Meyer in Hat Trick’s Odd Couple. Photo by Bianca Badia.

The Odd Couple: Female Version  Hat Trick Theatre Artistic Director Jack Holloway assures us that fans of the opposite-roommate classic by Neil Simon will enjoy their female-led production for both its familiarity and surprises too. Funny coincidence: Around nine years ago comedic actor Jonelle Meyer was looking for a roommate. She met co-star Emily Belvo, and the two have been roommates since. “The heart of the show reflects on our real life and how we’re there for each other,” Belvo says. See their chemistry onstage Thursday, Feb 21, through Sunday, Feb 24, at Murray Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

Perfect Arrangement If you miss the glamour, wit and thinly veiled oppression of Mad Men, revisit the mid-20th century via freeFall Theatre’s current production. The tale of Two U.S. State Department employees — who’ve been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. Here’s the hitch: Both Bob and Norma are gay and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, the production features classic sitcom-style laughs that give way to provocative drama. Runs through March 3, Wednesdays through Sundays. Talkbacks after every Friday night performance; freeFall Foreword features resident dramaturg Timothy Saunders giving free talks at 1 p.m., Feb. 24 in the theater’s auditorium. Stars Rob Glauz (Tom in freeFall’s The Glass Menagerie), Meghan Therese Rippey (Marie in freeFall’s Marie Antoinette) and Patrick Ryan Sullivan (El Gallo in freeFall’s The Fantasticks). Read review here.

Gillian Glasco stars as Nya in American Stage’s Pipeline.

Pipeline Called “lyrical and timely” by Playbill, the drama by acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau urgently calls attention to the limitations of our education system and the legacy of violence confronting black youth in America. American Stage’s local premiere features four actors making their American Stage mainstage debut, Gillian Glasco, Andrew Montgomery Coleman, Aaron Morton and Cynthia Beckert plus the return of Kiara Hines (A Raisin in the Sun) and Cranstan Cumberbatch (A Raisin in the Sun, Two Trains Running and Rent). L. Peter Callender directs. Runs through Feb. 24.,

Radio Theatre Project Last Monday of the month. The Studio@620, St. Petersburg.

Ready, Steady, Yeti Go Dan Granke directs A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in partnership with Howard W. Blake High School for the Performing Arts. The new play takes us to the aftermath of a hate crime, Goon befriends Carly Uhlenbeek, the only black girl in school. Things start to go south when bad parental advice, passive-aggressive acts, and ill-formed gestures of kindness create a “White Guilt Perfect Storm” that threatens to drown their relationship. The 2016 Relentless Award Semifinalist can be seen Feb. 8-24 at Stageworks Theatre, Tampa.

Tinderbox Circus Sideshow Promoted as an “all-American classic circus sideshow, combining timeless acts of shock and amazement with a punk rock presentation and a Dirty South attitude,” this uniquely modern experience  is one of the last remaining “ten-in-ones” in the country.  Thursday, Feb. 21, at SHAMc in Safety Harbor. Click here for details.

Literary Events

True Stories: Kindness, feat. Nadine Smith Lisa L. Kirchner’s storytelling event is all about moments where we reveal our better nature, or perhaps should have. Writers/readers are welcome to submit stories that can be read in five minutes or less, have a beginning, middle and end. Or come to listen. You just might be the audience pick that gets to go on a chartered dolphin tour thanks to Dolphin Landings and Cruise. Featured storyteller for the night is Nadine Smith, head of Equality Florida. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. at the Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5 cover (cash or card at the door). RSVP here.

Ben Montgomery

Book Talk: The Man Who Walked Backward Author Ben Montgomery, a Tampa-based scribe and Pulitzer finalist, is known for his nonfiction page-turner Grandma Gatewood’s Walk and last fall released a new book that once again tracks the live of a larger-than-life long-distance walker but this time during the Depression Era. Penniless Plennie Wingo, who decided to the trek by foot around the world — backwards. His journey inspired Woodie Guthrie, John Steinbeck and the New Deal.  In 2010, Montgomery was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. St. Petersburg Main Library on Saturday, March 16. Click here for Ben Montgomery information and updates.

