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Your weekend arts forecast: Renewals and continuations

Bill DeYoung



"The Rose and the Beast" has been held over at freeFall Theatre. Photo provided.

The Rose and the Beast, freeFall Theatre’s nine-room interactive maze of theatrical wonders, has been extended through the end of August. The company will shortly announce the 2021-22 season. Tickets and info here.

“Sylvia” at Stageworks.

The dog days of August continue: At Stageworks Theatre in Tampa, the comedy Sylvia is entering its second weekend. And Aug. 11 marks Stageworks’ 10th anniversary in its Channelside location. Artistic director Karla Hartley is expected to announce the next season on that day. Tickets and info here.

It’s First Friday Art Walk time again in Gulfport – 5 to 9 p.m. Friday (Aug. 6). Read more about it here.

St. Petersburg native Michelle Dowdy returns from New York, where’s she’s been a star on Broadway and on the cabaret circuit, to perform a cabaret concert at thestudio@620 Saturday. Read more about it here.

Duke Ellington and bassist John Lamb, 1966. A St. Pete resident, Lamb will make a guest appearance at the Palladium concert.

Vocalist Bryan J. Hughes fronts a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington Saturday at the Palladium Theater, backed by an all-star band of area jazz stalwarts, including trumpeter James Suggs, sax player Mike Scaglione, pianist John O’Leary and … well, all the details are here.

Styx, which still counts singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and “JY” Young in the ranks, is at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight (Thursday, Aug. 5). And a few Randy Rainbow tour dates got shuffled this week, including his Aug. 27 show at the Eckerd Hall (moved to January). Here’s Ruth’s website.

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