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“Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes” Book Signing & Reading

02-22-2017

Presented by Life Enrichment Center at Life Enrichment Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm
Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes, Book XVII marks the return of the Life Enrichment Center’s anthology by 23 of its creative writers and artists. A collection of prose and poetry, Creative Fire presents an assortment of readings to inspire and entertain. Additionally, several LEC artists contributed to this year’s anthology with artwork that compliments the stories. Please join us for a fun afternoon where you can meet the authors and artists, enjoy refreshments, listen to selected... [more+]
Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes, Book XVII marks the return of the Life Enrichment Center’s anthology by 23 of its creative writers and artists. A collection of prose and poetry, Creative Fire presents an assortment of readings to inspire and entertain. Additionally, several LEC artists contributed to this year’s anthology with artwork that compliments the stories. Please join us for a fun afternoon where you can meet the authors and artists, enjoy refreshments, listen to selected readings, and purchase a copy of Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes ($10). Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LECTampa [less-]
Tags:   FreePoetry & Literature

Art Thursday: Fly By Night with Creative Time’s Jean Cooney

02-23-2017

Presented by USF Contemporary Art Museum at USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Learn more about Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty produced by Creative Time, a NY-based public art agency that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Creative Time’s Director of Public Projects Jean Cooney will share insights to the unique challenges presented from her experiences with temporary projects in public space.
Learn more about Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty produced by Creative Time, a NY-based public art agency that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Creative Time’s Director of Public Projects Jean Cooney will share insights to the unique challenges presented from her experiences with temporary projects in public space. [less-]
Tags:   TalksArt

Happy Hour Concert - American Spirit(s)

02-23-2017

Presented by Florida Orchestra at Straz Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm
Don’t just sit there on the Howard Frankland Bridge after work. Let the music move you instead at happy hour with The Florida Orchestra. Start with free select drinks and snacks before an hour-long concert. Then linger in the lobby afterward to sip and say hi to your favorite TFO musicians. All for $35, general admission seating. Doors and bars open at 5:30 pm. One hour concert without intermission starts at 6:30 pm. American Spirit(s) is music made in the USA, including a Duke Ellington... [more+]
Don’t just sit there on the Howard Frankland Bridge after work. Let the music move you instead at happy hour with The Florida Orchestra. Start with free select drinks and snacks before an hour-long concert. Then linger in the lobby afterward to sip and say hi to your favorite TFO musicians. All for $35, general admission seating. Doors and bars open at 5:30 pm. One hour concert without intermission starts at 6:30 pm. American Spirit(s) is music made in the USA, including a Duke Ellington Portrait, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and a real treat: Jeff Tyzik conducting his own work, New York Cityscape.   The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Concert series include Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.   [less-]
Tags:   Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

8X10 Annual Fundraiser Show

02-24-2017

Presented by Gallery 501 at Gallery 501 at Blake High School of the Arts, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm
Gallery 501 is pleased to present its annual fundraiser with artwork donated by the faculty and students at the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. All proceeds of the event benefit the visual arts program. This sale is for one night only; first-come, first-serve! Friday, February 24th Preview from 3:30 - 4:00 PM Sale from 4:00 - 6:30 PM Purchase available artworks for $5 (cash only)! Thank you for your continued support of Gallery 501 and the visual arts program at the Howard W. Blake... [more+]
Gallery 501 is pleased to present its annual fundraiser with artwork donated by the faculty and students at the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. All proceeds of the event benefit the visual arts program. This sale is for one night only; first-come, first-serve! Friday, February 24th Preview from 3:30 - 4:00 PM Sale from 4:00 - 6:30 PM Purchase available artworks for $5 (cash only)! Thank you for your continued support of Gallery 501 and the visual arts program at the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts.   [less-]
Tags:   GalleriesArt

USF Choirs: Black Composers Concert

02-24-2017

Presented by USF College of the Arts at USF School of Music Concert Hall, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
In recognition of Black History Month, the USF Choral Program is proud to present the first annual Black Composers Concert. The goal of this concert is to showcase the wide array of contributions made by Black composers to the choral arts. Composers featured will include, Moses Hogan, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, Victor C. Johnson, William Dawson, Jeffrey Ames and more. Please join us for this celebration of diversity in music.
In recognition of Black History Month, the USF Choral Program is proud to present the first annual Black Composers Concert. The goal of this concert is to showcase the wide array of contributions made by Black composers to the choral arts. Composers featured will include, Moses Hogan, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, Victor C. Johnson, William Dawson, Jeffrey Ames and more. Please join us for this celebration of diversity in music. [less-]
Tags:  Music

