Tampa, Fla. ─ The Straz announces a groundbreaking return of the National Geographic Live series to Ferguson Hall in 2023, featuring an all-female lineup for the first time in its history. Audiences will experience the world’s wonders through storytelling as they venture through the depths of the ocean, learn about giant pandas in the wild and recover lost stories from Black Wall Street in a season not to be missed.
Diva Amon: From Shallows to Seafloor
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
Marine biologist Diva Amon’s research on unusual deep-sea habitats and species has taken her to extraordinary depths in some of the remotest parts of the planet. Dive in with her to get to know the fascinating creatures in each unique layer of Earth’s massive underwater habitat—from the familiar sea creatures near the surface to their otherworldly, alien-like cousins that wander the ocean floor. She’ll share stories from her work in the Caribbean, the Pacific and beyond, along with images that shine a light on this vast—and vital—reservoir of biodiversity.
Ami Vitale: Wild Hope
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale shares her personal odyssey—from documenting the heartbreaking realities of war to witnessing the inspiring power of an individual to make a difference. Her award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect our wildlife and find harmony in our natural world. Hear her awe-inspiring stories of the reintroduction of northern white rhinos and giant pandas to the wild, as well as Kenya’s first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary.
Alicia Odewale: Greenwood – A Century of Resilience
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, archaeologist Alicia Odewale is uncovering stories of resilience in the hundred years since the attack on Black Wall Street in the city’s historic Greenwood district. Considered one of the worst episodes of racial violence committed against Black people in American history, the Tulsa Race Massacre left a devastating toll on generations of survivors and their descendants and impacted the very footprint of the district itself. Join her to discover how archaeology and radical mapping can be used as a tool for recovering lost stories, reclaiming a narrative, and pursuing restorative justice.
Existing National Geographic Live season ticket holders have been notified via email and must renew by August 15 to guarantee their same seats. Prices for the three-show season package start at $76. Single tickets go on sale to the public July 25. For more information, call the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office at 813.229.STAR (7827) or outside the Tampa Bay area at 800.955.1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
The Straz Center is continuously evaluating health conditions and adjusting safety protocols. Guests should always visit strazcenter.org/safety before attending a performance.
Events, days, dates, times, performers and prices are subject to change without notice.
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
The National Geographic Live series at The Straz is locally sponsored by the AMGEN® Foundation.