dR Daily 7/12-14: A Top Ten Weekend
No summer doldrums around here. Maybe it’ll slow down a bit in August, but there’s a slew of summer art, theater and music openings this weekend, providing ample excuse to escape into healthful air-conditioning.
- Jobsite Theater’s Constellations is about the romantic relationship between a beekeeper and a cosmologist, but it branches out into everything from quantum mechanics to ballroom dancing as it explores the many directions two lives can take. Two powerful actors, Giles Davies and Georgia Mallory Guy, take the leading roles. Through 8/4, jobsitetheater.org.
- The artists Babette Herschberger and Ry McCullough met only last year, but their work in Tongue and Groove, curated by Arthouse3’s Kathy Gibson, has a strikingly complementary aesthetic. If you haven’t already discovered the spacious Gallery at Creative Pinellas, nestled in Largo’s Pinewood Cultural Park, this show — along with Akiko Kotani’s stunning installation, Unbound — are excellent reasons to seek it out. Through 7/28, creativepinellas.org.
- For Pivot, the Imagine Museum put out an “open call” to artists for glass artworks that reflected a pivotal moment in the artist’s career path, process and/or artistic direction. The result: works from all over the globe that reflect the diversity of the studio glass movement, from the whimsical glass macarons of Nashville-based Meredith Edmondson to CLEO, the “Crystal Light Emitting Object” created by the robotics/glassblower team of Mike Soroka & Jeremy Sinkus. Through 12/22, imaginemuseum.com.
- At the Dunedin Fine Art Center, it’s a summer cut from whole cloth: six count ‘em six Quilts & Textiles exhibits, exploring color-riffic variations both traditional and contemporary. Through 8/18, dfac.org.
- At the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, The Fabric of India features 140 examples from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections illustrating the variety, technical sophistication, and adaptability of Indian textiles from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Through 10/13, ringling.org.
- Singers have been reaching for their corner of the sky ever since Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin landed on Broadway in 1972; now freeFall Artistic Director Eric Davis is putting his own spin on the material, with a must-see cast that includes Alison Burns-Jackson and Matthew McGee, who plays Pippin’s father and grandmother. Through 8/11, freefalltheatre.com.
- Mary J. Blige and Nas. “No More Drama”? Who you kiddin’? A prime reason to see Mary J. Blige live is because she brings the drama — few performers are as dynamic in person as Mary J., whose acting chops help her deliver songs with unmatched passion. 7/13, 8 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, livenation.com.
- Sup Cones 2. Another product of the ever-hoppin’ imagination of Chad Mize and his MIZE Gallery: the second incarnation of a group exhibition that invited artists to submit works inspired by hip-hop culture and ice cream, with tasty results. Opening night is tonight (7/12); there will be ice cream! Through July, chadmize.com.
- Dunedin Orange Festival. You should definitely try to squeeze this sweet little festival into your weekend plans. Food, fashion, music, brews and, of course, all things citrus down by the water in Dunedin. 7/13, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Edgewater Park, Dunedin. dunedinorangefestival.com.
- Chihuly on the cheap! Check this: the usually pricey Chihuly Collection is celebrating its 9th (!) anniversary by charging only $5 admission all weekend. moreanartscenter.org.