5th Annual SunLit Festival Kickoff Party Celebrate the kickoff of the 5th Annual SunLit Festival on April 11, 7-9 p.m.,  with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while exploring the Chihuly Collection of St. Petersburg. See who receives the 2019 SunLit Award while listening to music by Lounge Cat. The SunLit Festival brings together cultural organizations, writers, artists, and businesses for 18 days of “Litertainment.” It runs April 11-28, 2019. Proceeds will support Keep St. Pete Lit’s literary programming.

Leah Umansky & Sarah Gerard Experience the prose of two superwomen in American contemporary lit at Sarasota’s Bookstore1 on Monday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Umansky’s new book, The Barbarous Century, offers a meditation on love, technology, feminism, pop culture and  more. Selections from it have been published in the New York Times Book ReviewPoetry Magazine and elsewhere. The New York-based author will be visiting students working with Gerard, who’s in residency at USF New College. Clearwater native Gerard has been celebrated in publications nationwide, including  The New York Times, GrantaThe Believer and other publications. The 33-year-old author’s essay collection, Sunshine State  (2017) — centers on the author’s sense of belonging and surroundings growing up in Pinellas County — fetched best-of nods from NPR, among several other outlets and publications. Her first book, Binary Star (2015), also garnered praise. Click here for details.

Lesléa Newman:  Writing from the Heart/ReadOut Newman started her literary career by publishing poems in Seventeen magazine. Some of her best-known titles are: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; A Letter to Harvey Milk; Hachiko Waits; Sparkle Boy and the groundbreaking Heather Has Two Mommies. In this workshop she helps writers break down mental obstacles and move past the blank page. Sun., Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S., Gulfport.  The workshop is one activity in a full weekend during the second annual “ReadOut” held February 15-17. The event series features 20 published authors reading from their work. $25 early bird, $35 after Feb 1) are required for the workshop, which includes a complimentary light breakfast at 9 a.m.  Register at

Second Annual Tampa Bay Publishing Conference Attend seminars and workshops with dozens of authors and book industry professionals from throughout the state (and beyond). Writers will share their personal publishing experiences and what they’ve learned along the way, tackling a wide range of topics such as balancing your writing with a full-time job, self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, query letters, creating engaging first pages, working with editors and agents and more. A kick-off party features readings by participating authors and a Publishing Salon promises indie presses and literary journals from throughout Florida. Feb. 22-24 at the Creative Pinellas campus in Largo. Featured authors include Jeff Strand, Lynne Hansen, Steph Post, Stefani Deoul, Erica Dawson, Sarah Nicolas, Racquel Henry and Lorin Oberweger. Click here to register.


The Miseducation of Cameron Post  The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly free LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, March 14, with the prize-winning film about how life changes for a teenage girl after she is sent to a gay-to-straight conversion camp.  The story follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.  At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs, but the unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. The free film series gathers film and human rights enthusiasts in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. The begins at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.  More info at

Creatives Support & Workshops

LitSpace Writing Classes Keep St. Pete Lit’s LitSpace offers low-cost, professional-quality lessons in writing poetry and fiction, creativity workshops and other literary-inspired classes. The classes give a voice to the community and helps create a vibrant new literary arts scene for St. Pete. $10-15 per class. Next class is Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. (recurring event). The LitSpace Literary Arts Institute is located in the Morean Arts Center, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.,

Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant The Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant is back and the application is now open! You can find the online application as well as guidelines and frequently asked questions by clicking here.

SHAMc Peer Review Group Essayists, fiction writers and poets are invited every fourth Wednesday of the month to the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (706 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor) at 6:30 p.m. until all writers have presented. Bring one project (one poem, one chapter, one essay, one short story) of no more than 2,000 words, double-spaced, 12-point font, and the group will help you make it shine. Please come prepared as there are no copy machines or staplers available at SHAMc. Rules for critique and the way this group functions will be posted on