Weekend Top 10: A Straz Double-Header, Nude Art, and Rolling With the Doobies

By: Cindy Stovall

It’s a great week for theater, avant garde art, the exciting return of some rock icons….plus french fries! There’s something for everyone, so mark your calendars and get out there.

Thursday

Courtesy of the Straz Center

Nunsense: A-Men

Book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin
Jaeb Theater, Straz Center, Tampa

Last night was opening night for the raucous musical, Nunsense: A-Men, at Straz Center’s Jaeb Theater – part of the Straz produced series showcasing the cream of Tampa Bay’s talented crop. Award winning performer and local fave, Matthew McGee stars as the Mother Superior who leads her motley flock of (brothers cast as) sisters in the effort to raise funds needed to bury 52 fellow nuns who were accidentally poisoned by eating Sister Julia’s soup. Hilarity ensues as a talent show is Mother Superior’s answer to raise those funds.  
7:30pm  with 2pm and 4pm matinees
Runs through Aug.7th
strazcenter.org

Summer One Acts
Gulfport Community Players
Catherine Hickman Theater, Gulfport

This is the 20th anniversary of Summer One Acts, a mainstay of Gulfport Community Players season each year. For 2022, nine short plays featuring comedy and light drama will be staged over an eleven-day period for your theater going pleasure. All nine one acts will be performed each night starting on July 14th, so there’s simply no excuse to miss it!
July 14th-24th 
gulfportcommunityplayers.org

Friday

Courtesy of the StrazCenter

Animals Out of Paper By Rajiv Joseph
Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center, Tampa

Two big openings this week at the Straz. Nunsense at Jaeb and the opening of Animals Out of Paper at Shimberg Playhouse – a production of resident Theater company, Jobsite and artistic director, David Jenkins. Directed by ensemble member, Tatiana Baccari in her Jobsite directorial debut, this thoughtful comedy/drama by the Pulitzer-nominated Joseph is a story of loss, renewal and the good things that can happen when you let people in – all told through the lens of the ancient art of Origami. (There is a preview performance this evening as well.)
July 15th – August 7th  
Thurs-Sat shows 8pm Sunday – 4pm matinee
jobsitetheater.org

French Fry Festival
3 Daughters Brewery, St. Pete

It’s a gastronomical event of the highest order (up). 3 Daughters Brewery celebrates the scrumptious french fry and all that goes with it so deliciously. Some of the most popular local food trucks and their chefs will be there to give your tastebuds the sensory overload they deserve. Participants include Panz Pizza Cones, Maggie on the Move, Flip’n Tasty Filipino, and Anju Korean Gastro. If your mouth is watering, then you should do something about that.
July 15th 6-10pm admission is free

Friday & Saturday

Skin! The “Sexy” Art Show
The Art Institute of Tampa
, Tampa

In the words of Monty Python – And now for something completely different. The focus of Skin! Is to showcase work that celebrates the nude in art and fashion. There will be world-class national and local artists, entertainers, and performers. Patrons can expect a large collection of artwork, deejays, interactive activities and exhibits, body painting , and a “less dressed” outfit competition with prizes.
July 15th & 16th
6pm-midnight
www.skinartshow.com

Saturday

Youth Poetry Open Mic Hosted by Miesha Brundridge
The Studio @620, St. Pete

This afternoon poetry event is geared specifically for middle and high school students. Ms. Brundridge is a writer interested in giving students a safe space to express themselves openly, and to open the door to a love of literature through poetry, writing, spoken word, rap, and performance.  Community leaders offer their time and mentorship to stack the odds in favor of heathy and productive futures for the student attendees. Sponsored by
Keep St. Pete Lit Free admission- Donations accepted
July 16th 3pm
www.thestudioat620.org

Giulio Gallarotti
Coastal Creative, St. Pete

NYC based comedian and podcaster, Gallarotti comes to St. Pete for an evening of hilarity at Coastal Creative. He is a veteran of TV, MTV, and Comedy Central. His podcast Oops, is a perennial itunes top rated show. He even is scheduled to appear on Pete Davidson’s new project, Pete Davidson and Best Friends on Netflix. Giuliogallarotti.com
July 16th 8-10pm
coastalcreativetv.com

Tuesday

Gulfport Fresh Market
Beach Blvd., Gulfport

Even through the Summer, the Gulfport Fresh Market remains a wonderful way to spend a Tuesday. You can always catch your neighbors strolling down and around Beach Blvd. in the waterfront district. Stella’s is open for brunch along with so many other coffee houses and restaurants. Shop for arts and crafts, gourmet goodies, produce, and stop in all the cool shops and galleries. It’s just a perfect little day. I personally always stop at the cheese lady and buy a plant from Chuck & Inez. The market is very dog friendly, but watch their paws in the heat.
9am-3pm
visitgulfportflorida.com

Movies With Matthew Presents:
Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl
freeFall Theatre, St. Pete

Matthew McGee, as mentioned earlier, is not only a much-loved local performer, he is also community outreach director at freeFall. He and the brilliant team over there have come up with so many fun and entertaining programming add-ons. As part of freeFall’s Summer with Simon, The Goodbye Girl, starring Richard Dreyfuss in his Oscar winning role, and Marsha Mason will be shown and features a brief pre-screening talk/Q&A with film lover McGee.
July 19th, 7pm
freefalltheatre.com

Wednesday

Courtesy Doobie Bros. website

The Doobie Brothers w/ Michael McDonald
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Ok Boomers, here’s a treat for us – and the following generations too, if they’re smart. After several delays, The 50th Anniversary Tour (I hear you gasping – it’s true), of The Doobies and their blue-eyed music wizard will finally be here Wednesday night. Their blend of classic and pop rock classics, like Listen to the Music, What a Fool Believes, and Long Train Runnin’ will be a salve to your soul. Nothing like a little nostalgia to recharge.
July 20th, 7:30pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Have fun and stay safe! Cindy