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Your weekend arts forecast: Brazilian guitars and Shakespeare complete (abridged)

Bill DeYoung



St. Pete's Nate Najar and Brazilian guitarist Phill Fest perform Saturday at the Palladium Theater.

Brazil-born guitarist Phill Fest returns to the Palladium Theater Saturday for a joint performance with Nate Najar, St. Pete’s own master of six-string boss nova jazz.

The two guitar aces will be joined by Jean Bolduc (drums) and Joe Porter (bass).

This is the third show in the Palladium’s new socially-distanced series, in which approximately 150 patrons can be seated, spaced apart and safely masked, in the 830-seat Hough Hall.

Related story: Palladium, Jobsite report success with first live performances

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert – it’s called “Bossa Nova Guitars” – are available here.

And Palladium Live, the previously-announced streaming series of concerts shot (without an audience) in the big room, premieres Oct. 29 with the James Suggs Quintet, featuring Jeremy Carter and La Lucha (read a recording-day recap here). Other shows are in the can and being readied for streaming.


Carl Fischer’s Sunshine City Brass is playing the Ruth Eckerd Hall lobby cabaret Saturday. Ronnie Dee joins the former Billy Joel trumpet player and his group for a program of “second line grooves and familiar tunes that conjure vibes of the Crescent City and paired with the energy of the Big Apple.” Tickets here.


On the Straz Center’s outdoor Riverwalk Stage, Jobsite Theatre’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] wraps up with shows today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  

Coming to the Straz Oct. 29: Giles Davies in Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus (in the roomy Jaeb Theater) and Opera Tampa’s The Witching Hour (on the Riverwalk Stage).

Straz Center tickets and info here.


The next virtual offering from American Stage is Letters to Kamala, from playwright Rachel Lynett (it premieres Oct. 21). Lynett and American Stage’s Stephanie Gularte guest on The Catalyst Sessions, today at 7 p.m. on the St. Pete Catalyst Facebook page.

Tickets are selling briskly for War of the Worlds, freeFall Theater’s unique “drive-in” stage play, which opens (in the back parking lot) Oct. 22.

Thestudio@620 is livestreaming a couple of events this weekend: Orilla, with jazz musicians Ona Kirei and Alenjando Arenas, at 8 p.m. Saturday:

And then there’s the virtual return of St. Pete’s popular Radio Theatre Project, Monday at 7 p.m. Virtual tickets are here.

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