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Your weekend arts forecast: Goodbye, hello

Bill DeYoung



Not only is the last weekend of the month, it’s the weekend before a major holiday. The majority of St. Pete’s arts organizations are in re-set mode, getting things ready for something big in July. Many of the rest, it seems, are just taking it easy as time slides neatly between a steamy hot, exhausting June and a much-anticipated couple of days off around the 4th of July.

That being said, a couple of major productions are in their final weekends, so if you’ve missed them, now’s your last chance:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night. American Stage is getting great reviews for this emotionally-taut production of Eugene O’Neill’s great American drama. Here’s our story on the show, and here’s where you can get tickets for the last weekend of performances. Coming next month at American Stage: Karla Hartley directs the Tony-winning musical Fun Home.

Madama Butterfly. The final production in St. Petersburg Opera Company’s 13th season, Friday and Sunday at the Palladium Theater. Puccini’s heartbreaking masterwork is performed by professional opera singers with a full orchestra. Our story is here; tickets can be found here.

Bill Graham and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution closes Sunday at the Florida Holocaust Museum. It’s a thrilling exhibit of artifacts, posters and photos from the extraordinary life and career of the late concert promoter and rock ‘n’ roll visionary, who escaped Germany for the United States at a very young age. At 7 p.m. Saturday, a hippie-dippy tribute band called Peace of Woodstock plays for a fundraising reception, which includes a silent auction of autographed roll posters from the likes of Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry and Billy Idol – none of whom, of course, were at Woodstock, but hey. Tickets here.


And now, this

The amazing Ona Kirei is back at thestudio@620 tonight (Thursday, June 27). The native of Spain performs Iberian-influenced jazz, singing in the different languages of the Iberic Peninsula – Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Portuguese. The band for the 7 p.m. show includes Pablo Arencibia on piano, drummer Mark Feinman, Alejandro Arenas on bass and James Suggs playing trumpet. Tickets here.

Author Diane Dewey, whose unflinching adoption memoir Fixing the Fates: An Adoptee’s Story of Truth and Lies is “one-part forensic investigation, one-part self-discovery,” will speak and sign today (5:30-7:30 p.m.) at Duncan McClellan Glass Studio 2342 Emerson Ave. A resident of St. Pete, Dewey is the founder of The Realization of Art, an art appraisal business and works in the field of adoption counseling. It’s a Tombolo Books pop-up signing event.

Bossa nova vocalist Daniela Soledade, a Brazilian native who resides in Clearwater, performs with the always-outstanding Nate Najar Trio from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Imagine Museum. This “After Hours” performance is free to Imagine members; non-members tickets (here) include gallery admission. FYI: We profiled Soledade in April.

St. Pete novelist Lori Roy will be at Haslam’s Books Saturday at 2 p.m., signing her new thriller Gone Too Long.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope have a concert date Sunday (June 30) at Al Lang Stadium. Read all about it here.

I can think of worse ways to spend a boiling hot Sunday afternoon than watching Gone With the Wind on the big screen. It’s happening at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets here.

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