We’re baaaaack! And with a new format. I’m still choosing 10 events (well, fudging it here and there, so it might seem like 11). But I’m not ranking them — just listing them in chronological order from Thursday-Sunday. Hope it’s useful — and I’ll see you out there!
A Shayna Maidel at Innovocative Theatre. A survivor of World War II is reunited with her father and sister in America in a hopeful story about a Jewish family finding their way back to each other. Innovocative performs at the Channel District home of Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. innovocativetheatre.org.
Meat Loaf at the Cap; Air Supply at Ruth Eckerd.
Are you all out of love? Do you seek paradise by the dashboard light? Then you should fly like a bat out of hell to Clearwater, though you’ll have to choose: Meat Loaf’s band, Neverland Express, led by American Idol Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson, plays the Cap at 8 and the venerable popsters Air Supply (left) play Ruth Eckerd at the same time. rutheckerdhall.com.
TFO Pops! Lush Life: Ellington & Strayhorn. The music and story of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, who collaborated on some of the most beloved jazz standards of all time, including “Take The A Train” and “Satin Doll.” Byron Stripling conducts and plays trumpet. 1/10, 8 p.m., Straz Center; 1/11, 2 & 8, Mahaffey Theater. floridaorchestra.org.
Through 1/18 (Reception 1/10)
Florida CraftArt: The Artists of ArtLofts. The 19 award-winning and emerging artists working in studios directly above the Florida CraftArt Gallery at 5th and Central present recent drawings, encaustic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Artists include Javier Dones, Julie Dye, Mavis Gibson, Susan Hess, Brian James, Gilbert Johnson, Beth Kauffman, Betsy Orbe Lester, Carol O’Bryon, Kirk Palmer, Karen Porter, Amanda Pratt, Rebecca Skelton, Brandy Stark, Kas Turner, Joe Walles, Lee West, Rick Whalen, and Donna Winchester. Meet them at the artists’ reception 1/10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. floridacraftart.org.
Please Stand By: A TV Themed Exhibit at MIZE Gallery. A group exhibit featuring new works inspired by television. Each artist selected from a curated list of TV shows (1950s-current) and worked on a 18 x 12″ canvas. Opening reception 1/10, 6-10 p.m., MIZE Gallery, 689 Dr. MLK Jr St. N, Unit C, St. Petersburg.
Through Our Eyes: Midtown And Beyond. The 15th Annual Journeys in Journalism Exhibition at the Studio@620 gives students in grades K-12 in South St. Pete the chance to share their worlds via writing and photography. Opening Reception, 1/10, 5-7 p.m.; Second Saturday Art Walk, 1/11, 5-9 p.m., studio620.org.
Randall Bramblett Band at Side Door Cabaret. Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett has played with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Steve Winwood to Bettye LaVette, with multiple albums to his credit as frontman and soloist. St. Pete’s Someday Honey opens, and anyone who brings a non-perishable food item to the show will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to see Willy Porter at the Palladium on March 12. mypalladium.org.
I Am… at Morean Arts Center. A group exhibition that proposes a new way to overcome the ineffectiveness of prejudgment through the lens of a multitude of photographers from various parts of the globe. Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi. Pictured: Liz Guarracino’s portrait of Sunday Ray. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, moreanartscenter.org.
Palladium Jazz Awards: Celebrating Herb, Kitty and Majid! An all-star jazz concert and jam session at the Palladium to honor photographer Herb Snitzer, vocalist Kitty Daniels and drummer Majid Shabazz. Concert at 4 p.m., Hough Hall, followed by jam session in the Side Door Cabaret. mypalladium.org.
Tibetan Monks at Florida CraftArt.
Witness the step-by-step creation of a traditional Sand Mandala – an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism — by eight Tibetan monks, who will also chant, perform music and dances, and share Tibetan culture and traditions. The monks’ mission is to share the message of compassion; to create peaceful communities that work together toward world peace; to provide a window into ancient Tibetan culture; and to raise funds for the 2,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks living in exile at Drepung Gomang Monastery in India. Chanting at 10:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free admission to the gallery. Donations are requested for the monks. Tibetan handcrafted art is for sale. floridacraftart.org.