St. Pete Performs! The fourth annual St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts – SPF18 will run October 19 – 28, 2018. Celebrating St. Petersburg’s well-known reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination, SPF18 showcases the performing arts with a spectrum of special events and one-of-a-kind experiences.
From opera to surprise pop-up performances in restaurants, SPF18 features theatre, dance, music, culinary arts and family friendly events. Experience the arts in new ways and places – be ready to be surprised and inspired! SPF18 is produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance with support from the City of St. Petersburg, business sponsors and individual contributors.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
St. Pete Performs
Oct. 19, 21, 23 St. Petersburg Opera
SPO opens their season with Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart). Three performances of world-class opera.
Oct 19 & 23, 7:30 PM; Sunday Oct 21, 2 PM
The Palladium’s Hough Hall, 253 5 th Ave. N.
Oct 19 The Florida Orchestra: Music of Queen Rock Concert
Fronted by a full rock band and vocalist, the orchestra performs the legendary band’s greatest hits with power and grandeur.
8 PM, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1 st St. S.
St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, 100 2 nd Ave N., #150, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Oct. 18 – 21 Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival (TBLFF)
St. Petersburg’s first ever film festival dedicated to contemporary Latin American film. The festival includes a Friday night film co-sponsored by Eckerd College’s International Film Series. TBLFF will include panel discussions and film screenings.
Various Times, Sundial AMC, 151 2 nd Ave. N.
Oct. 20 The Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park
Bring a date or the whole family for free music under the stars in waterfront Vinoy Park. Fireworks finale! Food trucks and family activities available. Presented by Ashley HomeStore
Vinoy Park – 701 Bayshore Dr. NE
4 pm, Community performances; 7 pm, The Florida Orchestra
Free Admission. Info: www.floridaorchestra.org
Oct. 22 An Evening of Jazz
Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz presents a special evening of St. Pete jazz. Join us for good food, beverages & great music. Co-sponsored with The Hangar Restaurant/Go To Steve’s restaurants & catering.
8 PM, The Hangar Restaurant, Albert Whitted Airport, 540 1 st St. SE
Free Admission. Info: http://aldowningjazz.com/index.php
Oct. 23 La Lucha!
Award winning jazz ensemble
5-8 PM, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Avenue
Tickets: $10 (includes gallery access) at door. Free for James Museum members
727-999-4342 Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 24 Artful Wine Pairings Dinner Benefit
The Birchwood hosts the fourth annual Artful Wine Pairings Dinner . The five-course dinner features specially selected estate wines from around the world. Executive Chef Lee Aquino will introduce dishes inspired by local artists. The once-a-year culinary event benefits SPF18. Every table was filled the last two years!
6 -9 PM, The Birchwood, 340 Beach Dr. NE
Tickets: $200 pp – Purchase online at www.stpeteartsalliance.org
Oct. 25 Cabaret Benefit
Paul Wilborn and the Blue Roses
Featuring the music of the great American songbook Benefit performance for SPF18.
8 PM Iberian Rooster Restaurant, 475 Central Ave.
Tickets: $25 – Purchase online at www.stpeteartsalliance.org
Oct 25 Air-Earth-Fire-Water: Creative Collaboration
Scientists wrangling with the real world join dancers exploring imaginative movement in this joyous outdoor work. Created by playwright Sheila Cowley, choreographers Helen Hansen French and Paula Kramer, actors Eugenie Bondurant and Ned Averill-Snell, viola player A.J. Vaughan and dancers French, Erin Cardinal, Brian Fidalgo and Alex Jones.
Storytelling through both words and movement.
20-minute performances at 5:30 and 6:30 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, Beach Drive Entrance Plaza
Oct. 25-27 Festival Pop-Up Performances
Unexpected performances in unexpected places! Street performers, artists, singers, musicianswill pop up throughout downtown and in many restaurants over the weekend.
