Do It Today: Joni Mitchell tribute, Surrealist art opening and more

Noted as an "abstract expressionist vision of reality," the Unconscious Surreality exhibit by Darwin Leon features vivid, intricately rendered paintings of oddly true-to-life images, like that of a reclining woman, the back of whose head subtly melts into the buildings of a cityscape, while the smoke from her cigarette wafts upward in swirls to form a bright crescent moon. An opening reception is held at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 13, and the exhibit continues through Sept. 25. Visit artinstitutes.edu/tampa for more info. Art Institute of Tampa, 4401 N. Himes Ave., Tampa.


Method Machine Productions and [email protected] present Paul Alexander’s homage to Sylvia Plath’s lifework [image-1]with Edge: The Story of Sylvia Plath. The one-woman show, starring Marcy J. Savastano, shadows Plath (pictured) in the final hours of her life, as she reflects on her childhood, her husband, poet Ted Hughes, and her own legacy. In the tradition of great writers (and poets especially), postmortem fame is achieved as much through personal eccentricity as it is quality of work — and to get any kind of street cred in the writing world, authors compete for both the Pulitzer Prize and the most morbid method of committing suicide. Sylvia Plath wins in both categories: she’s the first writer to be posthumously awarded a Pulitzer, for The Collected Poems, and her only novel, The Bell Jar, is lauded for its dark, semi-autobiographical exploration of a spiral into mental illness. As for the suicide, she carried it out in grand style when, at the age of 30, she sealed herself off from her children’s bedrooms, turned on the gas stove, and stuck her head inside. Aug. 6-16, 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 1 p.m. Sun., The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, $30 front row seating, $25 general admission, $15 students and seniors, 727-895-6620, studio620.org.—Franki Weddington

Today's selection for the Joni Mitchell (pictured), a talented artist who spoke her mind about current issues without sacrificing her mainstream appeal. Explore the experiences that influenced her style via archival footage, performance videos and interviews with Mitchell, and prolific artists like (former boyfriend) Graham Nash, James Taylor and Herbie Hancock. Mindy Simmons performs live before the film. The weekly film fest focuses on cultural, social and scientific topics, and the American Music Series prior to each movie explores the history and icons of the music that have shaped America, featuring a live performance by a new local musician each week. Music begins at 6 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 27 unless otherwise noted. Visit southfloridamuseum.org for more info. Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, $8, $6 students, $5 museum members.

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