National Contemporary Exhibition Artist Reception

02-24-2017

Presented by Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association at Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, Brandon
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
Prizes awarded at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Prizes awarded at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. [less-]
Tags:   Special EventsArt

Anne Bowen: Our Environment

02-24-2017

Presented by Carrollwood Cultural Center at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 9:00 am Thu, Feb 23 @ 9:00 am Fri, Feb 24 @ 9:00 am
This art exhibit celebrates the beauty of nature in paper wall sculptures. Reception Friday January 6 from 5:00-8:00 PM.
This art exhibit celebrates the beauty of nature in paper wall sculptures. Reception Friday January 6 from 5:00-8:00 PM. [less-]
Tags:   GalleriesArt

Mardi Gras in New Orleans - The Florida Orchestra

02-24-2017

Presented by Florida Orchestra at Straz Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Famed trumpeter Byron Stripling leads this parade of hot New Orleans jazz. The good times roll with music from Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong.   The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Concert series include Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.  
Famed trumpeter Byron Stripling leads this parade of hot New Orleans jazz. The good times roll with music from Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong.   The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Concert series include Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.   [less-]
Tags:   Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

Lecture Robert MacKay: Cirkut Camera Photography

02-24-2017

Presented by Florida Museum of Photographic Arts at Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
Collector Robert MacKay will give a presentation regarding his book 'America by the Yard', which features many of the works that appear in the exhibition By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA). This special guest speaker presentation will delve into the history of the Cirkut camera as well as remark upon the way this device allowed photographers to capture and view America. The exhibition will feature panoramic images created by the unique... [more+]
Collector Robert MacKay will give a presentation regarding his book 'America by the Yard', which features many of the works that appear in the exhibition By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA). This special guest speaker presentation will delve into the history of the Cirkut camera as well as remark upon the way this device allowed photographers to capture and view America. The exhibition will feature panoramic images created by the unique Cirkut camera in the early 20thcentury. Many images were generously donated to the FMoPA permanent collection by collector Robert MacKay, PhD. The exhibition also features work from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System as well as images on loan from the Drapkin Collection. This wide range of resources, united by the unique Cirkut camera, will feature images from daily American community life, industry, wartime, and fantastic views. [less-]
Tags:   TalksArt

Jack and the Magic Beanstalk

02-25-2017

Presented by Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre at PuppetWorld Playhouse, Dover
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 10:30 am Sat, Feb 25 @ 11:00 am
Fee. Fie. Foe. Fun! Blunderbust the Giant is loose in Cloudland. Jack climbs a magic beanstalk to find is father's fortune. He hopes he'll save the farm and the save the day! After the show make a puppet to take home. There's lots to see and do at PuppetWorld Playhouse.
Fee. Fie. Foe. Fun! Blunderbust the Giant is loose in Cloudland. Jack climbs a magic beanstalk to find is father's fortune. He hopes he'll save the farm and the save the day! After the show make a puppet to take home. There's lots to see and do at PuppetWorld Playhouse. [less-]
Tags:   Professional Company StageKids & Family

Peter Stilton: The Sea and I

02-25-2017

Presented by Carrollwood Cultural Center at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 9:00 am Thu, Feb 23 @ 9:00 am Fri, Feb 24 @ 9:00 am + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 25 @ 9:00 am - less dates and times

In this solo exhibition at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, artist Peter Stilton presents a group of paintings hinting at his deep relationship with the sea. Free lecture at Carrollwood Cultural Center about exhibit on Friday Feb. 24 between 6-7 P.M. Reception Friday Jan. 6,  5 - 8 P.M. Upstairs Corridor Gallery, elevator access. All are welcome. Exhibit sponsored in part by an individual artist's grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, FL.
In this solo exhibition at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, artist Peter Stilton presents a group of paintings hinting at his deep relationship with the sea. Free lecture at Carrollwood Cultural Center about exhibit on Friday Feb. 24 between 6-7 P.M. Reception Friday Jan. 6,  5 - 8 P.M. Upstairs Corridor Gallery, elevator access. All are welcome. Exhibit sponsored in part by an individual artist's grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, FL. [less-]
Tags:   GalleriesArt

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble

02-26-2017

Presented by UT Public Info at David Falk Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the Wind Ensemble and Jazz ensemble concert!  
Come enjoy the Wind Ensemble and Jazz ensemble concert!   [less-]
Tags:   Free Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

Somebody/Nobody by Jane Martin

02-26-2017

Presented by Powerstories Theatre of Tampa Bay Inc. at Powerstories Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and “B-movie” star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the ‘E! Channel’. But now she can’t stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it’s a wild ride on the road to fame. Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody... [more+]
So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and “B-movie” star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the ‘E! Channel’. But now she can’t stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it’s a wild ride on the road to fame. Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody desperate to be a somebody. In this hilarious comedy about Hollywood, fame, and the TMZ, renowned playwright Jane Martin takes dead aim at our culture of celebrity. [less-]
Tags:  Stage

