Window on Arts & Entertainment: April 7, 2023 | Diversions

Gasparilla new music fest sets headliners

TAMPA — Coppertail Brewing Co. will current the 12th once-a-year Gasparilla Songs Competition, having area on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Tickets to the festival are offered at One working day common admission tickets are $50 in progress. Two-working day common admission tickets are $80 in progress.

Event organizers recently uncovered really anticipated details about this signature Tampa Bay area’s new music pageant. Headliners incorporate critically acclaimed hip-hop tremendous duo Run the Jewels, composed of Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn-based mostly rapper and producer El-P. GMF will be a single of a handful of pick out 2023 dates celebrating the renowned act’s 10th anniversary tour and their first Florida clearly show considering the fact that 2018. 

Rounding out the headlining spots will be Canadian electro-funk duo and Grammy Award nominees Chromeo, whose physical appearance follows the release of their new album and performances at Coachella.

All through the past two many years Chromeo has landed 3 albums in the Billboard Best 200 with many club hits igniting dance flooring worldwide.

Closing out Sunday evening is Joe Russo’s Virtually Dead, which functions renowned jam musicians paying tribute to the Grateful Useless. Recognised by admirers as J-Rad, this super-team has been marketing out important marketplaces and venues in modern years with their incredible live performances normally such as interesting surprise attendees and superior-vitality jams.

Supplemental nationwide acts incorporate West Coast Indie-Rock quintet Regional Natives the feminine-fronted indie-pop feeling Cannons Growing Appalachia, an Appalachian folks new music band led by multi-instrumentalist sisters Massive Head Todd & The Monsters, a cult-traditional rock band Flipturn, a quickly increasing Florida dependent indie-rock act and Florida-centered indie-folk act The 502s, along with an eclectic array of Tampa Bay’s greatest area expertise.

The pageant has partnered The Straz Center for the Performing arts, a fellow nonprofit, community-arts pushed firm. The Straz Heart will allow for GMF to prolong its footprint down the lovely Tampa Riverwalk and will characteristic two jam-packed days of varied neighborhood talent overlooking the Hillsborough River.

More community music programming will take place at Sparkman Wharf providing followers an prospect to catch reside songs in many venues alongside Riverwalk and an abundance of techniques to get there which include the Pirate Drinking water Taxi, TECO Streetcar trolley, E-scooters, bicycles, and by foot.

“It’s a transitional calendar year for GMF as we adapt to the issues of speedily growing downtown growth,” mentioned Melanie Rouse, GMF board president. “We’re hunting forward to celebrating just one last yr in Curtis Hixon with a sensational lineup. We’re very excited to establish our new household at Julian B Lane Park in 2024 where by we can expand for decades to appear and keep on being an integral component of the downtown landscape.”

The Gasparilla Songs Competition begun in 2012 and swiftly acquired a popularity as a highly regarded, effectively-curated pageant featuring an interesting blend of performers. A nonprofit party, the festival serves as an immersive encounter celebrating the finest of Tampa society: its food, tunes, trend, artwork, and award-profitable beers. 

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St. Pete to host poetry festival

ST. PETERSBURG — In celebration of Nationwide Poetry Month, the town of St. Petersburg, City Poet Laureate Gloria Muoz, and several neighborhood companions will co-host the city’s initially-at any time City of Writers Poetry Festival. Functions will be held all through the neighborhood during the month of April.

“The Metropolis of Writers Poetry Pageant will spotlight rising and set up writers who replicate the talent, range, and creativeness of St. Petersburg,” mentioned Mayor Ken Welch. “We are recognised as a City of the Arts and it can be thrilling to see Poet Laureate Gloria Muoz place poetry in movement.”

The Metropolis of Writers Poetry Competition will include things like weekly workshops, book releases, an open up mic night, and a youth poetry showcase. The pageant will be bookended by poet Ross Homosexual and St. Pete Youth Farm on April 1 and a “Pam 

Jam” with the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association on April 30.