7:30 – 9:00 PM – Various locations TBA
Oct. 25-26 Work: Site – Dance at Work
Six site-specific dance works created in and for workplaces in and around downtown St. Petersburg. A project of Dance Linkages, curated and directed by Andee Scott, WORK:SITE invites the audience to experience the making and performing of dance as public art, with open rehearsals occurring during regular business hours at each location leading up to the performances. Choreographers include Christina Acosta (FL), Laura Gutierrez (TX), Julie Nathanielsz (NY), Katurah Robinson (FL), Andee Scott (FL) and Natalia Vazquez (MX).
Free Admission, Various locations & times TBA
Contact: Andee Scott, 512-633-8986, email@example.com
Oct. 26 AS IF! (American Stage Improv Festival)
A night of laughs and spontaneous storytelling with American Stage Improv, and also popular improv teams from near and far, including the award-winning duo Hawk & Wayne, who hail from Second City and The Groundlings. Improvisation is truly live theatre! The plot, characters and dialogue of a scene or story are created in the moment. Every performance is new, unique, and captivating. Join us to celebrate this art form, our talented local and regional improv teams, and the special guest headliner. “Adults” only .
8 PM , Side Door Cabaret @ The Palladium, 253 5 th Ave. N.
Tickets $25, $45 prime reserved seats. Info: www.mypalladium.org/box-office/
Oct. 26, 28 Shakespeare In The City – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Studio@620 and the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival present Shakespeare in the City in conjunction with Williams Park Association. Enjoy a perfect summer evening in the park.
Williams Park – between 4 th & 3 rd Streets N & 2 nd & 1 st Avenues N, St. Petersburg
7:30 PM, Contact: 727-895-6620, www.thestudioat620.org
October 27 St. Pete Shares the Stage! Dance St. Pete
St. Pete’s dance vibrant dance community shares the stage to showcase the best of the best in the region for a wonderful evening of dance.
8 PM, The Palladium, 253 5 th Ave. N.
October 27 Movies In The Park – Halloween Movies!
Presented by the Sunscreen Film Festival, powered by Cinema Squatch and DJ
Fresh Events. An evening of Halloween fun!
6 PM, Music, trivia and party. Movie starts at dark
Williams Park, 2nd Ave N & 3rd St N
Free Admission/Info: https://www.facebook.com/CinemaSquatch/
Oct. 27 The Florida Orchestra: Evening at Bach’s Coffeehouse
Award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell leads an intimate evening featuring TFO’s strings, including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 .
8 PM, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1 st St. S.
Tickets/Info – www.floridaorchestra.org .
Oct. 27 Take A Chance Dance Project
Actors/writers, Bob Devin Jones, Fanni Green and Maureen McDole will co-choreograph three performance pieces with Paula Kramer that infuse dance into original narratives that focus on a sense of place. The excitement lies in having a chance to make their dance debut and reveal the dancers that lie within.
2 PM, ARTS46/4, First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46 th Ave N.
Oct. 28 Orchestra Fuego Concert & Dance
The hottest Salsa Band that has been firing up Tampa Bay! Playing a wide variety of Latin American music including Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Bolero and Bachata. This Sunday evening, dance with the hottest and Grammy Nominated Latin Orchestra in Tamp Bay includes a class and special dance performances.
6-9 PM, Manhattan Casino, 642 22 nd Street South
Tickets: $25, www.stpeteartsalliance.org
Oct. 28 Sunshine City, The Musical – Concert Version
Jack Handsome single-handedly revives the St. Petersburg tourist industry with outrageous marketing stunts, but finds that winning Flora Day’s heart takes more than clever words. Set in the waning years of the 1920’s land boom, Sunshine City, the Musical is a family-friendly mainstream show featuring a tap-dancing dog, singing alligators, “Sea Vamps” and a cameo appearance by Ponce de Leon himself! “Soon all America will sing this ditty: Come on down to Sunshine City!”
Written by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak, Sunshine City, the Musical will be
presented in a concert performance by 15 local actors, and the composer at the piano.
7:30 PM, Opera Central, 2145 First Avenue South