Weekend Top Ten 11/5-8: SHINE Murals, Ragtime Kings, SarasotaMOD and… Burgers!
Take a break from obsessing about election results. Have a burger! Take a walking tour! Or just rest serenely above it all, in the clouds.
Tampa Bay Burger Week. Find burger deals for $10 or less at more than 35 restaurants from Nov. 5-15. The offerings range from Plain Jane (the award-winning burger at Safety Harbor’s Gigglewaters) to Badass (The Badass Beer Burger at The Mill in St. Pete and Tampa). Deals on Funky Buddha beer, too. A portion of proceeds from Burger Week goes to Feeding Tampa Bay. Just ask for the Tampa Bay Burger Week special. tampabayburgerweek.com.
SarasotaMOD Weekend. Sarasota’s vaunted place in the history of modern architecture gets its due in this annual celebration, which this year is emphasizing open-air tours by car, on foot, or even by kayak. For 2020, the focus is on the dynamic residential and landscape designs of architect Carl Abbott FAIA, who has been beautifying Sarasota and environs for more than 50 years. Read Megan Padilla’s preview of SarasotaMOD and an Abbott exhibition at the Sarasota Art Museum here. 11/6-8, sarasotamod.com.
In the Clouds at MIZE Gallery. It’s an excellent time to look up into the sky for guidance or at least for a bit of respite. For the latest MIZE show, artists were commissioned to create a new piece of art inspired by clouds, either literally, figuratively, or both. ie: Clouds in the Sky, Head in the Clouds, Every Dark Cloud Has a Silver Lining, On Cloud Nine, etc. Opens online Fri. 11/6 at 6 p.m. on Facebook and 7 p.m on Instagram. Gallery hours Saturdays 11 a.m-7 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. MIZE Gallery, 689 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N., Suite C, St. Petersburg.
SHINE Presents Sea Walls: St. Petersburg. St. Pete’s renowned SHINE Mural Festival returns for its sixth year, this time partnering with PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans. Twelve artists, all Florida-based with an emphasis on the Tampa Bay area, will be working from Nov. 7-14 on murals exploring the interconnectedness of human health and environmental health. Other highlights include “Bright Spot” murals made in collaboration with local youth, a community-focused paint-by-number mural, a beach cleanup, and virtual events. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook at @shineonstpete. Find the artists and their walls via the downloadable map at seawalls.org.
Lies at LAB Theater Project. The title of this award-winning new play by Jerry Slaff sounds all too topical, and the subject — although the play is set in 1950— does, too: “an allegory about lying in government, and a meditation on what truth actually is.” An inexperienced public defender tries to win the parole of a notorious German WWII radio propagandist who has a hard time telling the truth. Or does she? You can view the play in person or online. 11/5-22, LAB Theater Project, 812 E. Henderson Ave., Tampa, For tickets and information, click here.
Florida Orchestra: Ragtime Kings. Trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling returns with the irresistible tunes of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy. Songs include The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag, King Porter Stomp, St. Louis Blues and Rialto Ripples. Sat. 11/7, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun. 11/8, 2 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. Info on tickets to live performances here. Free live streaming on Saturday at 8 p.m. Click here for livestreaming info.
And don’t forget:
Letters to Kamala. American Stage’s Digital Theatre Series, part of their 2020-2021 REIMAGINE Season, presents a commissioned work by Rachel Lynett, in which three pioneering women of color in politics — Charlotta Bass, Charlene Mitchell and Patsy Mink — address Kamala Harris and the cultural significance and psychological weight of her vice-presidential nomination. Through 11/8, americanstage.org.
Fairy Tales Reimagined. American Stage’s School Tours have long delighted kids in our area, and now the shows have been reimagined as digital experiences. In their fall production, a family reimagines Grimm’s Fairy Tales when the power goes out. Created by three of the theater company’s talented young powerhouses, Sadie Lockhart, Patrick A. Jackson and Tiffany Ford. 11/7-8, americanstage.org.
War of the Worlds: A Live Drive-In Radio Experience. freeFall Theatre makes a welcome comeback with an innovative solution to the challenge of doing socially-distanced theater. Inspired by Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast, this live radio show is staged outdoors with audiences experiencing the performance drive-in style from their vehicles via car radios or free phone apps. Admission is by vehicle (up to 4 occupants) and vehicles will be parked in the best available spot in the chosen section on a first-come first-served basis. Extended through 12/6, freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, freefalltheatre.com. Buy tickets here.
Kitchen Witches. A very funny play about rival TV cooking show hostesses — think Martha Stewart mixed with Jerry Springer. Through 12/6, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Thursdays through Sundays, 4 p.m. Early Bird Dinner Theater, 3355 49th St. N., Clearwater. 727-446-5898.