Weekend Top 10: ArtWalks, Art Bikes, Circus Art, and Smooth Bublé

This week, many kids went back to school, so there’s no better reason to get out this weekend and celebrate. Er, I mean, spend some quality time with friends and loved ones exploring Tampa Bay. Yeah, that’s it. Let’s go with that. In any case, LET’S GO!!


In Dialogue: Unexpected Visual Conversations
American Art From the Joselyn Art Museum, Omaha NE
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete

Mickalene Thomas
American b.1971

New this week, was the opening of a new exhibition at MFA, born of their participation in the Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership – an innovative art lending model that has facilitated the collection of American art borrowed from the Joselyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleven nineteenth century, modern, and contemporary works will be on display at The Museum of Fine Arts until August of next year. The works will appear juxtaposed to MFA permanent collection works to evoke comparison and conversation.
Open now – More information

Something Clean by Selena Fillinger
Studio Grand Central, St. Pete

Courtesy of SGC

It’s the opening night for this thought-provoking new drama by Selena Fillinger at one of the ‘Burg’s newest theater venues. Previously the Andi Matheny Acting Studio, Studio Grand Central has already boasted some powerful productions with a very promising and ambitious upcoming season. Something Clean, the story of a woman whose world is upended when her child is incarcerated for a heinous crime, is directed by SGC artistic director, Ward Smith, and features Debbie Yones, Alan Mohney, Jr., and Troy Brooks.
Opens August 11th – August 28th
Thu-Sat 7:30pm Sun 3pm matinees
90 minute runtime Tickets & information


An Artful Home
Atelier de SoSi, St. Pete

It’s the opening reception for another innovative offering at Atelier. An Artful Home promises to show us “how art can be both functional and beautiful in your home.” The gallery space will be transformed into a reimagined living space, displaying functional art such as tableware, glassware, lighting, textiles, and furnishings. More traditional art and sculpture round out the offerings as you imagine how to infuse art into your daily living.
August 12th 7-10pm More information

Exhibits in the Zoo by Matt Harmon
Stageworks Theatre , Tampa

Courtesy of Think Tank Theatre

Think Tank Theatre’s 2022 TYA Playwrights Festival features this very moving piece that, in addition to being a finalist in Think Tank’s 2021 festival, also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. A WWll era drama that sees the world through the literal and figurative lens of a young boy in Warsaw, Poland. Exhibits in the Zoo boasts a stellar cast of well-known local actors and is directed by Kara-Gold Harris.
August 12th-21st Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm matinee
Tickets & information (1 preview on Thur, Aug 11th @7:30)


An Evening with Michael Bublé
Amalie Arena, Tampa

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum crooner, Michael Bublé is hitting the road for his new Higher tour – a 27-city US tour stopping this Saturday in Tampa. Bublé’s just released album of the same name (Higher), is his ninth top 10 on Billboard’s Album Sales Chart. He could sing the phone book, as far as I’m concerned. (when we actually had phone books, that is). Bring someone you love.
August 13th 8pm (doors open 60-90 minutes ahead of showtime)
Tickets & information

At the Circus Artist Reception
The Hive, St. Pete

Art by: John Gascot

Everybody’s ‘buzzing’ about this opening night reception at The Hive. (I promise never to do that again.) It’s a collective exhibition of local artists inspired by a fun and welcome central theme – the circus! Come and let your inner child relive the fun and memories of the greatest show on earth. There will be face painting, popcorn, tarot reader and more, so bring the fam.
August 13th 3-6pm Free to the public
More information

Second Saturday ArtWalk
All over St. Pete

I wanted to give you a couple of highlights for the upcoming Second Saturday ArtWalk. Participating galleries, studios, and arts venues cover so much territory – good thing the trolleys are running again! Here are just two ideas:

  1. The Factory has multiple activities, but the pop-up, Somewhere Store, sounds amazing. Eight Tampa Bay emerging fashion designers and creators will be on hand to show and sell you
    beautiful things.
  2. 2- The Artlofts at Florida CraftArt is hosting the opening reception of Encaustic Treasures…. A Florida Wax Show. Artist meet & greet, demos, and all the good things. All events free to the public.   August 13th 5-9pm More information w/ map & trolley guide

Courtesy of Factory on Fifth

Bicycles & Arts Extravaganza
Factory on Fifth, Tampa

Headliner, Well Built Bikes, proves that engaging art is created out of many mediums – including all the parts of classic bicycles. Consider the possibilities and prepare to be wowed. I really hope one of the participating artists is named Schwinn.
That would be perfect.
August 13th 5-9pm More information


Second Sunday Market & Art Walk
Heights Public Market – Armature Works, Tampa

Courtesy of Armature Works

In our ongoing search for Tampa Bay’s best weekend markets, here’s one that is definitely calendar worthy. Every Second Sunday there is a huge art walk and vendor fair featuring a multitude of artists, artisans, makers, and purveyors of deliciousness. Each month, participating vendors rotate, so there is always something fresh and new to see, (and eat). This is a don’t miss, I promise.
August 14th 11am-3pm Free to the public  
More information


The weekend’s over, but it’s Tampa Bay, so there’s even cool stuff to do on a Tuesday!

Courtesy of Tombolo Books

Love in the Time of Serial Killers:
An Evening with Alicia Thompson
Tombolo Books, St. Pete

One of the ‘Burg’s very favorite book stores, Tombolo Books, continues to showcase and support local writers. This book reading and signing by popular Florida author, Alicia Thompson, features her new book which asks the question, are you dateable if you’re obsessed with True Crime? I’d like to know the answer to that….asking for a friend.
August 16th 7-8pm More information

Have fun and stay safe out there!
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