See paintings, sculptures, ceramics, handmade jewelry while enjoying music, dance, drama and comedy. Admission is free. 3 Monkeys Gallery is in the lavender building a half-block from Cleveland in downtown Clearwater. For more info, e-mail email@example.com.
Geoff Abraham & The Stone City unveils third full-length Bleed the People this Sunday at the Skipperdome, their power trio blues rock lightly reminiscent of ZZ Top, with Abraham’s ragged vocals delivering lyrics like “She’s got everything, ‘cept my rock n’ roll” and “Nobody sees it coming, WOOOOAHHWWWW, you got me with a sucker punch (yeah, I didn’t see it coming)” over the hard-grinding instrumentals. Also performing: Model 7, Four Star Riot, The Tattered Saints. $5
When two badass motherfuckers put their heads together, the results are bound to be next-level quality, especially when it’s a true exchange of ideas, where neither badass is lost in the mix but rather, complemented and even augmented by the other. Such was the case when Wu-Tang Clan’s most consistently solid member, Ghostface Killah, teamed up with San Francisco producer/multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge for this year’s Twelve Reasons to Die. Ghostface’s 10th album is a conceptual work based on a comic book of the same name about love, murder and the ghost who returns for revenge. Younge produced and composed all the music, its sound inspired by "36 Chambers-era RZA, Portishead and Ennio Morricone," and drawing on his familiar sonic palette of vintage psychedelic soul, spaghetti Western drama (high rising arias and the like), and hip hop-funky beats. Younge’s live band, Venice Dawn, helped bring his aural vision to life in the studio while Ghostface wrote all the rhymes and continued his tradition of swift yet studied flows and nasty-smart observations (“Revenge is sweet that’s why I take my time with it, like good pussy I just stay when I’m up in”) with guest support and production by several Wu members. This is show is the only Florida date on the “12 Reasons to Die Tour” featuring Younge, Ghostface and Venice Dawn. $21-$25
Gospel accounts of the last week of Jesus' life set to the tune of Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock and roll music will be presented at the Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Center by Spanish Lyric Theatre for two performances. Feel the Holy Spirit through the power of Jesus-themed presentation by one of Tampa's oldest theater groups. —Kelsey Sunderland General admission is $30.
Following the throwdown at Orpheum featuring Adrian Younge and Ghostface Killah, Ol’ Dirty Sundays presents the official after party with Bronx decks master Diamond D., who kicked off his calling spinning for Jazzy Jay in the late ’80s and is counted among the Diggin’ in the Crates crew (Fat Joe and the late Big L were also members). His skills in production and turtablism have been called on by numerous big names in hip hop – The Fugees, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, the Pharcyde and KRS-One among others – and he’s also delivered several full-length solo LPs, though likely he’ll delve deep into his vinyl library for this Sunday set. Who knows? Maybe Ghostface will jump in and spit some rhymes over Diamond D’s mixes. Free
Long before the irony of having a library dedicated in his honor, former President George W. Bush raised the ire of many Americans who took to the streets in protest. For pop/punk icons Green Day, the “streets” they took to came in the form of their career-defining multi-platinum album, American Idiot. The rock-opera was a perfect fit for the Great White Way, and soon enough, Billie Joe and the boys brought St. Jimmy and the Jesus of Suburbia to the stage. After selling out and smashing records, American Idiot: The Musical hit the road, premiering the Broadway touring production in Tampa Bay this weekend. Telling the tale of three disaffected life-long friends wrestling with the idea of chasing their dreams, Idiot is a coming of age tale with high risks. For these young men, the choices they make could be the difference between life and death, in dreams and the safety of suburbia. Capitalizing on songs and B-sides from the Grammy-winning album, and a few from their follow up, 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day fans will be pumping their fists in their seats, and the uninitiated will be baptized accordingly. $20-$79
The indoctrination of our youth has never been quite as charming as when perpetrated by the fine folks at The Walt Disney Company. As children we were sold the idea that if we lived in the ocean, we could grow up and take our thingamabobs and live like real people on dry land. We were also hoodwinked into believing that gangly beasts could host dinner parties where the food was both delicious and entertaining. And these days, little girls, princesses in Disney parlance, are lead to understand that they should never, ever cut their hair. The house of Mouse is at it again, but now they are telling kids they can do all of the above, on ice. Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After brings together popular Disney superstars from films of yesterday (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and today (Tangled, Brave) in a loosely tied together, ice skating extravaganza. Young Disney marks will howl in delight when their favorite characters hit the ice, and their parental benefactors will enjoy the dizzying spins and daring jumps pulled off by highly trained, professional figure skaters. In the end, the Mouse will get his money and everyone in attendance will put their dreams on ice. , Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. (Brian Frederick) $16-$75
Not much more can be said about the iconic former Beatle that hasn’t already been repeated, nor does Paul McCartney need me to wax poetic, anyway; he already sold out Saturday night’s show in Orlando and I imagine the second added Sunday date on his “Out There” world tour is nearing its capacity, too. Get off the fence, or you just might have to get ugly on StubHub.
The first annual festival celebrates the rich heritage and traditions of the island nation that have been nurtured and kept alive by Cuban Americans living in the Tampa Bay area. Cuban artists, musicians and performers will provide entertainment alongside mouth-watering cuisine. $10
Ages 4 - 19 5/18 - 1 to 5 pm 5/19 - 5 to 9 pm Production Dates: August 2 - 18, 2013 More information at http://www.masquetheatre.net/auditions.aspx. If cast, $100 fee. Additional cast members in the same family will pay a discounted production fee of: second cast member $75, third cast member $50, fourth+ cast member, $25 each.
Program fee: $8 • MOSI member: $6 Celebrate Scratch Day at MOSI for this international event! Create interactive stories, games, music and art, then share them online using Scratch. Learn more about this exciting programming language developed at the MIT Media Lab. Preregistration required. Ages 8-14 Program Fee: $8 MOSI Member: $6
Ferguson Hall This critically acclaimed Cinderella ballet is something the whole family can enjoy. With humorously wicked step-sisters, a handsome Prince, magical step mother and the rags to riches story you will be transported to another place and time through amazing dancing. The two-hour story ballet is told in two acts and will feature the award winning dancers of NGB. “Cinderella … is a charming, contagiously happy ballet. It's buoyed by the wit and economy of choreographer Peter Stark's interpretation, yet given artistic heft by the dramatic Serge Prokofiev score and seriously good dancing.” - Diane Hubbard Burns, Orlando Sentinel. Regularly priced tickets start at $15.
Heart & Soul Cinema: Sunday, May 19, 1:30pm. Join us for a screening of this 1996 comedy, which features a neurotic, divorced sci-fi writer who moves back in with his mom to evaluate his personal problems. Starring Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds and Paul Collins. There will be an introduction and light refreshments served prior to the movie. The MPAA rating for this film is PG-13. Call 727-724-1525 x 4112 for movie title and more information.