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Your weekend arts forecast: Christie Lenee at Hideaway, arts and crafts from Glasgow

Bill DeYoung



Guitarist Christie Lenee performs tonight in St. Petersburg. Photo provided.

It’s always reason to celebrate when Tampa native and Asheville resident Christie Lenee comes home for a concert. And when this almost indescribable acoustic guitarist plays at the Hideaway Café – as she does tonight (Thursday, March 10) – the combination of stellar musicianship and world-class listening room checks all the boxes.

Let’s count Lenee’s accolades: Named “One of the Best Acoustic Guitarists in the World Right Now” by Guitar World (2020); voted Acoustic Guitarist of the Year by England’s Music Radar (2019). In 2017 she took 1st Place at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship.

Lenee’s unique style combines dazzling fingerwork with “tapping”; put simply, she plays the guitar’s fretboard with both hands. Her music is percussive and symphonic at the same time, inspired by the alt-tunings and sky’s-the-limit approaches of Dave Matthews, Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell, Ani DeFranco and their like.

She’s currently in the mixing stage for her next album, Coming Alive.

For tonight’s performance (doors at 6, show at 8), Lenee will be joined by Mike MacArthur on saxophone.

More info and tickets are here.


The Glasgow Style

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (designer); Alex Martin (maker), Chair design for the writing desk for The Hill House, 1904-5, ebonized wood, modern upholstery, 43 3/4 x 16 x 19 7/8 in. Glasgow Museums, Given by Mr. W Sommerville Shanks, RSA, 1940. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, courtesy American Federation of Arts.

There’s a new exhibit opening Friday at the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style displays 166 works of groundbreaking art and design, the majority of which will be on public display for the first time in North America.

Scottish-born Mackintosh (1868-1928) was one of the chief creators of the groundbreaking “Glasgow Style,” which blended Celtic, arts and craft and Japanese influences into an innovative new approach that helped to define Art Nouveau.

Bagpipers will play at the museum’s outdoor fountain garden 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style carries a separate ticket price. Museum and exhibit tickets are available here.




At the Straz Center

Jobsite Theater’s current production of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange continues this weekend in the intimate Shimberg Playhouse, while Opera Tampa and The Florida Orchestra join forces for The Pirates of Penzance Friday and Sunday in Morsani Hall. Comedian Colin Quinn performs in the Jaeb Theatre Friday (tickets are here).


In Clearwater

Lyle Lovett is on the road again with his Acoustic Group, a decidedly different experience from his well-traveled and familiar Large Band. He and the guys are playing Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre Saturday and Sunday.

The Acoustic Group includes Josh Swift (famous for his work with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) on dobro, standup bassist Viktor Krauss, violinist Luke Bulla and multi-instrumentalist Jeff White.

Graham Nash is back at the Cap for his semi-annual solo acoustic visit Friday; at Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Ten Tenors perform Sunday at 1:30 p.m., and Foreigner, featuring vocalist Kelly Hansen, is onstage Monday night.

Singers Rick Brantley, Emily Drennan and Daniel Berrymen join conductor Daniel Black and The Florida Orchestra Sunday evening for The Paul Simon Songbook (7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall).

Tickets to all Ruth Eckerd and Capitol Theatre shows can be found here.


At the movies

Just when you thought it was safe to utter the word “Gasparilla” again, here comes the 2022 Gasparilla International Film Festival, now in its 15th year. The celebration of independent film takes place today through Sunday at various Tampa screening locations; see here for everything you’ll need to know.

Andre Rieu is at Amalie Arena Monday. Publicity photo.

And yet more

Tonight’s the night for Helen Hansen French’s dance performance Reprise at the Creative Pinellas gallery. It’s a visceral interpretation to accompany artist Sharon McCaman’s Look Touch Move exhibit. It all happens from 6 to 8 p.m.; here’s our conversation with French from earlier in the week.

At thestudio@620, Friday brings The Male Gaze, an exhibition by photographer Michael Anthony Downs, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. The exhibition, which will run through March 31, will be accented March 16 (next Wednesday) by a staged reading of Bob Devin Jones’ choreopoem ADVERTS: How I Learned to Navigate Pretty Boy Privilege and an artist talk with Downs. Additional info here.

It is, of course, Second Saturday ArtWalk weekend again, wherein more than 45 St. Petersburg studios and galleries, and some 200 artists of all disciplines, welcome visitors. Here’s the list of locations for March, provided by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

Renowned violinist André Rieu and his 70-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra are in concert Monday at Amalie Arena. Tickets are here.

In case you haven’t heard, Shamrockfest – planned for Saturday at the St. Pete Pier – has been canceled out of concern for the weather. In Tampa, the River O’Green Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park has been moved to Sunday.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day anyway.

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