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Friday, May 22, 2015
“Ain’t Misbehavin’”, May 21-24, in the Murray Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $20. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.
“Annapurna,” by Sharr White, presented by Jobsite Theater; April 29 through May 24, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets start at $34.53. Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
Chris Thomas King, Friday, May 22, 8:30 p.m., at The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission tickets are $25. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
As a New Orleans musician, King has been the vanguard of blues and roots music in the 21st Century. He has sold more records and appeared in more successful films than any other blues artist this century.
Steeped in tradition as a singer and guitarist on his now classic performances on the multi-platinum soundtrack “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” King found crossover fame as a successful actor in the Coen Brothers movie as Tommy Johnson (the character who joined Soggy Bottom Boys and told them he’d sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads) opposite George Clooney.
Over the past 10 years, King has appeared in more than a dozen Hollywood films including the Oscar winning “Ray,” in which he played the band leader Lowell Folsom and scored the film’s Grammy-winning music along side Ray Charles himself. King recently had a recurring acting role in the celebrated HBO series “Treme” and he continues to compose music for Hollywood films.
Darius Rucker, Friday, May 22, 7 p.m., at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets start at $29.75. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
The seventh annual Freedom Fest, Friday through Sunday, May 22-24, on State Street in downtown Oldsmar.
Sponsored by the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Fest will feature live music from start to finish, plenty of food and arts and craft vendors and fun activities for the kids. Hours will be Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
The big tent will be back to supplement the shade of the beautiful oaks and provide more seating to enjoy the great music. Cost is $2 a person. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.
“Grand Hotel, the Musical,” by Luther Davis, Robert Wright, George Forrest and Maury Yeston, Thursday through Sunday, May 7-24, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
ST. PETERSBURG – Craig Christie’s family-friendly musical "Jungle Bungle" will be presented Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 23, 3 and 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.
The production will be presented in partnership with Origin Theatrical.
It’s a new day and a new school for Oliver, and making a new friend when he meets Claire in the school ground doesn’t help him with the feeling that nothing is as it should be. Join Claire and Oliver on an exciting musical safari created to engage the young and young at heart in a magical adventure.
"Jungle Bungle" explores the theme of fear of the unknown while celebrating friendship, individuality and imagination. The show is aimed at 4- to 10-year-olds. Co-directed by Bob Devin Jones and Craig Christie, “Jungle Bungle” features a revolving cast of PCCA Gibbs High School students including Lauren Crandall, Tommy B. Hansana, John Kammerer, Auhria Newton-Reynolds, and Jermaine Robinson.
General admission is $15. Cost for students and seniors is $10 and children age 4 and younger will be admitted for free. Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620 for more information.
K. Michelle, Friday, May 22, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $43.75. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
K. Michelle’s first full-length album, 2013’s “Rebellious Soul,” flipped the script for R&B and enjoyed staggering success in the process. Arriving at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Top 200, it made history as it became the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001.
In addition to yielding the hits "V.S.O.P." and "Can’t Raise A Man," the record spawned the Rebellious Soul Musical directed by Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba. She also solidified her place among music’s elite, garnering a Soul Train Award for Best New Artist and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.
Still, when it came time to work on her sophomore effort “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?”, K. Michelle wanted to pave a new path once again. Outside of music, K. Michelle also continues to turn heads. After successful stints on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop: New York,” she launched her very own VH1 series K. Michelle “My Life” in fall 2014.
Sunset Music Series, Friday, May 22, 7 to 9 p.m., at Weaver Park, 1258 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. Attendees will have a chance to watch the sunset over St. Joseph Sound while listening to local musicians. The featured performer will be the Wendy Barmore Band. Call 812-4530.
Yiannis Parios, Friday, May 22, 7 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $75. Call 893-7832 or 800-874-9020, or visit www.themahaffey.com.
A rare American concert from one of the most revered performers in Greece, where Yiannis Parios is known as "The Singer of Love." Born on the island of Paros, Parios made his first recording in 1969. His 1982 release “Nisiotika” holds a Greek sales record, for more than one million units sold. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer Mikis Theodorakis.