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Your weekend arts forecast: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the Straz

Bill DeYoung



The Broadway tour of "My Fair Lady" is at Tampa's Straz Center this weekend: Photos: Joan Marcus.

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway Series continues with that old musical warhorse My Fair Lady tonight through Sunday (five performances) in Morsani Hall. That’s in Tampa.

This a professional touring company, Lincoln Center Theatre, with the latest revival of Lerner & Loewe’s 1950s adaptation of Shaw’s Pygmalion – you know, Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, linguistics professor Henry Higgins, “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly” et cetera.

Details and tickets are here.


The big news on the St. Pete side of the bay is the 17th annual Sunscreen Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmakers, starting tonight and running (event-packed) through Sunday. Screenings, panel discussions and other events are held at the AMC 12 Sundial Theaters, and at Greenlight Cinema.

Earlier this week, the Catalyst spoke with French filmmaker Jenna Suru about her feature L’age D’or (The Golden Age), Sunscreen’s closing-night film. Watch that interview here.

Friday, we’ll go into tight focus on writer/director Clinton Cromwell’s 12 Months, which screens Saturday.

For a complete Sunscreen schedule, and tickets, navigate here.


“The Golden Age.” Belle Epoque Films.


The orchestra

The Florida Orchestra will announce its 2022-23 season next week. In the meantime, conductor Stuart Chafetz has the reins for this weekend’s Pops concert, “Superhero Soundtracks.” Here are the orchestral themes and more from Batman, Spider-Man, Man of Steel, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and a few left-of center titles like “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Plus a sentimental favorite for this writer, the theme from The Rocketeer.

The program is presented Friday in Ferguson Hall (Straz Center), Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Full program listing and tickets here.


On theater stages

Ybor City’s LAB Theater Project has just opened the drama The Sugar Ridge Rag, about two brothers who take very different paths when the Vietnam War looms. Playwright Phillip Middleton Williams will be present for a talkback after Friday night’s performance. The show runs Thursdays-Saturdays (including tonight) through May 15. Details and tickets here.

The Straz Center’s production of the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors is in its final weekend (Jaeb Theatre). Shows are Thursday through Sunday; tickets are here.

Ann, the one-woman show by Taylor Holland that gives us Texas governor Ann Richards in all her salty and unconventional glory, is presented at thestudio@620 tonight through May 8. Here’s our conversation with actress Bonnie Agan and director Lisa Powers Tricomi. Tickets are here.

The gigantic, celebratory American Stage production of Footloose – The Musical continues this weekend, and next, under the stars in Demens Landing Park. Tickets.


Spotlight: Palladium

Big things are on the menu at the Palladium Theater. Tonight, La Fiesta: Pianist Zach Bartholomew and his trio (Paul Gavin, drums; Mauricio Rodriguez, bass) pay tribute to the late, great Chick Corea. The annual Beacon dance concert is Friday night (read all about it here); Mediterranean guitar master (and PBS favorite) Pavlo performs Sunday with his world music band. All Palladium tickets.


And still more

Limp Bizkit is at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center tonight. Tickets.

Featuring a company of 20 “world-class” dancers, The International Classic Ballet Theatre is in residence Sunday and Monday at the Mahaffey Theater. The program includes dances from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and other classic ballets, along with modern steps (in the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers style), modern dance, hopak, kan and gypsy. The company was founded by former prima ballerina Marina Medvetskaya. For showtimes and tickets, venture here.

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