Do It Today: The Disappeared: Native American Images or Doubt at American Stage

It's the final week to see The Disappeared: Native American Images from the Drapkin Collection. Every great collection starts with a single purchase. For Dr. Robert Drapkin, a series of striking, sepia-toned Native American portraits by Edward S. Curtis provided an entrée into collecting photography years ago; these days, the Clearwater oncologist frequently lends images from his vast and varied collection to Bay area institutions. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts presents this exhibition featuring more than 60 Native American-themed images from Drapkin’s collection by artists including the famed and sometimes controversial Curtis (who has been faulted for ‘exoticizing’ native cultures), Joseph Kossuth Dixon, William Henry Blackmore and the Gerhard Sisters. (Pictured: Shavenhead [right] and Buckskin Charlie and To-Wee from The Disappeared collection) Through July 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N. Tampa St., Tampa, $4 suggested donation, 813-221-2222, fmopa.org. — Megan Voeller

Nuns are the only topic I’ve ever heard my very religious (though no longer Catholic) grandmother swear about—she often rails against the viciously bad habits (har, har!) of the sisters at her parochial high school. In defense of nuns everywhere, American Stage debuts the Tony-winning play, Doubt, tonight. Set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s, Sister Aloysius is convinced that Father Flynn is having his way with the school’s first and only African-American student. Despite the parodied plotline, Sister Aloysius has only her nunly instinct and circumstantial evidence to combat Father Flynn’s vehement denials. Is she the only person willing to stand up for the student’s rights, or will she ruin an innocent man’s reputation without just cause? No secrets are revealed until the final curtain. July 22-Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., American Stage Theatre, 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, $22-$35, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to curtain, 727-823-7529, americanstage.org. — Franki Weddington

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