Do It Today: The Sounds, last chance art, Fences pay-what-you-can night

While the extensive showcase doesn’t quite erase the sting of loosing GCMA, it offers a chance to re-visit some of the museum’s richest holdings and gives us one more reason to celebrate downtown St. Petersburg as an art destination. On display through Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., Florida International Museum,  St. Petersburg College, 244 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, $8 adults/$6 seniors military/$5 students (free for ages 6 and younger), 727-341-7900, spcollege.edu/fimuseum. -- Megan Voeller


See August Wilson’s best play, Fences, on the cheap tonight at American Stage's famous "pay what you can" admission evening. Troy Maxson, an African-American rubbish collector whose bitterness and sense of lost opportunities make him a problematic husband and father. Set in Pittsburgh in 1957, it’s also about a time when new opportunities for black citizens were slowly becoming real, but the indignities of the past were too raw to be forgotten. As in all Wilson’s plays, the language is poetic, the characters are indelible, and the metaphors — including, in this case, the trumpet carried by Troy’s brain-damaged brother Gabriel — are brilliant. What happens to a dream deferred? Wilson’s answer is riveting. Sept. 25-Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. matinee Sat.-Sun., American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg, $26-$45, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to curtain; Tues., Sept. 29 is "pay what you can" admission, americanstage.org. – Mark Leib

"So turn it up and break it down / Come on bring that beatbox back," frontwoman Maja Ivarsson demands in a haughty girl tone to the New Wave dance rock of Swedish fivesome The Sounds. Deemed by Blender as one of the "Hottest Women in Rock," Ivarsson brings sex appeal to the band's image and vivacious energy to their live show. The Sounds' Crossing the Rubicon (out this June) is their third album in 10 years and Rolling Stone summed it up in one succinct hypothetical: "What's Swedish for 'meh?'" Foxy Shazam opens. Tues., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City, $17 in advance/$19 dos., ritzybor.com. — Leilani Polk

If you lamented last summer’s news that Largo’s Gulf Coast Museum of Art would close, take heart: in March, St. Petersburg College stepped in and acquired the now-defunct museum’s collection before it could leave the area. It's the last week to see the resulting exhibit at SPC’s Florida International Museum, In a New Light: Selections from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection, an exhibition of works from the collection that features art and fine craft by more than 125 regional, national and internationally known artists, among them, Salvador Dalí, Clyde Butcher, Miriam Schapiro and Sam Gilliam.

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