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Your weekend arts forecast: CraftArt and further finery

Bill DeYoung



"Midnight Stroll," by ceramic artist Suzy Pease.

Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit gallery exclusively dedicated to fine craft. Featuring the work of 250 Florida artists in a wide array of media, the gallery is operating at reduced hours and capacity during the pandemic.

There’s some exquisitely beautiful work in there.

It is, however, time for Florida CraftArt’s big holiday shop-o-rama, so all the stops that are within reason are being pulled out. This means CraftArt With a Twist, a real-time festival in the open air, at which artists and visitors (properly masked) can talk and pontificate, look, listen and buy and sell.

It happens this Saturday (Nov. 21) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m, in front of the gallery, directly across the street in the parking lot of Regions Bank. The event will be repeated Saturday, Dec. 5.

Artist confirmed for this week: Ceramics: William Kidd, Suzy Pease, Harry Welsch, Andrew Wender. Fiber: Leeann Kroetsch, Robert Stadnycki. Jewelry: Marc Aune, Charles Bahringer, Linda and Carl Caristo, William Carlie, Lynn Hardesty. Metal: Javier Dones. Mixed Media: Artists of ArtLofts, Anne Ross Oliva. Sculpture: Terry Andrews. Emerging Artists: Tyler Quintin (ceramics), Diana Hirschhorn (jewelry), Janna Kennedy (mixed media).

For more information, click here.


Opera in the open air

St. Petersburg Opera Company brings back its “Popera” traveling concert Sunday. Singers Christopher and Linda Holloway, Eric Ferring, Chris Romeo and Sarah Klopfenstein will perform from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Ave. S. This one has a $30 ticket price, with a 50-person capacity, with socially-distanced seating, and food and drink available for purchase. Oh, and restrooms!

Natalie Hoe, Principal Clarinet for The Florida Orchestra, and SPO Artistic Director Mark Sforzini (on bassoon) will accompany, along with pianist Teresa Ancaya.

At 4:15, the gang motors over to the Museum of Fine Arts, to repeat the program from the back of a flatbed truck parked on the South Straub Park lawn. This one is free (bring chairs, blankets – and masks).

SPO’s musical weekend actually begins with a performance of this program inside at Opera Central, Friday at 8 p.m. At press time, just two cabaret-style tables (for up to four people) remained for the presentation, which includes beverages and the addition of projected English translations. Find out more here.


Closings and openings

With the Palladium Theater’s Tuesday announcement that all planned live shows are canceled due to the spike in Covid numbers, Friday’s scheduled Jeremy Carter Quartet show is gone, along with the Damon Fowler Birthday Bash planned for Nov. 25.

The Florida Orchestra reports that all is going well with its Mahaffey Theater concerts (at 25 percent venue capacity). They’re on their Thanksgiving-week break and won’t return until Dec. 5, with Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi For Strings, alternating with American Heroes.


And now, this

“Van Gogh Alive” opens Saturday at the Dali Museum, although most of the first week (it’s necessary to reserve a day/time in advance) is sold out. The interactive immersive experience will be at the museum through April, however, so it’ll be pretty hard to miss. Here’s our story on the exhibit.

It’s all virtual this year, but the 2020 Suncoast Jazz Festival features performances by so many of our area’s top, best, choicest, finest, coolest musicians (pick your superlative). Friday and Saturday start at 6 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., streaming via the festival website, and the festival Facebook page.

Live theater includes War of the Worlds (outdoors at freeFall Theatre), Always … Patsy Cline at the Straz Center; Lies at LAB Theater Project.

Virtual theater:  American Stage’s Kate – The Unexplained Life of Katharine Hepburn; I And You (live with no audience Sunday, streamed in days following) from Tampa Repertory Theatre.

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