Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall Arts Preview 2014: Etcetera

A look at comedy shows, festivals and other arts and entertainment.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 2:00 AM

click to enlarge GARFUNKEL & OATES: Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) will headline a show at the Straz Center on Nov. 21.
  • GARFUNKEL & OATES: Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) will headline a show at the Straz Center on Nov. 21.

Don’t miss ...

Spirited: Prohibition in America Attention, guys and dolls: The touring exhibition at the Tampa Bay History Center, explores a notorious “dry” spell in American history, from with the dawn of the temperance movement through the Roaring ’20s to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment. Spirited will feature more than 100 artifacts, including music and fashion of the 1920s, a moonshine still boiler, a bootlegger’s map, mug shots of notorious gangsters, vintage moonshine jugs, beer steins and bottles, advertising art and political propaganda from the era and interactive displays that will allow visitors to explore both sides of the “wet” and “dry” issue. Sept. 1-Oct. 20, $10.95, $12.95, Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa,

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Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
The creator of the beloved Public Radio International show will talk about his broadcast from WBEZ in Chicago, how he mixes stories and matches up stories with pre-taped quotes and music, re-creating the sound of the show as the audience watches. Fans can also expect humorous and memorable past favorites and background info about their creation. Find out about those special touches that make Glass’ show an institution — the music, the quirky humor and the show’s uncanny relatability factor. Tickets start at $23 and go on sale today at noon. A $128 exclusive ticket includes premium seating and an invitation to WUSF’s pre performance private reception with wonderful food, great drink and an opportunity to meet Glass. Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.

Garfunkel and Oates
They’re the American female cutie-pie answer to The Flight of the Conchords and named one of the Top 10 comics acts to watch by Variety. Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) own their nerdy underdog greatness by naming themselves after “two famous rock-and-roll second bananas.” The gals met at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles in 2007 and regularly tour across the country. Their two albums, Slippery When Moist and All Over Your Face, hit No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Their new comedy series debuted this month on IFC. Fri., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. at the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall, Tampa. $29.50.

Also on the radar ...

Gecko Fest Gulfport’s reptilian Mardi Gras-style fête lets the good times roll with a day- and evening-long party with a parade — this year boasting a Roaring 20s theme — plus street performers, vendors, games and more. Live music can be enjoyed from two stages. Sat., Aug. 30, free, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Beach Boulevard, Gulfport.

Love Luau with the Love Doctors Charles Doan and David 
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Waterman, aka the Love Doctors, hosted a successful Tears for Beers Valentine’s Day open mic for the lovelorn. The docs are back to administer more therapeutic fun to those who hooked up and split up after V-Day, or never hooked up at all. Sat., Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. New World Brewery, Ybor City.

Dr. Jane Goodall She taught us about chimpanzee behavior through her landmark study, and has persevered as a leader of environmental conservation, will speak at the University of South Florida. 7 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 9, at the USF Sun Dome. $27.60-$89.10.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short in A Stupid Conversation
One last name is the other’s first name, they’re both comedy legends and two-thirds of The Three Amigos. Martin and Short’s show should offer a more intimate than usual show than we’re accustomed to from the two funny men, with singing, banter and banjo playing in an interview-style format. Sun., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, St. Pete. $89-$165.

The Bricks & SPoT Ybor 4-Year Anniversary Party Florida indie-band-made-good Surfer Blood headlines a big celebratory block party, presented by Vans. The skatepark and its restaurant-bar will close off 14th Street for the event. Free but a donation of $10 per person to benefit Suzanne Ciani Brain Cancer Foundation. SB goes on at 4 p.m., and other activities include the Four Sight art show and renegade launch ramp contest. Giveaways and more. Sept. 14; check for updates.

CL’s Best of the Bay Awards Show Find out who won this year’s awards and enjoy food from area restaurants, celebrity guests and plenty of other surprises at St. Pete’s beautiful Coliseum. Wed., Sept. 17, 6-10 p.m., 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Advance tickets $20; $75 VIP.
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Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty, Sexy, Funny The View co-host leads an ensemble of female comedians in a variety/sketch show about being a sexual woman in society today. Co-stars Justine Marino, Tammy Pescatelli, Lynne Koplitz, Paul Bel and Tiffany Haddish. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, $62.75-$103.75.

