Do It Today: Blithe Spirit at American Stage, a trippy electroacoustic concert at UT and a swordfighting seminar

At tonight's Minaret Concert, the UT music faculty offers a concert of contemporary classical chamber music, electroacoustic works, and interactive computer music (whaaaaaaaat?) accompanied by acoustic and electronic music by guest composer Zack Browning of the University of Illinois, whose "computer-generated sounds incorporate magic squares as compositional models." For maximum enjoyment, remember to bite off the right side of the mushroom before the concert, and let's hope there's a light show. Contact Bradford Blackburn at [email protected] for more info. Wed., Jan. 20, 4 p.m., Reeves Theater, University of Tampa, Tampa, free.


As if a Fencing Seminar could get much more, well, weird, it's being held at the library. Can someone explain this to me? Oh well...Avast, all ye pirate wannabes, and get yer booty out to see Certified Fencing coach Kirk Rowley and friends provide live demonstrations and a free seminar on the fun, fast sport of fencing. Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Tarpon Springs Library, Tarpon Springs, free.

I’m glad the folks at American Stage love British comedy as much as I do. It's opening night of Blithe Spirit, a tongue-in-cheek comedy classic, tells the story of a novelist who invites a medium into his house hoping to gather new material. In typical British style, everything goes hilariously awry when the ghost of his late wife reappears and attempts to scare away his current wife. Kind of like an episode of Friends, if Patrick Swayze was there, and everyone ate tea and crumpets. Visit americanstage.org for more info. Show runs Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. matinees Sat.-Sun., American Stage, St. Petersburg,  $26-$45, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to curtain, "pay what you can night" Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. — Sarah Gerard

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