Weekend Top 10: Arts Annual, Lupita’s Revenge, Pinocchio, Rodin, and Reba

How’s that for an eclectic mix of weekend fun in Tampa Bay? We get off to a quick start with several multi-day events opening today, so plan carefully so you can make as many great events as you can!

*** Please Check Websites for events cancelled or postponed due to weather

Thursday Plus+ (Multi-day events)

Lupita’s Revenge – The Historic Asolo Theater
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

Courtesy of Historic Asolo Theater

Shadow Puppetry. On a recent trip to Paris, I learned of this vintage form of theater wherein shadows of performers are watched behind a backlit screen. That’s what compelled me to report this event in Sarasota, our neighbors to the south. The backdrop? Only one of the most historic sites in the Southeast. Lupita’s Revenge takes the audience on Lupita’s thrilling vengeance journey from Mexico to the US.  It’s an intimate evening of visual storytelling about Mexico City’s most decorated luchador known affectionately as “El Guapo”. The characters are portrayed by three shadow puppeteers behind a large screen, performing to the accompaniment of a five-piece band playing Latin American classics.  
November 10th -12th @7pm (pre-show artist talk and post-show tour).
Tickets and information here.

Opening – Better Late by Larry Gelbart – Gulfport Community Players
Catherine Hickman Theater, Gulfport

Courtesy of Gulfport Community Players

Written by MASH creator Larry Gelbart, Better Late tells the story of composer Lee Baer, forced by his wife Nora , to take in her ex-husband, Julian, after Julian’s recent stroke. Tension builds between the two as Julian makes it more and more difficult for Lee to get any songs written. Better Late touches on compelling issues related to aging, apologies, purging guilt, and righting wrongs. It’s a biting, December-December-December, romantic comedy.
November 10th-12th @8 PM, Sat & Sun matinees @ 2PM
Tickets and information here

Opening – A Number by Caryl Churchill
Studio Grand Central, St. Pete

Courtesy of Studio Grand Central

Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons. Features the Off Central Players including artistic director, Ward Smith.
November 10th – 20th Wed-Sun performances (Opening night pre-show champagne toast at 6:45pm) Find times, tickets and other information here

Opening Reception – Creative Pinellas Arts Annual 2022
The Gallery at Creative Pinellas. Largo

**Update: Thursday’s event has been cancelled due to Nicole. Friday & Saturday events remain scheduled.

Courtesy of Creative Pinellas

This evening reception opens a 3-day celebration of the arts in Pinellas County – Arts Annual 2022. Creative Pinellas hosts this yearly Fall fundraiser benefiting the grants and programs that support the arts and artists throughout the county. Enjoy an exhibition from over 20 award-winning artists who live and work in Pinellas County. You’ll also be one of the first to try out the Arts Navigator, a new app that will lead you to more incredible arts experiences on the Arts Coast. Experience music, theatre, dance, films, visual arts and much more over the course of the 3-day event. Don’t miss it!
November 10th-12th Tickets for opening reception, (other programming is free to the public), event schedules and more information here.


Reba McEntire – Reba: Live in Concert
Amalie Arena, Tampa

Courtesy of Amalie Arena

The ginger queen of country and 16-time CMA award winner, comes to town to share her greatest hits like Fancy, I’m a Survivor, and Does he Love You. If you’re a country music fan, this a must attend concert.
November 11th  @7:30pm Get tickets here

Tampa Bay Fall RV Show
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

More and more of us are taking home with us on our travels – it’s cost effective, versatile and a space that’s your own. Also, with the tiny home trend, even more people are calling their RVs home as they hit the open road. New tech and ammenities make RV travel and living state of the art. Here’s a chance to consider your daily or retired life in a whole new way. A new adventure may be waiting for you at the Florida State Fairgrounds!
November 11th – 13th @9am-5pm (9-4 Sunday)Tickets and information here.


Opening – True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete

Courtesy of MFA

This monumental exhibition is the first in the Bay Area to showcase a select survey of Auguste Rodin’s best-known sculptures together with other rare masterworks by leading Impressionist painters. The exhibition will fill the MFA’s iconic Hazel Hough Wing with dozens of sculptures, paintings, photographs, and works on paper from fin-de-siècle Paris.
November 12th – March 26th, 2023
Gallery hours and more information here

Pinocchio (adapted by John Davies) – St. Petersburg Opera Co.
Opera Central, St. Pete

Courtesy of St. Petersburg Opera Company

Fast-moving, colorful, and comical, this one-hour opera in English adapted from Carlo Collodi’s timeless tale includes captivating scenes and songs that highlight the opera’s message about the importance of family, friendship, and telling the truth. Featuring music by Mozart, Donizetti, Offenbach, Verdi, and more – Pinocchio is the perfect introduction to opera for the young and the young at heart! November 12th,13th,19th, and 20th
Tickets, times and more information here.


Book Tour – Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger
Oxford Exchange, Tampa

The Newest thriller by Tampa Bay’s very own New York Times best-selling author, Lisa Unger, is coming or is already at a bookstore near you. Touring all over the country, Unger comes back home Sunday for a book signing at the Oxford Exchange. An early review by author Ruth Ware says “A deliciously tense ride that takes a deep dive into the meaning of family and the price we’ll pay for those we love.”
November 13th Tickets and information here


Off the Wall: A Gallerist Panel
Tully/Levine Gallery
ArtsXchange, Dueces Corridor, St. Pete

Courtesy of The ArtsXchange

Engage in conversation with some very well-known and loved gallerists from St. Pete, and a guest panelist from Wisconsin. The panelists’ galleries are nontraditional in nature, pushing the boundaries of how a gallery can take an active and synergistic role in their relationships with artists, collectors, and the community.
Join the conversation with panelists Bob Devin Jones — The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
Carla Bristol — Gallerie 909, St. Petersburg, FL
Jim Woodfield: Woodfield Fine Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Scott Terry: Mahogany Gallery & Mahogany Black Arts Cultural Center,Racine, WI
November 16th @6:30pm More information here

Have fun and stay safe out there!
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