Nick Swardson Taste It Tour The comedian, actor and writer/producer “is deceptively smart,” says CL comedy beat contributor Michael Murillo. “It seems really simple until you think about the steps he took to get you from A to B in a premise. Then you realize he’s good at telling stories, whether it’s on a stage or in a script.” Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center. $39.75.

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Kevin James The amiable everyman and star of The King of Queens and Grown Ups headlines Ruth Eckerd Hall. Sat., Oct. 4, 8 p.m. $46.50-$75.

Ybor Cigar Heritage Party Celebrate Tampa’s symbolic stogie in style at the Ybor City Museum Garden. Fri., Oct. 17, VIP party at 6:30 p.m.; general admission at 7:30 p.m. 1818 E. Ninth Ave., Tampa, $45-$85.

Five by Five The annual exhibition and benefit for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County displays 5-inch-by-5-inch works signed by the artist on the back, displayed anonymously and sold for $25. Local performers entertain too. Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Tampa Museum of Art, $10.

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Localicious Keep St. Petersburg Local presents its first “Eat LOCAL/Drink LOCAL” week to salute local commerce. Events include a community potluck kickoff , the Local Meltdown grilled cheese/mac-n-cheese/anything cheesy competition and more. Oct. 12-19. Visit for updates.

Stride for Strays All proceeds from the annual run/walk-a-thon will go to the rebuilding of ACT’s clinic, burnt down by an arsonist on April 19. Sun., Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.

Michael Francis leads the Florida Orchestra TFO's newly crowned music director doesn't officially begin his reign till 2015-16, but as Music Director Designate he will conduct two Masterworks programs this season, the first of which features Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer as the soloist in Barber’s Violin Concerto. Fri., Oct. 24, Straz; Sat., Oct. 25, Mahaffey; Sun., Oct. 26, Ruth Eckerd.

Bill Maher The host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher performs his first stand-up gig in Tampa Bay since the RNC. Sat., Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $50.75-$89.75.

Chris D’Elia The scruffy-cute comic can be seen starring on the NBC series Undateable and co-starred in Whitney opposite comedian Whitney Cummings. Sat., Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., at the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall, $27.50 and $35.

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Lisa Lampanelli Comedy’s Queen of Mean is looking leaner. But is she meaner? Sat., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $36.75.

Ron White Mr. Tater Salad headlines the same night as the Queen of Mean. Smack-talkin’ comedy fans will have to choose between two favorites. White’s show has a bonus after party starring jazz vocalist wife Margo Rey. Sat., Nov. 8, 7 p.m., the Straz Center, Tampa. Ticket prices TBD.

CL’s Crafts and Drafts Local artisans, local food vendors, local and national craft beer, a kiddie craft zone — and shuffleboard. Sat., Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.

Florida Bookstore Day Taking its inspiration from Record Store Day, the event (funded by a grant from Awesome Tampa Bay) will celebrate and promote indie bookstores and used book shops throughout Florida while bringing together the literary community in each city. It’s set for Saturday, Nov. 15.

Wanda Sykes
That voice. Love it or hate it, but you can’t deny her razor-sharp wit. Sun., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota. $45-$70.

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes Affable and low-key, Birbiglia made a critically acclaimed film about his sleepwalking woes and returns to the Bay area with a whole new routine. Fri., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m., The Mahaffey, St. Pete, $37.50-$57.50.

So You Think You Can Dance? The 11-time Prime-time Emmy Award-winning show’s Top 10 finalists perform popular routines and original pieces created specifically for their nationwide tour. Tues., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

Tampa Riverfront CX The annual race invades Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, adjacent to downtown Tampa and the University of Tampa, with a course that winds through an architectural landmark of 1970s civic park and adventure playground design that may be renovated beyond recognition. Dec. 14,

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