Pablo Sainz Villegas Spanish Guitarist

02-26-2017

Presented by Firehouse Cultural Center at Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
Pablo Sainz Villegas plays his Spanish Guitar, talks about its history, and his career. Followed by Q & A. Heralded as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Villegas shocked Spanish audiences with his grasp of the instrument when he took home the Andrés Segovia Award at a mere 15 years old. A people’s guitarist, Villegas dedicated the next two decades of his career to the social power of music, through the beauty and mystery of Spanish guitar music The Firehouse Cultural Center presents... [more+]
Pablo Sainz Villegas plays his Spanish Guitar, talks about its history, and his career. Followed by Q & A. Heralded as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Villegas shocked Spanish audiences with his grasp of the instrument when he took home the Andrés Segovia Award at a mere 15 years old. A people’s guitarist, Villegas dedicated the next two decades of his career to the social power of music, through the beauty and mystery of Spanish guitar music The Firehouse Cultural Center presents this FREE musical event for all ages in partnership with the Patel Conservatory & Straz Center,  [less-]
Tags:  Music

USF Wind Ensemble: Music of the Soul

02-26-2017

Presented by USF College of the Arts at USF School of Music Concert Hall, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
The USF Wind Ensemble will be performing a concert entitled Music of the Soul, a program which  features several selections that invoke introspection due to the condition that stimulated their composition. Rarely heard, The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart by Percy Grainger will be performed on this concert. The Wind Ensemble will also be playing an award-winning selection written by Toshio Mashima. It is La dance du phenix, which was inspired by Kyoto, one of Japan’s most beautiful... [more+]
The USF Wind Ensemble will be performing a concert entitled Music of the Soul, a program which  features several selections that invoke introspection due to the condition that stimulated their composition. Rarely heard, The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart by Percy Grainger will be performed on this concert. The Wind Ensemble will also be playing an award-winning selection written by Toshio Mashima. It is La dance du phenix, which was inspired by Kyoto, one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. It will be a diverse concert that should give you opportunities to be both inspired and introspective. You are sure to be entertained. [less-]
Tags:  Music

Hollywood Awards Night

02-26-2017

Presented by Tampa Theatre at Tampa Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm

Join Tampa Theatre  as we celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 89th annual Academy Awards on the big screen!

Now in its 18th year at Tampa Theatre, the Hollywood Awards Night Red Carpet Reception begins at 7:00pm on Franklin Street under the historic marquee. After a limo ride around the block courtesy of long-time event sponsor Skyline Limousines, our superstar guests will walk the red carpet past... [more+]

Join Tampa Theatre  as we celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 89th annual Academy Awards on the big screen!

Now in its 18th year at Tampa Theatre, the Hollywood Awards Night Red Carpet Reception begins at 7:00pm on Franklin Street under the historic marquee. After a limo ride around the block courtesy of long-time event sponsor Skyline Limousines, our superstar guests will walk the red carpet past adoring fans and paparazzi, rub shoulders with costumed characters representing Hollywood’s biggest bigwigs, pose for a picture with a living award “statue,” and chat with “Roan Jivers” about who they’re wearing. (Guests are encouraged to show off their star status with a movie-themed costume, or let the glamour of Hollywood inspire an outfit!) Inside, there will be games, prizes, free popcorn and soda, hair and makeup touch-ups with stylists from Paul Mitchell the School, the OSCAR® Red Carpet Live pre-show on the big screen, and a cash bar. ABC’s live coverage of the Academy Awards begins at 8:30 p.m., and guests who stay until the Best Picture is announced at the end of the telecast will enjoy doughnuts and coffee in the lobby. NEW THIS YEAR! How do you upgrade an already VIP experience? With backstage access, of course! New in 2017, a limited number of “Backstage Pass” tickets will be available, which include exclusive access to the Tampa Theatre Green Room and a spread of complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, and signature cocktails until 11:00pm. This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tampa Theatre would like to thank our Hollywood Awards Night sponsors, including Skyline Limousine, Paul Mitchell the School, Roberts Imagery, The Wilson Company, the City of Tampa, Pat Fenda and Strictly Entertainment, Inc., Odd-o-T’s Entertainment, and Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC for their generosity. Media support is provided by WFTS-ABC Action News, the Tampa Bay Times, tbt* and Tampa Bay METRO magazine. [less-]
Tags:   Special EventsFilm

