It's the last day to see Swing Your Empire, a mysteriously titled exhibit by Tampa artist Roger Chamieh, who created an installation of mixed media and kinetic sculpture that challenges traditional ideas of stay-in-one-spot sculpture with art that appears fluid and in motion with the use of a variety of materials from latex inflatables to steel (which sounds pretty kinky, if you ask me.) (Pictured: "Eventually You Will Say Something of Interest") Through Sept. 30, HCC Performing Arts Building, Corner of Palm Avenue and 14th Street, Ybor City, 813-253-7674. Franki Weddington
Frank X. Gaspar opens the University of Tampa's new literature series, Writers at the U. The Discover Award-winning poet and author of the novel Leaving Pico, who has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, discusses his work. Contact Audrey Columbe at [email protected] for more info. Wed., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., R.K. Bailey Art Studios, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa, 310 N. Boulevard, Tampa, free.