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Your weekend arts forecast: The calm after the storm

Bill DeYoung

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Dancer Marquis Floyd will perform during Sunday's Creative Pinellas virtual event. Photo: Creative Pinellas

That nasty Eta put the kibosh on any Wednesday work for the SHINE Mural Festival artists – they were told by the sponsoring St. Petersburg Arts Alliance to stay away from their half-completed walls while the rainy wind, windy rain and tornado warning blew through.

Assuming there’s an Eta-free “go” signal today, the muralists should be back out in force, as the designated finishing line (festival’s end) is Saturday.

That happens to be the very day of the Arts Alliance’s monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk; the free trolleys still aren’t running, because of Covid and all, but most of the participating studios and galleries will be open for your (masked) perusal.

Different venues are posting different hours for ArtWalk; click here for the who’s who and the what’s when.

Arts Annual

Our friends at Creative Pinellas have a big day Sunday. The 2020 Arts Annual Virtual Festival, from 4 to 6 p.m., features a cross-section of local talents performing, creating, talking, singing and otherwise doing stuff, to benefit the hardworking non-profit arts organization that brings so much to the community.

Scheduled to perform are Elizabeth Barenis, Daniel Barojas, Christina Bertsos, Gregory Byrd, Linda Costa Cheranichit, La Lucha, Marquis Floyd, Don Gialanella, Victoria Jorgensen, Steven Kenny, Paula Kramer with Charlotte Johnson, Dave Manson with EMIT Jazz Trio, Becca McCoy, Gloria Munoz and Tom Sivak.

This fundraising event corresponds with the Arts Annual Group Exhibition, featuring the work of more than 30 stellar Pinellas County artists. You can tour this exhibition during the streaming event, or visit in person at 12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo, Saturday through Dec. 20.

For tickets and additional details, click here.

TFO shows

Hello Florida Orchestra: This weekend’s socially-distanced concerts at the Mahaffey Theater are: Stuart Malina conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, which includes the Concerto for Flute and Harp featuring TFO’s Clay Ellerbroek and Anna Kate Mackl, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s evening performance will also be livestreamed.

Both days at 5 p.m., Daniel Black (recently named Resident Conductor) leads the (reduced in size) orchestra on Brass With a Beat, which includes Jim Parker’s A Londoner in New York, Bach’s Sinfonia, Jan Koetsier’s Symphony for Brass, Gabrieli’s Canzon and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Details and tickets are here.

Buoyant talk

Artist Derrick Adams, whose bright, appealing paintings are currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg (the exhibition is called Buoyant), will participate in a Zoom interview Saturday with Celeste Davis, curator of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. It’s free to join the 10:30-11:30 a.m. livecast; register here.

Also this weekend

“Lies” at Lab Theater Project: William Statzer and Katherine Stenzel.

War of the Worlds, the “drive-in radio” production in the parking lot of freeFall Theater

The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, for the 28th consecutive year, this time all virtual

Always … Patsy Cline, a musical drama, in the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theatre

Kate: The Unexamined Life of Katharine Hepburn, a virtual production from American Stage

Lies, Jerry Slaff’s drama, in both live and virtual editions, from Ybor City’s LAB Theater Project

The Tampa Bay Symphony, with a program called Chamber Delights, Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Palladium Theater

News of the upcoming

Just so you know: The Factory St. Pete gets a “First Look” weekend Dec. 11 and 12 – the first night is a ticketed event to support Keep St. Pete Lit; the next day will be a free, all-day event with fun stuff for all. Details are here.

Twilight: Los Angeles (1992), the one-woman show (written by Anna Deveare Smith), opens Nov. 17 at the Jaeb Theatre, in Tampa’s Straz Center complex. The performer is the bay area’s wildly talented Andresia Mosely; we’ll be speaking with her Friday in the Catalyst.

This one slipped in under the radar: Music legend Chris Hillman, from the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band, will perform an acoustic show Jan. 16 at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, with fellow musician’s musicians Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson. Hillman’s autobiography, Time Between, will be published next week. It’s listed on Hillman’s website as the opening date on a tour; tickets are not yet available on the Central Park site.

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