Planet Picks

Thursday 9.20

Old World Wonders Tampa Museum of Art hosts Art After Dark, always the third Thursday of the month, an evening of art, entertainment and refreshments. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., with a tour of The Classical World, an installation of Greek and Roman antiquities, at 6:30 p.m. With more than 400 objects, the collection is recognized as the finest of its kind in the southeastern United States. The objects on display include painted pottery; sculpture in marble, bronze and terra cotta; personal ornaments of bronze and gold; silver and gold coins; and a variety of ancient glass vessels that illuminate aspects of ancient daily life. Aaron J. Paul, curator of Greek and Roman Art, guides visitors through the collection. Admission costs $2. Tampa Museum of Art is at 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa (813-274-8130).

Friday 9.21

Renaissance Woman American Stage presents the Obie-winning Spunk, by Zora Neale Hurston, re-conceived by George C. Wolfe, running though Oct. 14. Hurston is remembered as a famed author of the Harlem Renaissance who died in obscurity. Wolfe has adapted three of her most passionate tales for the stage: Sweat, Story in Harlem Slang and The Gilded Six Bits. Other works by Hurston include Their Eyes Were Watching God and Dust Tracks on a Road. Performances take place Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$30, depending on performance and time. American Stage is at 211 Third St. S., St. Petersburg (727-823-7529).

Bumper Music Crop Headliners at the Florida Music Harvest include Medeski Martin & Wood, G-Love & Special Sauce, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Wailers and DJ Logic. The festival takes place at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park through Sept. 23, replete with camping and more than 100 artists performing on four stages. The park is a beautiful campground located on the banks of the Suwannee River, surrounded by more than 600 acres of Spanish moss-draped forests, featuring 12 miles of hiking trails, a canoe rental and horseback riding. Three-day weekend passes cost $70 in advance and include camping and parking. Door prices are $90 for a 3-day pass and $42 per day. A 3-day pass is required to camp. The park is at 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak. Call 352-336-8360.

Saturday 9.22

Waltz, Don't Run The 10th Annual Studio Waltz of Pinellas County Artists takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 12 various studios and homes. The free, self-guided tour finds 30-plus artists displaying and discussing their work, with some offering demonstrations and refreshments. Participating artists include: sculptor Loyd Jones of Oldsmar, potter Barbara Burhans of Palm Harbor and painter June Harben of Dunedin. Studio Waltz invitations — which contain a complete list of artists, studio addresses and a map — are available at the Dunedin Library, 233 Douglas Ave., Dunedin (727-298-3080); and The Bohemian Packrat, 735 Broadway (in Douglas Village), Dunedin (727-736-1933).

Para Orchestra Nuance Galleries celebrates its 20th anniversary with a fundraiser benefiting The Florida Orchestra, featuring Spanish painter and printmaker Alvar Sunol. The show takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., displaying Sunol's latest drawings and works in oil and bronze, with a 30-year retrospective of his original stone lithographs. Sunol, a native of Mongat, a Catalan town near Barcelona, has studied at Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge and in Paris while on scholarship from the Institut Francois. His exhibit continues through Nov. 1. Nuance Galleries is at 804 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa (813-875-0511).

Sunday 9.23

Bukem, Danno LTJ Bukem (a.k.a. Danny Williamson) has DJed since 1987 and taken jazz-fusion into the realm of electronic music, sitting at the forefront of breakbeat evolution since his debut 12-inch, Demon's Theme ('91). Bukem continues his musical odyssey with the highly anticipated, forthcoming solo album Journey Inwards, a diverse and multidirectional album of drum 'n' bass, soul, downbeat and house tracks. Bukem's present tour is in support of Progression Sessions: Live in the USA. His stage show involves the ragga-to-bluesy mic work of MC Conrad, an intriguing, postmodern Cab Calloway. Conrad cheers Bukem during his sets, inserting lines innocuously and sparking excitement. Openers include Nookie and Trixie. Tickets cost $12 at the door. The show takes place at Empire, 902 Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-247-2582).

Monday 9.24

Worldly Musician The USF School of Music presents Brazilian pianist Jevin Santos Neto, performing as part of the school's Monday Night Jazz Series. Neto has played piano and flute with a number of renowned artists, including composer Hermeto Pascoal. A prolific composer, Neto has written music for New York-based chamber ensemble Musicians Accord, adapted traditional Native American songs and released two recordings, Caboclo ('97) and Live in Olympia ('00). He also teaches jazz piano and composition at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and seniors. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. in the USF Music Recital Hall (FAH 101), 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-974-2323).

Tuesday 9.25

Delicate Sketches The Florida Holocaust Museum opens On the Edge of the Abyss, an exhibit of 93 drawings by Ella Liebermann-Shiber of the horrors she witnessed in Nazi captivity. Ella's story is this: Her family was taken from Berlin in 1938 and eventually she ended up in Auschwitz-Birkenau, her father and brothers killed; she and her mother survived due to Ella's artistic ability, as she painted portraits for the Germans. The exhibit continues through Feb. 24. The museum is at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg (727-820-0100).

Wednesday 9.26

Over, Under and Blue Roots rock bands Leftover Salmon and Blueground Undergrass bring their blends of bluegrass, blues, folk, swing and rock to Jannus Landing. Leftover Salmon has built a solid, grassroots fan base through performances marked by spontaneity and imagination. The band combines improvisational lyrics, Southern rock vocals, mandolin, electric guitar, rock 'n' roll banjo, keyboards and polyethnic percussion. Blueground Undergrass is an Atlanta-based group of seasoned musicians who meld the sounds of banjo, pedal steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin and Dobro. Both bands play eclectic sets of groove-based originals and cosmic Americana. Tickets cost $17 in advance. All ages welcome. Doors open at 7 p.m. Jannus Landing is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg (727-896-1244).


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