Fall Arts Preview

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall Arts Preview 2014: Visual Art

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

THE FEMALE GAZE: “In the Box, Horizontal” from Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form at FMoPA. - FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
  • THE FEMALE GAZE: “In the Box, Horizontal” from Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form at FMoPA.

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Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form Bernhard, a black-and-white photographer of the mid-20th century who associated with Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, her mentor, saw abstract beauty in the bodies of women. An FMoPA exhibition affirms her legacy—Bernhard died in 2006 in San Francisco at the age of 101 — and highlights a little-known connection to Tampa, where, according to FMoPA interim director Zora Carrier, Bernhard traveled periodically to visit friends. Photographs drawn from FMoPA’s collection and loans introduce viewers to Bernhard’s consummate treatment of the female nude and shadow, light and shape, in works such as “In the Box, Horizontal” (1962). Sept. 6-Nov. 30, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, 813-221-2222, fmopa.org.

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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

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.

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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, tampabayhistorycenter.org.

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Fall Arts Preview 2014: Theater

What to watch for at American Stage, Stageworks, freeFall, USF, Jobsite and the Studio@620.

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

CHOSEN ONES: Justin Levine and David Friedman in The Chosen at American Stage. - CHAD JACOBS
  • CHOSEN ONES: Justin Levine and David Friedman in The Chosen at American Stage.

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The Chosen After its superb rendering of Aaron Posner/Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev, American Stage brings us the Posner adaptation of Potok’s best-known work, about two Jewish boys and their challenging relationships. In the 1940s, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Danny Saunders, son of a Hasidic sect’s leader, becomes friends with Reuven Malter, son of a Zionist writer. Danny’s apparent fate is to become a tzaddik after his father passes, but the young man has a mind of his own and interests that tempt him away from the Hasidic lifestyle. The play was presented in Tampa by Stageworks six years ago, and the novel on which it’s based has become assigned reading in many high schools. Even so, the Posner adaptation offers pleasures and depths that most “commercial” plays don’t dare attempt, and is well worth another look. Sept. 5-28 at American Stage, St. Petersburg, $39-$49 727-823-PLAY.

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Fall Preview 2014: Talking with Tampa Bay's newest arts execs

On filling big shoes, finding audiences, and making art in a tough cultural climate.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:48 AM

  • Todd Bates

We called it a roundtable, but the configuration was more square than round: eight of the area’s newly anointed arts execs, plus A&E Editor Julie Garisto and yours truly, all gathered for a conversation at CL Space on a rainy Thursday night in August.

After pizza was dispersed (also rectangular, from Pizza Fusion) and pictures taken (by CL Creative Director Todd Bates), we began with introductions and an invitation: Name the one thing that’s happening in your season this year that everybody has to see. 

Find their answers, and their bios, here.

Following the introductions, we launched into the delicate subject of The Ones Who Came Before. 

David Warner: You’re having to fill some big shoes. Jennifer Parramore was at the film commission for 22 years, Anna Brennen at Stageworks 30 years. Seth and Meg, both of your Todds [Smith at TMA, Olson at American Stage] not only had been there for quite a while, they, like Anna, built new homes. So you’ve got this big legacy behind you. What’s that like?
Meg Heimstead: Todd — my Todd — has been really generous with his knowledge and his time. When I’ve encountered a roadblock or need some help, he’s a text away.
DW: For all three of you who are interim directors — it was pretty sudden, right?
Seth Pevnick: I was in Omaha helping to take the Poseidon show down. I got a text from Todd on Friday that said, “We need to meet before you come to work on Monday.”
DW: That could be bad, it could be good…
Pevnick: I flew back the next day, and he told me he was leaving. Which didn’t surprise me that much — museum directors tend to move around after they do something big. Then he said, “The board wants you to step in as acting director.” That was a bit of a shock. But that was about six weeks before he left… [To Meg] Like your Todd, my Todd was very generous.

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Fall Arts Preview 2014: The who, what and where of Tampa Bay's new arts leaders

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:46 AM

A bumper crop of new leaders is in place as the Fall 2014 arts season begins. Creative Loafing spoke with them at a roundtable discussion Aug. 14. Here are their vital stats — including their new titles, their predecessors and their choices for must-do's this season. The photos are by Todd Bates.


Tony Armer
Executive Director, St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission
Appointed: June 2014
Succeeded: Jennifer Parramore (22 years as film commissioner)
Ongoing gigs: ED, Sunscreen Film Festival; Adjunct Professor, Art Institute of Tampa and University of Tampa
Film must-do: Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Nov. 3-9


Zora Carrier
Interim Director, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Appointed: June 2014
Succeeded: Jane Simon (1 year as director)
Previous gigs: Founder & ED, Open Concept Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI; Founder & Curator, Perugia Gallery, Slovak Republic; Gallery Art Factory, Prague.
FMoPA must-do: Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form, Sept. 6-Nov. 30

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