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Your weekend arts forecast: Dance photography, Ed Sheeran, Guy Clark doc

Bill DeYoung



"Capturing the Ephemeral" opens today at Creative Pinellas Gallery: Photo by Tom Kramer.

Creative Pinellas is debuting a photography exhibit, Capturing the Ephemeral, consisting of works by bay area dance photographers.

Opening today at The Gallery at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Capturing the Ephemeral includes dazzling work by Tom Kramer, the godfather of St. Pete dance photography, along with that of a who’s who of local shooters including Boyzell Holsey, Martha Ascencio-Rhine and John Pendygraft, photojournalists all for the Tampa Bay Times.

The other artists are Ricardo Romero, Denzel Johnson-Green, Sorcha Augustine, Erin Tindol and Angel-Marie Tisdale.

This show was curated by dancer/choreographer Helen Hanson French, one of Creative Pinellas’ Artist Laureates.

“I had a few ideas I wanted to highlight,” French explains. “1. Focus on local artists – the photographers and the dancers in the photos; 2. Show a number of photographic perspectives and styles; 3. Highlight multiple ways one might experience or engage with dance, ie stage, site specific, in homes, places or times of worship, etc.; 4. Include photographers from the very seasoned to emerging – all professional but in different stages of their careers.”

French adds that she was familiar with many of the photographers, and many of the dancers depicted … but not all. She was delighted to discover and learn.

“I truly love the individuality in each artist’s work,” she says. “I’m fascinated with how what photographers ‘see’ or how they ‘see’ dance and moving bodies.”

Capturing the Ephemeral will remain on view through Oct. 17; learn more about the photographers here.

Ed Sheeran and the NFL

Ed Sheeran. Photo: IMDB.

Zillion-selling British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is in Tampa tonight, playing a free gig (at 7 p.m.) at Julian B. Lane Park in Tampa. It’s part of The Kickoff Experience, celebrating the start of the NFL season; the NFL app (available here) is required for admission. Following the concert, there’ll be a big ol’ watch party on site, as the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys. The whole thing starts at noon with lots of football-related activities. There’s more info here.

Guy Clark doc

Guy and Susanna Clark, 1974. Photo: Senor McGuire.

Green Light Cinema, the small indie movie house in downtown St. Pete, continues to bring in strong arts-related films. Starting a short run Friday is Without Getting Killed or Caught, Nashville filmmaker Tamara Saviano’s loving look back at the late, great Texas songwriter Guy Clark.

Based on her biography of the same name, Saviano’s documentary focuses on the relationship between Clark and his muse, artist and wife Susanna Clark and the lengthy friendship they both had with Clark’s fellow lyrical legend Townes Van Zandt.

(“Without Getting Killed or Caught,” by the way, is a line from one of Guy Clark’s most famous songs, “L.A. Freeway.”)

ArtWalk for September

It’s Second Saturday ArtWalk time again, wherein galleries and studios welcome inquisitive visitors from 5 to 9 p.m., and many have special events and/or treats a-waiting. We’re talking the Central Arts District, Edge District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District, Uptown Arts District and downtown Waterfront District.

It’s this Saturday, Sept 11, and the map of availables is here

At 6 p.m. Saturday, there’ll be a brief ceremony on 22nd Street South, near the entrance to the Arts Xchange campus at the Warehouse Arts District, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11 and to unveil the recovered World Trade Center steel beam that will form the centerpiece of an in-progress memorial at the site.

The ArtWalk is a monthly presentation of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, which is also the producing organization for the seventh annual SHINE Mural Festival, coming in mid-October. Watch this space for SHINE details soon.

The other stuff

Muscle Shoals singer/songwriter (and WMNF favorite) Dylan LeBlanc performs Saturday at the Palladium Theater. The station will broadcast the 8 p.m. show live on its HD2 channel. Tickets and info here.

Fans of live theater have two dramatic choices this weekend, both at small independent venues, one in St. Pete and one in Ybor City. The Off-Central Players’ Rasheeda Speaking is at Studio Grand Central in St. Pete (read about it here), while LAB Theater Project across the bay is doing Wednesday’s Child (read about it here). And Shout! The Mod Musical is onstage at the Jab Theatre, Straz Center or the Performing Arts, Tampa.

Comedian Whitney Cummings is onstage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater; there’s an all comedy benefit, Crack Up Cancer, Saturday at 8 p.m. at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts (Ferguson Hall). Details are here.

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