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Arts events are getting out of Hurricane Ian’s way

Bill DeYoung



American Stage has canceled all remaining performances of "Green Day's American Idiot." Publicity photo.

This is a developing story. Watch this space for additions.

Important note: More events have likely been canceled, without notice given. If in doubt, contact the venue.

As Hurricane Ian approaches, administrators at Tampa Bay theaters, concert halls, museums and galleries are watching its predicted path. To close, cancel, postpone? That is the question, although as the storm’s inevitable climb up Florida’s west coast gets closer, several have already begun to announce their decisions. Rather than play chicken with a major weather event.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday: The Florida Orchestra has postponed the concert with violinist Itzhak Perlman, scheduled for Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater.

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday: American Stage has canceled all remaining performances of Green Day’s American Idiot.

As of 5 p.m. Monday:

Performances of Vino Veritas at Studio Grand Central have been canceled for Thursday and Friday.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday:

The Straz Center fo the Performing Arts, Tampa, has canceled performances of Avenue Q and Jobsite Theater’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile through Friday, as well as both performances of Opera Tampa’s Spanish Nights

The Dali Museum will be closed Tuesday through Thursday.

The Imagine Museum will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art will be closed Tuesday through Thursday.

According to a a social media post, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is “closed this week.”

The Florida Orchestra has canceled the Oct. 2 (Sunday) Pops in the Park concert in Tampa’s River Tower Park. 

As of 12:30 p.m. Monday:

The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg is closed as of today, until further notice.

At thestudio@620, Tuesday’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration has been canceled, as has Poetry Open Mic, scheduled for Wednesday, and Thursday’s show from the band Gypsy Star. Decisions are expected shortly about planned weekend performances.

The Palladium Theater has announced the postponement of Tuesday’s Helios Jazz Orchestra concert, the free St. Pete College Band show scheduled for Thursday, Friday’s “Comics of Late-Night TV” concert, and the scheduled Saturday performance from blues guitarist Jose Ramirez.

The St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival’s performances of Twelfth Night, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Williams Park, have been cancelled.

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