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By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 1, 2001

Tampa Museum of Art for $1

Buck the heat and enjoy the views at the Tampa Museum of Art during July for just one dollar. The admission applies to all Florida residents throughout the month. Now on view are "Landscape/Land Use" (through July 8), "The American Experience: Recent Gifts from the Sybiel B. Berkman Foundation," "James Rosenquist: The Florida Years," "Arte Contemporanea di Vetri (Contemporary Art in Glass)", and "Tampa Public Art: A Selection of Recent Projects," in addition to the renowned permanent collection of antiquities.

"UnderCURRENT/overVIEW5," fifth in an annual series of shows by top area artists, opens July 22.

Jacques Brel songs on TBPAC CD

Songs from The World of Jacques Brel, a recent hit production at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, are featured on a CD produced by the Center Theater Company. It features original cast members Colleen McDonnell, Kissy Simmons, Quentin Darrington and Rome Harbison, with musical direction and arrangements by Stan Collins. The CD costs $24.95 at the CenterStore. Call (813) 222-1029 or check the Web site at

Musical to feature local club

Playwright Bob Devin Jones has been commissioned by the LiveArts Peninsula Foundation to write the book for a musical based on the Manhattan Casino, a dance club in St. Petersburg where Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends performed. It's the second project for LiveArts, which produced Webb's City, a musical that premiered a year ago and will be revived in November.

Gorilla's 2001-02 season

A Thurber Carnival, a stage adaptation from the stories of humorist James Thurber, opens Gorilla Theatre's 2001-02 season on Sept. 6. The production will feature set design by cartoonist Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane). The Gorilla schedule also includes the musical Side Show, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger; Tis the Season to Do Folly by Aubrey Hampton; Sacco & Vanzetti: A Vaudeville by Louis Lippa; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson; a new, as yet untitled play by Susan Hussey; Side Man by Warren Leight; and the Young Dramatists Project 2002. For information, call (813) 879-2914.

New visions

Darkfall by David Davalos will be produced by American Stage as part of its New Visions series, Aug. 17 through Sept. 2. It was chosen from among eight scripts by emerging playwrights given readings by the theater this season.

Young musicians

The Tampa Bay Symphony is seeking entrants for its 15th annual Young Artist Competition. Open to students in middle school, high school or college, the competition accepts applications, which must include a cassette taped performance, until Sept. 29. The winning student will receive a cash award and will play with the symphony in three concerts in April. Call Carol Hansuld, chairman of the competition, at (727) 593-1652 or visit the symphony's Web site at

Tampa museum wins award

If you happen to have the red, white and blue "Whirligig" invitation to the opening party at the Tampa Museum of Art last fall, hold onto it; it may be a collectible. It has won an award in the 2001 American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition.

The invitation, which announced the show "Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," became a windmill-like toy when punched out and assembled according to directions. The contest drew 1,172 entries.

Fame game

Tampa abstract artist and University of South Florida professor Mernet Larsen is the sole bay area artist in the 50th annual All Florida Invitational at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, June 27 through Sept. 2. Only 14 artists were selected to exemplify the diverse range of subject matter and styles in contemporary art....St. Petersburg artist Dar Webb is exhibiting digital photographic artworks at AIA Gallery, Portland, Ore.

Competition for artists

Hot Summer Cool Art, 12th annual, at Florida Ave. Studios and Rosemary Court Arts Center, Sarasota, August 3-24. All mediums, including experimental and "food as fine art." ARTarget receives 30 percent of sales. Write ARTarget, 810 Central Ave., Rosemary Court, Sarasota 34236; e-mail to or call toll-free 1-877-450-4278. Deadline: July 22.

Beyond Tampa Bay

"Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South," Art Institute of Chicago, Sept. 22-Jan. 13. More than 150 works by two post-impressionists who shared friendship and rivalry. Advance ticketing available online at or by phone at (312) 930-4040.

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