Weekend arts forecast: Ken & Drew & Sherlock too

Ken Block and Drew Copeland, the singing/songwriting front guys for Gainesville-based pop/rock outfit Sister Hazel, play one of their infrequent acoustic duo shows Friday at the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center.

Sister Hazel’s 1997 Top 20 hit “All For You” is still in regular rotation on indie-rock and “adult alternative” stations (alongside “I’ll Be” by the band’s brother from another mother, Edwin McCain). And the band retains a strong, loyal following around the country and across the globe.

Tickets for the Friday show are here; below is a little something from the Catalyst archives for your Ken & Drew enjoyment:



It’s the first weekend for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure at freeFall Theatre. This is an adaptation by comedy playwright Ken Ludwig, with Eric Davis and Matthew McGee as Holmes and Watson, respectively. Three other actors play 40 roles between them.

At press time, all weekend performances were either sold out or very close. Details and tickets here.

Doing similarly good business is Jobsite Theater’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery, across the bay in Tampa. Details and tickets here.

Social media is saying all sorts of good things, too about When the Righteous Triumph at Stageworks (Tampa) and Native Gardens (the Off-Central, St. Petersburg).

Find info here and here, respectively.

Sunday’s two performances of Wicked (the national touring company) mark the end of the extended Straz Center/Morsini Hall run of the popular Wizard of Oz spinoff musical. Tickets.

And the “whodunit” comedy Shear Madness continues at the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theatre (Tampa). Tickets.

“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” at freeFall Theatre, Photo: Julia Rifino.

Dance and jazz

Project Alchemy founder and choreographer Alex Jones will be at thestudio@620 Friday for DanceBreak Live: The Creation and Creatives Behind Jazz Theory. He’ll be joined by saxophonist Jeremy Carter, and dancers, for a discussion and presentation on “the experience of combining the modes of jazz improvisation with dance composition.” Find tickets here.


More music

Crooner alert! Michael Bolton sings at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center tonight (tickets), while the ageless Johnny Mathis returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday (tickets).

Steve Miller is at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight (tickets); a ‘60s oldies show with the Cyrkle, the Vogues, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Jay & the Americans visits the Mahaffey Theater Friday (tickets).

Rock keyboard icon Rick Wakeman is at the Capitol Theatre Saturday, part of a solo “songs and stories” tour. Here’s our interview with Rick from earlier in the week.

And St. Petersburg Opera Company takes over the Palladium Theater with a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday the 28th. Read about it here.

On a similar note, St. Petersburg Press author Chaim Freiberg, whose recent book Lily Flowers Finds Love, and Other Tales of Passion is very opera-centric, will be at thestudio@620 Saturday for readings from the book, along with corresponding performances from St. Petersburg Opera Company singers. Tickets.

Find our about Chaim Freiberg and Lily Flowers here.


Film festival

And the annual Gasparilla International Film Festival kicks off tonight in Tampa. Here’s our story about the opening-night film; the festival website can be located here.


The Weekend arts forecast appears every Thursday in the Catalyst

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Bill DeYoung

Catalyst Senior Writer and Editor Bill DeYoung was a St. Petersburg Times correspondent at the age of 17. He went on to a 30-year career at newspapers in Florida and Georgia. He is the author of "Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down," "Phil Gernhard Record Man," "I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews," "Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism - and More" and "Vintage St. Pete Volume II: Legends, Locations, Lifestyles."

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