Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Marvel Universe Live" comic available before Tampa show

     If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, chances are you’re already jazzed about seeing “Marvel Universe Live!,” the brand new multimedia show that premieres in Tampa on July 10.   
   And you’ll probably be even more jazzed to find out about a new comic book, specially created for “Marvel Universe Live” and available for free, but only to people who order tickets through Ticketmaster by June 1. You'll get one c ic book for each order not for each ticket.)
   The new comic is a prequel to the story in “Marvel Universe Live!” and gives some background to the action in the show.
    The show is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe. It has been shattered into pieces by the mighty Thor so it won’t fall into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor's villainous brother, Loki, devises a scheme to clone its powers.

   The new comic book tells readers how Thor gained possession of the Cube. It also reveals a new item in the Marvel Universe that will play a key role in the live show -- the Lectro Link, a wearable invention that provides power for the Iron Man suit.

   “Marvel Universe Live!” is the largest show ever from Palmetto-based Feld Entertainment, which also produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, among other shows. It starts its 85-city tour at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa July 10-13.
    Tickets are on sale now for $40, $60, $85 and $140 plus service charge. Besides ordering through Ticketmaster, you can get tickets by calling 800-745-3000 or going to www.tampabaytimesforum.com.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Miggs plays intimate show at Tampa's Jaeb

   Indie pop-rock band miggs has spent the past 13 years touring constanty, often as an opening act for such acts as Plain White T’s and KT Tunstall, or at events with Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, Maroon 5 and Train.
   But they have a solid fan base of their own. Their latest album was produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, and Lindsey Lohan starred in the video for their song "Let the Games Begin." They also recently appeared on "Good Morning America," for what that's worth.
  You usually only get to see bands like miggs in big concert venues or in smoke-filled clubs, but they're playing an show in the Jaeb Theatre, one of the smaller spaces at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Canter in Tampa, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
   It should be a cool place to see a show like this one: There's cabaret seating, great acoustics, cocktails for sale and no smoking inside the theater.
   Tickets are on sale now for $20 plus service charge. VIP tickets that include a meet-and greet are $50 plus service charge.  Call 813-229-7827 or go to www.strazcenter.org.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest adds Doug E. Fresh to lineup.

   Old-school hip-hop star Doug E. Fresh has signed on to the already impressive entertainment lineup for the 2014 Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest.
   He joins previously announced headliners T-Pain,
Tracy Lawrence, Lyfe Jennings and Musiq Soulchild.
Doug E. Fresh
   The festival runs April 11-13 at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto. 
   Lawrence will play Friday and Jennings and Soulchild Saturday. Fresh and T-Pain are slated to play Sunday. 
   Tickets are on sale now at www.gulfcoastribfest.com and at Circle K stores. They're $15 for Friday, $20 for either Saturday or Sunday and $30 for both days. Children 12 and younger are free as long as they come with an adult.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mandy Patinkin perfoms in Sarasota

  Mandy Patinkin can do it all, from splashy Broadway quasi-operas -- a lot of people first heard of him through his performance as Che in "Evita" on Broadway -- to television drama. He starred as the troubled doctor Jeffery Geiger on "Chicago Hope" and he's most recently starred with Claire Danes on the Showtime hit "Homeland."
  He's also drawn critical raves for his concert appearances, and he'll be coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota Tuesday, April 1, with a concert he's calling "Dress Casual."
   It's a cabaret-style show, even though it's in a major Performing Arts Hall. Patinkin offers everything from Broadway tunes to pop standards to traditional American folk songs, and intersperses stories of his personal life and his show biz life.
   Speaking of his show biz life, fans of "Homeland" will be glad to know he'll be back on the show next season. That wasn't clear at the end of the previous season.
   "Oh, I'll be back," he said. "They kicked me out of the CIA but I'm coming back as an independent agent.
   His Van Wezel show is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Tickets are $35-$70. Call 941-953-3368 or go to www.vanwezel.org.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Woolf wows (two) Idol judges with "Fun"

   The top 10 took on the top 10.
   On Wednesday’s performance episode, Bradenton’s Sam Woolf and the other nine “American Idol” finalists were required to sing a song that had been on the Billboard top 10 at some point between 2011 and now.
   The contestants chose songs by everyone from Pink to FloridaGeorgia Line and from Lady Gaga to Hunter Hayes.
   After a couple of decent performances that opened the show and drew positive but unenthusiastic responses from judges, Alex Preston kicked up the energy with a performance of One Direction’s “Story of My Life” that all three judges – Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. – agreed was the best of the night.
    Sixteen-year old Malaya Watson followed with a gorgeous rendition of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

   Woolf, the 17-year-old Braden River High School student who has impressed judges with his vocals and won the hearts of teenage girls with his looks, was the last to perform. Last week, he had finished in the bottom three for the first time, after performing the Beatles’ “Come Together.”
    This week, he chose a song that he said was a better representation of who he is an artist.
    The song was “We Are Young,” the 2012 hit by Fun. Woolf told host Ryan Seacrest it was a song hat he felt comfortable with.
    He went back to performing with a guitar, standing at a mic stand. Last week he sang with a handheld microphone, walking across the stage as he sang..
    This week's performance was  livelier  than some of his past ones. Lopez swayed and sang along and Urban smiled through the entire performance.

   “I loved it,” Lopez said. ”I liked it so much more than what you did last week.”
   Urban indicated, as he has before, that he was sure Woolf would be back next. He said he had a lot to say to Woolf, but that he knew he’s had other chances to talk to him.

   Only Connick was less than enthusiastic about Woolf’s performance. He said he hoped Woolf would “own” the songs that he performed, the way he owned his early performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House.”
   "You can do this,” Connick told him
    Woolf indicated to Seacrest that he thought this week’s performance was one of his best.
   Woolf and his fans will find out whether he’ll make it to the top nine tomorrow night, in a one-hour results show that’s scheduled for 9 p.m. on Fox.

Florida Orchestra offers premiere of Rogers work

  David Rogers is well-known to area music lovers. Before he left the Tampa Bay area last year to become executive director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Rogers co-founded and performed at the prestigious Bonk Festival of New Music, which presented memorable concerts in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa for 14 years. He also taught composition at the University of South Florida and played with the avant-garde rock band Handshake Squad.
   He'll be back in the area this weekend to see the world premiere of his work "Euphemism No. 3." The Florida Orchestra will perform a masterworks concert featuring
David Rogers
that piece, Bartok's "Piano Concerto No. 1" and Sibelius' "Symphony No. 4." Stefan Sanderling, the Orchestra's erstwhile music director, conducts.
   The concert will be performed three times, Friday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. St .Petersburg's obviously the closest one for Bradenton-area residents. That one starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will run you $15-$45.
   Rogers will be part of the pre-concert presentation about an hour before each show.
   Call 727-892-3337 or go to www.floridaorchestra.org

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota extends "Freud"

   Florida Studio Theatre's production of "Freud's Last Stand" just opened a few days ago, but it's so popular that its run has already been extended.
    It's now set to run through March 30 in FST's Keating Theatre.
FST's "Freud's Last Session"
   The drama by Mark St. Germain revolves around a hypothetical meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, played by George Tynan Crowley and Jeffrey Plunkett. It's set at the end of Freud's life, and he and Lewis, two of the leading intellectuals of their era, discuss the existence of God and other big issues.
   Tickets range from $32 to $34. Call 941-366-9000, or go to online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.
   FST is at 241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.