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Weekend forecast: It’s bye-bye ‘BAZZAR’

Bill DeYoung



After a month in residence, Cirque du Soleil will pull up stakes on "BAZZAR" after Sunday's performances. Publicity photo.

The Cirque Du Soleil BAZZAR production is in its final weekend. The bright and shiny show of stunts, derring-do, music and mirth has been live in that blue-and-white striped tent in the Tropicana Field parking lot since Feb. 22, and that month’s gone by like an acrobat under a strobe light.

There are six performances left – today and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Find tickets here.



Tonight at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre: Ageless jazz guitar icon Pat Metheny. Reportedly, it’s his first-ever solo tour. Find tickets here.

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock have been performing together as Air Supply since 1975, making them one of the very, very few groups with all the original members intact. The Australian “All out of Love” guys share Saturday’s bill at the BayCare Sound amphitheater, in Clearwater, with the Oz-based Little River Band (original members: 2, bass and piano). Tickets.

Pop singers Taylor Dayne and Tiffany share the Saturday bill at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre. Tickets are here.

Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center, in eastern Tampa, it’s country music’s Jason Aldean. Tickets – priced high as it’s a charity gig – are here.

Sunday finds blues guitar great Joe Bonamassa at the BayCare Sound, postponed from last weekend because of illness (the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu, perhaps?). Find tickets here.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason is back in town Sunday and Monday at the Capitol Theatre. This two-nighter is called “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam,” for the band he was in (briefly) in the 1960s. Opener is Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall. Tickets are available here.

Guitar shredders Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are combining their considerable forces again, and they’ll both play Monday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets.



Bill Maher

The Golden Girls: The Laughter Continues, a re-creation of the hit TV series starring four male actors portraying women, is onstage today through Sunday at Ferguson Hall, in Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Read more here.

Standup and podcast guy Anthony Rodia plays the Tampa Theatre tonight. Tickets.

At Ruth Eckerd Hall Sunday, commentator and comedian Bill Maher is in the house. Tickets.

The creators and stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers (Brian Quinn/Q, James Murray/Murr and Sal Vulcano are onstage Sunday (two shows) at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Event Center. Tickets.


The Florida Orchestra

At Morsani Hall in Tampa’s Straz Center: TFO plays the music live as the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince screens in HD. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are here.



It’s all drama, and it’s all happening in Tampa this weekend – The Immigrant at Stageworks (tickets here) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Jobsite (ditto).


And still more

Artist Rebekah Lazaridis and choreographer Alexander Jones have collaborated on a unique project called bloom and residue this weekend at The Studio @620. Read our interview with these creatives here.


The Gasparilla International Film Festival opens tonight and continues through Sunday at various locations in Tampa. Read all about it here.

Your weekend arts forecast appears every Thursday in the Catalyst

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