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Your weekend arts forecast: One person’s ‘Trashed’ is another one’s art

Bill DeYoung



"Mountain of Trash" by Patrice Pfeiffer, on view Friday at Atelier de sosi Gallery.

Atelier de sosi, St. Pete’s most consistently interesting art gallery, opens a new show Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Trashed collects works by a select group of artists; 85 percent of the materials have been found or otherwise “set aside.” So it’s recycling with an even higher-than-usual purpose. Details are here.

There’s another unique themed exhibit opening Saturday at Mize Gallery. It’s Interwoven, spotlighting the multimedia fiber work of 15 local and national artists. The reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Check it out here.

Sculptor Janet Echelman – her Bending Arc floats gracefully overhead at the St. Pete Pier – is the juror for this weekend’s annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in downtown Tampa. Admission to the 25-acre site is free.

Legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac, who famously spent his final years as a resident of St. Petersburg, will be celebrated Friday with a 6 p.m. reception at thestudio@620. It’s for a new art exhibit, including the works of 47 visual artists and poets in honor of what would have been the scribe’s 100th birthday this month. The exhibit will be on view through the 31st.

There’s more Kerouac on the horizon; look for details in the Catalyst Friday.

Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday along those quaint downtown streets. At the Brenda McMahon Gallery, Artist of the Month Michel Demetria will talk about Exceptional Women, her series of paintings of public and lesser-known impactful figures, including Amanda Gorman, Carole King, Bette Midler, Michelle Obama and other.

Celtic Woman. Publicity photo.

All Celtic, all the time

Friday brings the all-Irish singing, all-woman group Celtic Woman back to the Mahaffey Theater for its annual visit. This time around, the group includes Chloe Agnew, Muirgen O’Mahoney, Megan Walsh and singer, violinist and harpist Tara McNeill.

Former member Susan McFadden will join the cross-country tour later in the month (although she won’t be at the St. Pete show). This show is named after the group’s recent Postcards From Ireland album.

Close enough for St. Patricks Day, a Celtic Woman performance is a wondrous multi-media affair, with a “robust ensemble” of Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing bodhran, tin whistle, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes and other genuine Celtic instruments. Tickets are here.


Hogwarts ‘n all

The 2005 film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – the fourth one in the H.P. series – will be screened in high definition Friday and Saturday at Morsani Hall, inside Tampa’s David A. Straz Center, with The Florida Orchestra performing the Patrick Doyle score live. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are here.

“Crowns” at the Straz Center. Publicity photo.


Bob Devin Jones, the ringmaster at thestudio@620, directed Regina Taylor’s gospel-music drama Crowns at the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theatre (read about it here). The gospel music drama is in its final weekend – there are evening shows Friday and Saturday, and matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are here.

Meanwhile, Jobsite Theater has moved from its temporary home in the Jaeb back to the Shimberg Playhouse, next door at the Straz Center, where the long-awaited production of A Clockwork Orange opens tonight. Here’s our story, with ticket info.

David Zarko’s dramedy Soup is now in Weekend No. 2 at LAB Theatre Project in Ybor City. Read all about it.


And still more

The annual Outlaw Country Cruise has just returned to port in South Florida, and three of its headliners have landlocked shows here this weekend, on their way back north. To wit: Rodney Crowell (we talked with him a few days ago) is at the Capitol Theatre Friday, followed on Saturday by Lucinda Williams. And the amazing Elizabeth Cook performs Saturday at Skipper’s Smokehouse.

Capitol Theatre tickets here

Skipper’s Smokehouse tickets here

And here’s a plug for the family-friendly magic show Masters of Illusion, playing Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday (tickets here).

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    Patrice Pfeiffer

    March 5, 2022at4:00 pm

    Thanks for the mention! It’s a very cool art show and my second time exhibiting there! What a wonderful group of people! The art is always diverse and fun!


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