Do It This Weekend: Warhol, dance concerts, Heatwave, TB Wine & Food Fest, and more

[image-1]Moving Current Dance Collective stages the last concert of its 2008-09 season and the ninth annual installment of NewGrounds. The program features fresh new pieces by 10 modern dance choreographers, among them, Chase Ajdinovich, Hope Goldman, Angela Mazziotta, Kristen O’Neal, Whitney Stevenson and Megan Wors. May 15-16, 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., College of the Arts Theater II, Holly Drive, USF Tampa, $15 general, $10 students, seniors, faculty and staff with ID; cash only.

Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival may not have the culinary star power draw of last month’s South Beach affair – the biggest name this year is Next Food Network Star’s resume-padding JAG – but that’s kind of its charm. This is a local event, loaded with local chefs and wine experts, and perfectly scheduled to take advantage of that brief balmy season before summer strikes in force. And this year, that local touch is justified by TBF&WF’s theme of sustainable and environmentally-friendly food and drink. Slap on a bamboo linen shirt and some recycled flip-flops and soak in the beachy atmosphere at the Don CeSar while noshing on food from Bay area spots like SideBern’s, The Venue, The Table, Parkshore Grill and 717 South, and hundreds of wines from around the world. There’s the usual Grand Tasting event, along with a bunch of seminars that’ll allow you to rub shoulders with some of Tampa’s culinary luminaries. And, I guess, JAG. Proceeds benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation and the Abilities Foundation. Sat., May 16, 1-4 p.m., Don CeSar Beachfront, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, $75 general/$100 VIP. (Brian Ries)

American Cancer Society holds the new Relay for Life  of Downtown St. Petersburg tonight. The event is held to honor cancer survivors, pay tribute those taken by the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer, with participating teams raising money while taking turns making the rounds on a track throughout the night. Friends, family, and supporters are invited to assemble and camp in solidarity. May 15-16, 6 p.m.-midnight, Al Lang Field at Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is moving up to the big leagues with its world-premiere of An American Dream, a collection of artistic endeavors by The Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble and dancers from the Orlando School of Ballet and the New York City Ballet. The piece features music by Grammy-winning composer Augusta May Thomas and choreography by internationally-acclaimed Tom Gold — specifically created for these talented wunderkinds. For the first time, students from three different fine arts genres band together to perform what will likely be one of the most exciting performances in recent memory — along with Thomas' original composition, Dream Threads, they tackle George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes with music by John Philip Sousa, Le Corsaire by Marius Petipa and more. Sun., May 17, 2 p.m., Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, $10-$20 in advance, $12-$25 day of show, 813-229-7827. (Franki Weddington)

Webb's City is the story of renowned St. Petersburg promoter Doc Webb. And who better to tell the tale of this local legend than two of Tampa Bay’s own? This original show is a collaboration of writer Bill Leavengood and musician Lee Ahlin, who bring the bigger-than-life businessman to a new generation. Work-obsessed Doc Webb creates an empire during the economic downturn of the Great Depression — but the booms and busts of the market seem to parallel the ups and downs of Doc’s tumultuous life. Webb, a multi-faceted character ideal for the drama of the stage, must combat the hardships of divorce and a tenuous relationship with his son, Jimmy. Doc’s 30-year romance with his second wife and his ongoing support of the African-American community reveal the complexity and mental mettle of a man who never lost sight of his dreams. The show is presented in its concert form, with minimal costume and set changes. May 14-17, 7:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 1 p.m., Sun., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $16.50-$26.50, 727-822-3590, (Franki Weddington)

Catch “Andy mania” this weekend when Museum of Fine Arts debuts Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends, an exhibit of more than 70 screen-prints by the pop master. Classics including "Campbell’s Soup I (Cream of Mushroom)," "Flowers" and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Superman and Muhammad Ali go on view, along with several lesser-known portfolios. (Pictured at left: “Andy Mouse,” by Keith Haring, 1986; Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation, on loan from Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities Program.) The showcase spans Warhol’s career as a fine artist, from his heyday in the 1960s to the 1980s, when he produced the poignant "Endangered Species" series (included in the exhibit) — four years before his unexpected death of complications from gallbladder surgery in 1987. As a bonus, the show includes portraits of Warhol by Keith Haring, whose perversely Disney-esque "Andy Mouse" strikes the perfect irreverent note, and works by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. May 16-Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m Sun., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, $12 adults, $10 seniors (65-plus) and students with I.D., $6 ages 7 to 18 (children six and younger enter for free), 727-896-2667, (Megan Voeller)

WMNF presents its 28th annual Tropical Heatwave! We have some pretty great coverage thus far — a feature on Kinobe and Soul Beat Africa, a stage-by-stage breakdown of performers, and a 9-question Q&A with The Pack A.D. Stay tuned this weekend for live tweets, video and after-the-fact blogs on Tampa Calling. Sat., May 16, 5 p.m.-1 a.m., The Cuban Club, Orpheum and New World Brewery, Ybor City, $30 full-day pass, $8 per venue NWB and Orpheum.

And speaking of Tropical Heatwave, have you heard about the ACLU of Florida's new Camerahead Project? The Greater Tampa Chapter and a group of student performance artists from USF's College of Art and Art History have banded together to draw attention to camera surveillance in Ybor City during Tropical Heatwave. Look out for performers in colorful costumes with oversized surveillance cameras instead of heads. Sat., May 16, Ybor City.

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