Characters Reincarnate St. Petersburg-based artist Paul Pavlovich takes his vision of subcultures to a new level in his latest exhibit, Temporary Past Life, which opens this evening at Covivant Gallery & Studios. This is Pavlovich's first solo show in the Tampa Bay area and it's inspired by his personal role in the underground music scene. The works were created using acrylics, house paint and an assortment of inks, rendered on surfaces that range from discarded pieces of wood to handmade papers. From the artist himself: "My work explores the sometimes melancholy ills of contemporary life I combine painting, drawing and the computer to create installations that try to capture the senses that one might feel in a crowd of unusual characters." Pavlovich graduated from The Ringling School of Art and Design in 1994 with a degree in fine arts, and his works have been displayed at various locations around the area, including the Tampa Museum of Art. Pavlovich is featured in Covivant's large gallery; the small gallery presents Steak Mtn.'s exhibit, You're Eating Jellybeans, an installation of original silk-screen images. An opening reception for both artists takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. to night and the exhibits run through Sep. 26. Covivant Gallery & Studios, 4906 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-234-0222.
Artful Injury My parents never approved of tattoos or any sort of unconventional body art, so a few months after turning 18, I went out and got my first, a simple black dragon that took less than 20 minutes to be placed permanently on my ankle. As a 21st birthday present to myself, I was inked again, this time spending over an hour in the chair to become the canvas for my favorite creature of whimsy, a fairy. I've always wanted to get another (the pain is tolerable and the outcome well worth it), so the Needles and Pins Tattoo Convention is more than a little appealing. Artistic Armor hosts this special event, where some of the area's finest tattoo artists present their craft in explosions of color produced with needles, ink and a little imagination. Also featured are auctions and contests, with trophies awarded to different artists each day. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds from the door and auctions benefit the Shriners Burn Center. All ages are welcome and the event takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sep. 4-6. But kids, if you're under 18, just remember — you CANNOT get inked without parental consent, which means that you'll need to invite mom or dad to tag along. For more information, please call 813-886-6607 or go to www.artisticarmor.com. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa. 813-632-9236.
Southern Fried Saga Looking for a tranquil alternative to the normal afternoon lounge fest? You could join the masses and head out to one of the area's countless mega-plexes to see Spiderman 2. Or, you could spend some quality time in the cool, dim confines of the Tampa Theatre, checking out an unforgettable movie blockbuster that effectively set the standard for big time Hollywood spending. Gone with the Wind may be close to 65 years old but it persists as a beloved classic of American cinema. Dramatically and somewhat unrealistically portraying a Southern family trying to survive during the Civil War, the movie also boasts an unforgettable love story between the indomitable Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and the fiery, persistent and cleverly sardonic Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), spawning one of the most memorable break-up lines in cinema history ("Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"). Almost makes you wonder how many relationships have ended with some angry ex-lover yelling this over his/her shoulder. If you count yourself among the "lucky" few that haven't seen it, put aside your bias for a day and seize the opportunity to view it as it should be viewed — on the big screen. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $6 for seniors, students and military. You can see the movie at 3 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, Sep. 4-5. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 813-274-8286.
Art of All Sorts Beaux Arts presents its 57th Annual Labor Day Festival of Arts, Music and Poetry,an event introducing local talent to the community. Every year, the gallery features contests and the winners are announced during the festival. Visual artists are encouraged to submit paintings, photography and sculptures, and poets can offer up to two original works for judging. Art authority and author Dr. John Parkenson serves as the judge for these two media; winners of the art contest get to display their works at the gallery through November and the victorious poets are given an opportunity to read their words aloud at the festival. In addition, there's a songwriting competition, and musicians can present up to two songs created within the last two years. Someone else can perform the tunes so long as the songwriter is present, all of which are judged by local teacher and songwriter Joe First, who performs some of his own compositions at the event as well. Also featured is Christina Anderson, who offers a modern dance performance that was recently showcased in Greece as part of the pre-Olympic happenings. The gallery takes submissions for the visual art contest until 11:30 p.m. on Sat., Sep. 4; songwriters register the day of the event beginning at 2 p.m. (the deadline for poets was Aug. 28) and the festivities take place from 2 to 5 p.m. All events at Beaux Arts are free and there is no charge for the assorted coffee and cakes. However, it is a not-for-profit gallery and any donations are deeply appreciated. Beaux Arts Gallery and Coffeehouse, 2635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. http://reeseart.org.
Dear Abba In 1974, a little-known group gained international fame by competing in the Eurovision song contest with a little ditty called "Waterloo." Although ABBA disbanded less than 10 years later, their music continued to be popular and has served as the soundtrack for some very memorable movies and productions, including Mamma Mia!, which opens this week at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. This Broadway musical (written by Catherine Johnson) introduces us to Donna, a former child of the '70s and single mom who owns and runs a restaurant on a small island in the Mediterranean. Her daughter, Sophie, is getting ready to marry but has an important question that needs to be answered: Who is her father? Of course, it would make too much sense to ask her mother outright, so her solution is to invite three of her mother's former lovers to the wedding and take it from there. Shenanigans ensue and set the stage for an evening of disco dancing and ABBA-infused entertainment. This production is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. Tickets: $39.50-$77.50. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 7-12. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Carol Morsani Hall), 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.