Second Saturday ArtWalk set

ST. PETERSBURG — The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk on Saturday, June 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

The monthly event allows attendees to explore St. Petersburg’s five exciting arts districts as more than 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors. Many of ArtWalk galleries celebrate the opening of brand new exhibitions each month. It’s an exciting time to see new work by local and national artists, enjoy refreshments and often live music.

For a map and list of participants, visit

Scott & Patti to play ‘greatest hits’ at Gulfport venue

GULFPORT — Mother/son lounge act Scott & Patti — portrayed by Scott Daniel and Matthew McGee — are bringing a mix of their “greatest hits” of camp, improvisation, showmanship, and glittering costumes to an unforgettable show featuring hits, standards, and show tunes of today and yesterday.

The Scott & Patti show will be presented Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m., at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $25 for general admission or $30 for early access and preferred seating. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for preferred seating ticket holders. Tickets are available at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S., with cash only or online at The performance is a fund raiser for the LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library.

The duo has played to sold-out crowds across the country. This event is part of a full month of programs sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center to celebrate Pride Month in June. For a full schedule of Pride events, and for more information about the center, visit or email

Art contest to bolster awareness of local artists

ST. PETERSBURG — Bayshore Marketing Group and Footprints Charities Inc. recently kicked off the second annual Art Ties Us contest.

Art Ties Us is a passion-project fueled by the desire to recognize and celebrate the artistic and economic contributions local artists have made throughout the city of St. Petersburg. What starts as a contest will end with a celebration of the arts and artists of St. Petersburg. The Art Ties Us Gala will take place Friday, Sept. 13, in the Grand Ballroom of The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Local artists are encouraged to submit their own creative original work of art for the contest. All submissions will be featured online for a community vote as well as seen by a panel of esteemed art judges. There will be five winners:

  • First place as voted on by the panel of judges, $1,500 cash prize
  • Second place as voted on by the panel of judges, $1,000 cash prize
  • Third place winners as voted on by the panel of judges, $750 cash prize
  • Online popular vote winner, $500 cash prize
  • Art Ties Us committee selection, $500 cash prize

“With the success of last year’s contest and event, we are thrilled to once again celebrate the incredible artists we have in our community, while bringing awareness to the significant economic contribution the arts have had in St. Petersburg,” said Monica Lukasik, event chair. “Our city has an amazing appetite for creativity and our goal is to highlight it all.”

Chuck Prather, owner of The Birchwood, has once again agreed to have neckties made in the likeness of the top three winners which will be worn by his staff for one year following the gala.

The gala will host more than 200 art enthusiasts and will kick off with an open bar and tastings from Birch & Vine, 1200 Chophouse, Dr. BBQ and Café Cibo — local restaurants who support the arts. Art submitted for the contest will be auctioned and all proceeds will benefit the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts.

To register for the contest, visit

St. Pete Opera Company to present ‘Madama Butterfly’

ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Opera Company will present Giacomo Puccini’s immortal “Madama Butterfly” June 21-30, at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The final production of the 2018-19 season, “Madama Butterfly” performance times will be Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets to all performances range from $20 to $75. Visit

Considered Puccini’s masterwork, “Madama Butterfly” is about an American naval officer, Pinkerton, who marries the 15-year-old Japanese girl Cio-Cio-San and departs, promising to return. In her excitement, she renounces her family’s religious and cultural traditions, but little does she know that only tragedy awaits her, as Pinkerton has very different ideas about their future together.

The cast includes Zoya Gramagin, Samuel Hall, Sahoko Sato Timpone and Daniel Scofield. Maestro Mark Sforzini will conduct the orchestra.

The Master Chorale to perform ‘Awake and Sing!’

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay will present “Awake and Sing!” Friday, June 7, 8 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; and Sunday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., at Lake Magdalene Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students with student ID. Primary through secondary school aged children do not need a student ID. For tickets, visit Tickets also will be available for purchase at the door.

“Awake and Sing!” is a special concert series to celebrate the Master Chorale’s 40th anniversary season. The program will feature choral works from Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, and Master Chorale commissions by composers like Eric Whitacre and Stephen Paulus. This concert kicks off Master Chorale’s performance tour to New York City, including a concert at Carnegie Hall, set for June 12-17.

Dalí Museum to host Cult Classics outdoor movie series

ST. PETERSBURG — The Dalí Museum’s Cult Classics outdoor movies series is back again this summer, featuring three female-focused films. The films will be presented on third Thursdays in the Avant Garden at The Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg.

This St. Petersburg summertime staple is a no-admission cinematic experience open to the public and features a host of food trucks and local craft beer vendors to choose from.

This summer’s lineup of films will feature “Heathers” on June 20; “Clueless” on July 18; and “Mean Girls” on Aug. 15. Guests are invited to don duds inspired by their favorite flicks.

Seating is limited and spots fill up quickly, so guests are encouraged to come early to claim a spot at the museum’s Avant Garden. These guests are also encouraged to take advantage of their early arrival and experience museum galleries after hours on the night of the movie at a reduced $10 admission.

Doors open and vendors start serving at 7 p.m. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. The event is held rain or shine. Movies and tastings are moved inside during inclement weather. Attendees may bring low-seating lawn chairs. Pets, coolers, outside food or beverages are not permitted.

For more information, visit

Artlink connects professional artists, students

ST. PETERSBURG — Artlink returns to Creative Clay with 10 teams who will meet weekly for four months in a mentoring, creating and exhibiting partnership.

Artlink teams are working toward a September exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and on a play featuring a local playwright and St. Petersburg actors.

The unique pairing of professional and student was birthed in 1999 to give student artists with a disability the opportunity to work one-on-one with professional artists in the community. Participants are chosen based on their medium of concentration, skill level, experience, and demonstrated enthusiasm for the project.

Artlink is funded through a grant from National Endowment for the Arts and is one of Creative Clay’s seven programs that create arts accessibility for individuals with neuro-differences. In the true spirit of teamwork exists collaboration, the sharing of ideas, experimentation, and a mastering of artistic skills. Artist mentors also share the important skills of the business of art, how to create and sustain successful careers as working artists.

The teams of two spend four months in the Artlink apprenticeship program. They track goals by logging their progress throughout the program. Each team also will produce retail items, such as limited-edition posters, prints, greeting cards, and a journal that documents, either visually or with text, the Artlink experience for the team.

Following are the Artlink teams:

  • Marquise R. and Calan Ree
  • Tyler B. and Lourdes Rosas Rasdall
  • Cameron P. and Jonathan Michael James
  • Tate F. and Mason Gehring
  • Cory B and Gordon Bonnett
  • Dalmary Rosa and Alli Arnold
  • Sydney Ray and Meike Groh
  • Marissa Harris and Rissa Olson
  • Michael Johnson and Rick Crandall
  • Carla Lopez and Kinsey Rodriguez

Creative Clay’s mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational, and vocational experiences. Creative Clay’s team of professional artists provide outreach art experiences to adults with disabilities, as well as children, veterans and those in shelters.

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