A team of judges from Creative Tampa Bay and Creative Loafing assessed all of the entries and narrowed them down to a Top 10, with one spot reserved for the readers' choice winner. Tonight, those ten will be revealed at a public event at the CL Space venue, and one of them will be named winner of the $1,000 grand prize from Creative Tampa Bay.
1911 N. 13th St. #W-200, Tampa (in Ybor Square, above Spaghetti Warehouse). $5 suggested donation. cltampa.com/ten100.
[image-1]Modern dance living legend Doug Varone bounds into USF tonight. He and his dancers perform their newest work, Chapters from a Broken Novel, at the main campus' Theatre 1 at 8 p.m.
Varones chapters are 20 moving episodes that unfold to reveal a "teeming world of everyday moments exposed for all of their beauty and rawness." They're immediate and intimate, like messages ripped from a tattered notepad. The quotidian themes are made all the more resonant by a bold, cinematic score performed live by percussionist David Van Tieghem.
USF is also presenting its Spring Dance Concert this weekend, featuring Varone's choreography for Le Sacre du Printemps and a suite of jazz-ballets by Talley Beatty. Read Sally Bosco's review here.
Tickets for Doug Varone and Dancers are $18 in advance and $20 day-of-show for students and seniors, with general admission advance tickets at $22, and day-of-show tickets at $25. Group rates are available. For information, call the College of The Arts box office at 813-974-2323, or visit online at www.arts.usf.edu.
[image-2]If you just woke up from a coma or somehow missed the buzz, Rent is an award-winning rock musical based on Puccini's opera masterpiece, La Boheme. The 1996 play touches on love, AIDS and societal issues. Personally, it always reminded me of an after-school special with show tunes. The story follows a year ("525,600 minutes") in the lives of a community of young artists, all struggling to live and celebrate the disappearing bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village.
American Stage Theatre Company presents the Broadway smash that defined '90s musical theater for its 26th anniversary outdoor production of American Stage in the Park.
Pay What You Can nights are April 13 and 14. Gala Under the Stars will be April 15 (fundraiser event). Bring Your Dog Night is April 14 and Bike Nights are every Wednesday. April 13-May 8. $11 at the box office and $13 at the event Wed., Thurs. and Sun. $14 at the box office and $16 at the event Fri.-Sat. Reserved chair seating is $27 and premium blanket seating is $21 for all performances. Demens Landing, Bayshore Drive and Second Avenue S., St. Petersburg. americanstage.org.
[image-3]Last but not least, if you're in the mood for a laid-back happy hour with smoky-good barbecue and mellow indie-pop tunes, head to New World after work for BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series w/Susie Ulrey & Matt Slate. Included will be songs from their past catalog as The Maccabees, some current tunes from their respective bands Rec Center (Ulrey, pictured) and King of Spain (Slate), and a couple fun covers. The event is free; music from 7-9 p.m. (two sets).