Friday, June 6, 2014

Do This: The Weekend's Top 10

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click to enlarge BEAUTIFUL CREATURES: Eleanor Grosch's critter-friendly poster art and swag will be on display at a Workspace pop-up shop.
  • BEAUTIFUL CREATURES: Eleanor Grosch's critter-friendly poster art and swag will be on display at a Workspace pop-up shop.

In a browse-y mood? Brocante Vintage Market hosts its monthly market of nifty old things this Friday night. 

Some of the area's best musicians descend on the Dali Museum Friday night for An Evening of Inspired Improvisation, a concert that promises to be as insane as it is inspiring. 

click to enlarge BACK IN THE DAY: High school photo of John Henry Fleming.
  • BACK IN THE DAY: High school photo of John Henry Fleming.
You like-a the spicy food? A hot-hot-hot time is in store for you at the annual Pinellas Pepper Fest. 

CL Contributor Shawn Alff recently conversed with local author John Henry Fleming about his style of combining the mythic with the mundane to create modern American tall tales, which not only provide fertile terrain for humor but challenges readers to reconsider the stories and beliefs that shape our world. (Read Alff’s interview with Fleming at cltampa.com/arts). Hear Fleming delve into his angsty youth this Saturday, when downtown St. Pete's Planet Retro presents Smells like Teen Lit: Teenage Wasteland II, a local writers’ showcase also featuring Gina Vivinetto, yours truly and Jeremy Gloff. 7 p.m., Sat., June 7, 2412 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5 donation requested but not required. Proceeds go to Eckerd Youth Alternatives with book donations benefitting the organization too.
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St. Petersburg Opera takes over the Palladium with a production of Bellini's vocal masterpiece Norma. starring Elizabeth de Trejo as Norma and Jennifer Feinstein as Adalgisa (pictured) with Kirk Dougherty as Pollione.

Peek in on FMoPA's 14th Annual Members' Show, which offers members of FMoPA the opportunity to showcase their photography in the museum and to have their work judged by a panel of experts. 5-7 p.m. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa.

Want more art? Workspace in Seminole Heights features an art show/pop-up show Saturday evening, celebrating the ultra-cool illustrations of rock poster artist Eleanor GroschIn St. Pete, the Warehouse Arts District Arts Walk has venues staying open late with art shows and other happenings. Newest to the fold is the Us Artists Group’s Electric Zoo Studios at 1741 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, The performance venue boasts a patio bar and hopes to a regular event venue on the scene. The venue is certainly off to a good start, hosting a free Brazilian bossa nova show with Rio Bossa.

This weekend only, a new theater company, Tampa Bay Actor's Theatre, will present Sam Shepard's seminal play True West at the Studio@620.
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In its second year and going down as the snazziest event of the season, the Sunset Tiki Party has the perfect concoction for a Sunday summer afternoon: It’s got retro flair, kitschy frivolity, exotic indulgences and a beachy luau atmosphere. The VIP hour kicks off the festivities at 5 p.m. and includes a tasty, drinky “From Classic to Modern Tiki Walk-about,” hosted by Robert Burr, author of Rob’s Rum Guide and founder of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. The main event begins at 6 p.m. and includes more than 17 tiki cocktails, which will be handcrafted by the United States Bartender Guild Tampa Bay Chapter (members pictured right). Bossa Nova bosses O Som Do Jazz and exotica faves Stolen Idols provide the soundtrack. The Sunset Tiki Party is a mod-fabulous time, so dress to impress — and don’t be afraid to be too tacky either. 6-10 p.m. on June 7 at Post Card Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg. $50 general admission, $70 VIP. Purchase tickets at postcardinn.wazala.com.

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