Countdown to GASP!: Here's the complete lineup for Friday's big bash

It's the everything fest — and here's what's happening when.

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You know an event is big when it takes two days just to blog about the first and second hours. Or maybe that's just me over-sharing.

But seriously, there is so much to see and hear and taste at GASP! — CL's multi-discliplinary performing arts fest taking place Friday, March 27 from 6-10 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art — that it's hard to fit in all in one post.

And trust me — as in any festival worth the name, the FOMO factor will be in full effect.  

To assuage your own fears of missing out, here's the full lineup of performers, listed by genre, and where to find them.

(The Gasp!Room)
6:30-7: Stageworks’ Teen Creatives Team: The Bully Plays. Students from Stageworks Theatre’s Teen Acting Intensive perform original plays about bullying written by the students themselves, plus selections from The Bully Plays, a powerful collection of 10-minute plays by established playwrights.
7:15-7:45 & 9:30-10: Karleigh Chase: Memoirs of a Painted Woman. The versatile Chase delves into the private lives of some of the most famous “muses” in art history, including Mona Lisa, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Frida Kahlo, and even that grouchy farmer's wife from Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”
8-8:30: Autumn Widdoes: Lame C(ity)++. A five-person troupe performs Widdoes’ dark comedy of corporate intrigue.
8:45-9:15: Jeanne Adams: Tales Untold. A solo show inspired by the stories of “experiencers,” people who claim to have had encounters with alien species.

(The Improvatorium)
6-10: Improv Marathon hosted by Post-Dinner Conversation. A four-hour marathon of improv troupes from all over Florida.

(Plaza & Atrium, various times)
Avant-Guardian. In this new project from Zachary Hines and Colleen Cherry of Coco & Homo fame, the audience determines which song the duo will sing, the style they’ll sing it in, even the costumes they’ll wear. Their team will be soliciting your votes from 6-7, the winning song will be announced at 7, and from then on you get to coach them while they rehearse for their big number. (6-7, Plaza; Ongoing, North Atrium; 9:35, Plaza)

Improbable Athenaeum: Mac Wellman’s Speculations. The always inventive IA crew is literally taking apart an essay by famed playwright Mac Wellman: cutting it apart, throwing strips of text into a hat, then asking the audience to pick snippets and read them to the actors to tell them what they have to do. With lines like “only the wicked walk in circles,” this should be something to see. (6 p.m. and various times, Plaza)

(Norm's Place — TMA second floor)
Heard ’Em Say Youth Arts Collective. The teen poets of Heard ‘Em Say perform poems they wrote in response to Rockwell’s powerful paintings from the Civil Rights era, many of which are now on view in a special exhibition at the TMA (see below). A youth open mic and the group’s monthly poetry slam will follow the Rockwell performance. (Norman Rockwell Ekphrastic: 7:30-8:30; Open Mic/Poetry Slam: 8:45-10)

(Second floor, ongoing)
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. TMA’s blockbuster Norman Rockwell retrospective (see Megan Voeller’s review) is open throughout the evening to GASP! attendees.


(Plaza & Atrium, various times)
The Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit. MIFU’s rowdy tribe of roving musicians will kick off the night with a blast of good-time N’awlins funk on the museum plaza. (6 and various times, Gasp!arilla Plaza)
Jon Shea & Noel Rochford. Stand-up bass and ukelele virtuosi, performing solo and together. (North Atrium)
Bayfolk. Reggae funk from Hector Mayoral (of Acho Brother fame) and Paul Giannotti.  (7-7:30 & 8:45-9:15, Plaza) 
Sparky! aka Marc Sterling. A one-man band, Sparky sings, plays drums, and strums cowboy chords “as loud as I possibly can” in genres ranging from Merseybeat to hardcore punk. (7:45 & 9:45, Plaza)
UNRB. Noel Rochford’s rollicking ska/rock band, performing originals and covers and bringing the party wherever they go. (8:15 & 9:15, Plaza)

(Atriums, various times)
 Impulse Pole Dance. Gawk-worthy choreographic feats from Best of the Bay-winning dancer Sarah Murray and company. (6, 6:30, 7:45, 8:45 and ongoing, South Atrium)
Collective Soles Dance Company. Catch their distinctive contemporary vibe in improvs with Jon Shea and Noel Rochford in their first set, then enjoy choreographed pieces in their next two sets, including the enigmatic “Mask.” (6:45-7, 7:30-7:45 & 8:30-8:45, North Atrium)
Moving Current Dance Collective. They stole the show in last year’s GASP! (remember the balloons?) and this year they’re back with a powerful program that includes both solo and group work. (8 & 9, North Atrium)

(Plaza & Atrium)
6-6:30: Scott & Patti. The beloved mother-and-son duo (aka Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel) kick off the proceedings with their inimitable musical rivalry. 

click to enlarge Ward Hall. - Lori Ballard.
Lori Ballard.
Ward Hall.
(Plaza & Atrium, various times)
Ward Hall, King of the Sideshow. The legendary carnival star, a highlight of GASP! 2014, returns with his unique brand of vaudeville showmanship. (6-7 p.m. and various times, Plaza & Atrium)
Daniel Funk, The Human Blockhead. The man with the indescribable talents, back by popular demand. (6-7 p.m. and various times, Plaza)

(North Atrium, ongoing)
Art-Making & Photo Booth. Create your own memorable artworks on TMA’s easels, or picture a new identity for yourself with the help of Premier Photo Booth of Tampa. (6 p.m. and ongoing)

Deliciously retro TV dinners from Mise en Place and Sono Café. (6 p.m. and ongoing; available for purchase at Sono Cafe or with VIP ticket in VIP Lounge)
Liquor tastings by Twisted Sun Rum. Free tastings for the 21-and-over from a local distillery. (Ongoing, Plaza)

GASP! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival
Fri. March 27, 6-10 p.m. 
Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
General Admission: $25 advance; $30 day of show.
VIP: $55 advance; $75 day of show. VIP Admission includes a Retro TV Dinner from Mise en Place/Sono, plus four drink tickets and admission to the VIP Lounge. Advance sales end Thurs. Mar. 26.
For tickets, go to  Additional info: 813-739-4800.

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