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Weekend arts forecast: Jonas Bros, John Mayer, Jelly Roll

Bill DeYoung



The Jonas Brothers appear tonight at Amalie Arena. Publicity photo.

A 15-member band, a 36 song, three-hour concert and a trio of boyband heartthrobs. It can only be the Jonas Brothers’ 2023 touring extravaganza, visiting Amalie Arena tonight (Thursday, Oct. 12). Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas!

Oh, those Jonas boys. From a Tuesday concert review in the Nashville Tennessean: “At one point, Joe spotted a sign in the crowd from a fan, reading ‘Help me tell my husband I’m pregnant.’ Joe invited the fan down stageside, where he managed to take her phone and FaceTime her husband. When the connection gave out, Joe recorded a video where he introduced himself to the fan’s husband and noted that his wife had something very important to tell him.”

Plenty of tickets are available here.

Can you top that? Well, just maybe. Platinum-selling singer/songwriter John Mayer visits Amalie Friday. It’s a solo show, on guitar and piano; find tickets here.

Nashville’s Jelly Roll is at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre Saturday. Photo: NBC.

And more concerts

Flamenco guitarist/world music composer/long-haired handsome guy Benise returns to the Mahaffey Theater Friday for his annual appearance with band and exotic dancers. Find tickets for the 2023 show, “Fiesta!,” here.

Southern rock perennial Molly Hatchet (original members: 0) shakes the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater Sunday. Tickets here.

Nashville rapper and singer/songwriter Jelly Roll, one of the most unique musical hybrids on the scene today, is at Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre Saturday. Tickets.

Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Event Center: Cuban-American salsa singer, songwriter and producer Willy Chirino, celebrating his 50th year in the music business. Tickets.

Reality TV performer Tom Sandoval (Vanderpump Rules) is at the Capitol Theatre Sunday, singing with his Most Extras band. Tickets.


Where’s the orchestra?

You know fall is in the air when The Florida Orchestra’s free Pops in the Park rolls around. Chelsea Gallo, who was recently named resident conductor, does the heavy lifting for TFO Saturday (that’s Oct. 14) in Vinoy Park. The program will be repeated Nov. 5 at River Tower Park in Tampa.

Here’s what’s on the menu for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. concert: Familiar music from Strauss and Souza, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky; an armed forces salute; several movie themes by John Williams and more.

From 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., the St Petersburg Trolley will be providing service from the Sundial Parking Garage to Vinoy Park, every 15 minutes. The trolleys are equipped with a wheelchair lift.

For additional details, look no further than this link.


Still more stuff

Colombian director, actor, writer and producer Manolo Cruz will attend Friday’s screening of his film Between Sea and Land at the Warehouse Arts District’s ArtsXchange campus. The acclaimed 2016 drama screens at 8:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. It’s the opening salvo of the Warehouse Arts District Association Fall Film Series; tickets are here.

Handel’s Alcina, an 18th century Italian opera about a sorceress who really just needs love, opens the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s 18th season Friday at the Palladium Theater. This story will tell you all about it; there’s a link for tickets, too.

At thestudio@620: Tonight, a screening (at 8 p.m.) of the 2017 Japanese horror film Vampire Clay (tagline: “Art so bad it kills”). At 7, a pop-up exhibit of “spooky ceramics.” Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) brings the annual Hauntizaar makers’ market (free admission), with local crafters, artists and creators of Halloweeny-type stuff; at 8 p.m. Saturday, also admission-free, yours truly will talk about Vintage St. Pete & Pinellas Volume 3, published just this week. Find all 620 info here.


On theater stages

It’s the final weekend for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a co-production of the Tampa Repertory Theatre and ThinkTank (performed at Stageworks; tickets here) and for William Leavengood’s Ghost Stories From Yellowstone at the Off-Central (find those tickets here).

The touring production of the jukebox musical The Choir of Man, set in a British pub, has been extended through Dec. 10 at the Jaeb Theatre, part of the Straz Center complex in Tampa.

American Stage’s production of the drama Indecent continues through the end of the month (tickets here); Nightsweat, the comedic farce from area playwright Natalie Symons, is at freeFall through Nov. 5 (tickets). Symons is Friday’s guest on our Arts Alive! podcast.

“Chinese Medicine,” art by Jie Wei Zhou.

Fine art opening

What with all the hubbub and brouhaha over the SHINE Mural Festival and the Second Saturday ArtWalk (details in this story), the news about a new exhibition opening Saturday at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art might get overlooked. Let’s fix that right now: It’s From Far East to West: The Chinese American Frontier, showcasing the work of the work of contemporary Chinese American artists Hung Liu, Mian Situ, Jie Wei Zhou, Benjamin Wu and Z.S. Liang.

Liang, who paints 19th century Native American life, will speak at the museum at 2 p.m. Saturday; a talk from Zhou is scheduled for Nov. 4.

From Far East to West “immerses visitors in a captivating journey through time, culture and identity, showcasing the remarkable history and contributions of early Chinese Americans in transforming the landscape and character of the American West.” It will remain through Jan. 28, with additional related programs on the schedule.

Find all information here.

The Weekend Arts Forecast appears every Thursday in the Catalyst

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