Spring Arts 2006

What to Watch For

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Lance Goldenberg

Sensory Overload/Booty Art Expo/Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: Too much is never enough, and that will never be truer for area arts aficionados than on Mar. 4-5. As usual, the Gasparilla festival will draw crowds downtown, but this year the smorgasbord is even richer because of two new arts events taking place the same weekend: the Booty Art Expo, a by-invitation show of regional artists and arts collectives curated by Carrie Mackin and sponsored by the City of Tampa (location TBA); and Sensory Overload. The latter, on Saturday night Mar. 4 at the Cuban Club, is a multi-disciplinary arts extravaganza being put together by the Planet. We'll literally have something for everybody (and the following is just a partial list): rock (Tribal Style, Soulfound); DJs (Scott Imrich, Slopfunkdust); visual art (The ARTillery, Wendy Babcox's USF all-stars); dance (Moving Current); theater (Jobsite); plus all kinds of other appeals to the senses, including taste (culinary artists), touch (massage), smell (aromatherapy) and even the sixth sense. A portion of Sensory Overload's proceeds will go toward scholarships for students at arts magnet schools and other arts-related causes; we think it's going to be a blast.

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