Do It Today: The Laramie Project, Wilder to Williams film series, Sam and Ruby at TBPAC

Following in the footsteps of the Best of the Bay-winning Summer Sunset Cinema Series, The [email protected] and Push Ultra Lounge once again team up to present a collection of thought-provoking films each Monday. Tonight's selection in the series -- which includes the best of Billy Wilder and Tennessee Williams -- is Williams' Night of the Iguana, starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. Visit studio620.org for more info. Mon., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, free.


Sam Brooker has a high smooth voice that twines elegantly around Ruby Amanfu’s husky honeyed soprano, the Nashville duo Sam and Ruby's music blending elements of folk, pop and a hint of R&B. Their debut, The Here and The Now, dropped in August. Mon., Oct 12, 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $25.50, tbpac.org. -- Leilani Polk

The Laramie Project explores the long-term effects of Matthew Shepard’s murder (the result of a brutal, homophobic hate crime) on his hometown of Laramie via in-depth interviews with his mother, friends, and, most chillingly, his murderer, Aaron McKinney – the results of which eventually became an HBO special and play. Tonight’s performers take the stage just once for The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, which returns to Laramie to find out if anything has changed – at home and around the country — and includes “epilogue” interviews with Mrs. Shepard and McKinney, who is a decade into serving his two consecutive life sentences. In a live webcast, playwright Moisés Kaufman introduces the show, which is performed simultaneously in more than 100 theaters around the country, from Salt Lake City to LA and NYC, and marks the 11-year anniversary of Shepard’s death. (Pictured: Matthew Shepard) Mon., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. American Stage, 163 3rd Street N., St. Petersburg, pay-what-you-can admission, 727-823-7529, americanstage.org. – Franki Weddington

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