Do It Today: Conchords, Percussion, Goodman

USF Percussion Ensemble stages its Spring Concert of contemporary classical and avant-garde music. Guest artists for tonight's performance include USF faculty member and cellist Scott Kluksdahl, and clarinet player Brian Moorhead. 8 p.m., USF Tampa College of the Arts Theatre I, $10 students and seniors, $15 for general, 813-974-1756.


[image-1]As part of a national tour to promote the launch of her third book, award-winning journalist and radio host Amy Goodman (pictured) is coming to Tampa for a public talk with ’MNF News and Public Affairs Director Rob Lorei. Goodman is the host -- along with Juan Gonzalez -- of the daily TV/radio news program Democracy Now!. The program’s “War and Peace Report” brings voices and perspectives to the airwaves that are often left out of mainstream media. On the show, Goodman unflinchingly addresses conflict in the world and often focuses on people who are oppressed or disadvantaged. Recent shows have dealt with the tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians (Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about the Gaza crisis back in January) and one particularly poignant show on March 16 featured a Democracy Now! reporter who spoke to Craig and Cindy Corrie, parents of an American peace activist who was killed in Israel six years ago. Goodman’s latest book, Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, which she wrote with her brother and journalist David Goodman, spotlights grassroots activists and citizens who have challenged authority and prevailed. An Evening with Amy Goodman, 7 p.m., USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom, $15 in advance/$20 at the door, wmnf.org. (Michelle Stark)

of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement (pictured) — are unlikely stars in America. Ironically, their popularity can be directly attributed to their HBO sitcom, Flight of the Conchords, a faux-reality show that follows the pair as they navigate NYC’s musical landscape and attempt to develop an American fanbase. The show’s not only hilarious, but has proven itself a brilliant way of marketing the duo’s eccentric brand of self-deprecating musical comedy. The duo lands at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center tonight. The show's sold out, but perhaps you can find someone with a spare or two outside the hall. Or, you can snag tickets now to the Choncords' Wednesday night show in Orlando before it, too, sells out. Good luck in what ever you do. Mon., April 5, 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, $38.50 (SOLD OUT); and Wed., April 8, USF Arena, Orlando, $36.50.

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