“As a member of St. Pete’s writing group, it is an honor to celebrate poets whose performs could be common, unfamiliar, inspiring, or assumed-provoking,” mentioned Gloria Muoz, Poet Laureate for the Metropolis of St. Petersburg. “By making the Metropolis of Writers Poetry Festival a annually tradition, we can introduce and cement the attempts of aspiring and seasoned writers who comprise St. Pete’s resourceful landscape.”

Functions are no cost and open up to the public until stated usually. Some gatherings involve progress registration. For a complete listing of festival situations and registration information, check out

Poets to check out Eckerd Higher education

ST. PETERSBURG — The Eckerd College or university Imaginative Arts Collegium has invited three renowned, award-profitable poets to St. Petersburg to celebrate Countrywide Poetry Thirty day period with evening readings on the college’s campus and at the Salvador Dalí Museum on April 6, April 12 and April 20.

The Eckerd examining collection will kick off at the James Centre for Molecular and Existence Sciences at Eckerd School, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama — whose function centers on themes of language, electrical power, conflict and religion — will share find pieces at 7 p.m. on April 6. He is the creator of quite a few textbooks of poetry, and his assortment “Poetry Unbound,” posted by W.W. Norton & Organization in 2022, is an enlargement of a podcast of the very same title that presents reflections on 50 effective poems. 

Victoria Chang will read through from her forthcoming e-book of poems, “With My Back to the Entire world,” in the Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater at 6:30 p.m. on April 12.

The Guggenheim Fellow’s poetry assortment “OBIT” from Copper Canyon Push in 2020, was named a New York Situations Notable Ebook and a Time Will have to-Browse E-book and gained the Los Angeles Periods Reserve Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award. 

Rooja Mohassessy will just take to the phase at Eckerd’s Helmar and Enole Nielsen Center for Visible Arts at 7 p.m. on April 20. The Iranian-born poet and educator is a MacDowell Fellow and the author of “When Your Sky Operates Into Mine,” from Elixir Press in 2023 —winner of the 22nd Yearly Elixir Poetry Prize. 

Eckerd’s Unfold the Phrases studying sequence is supported by the Dr. Peter Meinke Endowment for Inventive Producing. For a lot more facts, pay a visit to

Blueberry Competition set

PLANT City — Keel Farms will host its yearly Blueberry Pageant on Saturdays in April — April 8, 15, 22, and 29 — at 5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant Metropolis.

The competition will be open up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of the 4 Saturdays with u-decide continuing till sunset.

The occasion will characteristic food items and craft suppliers, reside songs, a kids’ region, u-decide blueberries, and exclusive releases of Keel and Curley wines and Keel Farms Agrarian Ales and Ciders.

Admission and parking for the festival are each free of charge, and tables for eating are out there during festival several hours on a 1st occur, first served basis. The event is billed as “pet-friendly.”

To celebrate the spring blueberry harvest, blueberry u-decide will be supplied each individual working day of the competition from 10 a.m. to sunset although provides final and temperature permits. Now harvested pre-packaged blueberries will also be offered for invest in by the pound. 

‘Space Oddity’ demonstrate rescheduled

CLEARWATER — The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre show “Space Oddity,” starring David Brighton, scheduled for March 31 at 8 p.m., has been rescheduled.

Tickets will be honored on the new date, Saturday, July 15, at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

UUC Artwork Committee announces PAVA exhibition

CLEARWATER — An artist reception will consider location Friday, April 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Octagon Artwork Centre, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Street, Clearwater.

This will be the opening reception of the 2023 Member’s Awards Show of the Qualified Association of Visible Artists. The UUC Art Committee also introduced that member Melissa Miller Nece received PAVA’s Most effective of Exhibit: 2D for the photo “WhipSplash” in the medium of colored pencil. 

The general public is welcome to go to. There will be light refreshments. Attendees will have an opportunity to fulfill some of the artists whose do the job is on display. 

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