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Your weekend arts forecast: Fun, fireworks and Fowler (Damon, that is)

Bill DeYoung



“The Fourth” begins on the 2nd. Are you with me so far?

“The Fourth” is the official name the City of St. Petersburg has given its Independence Day Weekend holiday event at the new pier. July 4 is this Sunday, but the events begin Friday, the 2nd.

And the St. Pete Pier’s 1st anniversary – another reason for the big celebration – isn’t until the 6th, which is next Tuesday.

That’s the way the calendar crumbles. Just go with it.

Weekend events include film screenings (Independence Day and Independence Day Resurgence) on the tilted lawn, the inaugural St. Pete Pier Run, live music, Karaoke and a “silent disco,” food trucks galore and all the other fun-fun-fun elements of a public party, culminating in a fireworks display over the bay Sunday night.

Go here for a complete schedule.

Damon Fowler

During the gnarliest days of the pandemic, blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Damon Fowler livestreamed a weekly performance show, Fowler’s Garage, to keep up communication with his fans and friends, to keep his chops up, and to keep some change in his pockets (Fowler and his wife welcomed their third child last June, so the donations via Venmo and Paypal were most welcome).

“And sometimes it was just encouraging words,” Fowler said on an October episode of The Catalyst Sessions. “Man, the overall community of music fans and stuff came together and really supported us. And it’s still getting us through.”

Fowler and his tight-knit blues band are back playing live shows with a vengeance, and they’ve got Friday (July 2) booked at the Palladium Theater. It’s technically a release party for Alafia Moon, Fowner’s new album, named after the Alafia River near his South Hillsborough hometown.

Concert details and tickets are here.

The other stuff

The interactive, immersive “theatrical experience” The Rose and the Beast continues this weekend at freeFall Theatre, while freaky Shockheaded Peter at Jobsite Theater must breathe its last Saturday.

The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller is the new exhibition opening Saturday at the Dali Museum, as the Catalyst wrote about earlier this week. With more than 130 images from this former model turned Surrealist turned war correspondent, it’s a head-turner.

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