Do It This Weekend: Mike Epps, Some Like It Hot at NOVA, Grease and more

A fantastic fusion of couture art, music and fashion collide at the Some Like It Hot show. Art by Will Stryffler and Allen Hampton (whose intricate, large-scale paintings are rendered in pig’s blood) is sure to draw the indie crowd in droves. Throw in lingerie-clad models working the room in designs by Rhonda Shear, a RENO BEACH bikini fashion show by Nikki Valentine, and Reda Raven rounding out the offerings to the fashion gods, and you’ve got whole new mix of haute hotties added to the mix. Top the whole thing off with bumpin’ blends by DJ BC, and it looks like NOVA knows how to throw one hell of an explosive party. Fri., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Ninth St. N., St. Petersburg, $10 ages 21 and up, $20 ages 18-20, nova535.com. – Franki Weddington


Forget what your preacher told you: Grease is the word, and the 50s rock ‘n’ roll musical about Danny, a leather-clad, too-cool for school T-Bird, and Sandy, a prim and proper gal from down under,  kicks off the 2009-2010 season at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Songs like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning” and “You’re the One That I Want” that inspired love (or, frequently, intense hate) for John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are reprised for the stage, and in one of the most bizarre casting decisions of all time, Taylor Hicks (of American Idol but notoriously not Just for Men fame) urges beauty school dropouts to “go back to high school” in his role as Teen Angel. Then again, it might be an improvement over the fake-baked, frizzy glory of Frankie Avalon. Aug. 18-23, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Carol Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $39.50-$72.50, 813-229-7827, tbpac.org. — Franki Weddington


Three years after the debut of his best known film, The 400 Blows, French director Francois Truffaut went on [image-1]to create one of the most famous love triangles in cinematic history. The title characters of his 1962 film, Jules et Jim (pictured), are best friends (one German, one French), enjoying convivial bachelorhood just before World War I. When they meet the beguiling Catherine—played by Jeanne Moreau in the flush of youth—major relationship drama ensues. As Catherine alternates between romantic entanglements with the two men over subsequent decades, profound marital discontent, infidelity and the emotional tensions of childbearing all come in for Truffaut’s coolly intellectual and vaguely absurdist treatment. The screening is part of Beach Theatre’s summer Sunday Morning Classics series, a look at classic foreign films from the Janus catalogue recently re-mastered in high-definition; the series concludes next week with Brazilian tour de force Black Orpheus. Sun., Aug. 23, 11 a.m., Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-6697, beachtheatre.com. – Megan Voeller


It's the last weekend to see Pericles,  a mobster musical based on Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Although the adaptation stays true to the play’s original plot and structure, the geniuses at Jobsite constructed their version for a modern audience: theocratic royalty is replaced with the underworld mafia; exotic locations like Tarsus and Mytilene are replaced with more familiar locales like New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts; and the Grecian Pericles becomes New Jersey Perry. Another modern twist: Perry’s treacherous adventures are accompanied by composer Joe Popp’s power-punk music. But never fear! After dodging mob hits and losing his wife and daughter, Perry learns the value of love, loyalty and honor — how sweet. This play has it all, folks: raucous tunes, love, laughs, mobsters, incest, intrigue and more. Visit jobsitetheater.org for more info. Aug. 6-23, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, $24.50 general admission; $10 Students, seniors and military, 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Hollywood hopefuls are expected to be a quintuple-threat these days: reality stars spawn their own shows, actors become singers and vice versa, pro wrestlers star on the silver screen, and robots from the future become Governators. So it’s no surprise that stand-up comedian and Def Comedy Jam host Mike Epps (pictured) has parlayed his “it’s not the beauty, it’s the booty” schtick into a legit movie career, with roles in everything from comedies that appeal to gurus of grass and connoisseurs of cannabis like Next Friday and How High, to family friendly fare like Dr. Doolittle 2 and Guess Who. One thing’s for sure, though: Epps leaves the kiddie stuff behind when he and his fellow funny-men step onstage, so you’re sure to hear more about pimpin’ than pimples. Fri. Aug. 21, 8 p.m., Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg, mahaffeytheater.com – Franki Weddington

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