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Your weekend arts forecast: Guy, Hiatt and Bollywood

Bill DeYoung



A.R. Rahman is one of India's most prolific and successful musicians. Publicity photo.

At least Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren, playing (separately and together) tonight at the Mahaffey Theater, have a common history: They’re longtime friends who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, they’re both strong Philly Soul vocalists, and Rundgren was one of the first “name” record producers to work with the Daryl Hall & John Oates duo, albeit in the pre-hit era.

Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, two great contemporary artists share billing, and even though they both have legions of dedicated fans, the fact that they’re touring together is more than a little odd.

John Hiatt. Photo: Senor McGuire.

That’s master blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who needs no introduction, thank you, and midwestern singer/songwriter John Hiatt, winner of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting.

Both have performed in the bay area on numerous occasions.

Hiatt’s 2022 touring band, the Goners, includes Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth.

Tickets are here.

RELATED STORY: ‘I’ve been a solo artist in hiding’: A conversation with Daryl Hall


Superstar composer

Prolific Bollywood composer A.H. Rahman, an Oscar and Grammy winner (he has two of each, along with a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe), will be at the Straz Center’s Morsani Hall tonight (Aug. 4) for a celebration of his musical journey, with songs in Hindi, Tamil, Teluguand and English. Among the English-language films Rahman has scored are Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Slumdog Millionaire, Couples Retreat and 127 Hours.

Rahman, who skillfully blends Hindu and other indigenous music with western motifs and instrumentation, is a classical music superstar – India’s John Williams. A second Straz Center concert, on Saturday, is sold out. Tickets for tonight are here.


Movie and a muse

Breton and the Muse, screening Friday evening at the Dali Museum, is a short film created in 2020 to accompany the exhibit Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929. Bay area actress Roxanne Fay, who’ll be in attendance Friday, plays Gala, the soon-to-be wife of Salvador Dali, in a conversation with pioneering surrealist André Breton (Ned Averill-Snell). It’s part of a 6-8 p.m. curated tour of the permanent collection, aimed at explaining (as if it were possible) Gala’s effect and influence on Dali, the great Surrealist. Click here for more details.


And a few more

Nunsense: A-Men, the musical comedy in production at the Jaeb Theatre (part of Tampa’s Straz Center complex) is scheduled to return tonight after a few weeks’ break. Click here for news and tickets.

Neil Simon’s Rose and Walsh, with Stephanie Dunnam and Ryan Patrick Sullivan, is in its second weekend at St. Pete’s freeFall Theatre. Here’s our story on the production.

Tenor saxophonist Jeremy Carter, a bay area stalwart, has assembled another smoking jazz combo for Saturday’s 8 p.m. concert at the Palladium Side Door. It’s a show if film music called “A Night at the Movies.” Tickets.

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