Fall Arts Preview: ETC 

Belafonte, Cirque and another important anniversary…

Don’t miss…

Anderson Cooper Piercingly handsome, the articulate and empathetic CNN anchor brings tears of futility to every straight woman who loves him. The son of the late fashion designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper made a name on his own before joining CNN in December 2001, and now has his own show, Anderson Cooper 360° , weeknights at 10. He’s covered the South Asia tsunami, war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, winning journalism awards and Emmys along the way. In addition to reporting for CNN, he also provides reports for CBS’ 60 Minutes. Sat., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall of the Straz Center, Tampa, $39.50-$175, 813-229-STAR (7827), strazcenter.org.

A Celebration of Harry Belafonte: A Harlem Renaissance Event Me say kick-ass! This multi-faceted and history-making night celebrates living legend and internationally renowned human rights crusader Harry Belafonte in dance, music and song, with video montages, onstage interviews by Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft and TV/media critic Eric Deggans, and a book signing for his memoir My Song. The Dunda Dole Urban African Ballet will perform a welcome dance, and jazz artist Nate Najar serves as musical director. Other performers include Buster Cooper, John Lamb, Sharon Scott, and Bob Devin Jones, founder and artistic director of The Studio@620, whose year-long celebration of the Harlem Renaissance launches with this event. Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg; $35-$100; 727-893-7832, TheMahaffey.com.

Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza This fall’s big event from French-Canadian troupe of wonders has been touted as a return to form, combining two circus traditions: acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, presented in those white tents at Tropicana Field. Also, you may not know this, but the wardrobe manager — the guy who makes sure Cirque’s crazy getups sport the requisite flair — is a graduate of the Pinellas County Center of the Arts at Gibbs High School. Run begins Nov. 8, Tropicana Field, downtown St. Petersburg, $43.50-$143.50. Dates and times to be announced; cirquedusoleil.com.

Also on the radar…

Moving Current’s 15th Anniversary Celebrate 15 years of dance with work by artistic directors Shelley Bourgeois, Erin Cardinal and Cynthia Hennessy and pieces by guest choreographers. USF Theatre 2, Tampa, www.arts.usf.edu, movingcurrent.com.

The Price Is Right Come on down for a local version of America’s most famous consumer-driven game show with host Todd Newton. Contestants can win $25,000 in cash and prizes. Fri., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, rutheckerdhall.com.

Coffee: The World in Your Cup Wake up to this visiting exhibit by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. Oct. 6–Jan. 6 at the Tampa Bay History Center, tampabayhistorycenter.org, 813-228-0097.

Paula Poundstone Wait, wait … it’s that comedienne we hear on NPR, who’s loved for her non-celeb-ish, intelligent sass with nary a whiff of elitism. Oct. 6, 8:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall, the Straz, strazcenter.org, 813-229-STAR (7827).

KiteOberFest on Treasure Island Beach Go fly a kite to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Or just go to watch the giant kites. Oct. 20-21, Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, kiting@tampabay.rr.com.

Louis C.K. The much-admired no-nonsense creator and star of FX Network’s critically acclaimed series Louie. Thurs., Nov. 29, 7:30 and 10 p.m., Straz Center.


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