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

02-26-2017

Presented by Henry B. Plant Museum at Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 10:00 am Thu, Feb 23 @ 10:00 am Fri, Feb 24 @ 10:00 am + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 25 @ 10:00 am Sun, Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The Gasparilla invasion takes over the Henry B. Plant Museum! Join us for an exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. The new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.  Learn more about the early Gasparilla parades and enjoy vintage photographs from 1904 to the present.  Also featured this year is a newly conserved 1926... [more+]
The Gasparilla invasion takes over the Henry B. Plant Museum! Join us for an exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. The new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.  Learn more about the early Gasparilla parades and enjoy vintage photographs from 1904 to the present.  Also featured this year is a newly conserved 1926 Gasparilla Queen’s gown created by famed African American fashion designer Ann Cone Lowe, and worn by Katherine Broderus. Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition will run from January 13th to February 26th, 2017 and is underwritten by Lauren C. Stallings and C. Norman Stallings, Jr. and the Henry B. Plant Museum Society. In addition to early memorabilia and original gowns worn by former Gasparilla royalty, visitors can enjoy film coverage on the celebration.  "Memories of Gasparilla Festivals" includes scenes from the 1920s and reveals pirate capers and images of early parades.  This film is from the private collection of the Howell family. It is narrated by John Boushall, III; H.L. Culbreath, Jr.; L.G. "Ted" Delavergne, Jr.; Jerry E. Fogarty; George B. Howell, III; Fred R. Martin, III; Mary Alsbrook Smith and Frances Thomas Toole.  Film footage from Joseph V. Reineman describing the life of a pirate on Invasion Day will also be shown continuously. Over the years, the original Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has been joined by dozens of new krewes (social clubs), all of which contribute to the general merriment and community pride of the occasion. [less-]
Tags:   Art MuseumsHistory & Heritage

The Laramie Project Staged Reading

02-26-2017

Presented by Carrollwood Players, Inc. at Carrollwood Players Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm
Written by Moisés Kaufman, The Laramie Project is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of openly gay teenager Matthew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, an incident that sparked national debate back in 1998. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming. Divided into three acts, the play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town,... [more+]
Written by Moisés Kaufman, The Laramie Project is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of openly gay teenager Matthew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, an incident that sparked national debate back in 1998. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming. Divided into three acts, the play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. In CWP Black Box Directed and Produced by Jim Russell CAST: Elias Enriquez Leo Salerno Sam Burke Deb Kelley Tana Gundry Beth Behner Cinda Goeken David Fraga Dale Noss Monique J. Brown [less-]
Tags:   DramaStage

Live Music: Nate Najar Trio

02-26-2017

Presented by Independent Bar and Cafe at Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm
Blues and jazz. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najar's expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel, and sizzling Brazilian beats. About the Independent The atmosphere at the Indie is comfortable and ambient. There are no TV screens to distract from conversation. People can enjoy the outdoor Biergarten year-round, or sit inside at our custom made cedar wood bar. The... [more+]
Blues and jazz. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najar's expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel, and sizzling Brazilian beats. About the Independent The atmosphere at the Indie is comfortable and ambient. There are no TV screens to distract from conversation. People can enjoy the outdoor Biergarten year-round, or sit inside at our custom made cedar wood bar. The Independent also hosts free weekly live music shows featuring talented local and touring musicians. Our website's Event Calendar provides an up-to-date list of the upcoming beer, music and community events.   [less-]
Tags:   Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

The Aliens by Annie Baker

02-26-2017

Presented by Stageworks, Inc. at Stageworks Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

Two lost and disillusioned young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death. “Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful…inordinately delicate…Ms. Baker may just have the subtlest way with exposition of anyone writing for the theater today…there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way her writing... [more+]
Two lost and disillusioned young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death. “Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful…inordinately delicate…Ms. Baker may just have the subtlest way with exposition of anyone writing for the theater today…there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way her writing accrues weight and meaning simply through compassionate, truthful observation.” —NY Times “[Baker] again employs nakedly humanist sympathies and carefully cloaked formal rigor, this time to illustrate the twin solaces of friendship and art…Without losing her keen ear for the humor in modern language, Baker turns to classicism—the Aristotelian unities are here, but so are the symbolically loaded entrances and the final act messenger speech. With such Grecian clarity in its bones, THE ALIENS can afford incredible layers of detail without ever seeming muddled.” —Time Out NY “The talented young playwright Annie Baker sets her new play behind a Vermont café, in a break area dotted with dead plants and milk crates that’s accessible only by hopping a fence…Baker’s gift is for humor and empathy—we’d roll our eyes at KJ and Jasper in real life, but she shows us their absurdity and makes us love them.” —The New Yorker [less-]
Tags:   DramaStage

“Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes” Book Signing & Reading

02-22-2017

Presented by Life Enrichment Center at Life Enrichment Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm
Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes, Book XVII marks the return of the Life Enrichment Center’s anthology by 23 of its creative writers and artists. A collection of prose and poetry, Creative Fire presents an assortment of readings to inspire and entertain. Additionally, several LEC artists contributed to this year’s anthology with artwork that compliments the stories. Please join us for a fun afternoon where you can meet the authors and artists, enjoy refreshments, listen to selected... [more+]
Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes, Book XVII marks the return of the Life Enrichment Center’s anthology by 23 of its creative writers and artists. A collection of prose and poetry, Creative Fire presents an assortment of readings to inspire and entertain. Additionally, several LEC artists contributed to this year’s anthology with artwork that compliments the stories. Please join us for a fun afternoon where you can meet the authors and artists, enjoy refreshments, listen to selected readings, and purchase a copy of Creative Fire: Embers and Ashes ($10). Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LECTampa [less-]
Tags:   FreePoetry & Literature

Art Thursday: Fly By Night with Creative Time’s Jean Cooney

02-23-2017

Presented by USF Contemporary Art Museum at USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Learn more about Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty produced by Creative Time, a NY-based public art agency that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Creative Time’s Director of Public Projects Jean Cooney will share insights to the unique challenges presented from her experiences with temporary projects in public space.
Learn more about Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty produced by Creative Time, a NY-based public art agency that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Creative Time’s Director of Public Projects Jean Cooney will share insights to the unique challenges presented from her experiences with temporary projects in public space. [less-]
Tags:   TalksArt

Happy Hour Concert - American Spirit(s)

02-23-2017

Presented by Florida Orchestra at Straz Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm
Don’t just sit there on the Howard Frankland Bridge after work. Let the music move you instead at happy hour with The Florida Orchestra. Start with free select drinks and snacks before an hour-long concert. Then linger in the lobby afterward to sip and say hi to your favorite TFO musicians. All for $35, general admission seating. Doors and bars open at 5:30 pm. One hour concert without intermission starts at 6:30 pm. American Spirit(s) is music made in the USA, including a Duke Ellington... [more+]
Don’t just sit there on the Howard Frankland Bridge after work. Let the music move you instead at happy hour with The Florida Orchestra. Start with free select drinks and snacks before an hour-long concert. Then linger in the lobby afterward to sip and say hi to your favorite TFO musicians. All for $35, general admission seating. Doors and bars open at 5:30 pm. One hour concert without intermission starts at 6:30 pm. American Spirit(s) is music made in the USA, including a Duke Ellington Portrait, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and a real treat: Jeff Tyzik conducting his own work, New York Cityscape.   The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Concert series include Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.   [less-]
Tags:   Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

8X10 Annual Fundraiser Show

02-24-2017

Presented by Gallery 501 at Gallery 501 at Blake High School of the Arts, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm
Gallery 501 is pleased to present its annual fundraiser with artwork donated by the faculty and students at the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. All proceeds of the event benefit the visual arts program. This sale is for one night only; first-come, first-serve! Friday, February 24th Preview from 3:30 - 4:00 PM Sale from 4:00 - 6:30 PM Purchase available artworks for $5 (cash only)! Thank you for your continued support of Gallery 501 and the visual arts program at the Howard W. Blake... [more+]
Gallery 501 is pleased to present its annual fundraiser with artwork donated by the faculty and students at the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. All proceeds of the event benefit the visual arts program. This sale is for one night only; first-come, first-serve! Friday, February 24th Preview from 3:30 - 4:00 PM Sale from 4:00 - 6:30 PM Purchase available artworks for $5 (cash only)! Thank you for your continued support of Gallery 501 and the visual arts program at the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts.   [less-]
Tags:   GalleriesArt

USF Choirs: Black Composers Concert

02-24-2017

Presented by USF College of the Arts at USF School of Music Concert Hall, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
In recognition of Black History Month, the USF Choral Program is proud to present the first annual Black Composers Concert. The goal of this concert is to showcase the wide array of contributions made by Black composers to the choral arts. Composers featured will include, Moses Hogan, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, Victor C. Johnson, William Dawson, Jeffrey Ames and more. Please join us for this celebration of diversity in music.
In recognition of Black History Month, the USF Choral Program is proud to present the first annual Black Composers Concert. The goal of this concert is to showcase the wide array of contributions made by Black composers to the choral arts. Composers featured will include, Moses Hogan, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, Victor C. Johnson, William Dawson, Jeffrey Ames and more. Please join us for this celebration of diversity in music. [less-]
Tags:  Music

National Contemporary Exhibition Artist Reception

02-24-2017

Presented by Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association at Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, Brandon
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
Prizes awarded at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Prizes awarded at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. [less-]
Tags:   Special EventsArt

