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Weekend arts forecast: And then there was one …

Bill DeYoung



Micky Dolenz, the last surviving member of the Monkees, performs Sunday at the Capitol Theatre. Photo provided.

“Hey hey, I’m the Monkee.”

It makes sense that Micky Dolenz is carrying on the legacy of the Monkees. Not only is he the last man standing, he’s the only member of the prefab four who was in every permutation of the group since the beginning. He toured with Davy Jones, he toured with Jones and Peter Tork, and after Jones’ death, he toured with Tork and Mike Nesmith.

When last we saw Mr. Dolenz, he and Nesmith – the lone survivors by that point – were playing the hits and re-living the Monkee magic.

Not once did all four of them, in the post-breakup era, tour the country together.

With Nesmith now gone, that leaves the Mickster – always the Mr. Showbiz of the group anyway – to “Celebrate the Monkees.” That’s the name of his 2023 show, which visit Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre Sunday. The performance is wall-to-wall with vintage TV clips, stories, and that amazing catalog of great pop songs.

Tickets are here.

As long as we’re talking about ‘60s TV nostalgia, here’s a reminder that I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden will be onstage Sunday afternoon at Ruth Eckerd Hall, also in Clearwater. Tickets for her nostalgia show On the Magic Carpet are here. The Catalyst spoke with the iconic actress earlier this week – check that out here.


Shen Yun, TFO

The Mahaffey Theater is in the middle of its annual week-long visit from Shen Yun, the dance, music and pageantry celebration of life in China before Communism. It’s there today through Sunday. Find out about Shen Yun here.

And because Shen Yun is in residence, The Florida Orchestra’s regular Saturday night Mahaffey concert is not happening this week. Instead, Nicholas Hersh conducts TFO at the Palladium (Saturday) and the Straz Center (Sunday matinee). Along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, the program includes Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Ravel’s Tzigane and Symphony No. 2 by Joseph Bologne. Tickets are here.


More concerts

Choreographer Joya Kazi presents “Rhythm India: Bollywood & Beyond” tonight in the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall. Here’s the pitch: “An exploration of Indian dance, from the vibrant costumes to the ‘ghungroo’ dancing bells. Journey from the soundstages of Bombay’s enormous film industry to India’s royal palaces and sacred temples, to the swaying voices from desert villages and modern stages.” Tickets.

The Spanish dance company Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is in Ferguson Hall (Straz Center) Friday, with a work called Fronteras. Tickets.

The ageless Paul Anka sings Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets.

Sunday at the Palladium Theater’s Side Door Café: Cuban jazz pianist Chuchito Valdés and his trio. He comes from a long line of iconic musicians, including his father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés. Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert are here.

Argentine-Venezuelan balladeer Ricardo Montaner has concerts at 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center. The romantic crooner has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. Tickets.

“When the Righteous Triumph” is entering its final weekend at Stageworks Theatre. Photo provided.


Perchance to Dream is a one-person performance by the incomparable Roxanne Fay tonight at the Dali Museum (6-7 p.m.). It’s billed as “a comedy of dreams and nightmares” in conjunction with the ongoing Shape of Dreams exhibit. Tickets.

Dylan Barlowe is at thestudio@620 Friday through Sunday for performances of Duncan McMillan’s uplifting one-man show Every Brilliant Thing. Anthony Gervais directs the play, in which the narrator – who begins as a 7-year-old – creates a list of things to live for, every brilliant thing there is in life, to proudly show his hospitalized mother. Over time, the list morphs, changes and grows older and more mature as he does. Find tickets here.

It’s the final weekend for Tampa playwright Mark E. Leib’s fact-based drama When the Righteous Triumph at Stageworks Theatre. The play dramatizes the 1960 lunch counter protests, one of Tampa’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Find tickets here.

Eric Davis and Matthew McGee are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Ken Lugwig’s Baskerville, a fast-moving comic adaptation entering its second weekend at freeFall Theatre. Details and tickets are here.

LAB Theater Project and the Hillsborough Community College theater department open bay area playwright John Cecil’s Zombie Beach: The Musical this weekend on the HCC Ybor campus. Read all about it here.

At the Straz Center, the Morsini Hall Broadway Series is paused until the April 11 arrival of To Kill a Mockingbird. But the Jaeb Theatre is ringing with laughter as the comic whodunit Shear Madness continues (tickets), and the Jobsite production of Stephen King’s Misery continues to pack ‘em in over in the Shimberg Playhouse (tickets). Misery stars Summer Bohnenkamp and David Jenkins will be our guests on Friday’s Arts Alive! podcast.

The Weekend arts forecast appears every Thursday in the Catalyst

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