A String at the A&C Museum • St Pete Catalyst

Here’s something you don’t see every day, as the old saying goes, at least not in St. Pete: a world-class puppet show.

They’re not puppets, they’re puppets — operated by puppeteer strings above the stage — and they’re coming to the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg on Saturday and Sunday, for a different full production each day. .

For some of us, “puppets” conjure up uncomfortable images of Thunderbirds Where Team America: World Police, but the Tanglewood Marionettes aren’t a corny or comedic company. Based in New England, it is a nationally touring professional puppet theater using large hand-crafted puppets, colorful sets, and integrated lighting and sound to create an immersive theatrical experience.

Saturday’s show is The Dragon King, based on Chinese folklore, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., it’s Perseus and Medusaof Greek mythology.

Performances of the Tanglewood Marionettes are free with museum admission; click here to watch segments of The Dragon King.

Amphitheater Concerts

Australian-born country music superstar Keith Urban — that’s “Mr. Kidman” to you and me — has a date Friday night at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater (tickets here). The next evening, in the huge room at Hillsborough, REO Speedwagon and Styx split the bill, featuring the opener to two-hit ’80s wonder Loverboy. All tickets can be had here.

Music at the Palladium

In the intimate Side Door of the Palladium Theater on Friday, two powerhouse musicians from the local jazz scene join forces – Jeremy Carter (saxophone) and James Suggestions (trumpet). The band includes Anthony Aldissi (piano), Elias Tona (bass) and Rod Alnord (drums. Tickets here.

And on Saturday, the Palladium got WMNF presents a Juneteenth celebration with Caravan of Souls, funk/soul revue, and singers Theo Valentin, Rita Wilson, Tron Montgomery and Hiram Hazley, plus spoken word poets from Tampa Bay and more. Tickets here.

funny stuff

The I never know returns to studio @620 on Friday, hosted, as always, by Matt Walker and Geoff Fella. These shows feature many of Florida’s top improv artists, plus plenty of surprises (hence the name). Tickets are here.

SoSi’s Atelier, art gallery and studio space at 2380 Sixth Ave. South, has a Pride-centric comedy show on Saturday (be sure to check out the BED exhibit while you’re at it. With Lauren Dufault, Kye Saunders, Alina Siddiqui and Jeff Klein. Tickets are here.

theater scenes

It’s your last weekend to catch A Skeptic and a Bruja at FreeFall Theater, The dreamer examines his pillow of Tampa representative, and The 25the Putnam County Annual Spelling Bee at Stage work. These are all exemplary productions, and they all make their last shows on Sunday (June 19).

June 19

“Shades of Pride: Juneteenth Celebration” is a free event from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays at St. Pete’s Factory. LGBTQIA+ activist TS Madison, the first black trans woman to star in and produce her own reality series, is the emcee.

The very first Tampa Museum of Art The June 19 cultural celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Included: Free admission to the museum, artistic activities, live music and performances, family portraits, food trucks and much more.

visual art

Visit, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs by Uruguayan-Spanish artist Yamandú Canosa, opens Saturday at the Dali Museum. Through four interrelated walls, the largest component of the exhibition includes concepts from Sa Farnera, the small island that closes the bay of Port Lligat, Spain, the setting for Dalí’s home. We will have much more on Visit Friday in the Catalyst.

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