Anne Bowen: Our Environment

02-24-2017

Presented by Carrollwood Cultural Center at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 9:00 am Thu, Feb 23 @ 9:00 am Fri, Feb 24 @ 9:00 am
This art exhibit celebrates the beauty of nature in paper wall sculptures. Reception Friday January 6 from 5:00-8:00 PM.
This art exhibit celebrates the beauty of nature in paper wall sculptures. Reception Friday January 6 from 5:00-8:00 PM. [less-]
Tags:   GalleriesArt

Mardi Gras in New Orleans - The Florida Orchestra

02-24-2017

Presented by Florida Orchestra at Straz Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Famed trumpeter Byron Stripling leads this parade of hot New Orleans jazz. The good times roll with music from Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong.   The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Concert series include Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.  
Famed trumpeter Byron Stripling leads this parade of hot New Orleans jazz. The good times roll with music from Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong.   The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Concert series include Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.   [less-]
Tags:   Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

Lecture Robert MacKay: Cirkut Camera Photography

02-24-2017

Presented by Florida Museum of Photographic Arts at Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
Collector Robert MacKay will give a presentation regarding his book 'America by the Yard', which features many of the works that appear in the exhibition By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA). This special guest speaker presentation will delve into the history of the Cirkut camera as well as remark upon the way this device allowed photographers to capture and view America. The exhibition will feature panoramic images created by the unique... [more+]
Collector Robert MacKay will give a presentation regarding his book 'America by the Yard', which features many of the works that appear in the exhibition By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA). This special guest speaker presentation will delve into the history of the Cirkut camera as well as remark upon the way this device allowed photographers to capture and view America. The exhibition will feature panoramic images created by the unique Cirkut camera in the early 20thcentury. Many images were generously donated to the FMoPA permanent collection by collector Robert MacKay, PhD. The exhibition also features work from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System as well as images on loan from the Drapkin Collection. This wide range of resources, united by the unique Cirkut camera, will feature images from daily American community life, industry, wartime, and fantastic views. [less-]
Tags:   TalksArt

Jack and the Magic Beanstalk

02-25-2017

Presented by Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre at PuppetWorld Playhouse, Dover
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 10:30 am Sat, Feb 25 @ 11:00 am
Fee. Fie. Foe. Fun! Blunderbust the Giant is loose in Cloudland. Jack climbs a magic beanstalk to find is father's fortune. He hopes he'll save the farm and the save the day! After the show make a puppet to take home. There's lots to see and do at PuppetWorld Playhouse.
Fee. Fie. Foe. Fun! Blunderbust the Giant is loose in Cloudland. Jack climbs a magic beanstalk to find is father's fortune. He hopes he'll save the farm and the save the day! After the show make a puppet to take home. There's lots to see and do at PuppetWorld Playhouse. [less-]
Tags:   Professional Company StageKids & Family

Peter Stilton: The Sea and I

02-25-2017

Presented by Carrollwood Cultural Center at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 9:00 am Thu, Feb 23 @ 9:00 am Fri, Feb 24 @ 9:00 am + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 25 @ 9:00 am - less dates and times

In this solo exhibition at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, artist Peter Stilton presents a group of paintings hinting at his deep relationship with the sea. Free lecture at Carrollwood Cultural Center about exhibit on Friday Feb. 24 between 6-7 P.M. Reception Friday Jan. 6,  5 - 8 P.M. Upstairs Corridor Gallery, elevator access. All are welcome. Exhibit sponsored in part by an individual artist's grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, FL.
In this solo exhibition at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, artist Peter Stilton presents a group of paintings hinting at his deep relationship with the sea. Free lecture at Carrollwood Cultural Center about exhibit on Friday Feb. 24 between 6-7 P.M. Reception Friday Jan. 6,  5 - 8 P.M. Upstairs Corridor Gallery, elevator access. All are welcome. Exhibit sponsored in part by an individual artist's grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, FL. [less-]
Tags:   GalleriesArt

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble

02-26-2017

Presented by UT Public Info at David Falk Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the Wind Ensemble and Jazz ensemble concert!  
Come enjoy the Wind Ensemble and Jazz ensemble concert!   [less-]
Tags:   Free Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

Somebody/Nobody by Jane Martin

02-26-2017

Presented by Powerstories Theatre of Tampa Bay Inc. at Powerstories Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and “B-movie” star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the ‘E! Channel’. But now she can’t stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it’s a wild ride on the road to fame. Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody... [more+]
So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and “B-movie” star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the ‘E! Channel’. But now she can’t stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it’s a wild ride on the road to fame. Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody desperate to be a somebody. In this hilarious comedy about Hollywood, fame, and the TMZ, renowned playwright Jane Martin takes dead aim at our culture of celebrity. [less-]
Tags:  Stage

