Special Events: The Exotic Equinox

Sunday, August 31

Beach bunnies in chic Blackbird & Raven bikinis stroll down a boardwalk runway set up in front of a giant faux volcano, a flirty Bettie Page look-alike bats her eyelashes and hawks her pin-ups, and local folks in sarongs and aloha shirts sip refreshing beverages and socialize amidst a display of vintage 1950s longboards and vibrant, early beach-culture-inspired artworks during The Exotic Equinox. The Vitale Brothers host this end-of-summer music, fashion and low-brow art beach bash at their St. Petersburg studio. Around 30 Florida artists take part in the show, including Bask, Bluelucy, Chainsaw Chuck and Amanda Stiles as well as Joe Vitale — a newly discovered second cousin of the Vitale Bros — and wife Donella, who happen to be Orlando-based Tiki artists. The evening is rounded out by sets of surf rock by The Ho-Daddy's and spins by DJ Big Chris the Movie. Attendees are encouraged to dress in beach attire for a special surprise. Sun., Aug. 31, 5-10 p.m., Vitale Art & Design Studio, 2740 25th St. N., St. Petersburg, free admission (includes refreshments), vitalestudio.com.

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