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Your weekend arts forecast: Todrick Hall at the Tampa Theatre

Bill DeYoung



Singer, actor and LGBTQ icon Todrick Hall plays Tampa Theatre Friday. Publicity photo.

Ruth Eckerd Hall’s “on the road” series brings singer, actor, dancer and rapper Todrick Hall to the Tampa Theatre Friday night.

Hall, who made it to the semifinals on the ninth season of American Idol, is perhaps best known for his YouTube videos (more than 3.5 million subscribers and 740 million channel views), his role as resident choreographer (and a judge) on RuPaul’s Drag Race, his appearances on Celebrity Big Brother 3 and The Masked Singer, his Broadway roles and the dancefloor songs “I Like Boys,” “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” and, from his latest album Femuline, “Boys in the Ocean,” “Queen” and “Rainin’ Fellas.”

Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are available here.


Easter weekend

The Florida Orchestra is taking Easter weekend off, and will return next week. Similarly, there are no arts or entertainment events scheduled at the Palladium Theater or thestudio@620.


On theater stages

In St. Pete: With the amazing Karole Foreman as Billie Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill continues this weekend at freeFall Theatre (tonight at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., no shows Friday or Sunday). Tickets here. And the American Stage production of Footloose – The Musical is in its second weekend at Demens Landing Park (tickets here).

In Clearwater: National touring productions of the classic musicals South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof have one-nighters at Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday and Monday, respectively. All tickets here.

In Tampa: Catch the Straz Center-produced Little Shop of Horrors (previewed here).

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Photo provided.

For the little ones

The popular stage show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Makes its semi-regular stop at the Mahaffey Theater Friday (6 p.m. showtime). It’s a primary-color adaptation of the award-winning PBS KIDS network program, with music, dancing and stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. Find tickets here.


Fine arts

More than 100,000 people are expected at Vinoy Park Saturday and Sunday for the 47th annual Mainsail Art Festival. Over 250 fine art and craft exhibitors will show, sell and vie for juried prize money. It’s a big ‘ol festival scene, with kids’ activities, food vendors, live music and more. Admission is free; hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg opens Women’s Work: A Survey of Female Photographers Saturday. Taken from the museum’s own extensive collection of photography, it  includes works by historic figures like Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Käsebier, Margaret Bourke-White, Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Imogen Cunningham and others. Runs through Sept. 11.

The Vitale Bros. open their Gulfport studio Friday (7-11 p.m.) for a group art show, The Birds and the Bees. Artists include Tes One, David Williams, Aaron Tullo, Leo Gomez, Jason Harvin, Jeff Williams, Jenipher Chandley, Sarah Shepperd, Jujmo, Ashley Cantero, iBOMS, Zulu Painter, Todd Frain, Inkbeard … and the Vitales. Music by the Wrenchers; 5013 20th Avenue S.


More concerts

Bon Jovi plays Amalie Arena Friday; tickets here.

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder is at the Capitol Theatre Friday, interview here, tickets here.

Rapper Ja Rule and DJ Irie are scheduled to appear Saturday at “Rose All Day,” at the wtr pool, at the Godfrey Hotel, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa. The pool party starts at noon; for details and tickets, click here.


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