Pablo Sainz Villegas Spanish Guitarist

02-26-2017

Presented by Firehouse Cultural Center at Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
Pablo Sainz Villegas plays his Spanish Guitar, talks about its history, and his career. Followed by Q & A. Heralded as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Villegas shocked Spanish audiences with his grasp of the instrument when he took home the Andrés Segovia Award at a mere 15 years old. A people’s guitarist, Villegas dedicated the next two decades of his career to the social power of music, through the beauty and mystery of Spanish guitar music The Firehouse Cultural Center presents... [more+]
Pablo Sainz Villegas plays his Spanish Guitar, talks about its history, and his career. Followed by Q & A. Heralded as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Villegas shocked Spanish audiences with his grasp of the instrument when he took home the Andrés Segovia Award at a mere 15 years old. A people’s guitarist, Villegas dedicated the next two decades of his career to the social power of music, through the beauty and mystery of Spanish guitar music The Firehouse Cultural Center presents this FREE musical event for all ages in partnership with the Patel Conservatory & Straz Center,  [less-]
Tags:  Music

USF Wind Ensemble: Music of the Soul

02-26-2017

Presented by USF College of the Arts at USF School of Music Concert Hall, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
The USF Wind Ensemble will be performing a concert entitled Music of the Soul, a program which  features several selections that invoke introspection due to the condition that stimulated their composition. Rarely heard, The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart by Percy Grainger will be performed on this concert. The Wind Ensemble will also be playing an award-winning selection written by Toshio Mashima. It is La dance du phenix, which was inspired by Kyoto, one of Japan’s most beautiful... [more+]
The USF Wind Ensemble will be performing a concert entitled Music of the Soul, a program which  features several selections that invoke introspection due to the condition that stimulated their composition. Rarely heard, The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart by Percy Grainger will be performed on this concert. The Wind Ensemble will also be playing an award-winning selection written by Toshio Mashima. It is La dance du phenix, which was inspired by Kyoto, one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. It will be a diverse concert that should give you opportunities to be both inspired and introspective. You are sure to be entertained. [less-]
Tags:  Music

Hollywood Awards Night

02-26-2017

Presented by Tampa Theatre at Tampa Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm

Join Tampa Theatre  as we celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 89th annual Academy Awards on the big screen!

Now in its 18th year at Tampa Theatre, the Hollywood Awards Night Red Carpet Reception begins at 7:00pm on Franklin Street under the historic marquee. After a limo ride around the block courtesy of long-time event sponsor Skyline Limousines, our superstar guests will walk the red carpet past... [more+]

Join Tampa Theatre  as we celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 89th annual Academy Awards on the big screen!

Now in its 18th year at Tampa Theatre, the Hollywood Awards Night Red Carpet Reception begins at 7:00pm on Franklin Street under the historic marquee. After a limo ride around the block courtesy of long-time event sponsor Skyline Limousines, our superstar guests will walk the red carpet past adoring fans and paparazzi, rub shoulders with costumed characters representing Hollywood’s biggest bigwigs, pose for a picture with a living award “statue,” and chat with “Roan Jivers” about who they’re wearing. (Guests are encouraged to show off their star status with a movie-themed costume, or let the glamour of Hollywood inspire an outfit!) Inside, there will be games, prizes, free popcorn and soda, hair and makeup touch-ups with stylists from Paul Mitchell the School, the OSCAR® Red Carpet Live pre-show on the big screen, and a cash bar. ABC’s live coverage of the Academy Awards begins at 8:30 p.m., and guests who stay until the Best Picture is announced at the end of the telecast will enjoy doughnuts and coffee in the lobby. NEW THIS YEAR! How do you upgrade an already VIP experience? With backstage access, of course! New in 2017, a limited number of “Backstage Pass” tickets will be available, which include exclusive access to the Tampa Theatre Green Room and a spread of complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, and signature cocktails until 11:00pm. This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tampa Theatre would like to thank our Hollywood Awards Night sponsors, including Skyline Limousine, Paul Mitchell the School, Roberts Imagery, The Wilson Company, the City of Tampa, Pat Fenda and Strictly Entertainment, Inc., Odd-o-T’s Entertainment, and Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC for their generosity. Media support is provided by WFTS-ABC Action News, the Tampa Bay Times, tbt* and Tampa Bay METRO magazine. [less-]
Tags:   Special EventsFilm

