Fall Arts 2011: Grey Gardens, Janet Biggs, Elvis Costello, Ringling Fest

What to watch for this season in music, movies, art, theater and more.

The surprising slew of filmfests. As Joe Bardi points out, spring used to be the locus of most local festivals, but from TIGLFF to Clearwater to the Independents to our own Reel Terror, there's lots going on in coming months (and we also hear the Guzzo brothers' Tampa Film Review is back — good news!)

Elvis Costello at Ruth Eckerd. This is an extension of his Singing Songbook tour — kind of Wheel of Fortune meets a greatest hits album — and it's supposed to be a ridiculous amount of fun.

The Ringling International Arts Festival, which brings any number of irresistible reasons for heading to Sarasota, including The Wooster Group, Doug Elkins and what sounds like the most raucous arts-fest opening night ever (it involves a marching band).

Read all about it in our Fall Arts Issue. And also check out the incredible young artists featured in 20 Under 25 — say you saw them here first.

Creative Loafing's Fall Arts 2011 issue is here, with our critics' recommendations for this season's must-see stuff in music, theater, art, movies and more.

Some of the things I'm looking forward to in particular include:

Freefall's take on Grey Gardens, the brilliant musical based on the haunting documentary about those staunch characters, the Bouvier Beale sisters.

Video/installation artist Janet Biggs at the Tampa Museum of Art. I'm still feeling the chills (in every sense of the word) from the Arctic footage by Biggs that was shown at a PYT fundraiser a few months back; can't wait to see more.

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