Do It Today: The highly anticipated NCECA begins, The Good, the Bad and the Filthy, and Sickly Sweet

In addition, more than 100 ceramic art exhibitions will be mounted in galleries, alternative spaces and museums throughout Tampa Bay to coincide with the conference. Participants have the opportunity to attend concurrent sessions of lectures and panels, live demonstrations, video screening projects related to the ceramic arts, programming on subjects specific to students, and much more.

For an NCECA program click here.

NCECA gallery exhibitions with opening receptions today include the following:

[image-1]Clayton Galleries: Storytellers Featuring the works of Angela DiCosola, Maria DeCastro, Nuala Creed, Misty Gamble, Magda Gluszak, Gerit Grimm, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Cynthia Siegel, Ceil Sturdevant and Cheryl Tall. Opening receptions held today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (as part of the NCECA conference) and Fri. April 1 from 7-9 p.m. (open to the public). March 31-April 30. 4105 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-3753.

Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc. Susan Livingston/Clay & Fossils. Livingston has been an artist and sculptor for 30 years. She received her master's of fine art degree from Florida State University in painting but has primarily worked in clay. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Exhibition can be seen March 31-April 16. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-725-1808.

Exhibition Shuttle: To help you see it all, NCECA is providing an Exhibition Shuttle from the Tampa Convention Center to routes in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota, with tickets ranging in price from $25 to $59. The tours start today. Click here for schedule and other details.

Other events:

[image-2]Sickly Sweet: Take in a delectable exhibition of cleverly-cookin' young artists, featuring selected works by Cheri Lee Charlton, Kristen Cliffel, Alex Costantino, Sean Erwin, Carrie Day Fruth and Carmen Tiffany. Reception  7-9 p.m. tonight; the event includes donation bar and something to satisfy your sweet tooth. The show is just a couple blocks east of West Tampa Center of the Arts (a.k.a. the old Santaella Cigar Factory). March 30-April 2. Gallery space is at the corner of Howard Avenue and Spruce Street, Tampa. Contact curators Sabrina Hughes and Kimberly Adams on Facebook for details.

The Good, the Bad and the Filthy Rustle up some fun at a hip 'n' trendy DJ night. The Fubar's saloon doors open to all the whippersnappers and old codgers around 10 p.m. After 11 p.m., cover is $2. Pabst Blue Ribbon will be sold for $1 prior to midnight, and then it's two-for-$3 thereafter. Magic Hat and Strongbow will be two-for-$5. The Bayside Scoundrels and Sugar Bear play right-proper parlor tunes. Dress in Western attire and get a free beer. Fubar is at 658 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. For information, call 727-742-3958.

[image-3]St. Pete for Peace Movie Night Every Wednesday Cafe Bohemia shows a weekly political film presented by St. Pete for Peace on Wednesday nights. The movies are projected on the wall in the patio are thought-provoking films that spur debate. This week see, the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland. Director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flames to unhealthy animals and people. The films starts at 8:30 p.m. Customers are invited to bring their own chairs. For schedule, visit Wednesdays. Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-895-4495.

My Big Fat Italian Funeral Pasta and murder mystery converge at our neighbor's joint, Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City. MurderS She Wrote present yet another mystery dinner show replete with corny jokes and performers who engage the audience. Several dining choices are offered; dessert is raspberry truffle tart. Entrees served with house salad and sour dough bread. 6:15 p.m. $29.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Spaghetti Warehouse is at 1911 E. Ninth Ave., Ybor City. 813-248-1720. E-mail [email protected]

It's here! The Tampa Bay art scene can finally put an end to its clay-achin.'

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts presents its 45th Annual Conference, Tidal Forces: The Next Wave, at the Tampa Convention Center today through April 2.

The conference is expected to draw a group of 5,000-plus artists, educators, curators and collectors from across the United States and 50 countries to participate in a full array of panels and lectures dealing with varied aspects of the ceramic arts, theme-related topics.

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