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

02-26-2017

Presented by Henry B. Plant Museum at Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 22 @ 10:00 am Thu, Feb 23 @ 10:00 am Fri, Feb 24 @ 10:00 am + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 25 @ 10:00 am Sun, Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The Gasparilla invasion takes over the Henry B. Plant Museum! Join us for an exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. The new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.  Learn more about the early Gasparilla parades and enjoy vintage photographs from 1904 to the present.  Also featured this year is a newly conserved 1926... [more+]
The Gasparilla invasion takes over the Henry B. Plant Museum! Join us for an exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. The new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.  Learn more about the early Gasparilla parades and enjoy vintage photographs from 1904 to the present.  Also featured this year is a newly conserved 1926 Gasparilla Queen’s gown created by famed African American fashion designer Ann Cone Lowe, and worn by Katherine Broderus. Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition will run from January 13th to February 26th, 2017 and is underwritten by Lauren C. Stallings and C. Norman Stallings, Jr. and the Henry B. Plant Museum Society. In addition to early memorabilia and original gowns worn by former Gasparilla royalty, visitors can enjoy film coverage on the celebration.  "Memories of Gasparilla Festivals" includes scenes from the 1920s and reveals pirate capers and images of early parades.  This film is from the private collection of the Howell family. It is narrated by John Boushall, III; H.L. Culbreath, Jr.; L.G. "Ted" Delavergne, Jr.; Jerry E. Fogarty; George B. Howell, III; Fred R. Martin, III; Mary Alsbrook Smith and Frances Thomas Toole.  Film footage from Joseph V. Reineman describing the life of a pirate on Invasion Day will also be shown continuously. Over the years, the original Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has been joined by dozens of new krewes (social clubs), all of which contribute to the general merriment and community pride of the occasion. [less-]
Tags:   Art MuseumsHistory & Heritage

The Laramie Project Staged Reading

02-26-2017

Presented by Carrollwood Players, Inc. at Carrollwood Players Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm
Written by Moisés Kaufman, The Laramie Project is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of openly gay teenager Matthew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, an incident that sparked national debate back in 1998. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming. Divided into three acts, the play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town,... [more+]
Written by Moisés Kaufman, The Laramie Project is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of openly gay teenager Matthew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, an incident that sparked national debate back in 1998. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming. Divided into three acts, the play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. In CWP Black Box Directed and Produced by Jim Russell CAST: Elias Enriquez Leo Salerno Sam Burke Deb Kelley Tana Gundry Beth Behner Cinda Goeken David Fraga Dale Noss Monique J. Brown [less-]
Tags:   DramaStage

Live Music: Nate Najar Trio

02-26-2017

Presented by Independent Bar and Cafe at Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm
Blues and jazz. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najar's expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel, and sizzling Brazilian beats. About the Independent The atmosphere at the Indie is comfortable and ambient. There are no TV screens to distract from conversation. People can enjoy the outdoor Biergarten year-round, or sit inside at our custom made cedar wood bar. The... [more+]
Blues and jazz. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najar's expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel, and sizzling Brazilian beats. About the Independent The atmosphere at the Indie is comfortable and ambient. There are no TV screens to distract from conversation. People can enjoy the outdoor Biergarten year-round, or sit inside at our custom made cedar wood bar. The Independent also hosts free weekly live music shows featuring talented local and touring musicians. Our website's Event Calendar provides an up-to-date list of the upcoming beer, music and community events.   [less-]
Tags:   Jazz/Blues/R&BMusic

The Aliens by Annie Baker

02-26-2017

Presented by Stageworks, Inc. at Stageworks Theatre, Tampa
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

Two lost and disillusioned young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death. “Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful…inordinately delicate…Ms. Baker may just have the subtlest way with exposition of anyone writing for the theater today…there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way her writing... [more+]
Two lost and disillusioned young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death. “Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful…inordinately delicate…Ms. Baker may just have the subtlest way with exposition of anyone writing for the theater today…there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way her writing accrues weight and meaning simply through compassionate, truthful observation.” —NY Times “[Baker] again employs nakedly humanist sympathies and carefully cloaked formal rigor, this time to illustrate the twin solaces of friendship and art…Without losing her keen ear for the humor in modern language, Baker turns to classicism—the Aristotelian unities are here, but so are the symbolically loaded entrances and the final act messenger speech. With such Grecian clarity in its bones, THE ALIENS can afford incredible layers of detail without ever seeming muddled.” —Time Out NY “The talented young playwright Annie Baker sets her new play behind a Vermont café, in a break area dotted with dead plants and milk crates that’s accessible only by hopping a fence…Baker’s gift is for humor and empathy—we’d roll our eyes at KJ and Jasper in real life, but she shows us their absurdity and makes us love them.” —The New Yorker [less-]
Tags:   DramaStage


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