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Your weekend arts forecast: Some of this and some of that

Bill DeYoung



Shirley Manson and Garbage are onstage tonight in Tampa. Publicity photo.

Pride Month in St. Pete comes to a full rolling boil this weekend, with the bayfront festival and parade happening Saturday.

Find all details on official Pride events – dates, times, locations – at this link.

The weekend’s stage entertainment is packed with awesomeness, as stage and screen star Idina Menzel performs Friday at Jannus Live (here are five reasons to not miss this concert).

Let’s talk about Sunday. From noon until 5 p.m., the Grand Central Street Fair takes over Central Avenue, between 20th and 28th Streets. That means no vehicles allowed, and that means fun and festivities, vendors and access to all the shops and restaurants in the vicinity.

Live entertainment includes a large mainstage behind the Cocktail Bar, 2355 Central, with performances by ‘80s pop superstars Tiffany and Sheena Easton (organizers say the headliners will likely go on in the 2:30-3 p.m. range).

Everything is free. See you there.

The Dirty John’s gang, photographed for a recent appearance at Chad Mize’s SPACE. Photo provided.


“Dirty” John Huls and his sketch comedy crew are back at thestudio@620 tonight, plus Friday and Saturday nights (although Friday was sold out at press time). It’s the “vaudeville style celebration” Gays ‘R Us, and you can find more info (and tickets) at this link.

And the RuPaul’s Drag Race live show is at Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday (tickets here). The participants are Asia O’Hara, Bosco, DeJa Skye, Lady Camden, Rosé, Laganja Estranja and Mistress Isabelle Brooks from Season 15.


More concerts

Tonight at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the Milwaukee band Garbage shares the evening with Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds (advance word is that half of Gallagher’s set consists of chestnuts from his Oasis days).

“Noel doesn’t remember this, but we met a long time ago, and he was so cool to me that I’ve always had nothing but love for him,” Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson told the Chicago Sun-Times this week. “He has a special place in my heart, so I’m excited to go out [to tour] with him. He’s one of Britain’s premier songwriters.”

Find tickets here.

Georgia blues singer and guitarist EG Kight, who plays Friday at the Palladium Theater Side Door, is a 2023 nominee for Female Artist at the Independent Blues Awards. Raves American Songwriter: “She’s as classy, sassy, confident and credible as they come. Kight provides new hues for the blues while ensuring they remain compelling and engaging all at the same time.” Tickets.

The reunion starts now: Glenn Danzig and the other original members of “horror” punk pioneers the Misfits are back on the road and kicking off a summer tour Saturday at Mid-Florida. Dave Mustaine’s thrash metal band Megadeth shares the bill, along with the ageless punk outfit Fear, with singer Lee Ving. Tickets.


Kudos to the cast of Stageworks’ “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” Photo: Stage Photography of Tampa.



It’s the final weekend for The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Stageworks Theatre (Tampa); all shows are sold out.

Also taking its final bows with shows between tonight and Sunday afternoon: The drama Disgraced at American Stage (St. Petersburg). Tickets are here.

At St. Pete’s freeFall Theatre, the original musical OZ is still going strong (it’ll be there through July 9); find tickets here. There won’t be a performance Friday night, however, as OZ composer Michael Raabe is leading a singalong concert called Off to Sing the Wizard – songs from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz and other projects related to author L. Frank Baum and his creations. Alison Burns, Sara Delbeato, Pranysqa  Mishra and Nia Jamison-Sissle are the vocalists. Tickets for the “FreeFall Sings” event are here.

The Weekend arts forecast appears every Thursday in the Catalyst

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