d-a&e062019-Shifting Light - Curtis Whitwam

“Shifting Light,” by Curtis Whitwam

PAVA’s Cool Art Show brings artistry to the Coliseum

ST. PETERSBURG — The 31st annual Cool Art Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The annual event showcases the fine art and fine craft of some of the area’s premier artists. Approximately 75 Florida artisans have been selected to exhibit in this year’s collection of both visual and functional art in the mediums of paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, digital, mixed media and jewelry. The show will feature professional fine artists and fine craftsmen who are extremely skilled in their chosen art. Many have received multiple awards at high-end art shows and are represented in both galleries and museums worldwide. This show provides a great opportunity to discover and shop for new art, talk directly to the artists who created it, and learn about the skills and technique used in their creation process.

Admission and parking are free. The Coliseum’s food and beverage concessions will be open to the public, with sales including beer and wine.

This juried fine art and fine craft show is sponsored by the Professional Association of Visual Artists. PAVA is a nonprofit organization run by volunteer artists to serve local artisans and support the arts community in the Tampa Bay area. It provides exhibition, education and grant opportunities for its members and supports local art centers through scholarships for art instruction.

Cinema on the Sand movie series set for Upham Beach

ST. PETE BEACH — The St. Pete Beach Recreation Department will present Cinema on the Sand, a brand-new summer movie series.

Films will be screened in July and August on second and fourth Fridays at 8 p.m. on Upham Beach, 6850 Beach Plaza, St. Pete Beach. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Movies will be displayed on a giant screen from a boat and can be viewed floating on the water or from the beach. Attendees may bring blankets or beach chairs.

Following is the summer movie schedule:

  • July 12: “The Meg”
  • July 26: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • Aug. 9: “Smokey & the Bandit”
  • Aug. 23: People’s choice by Facebook vote

Paradise Grille will be providing food and beverages for purchase. For information, visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245. Follow the Cinema on the Sand Facebook page for updates.

Florida Suncoast Chorus to celebrate America through song

SAFETY HARBOR — The Florida Suncoast Chorus will present “Celebration of America through Song,” a summer concert, Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor.

The chorus will weave together patriotic and American standards such as “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.”

The Florida Suncoast Chorus is a membership organization of singers. Members meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize and have fun. The chorus enlists more than 30 singers from all walks of life, and all parts of Pinellas County. As a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the chorus performs throughout the year entertaining all ages through harmony singing.

For information, visit www.FloridaSuncoastChorus.com.

Florida JETAA to host Tampa Natsumatsuri

TAMPA — The Florida Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association will present the 14th annual Tampa Natsumatsuri, a Japanese summer festival, Saturday, June 22, 6 to 9 p.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Admission is free. Tampa Natsumatsuri is a nonprofit, community-based festival featuring traditional Japanese games, treats, crafts, martial arts demonstrations, music performances and more. Guests are encouraged to cosplay as their favorite anime character, wear a kimono or yukata, or attend in their favorite comfortable clothes and shoes.

Festival games include wanage (ring tossing), shodo (Japanese calligraphy), omikuji (fortune telling), otedaruma (doll making), yoyo sukui (water balloon fishing), omocha sukui (fishing for toys), origami (paper folding), hanetsuki (badminton), daruma otoshi (similar to Jenga), ohajiki (marbles), taketonbo (bamboo toy making) and more.

Tampa Natsumatsuri is organized by Florida JETAA and sponsored in part by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. For information, email tampakumi@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/tampanatsu.

The Studio@620 to screen ‘Agent X’

ST. PETERSBURG — “Agent X,” a modern-day espionage thriller filmed on location in St. Petersburg, will be screened Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.thestudioat620.org/events/agent-x or at the door. The evening will include music, refreshments, photo opportunities and a Q&A with the director and cast members. The movie stars Cranstan Cumberbatch, Richard Michael Stefanik, Mika Lawton, Louis Joseph, James Lincoln, and Tim Cameron.

Agent X, a former military contractor turned secret agent, is brought in on a mission to investigate several drone attacks. With every turn, he finds himself more entangled in a complicated web of conspiracy, cryptocurrency, and layers of corruption. The Sunshine City can cast a deeply sinister shadow, with bitcoin mining, politicians, and hit-men hiding along the shores of modern-day St. Petersburg. No easy walk on the beach, Agent X finds these sparkling sands leading him further into the world of espionage than he ever imagined.

Tampa Theatre announces free screening of ‘Not Alone’

TAMPA — “Not Alone,” a new psychological thriller written and directed by Lydelle Jackson and Cezil Reed, will be presented Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m., at Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin St., Tampa.

Shot entirely in Hillsborough County with a cast and crew comprised largely of local talent, “Not Alone” is the harrowing story of Shelly Lawson (Sarah Schroeder-Matzkin), who moves her family into a beautiful southern estate only to discover that their new home is subject to unexplainable phenomena. After her daughter, Jess (Megan Ashley Brown), is sent to the hospital with a mysterious illness, Shelly posts a video online pleading for help with her recently acquired haunted house. Dr. James Clay (Richard Lawson, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), a once-acclaimed scientist, finds Shelly’s online plea and tells her exactly what is in her home. Whether or not she believes it, though, is up to her.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For information and reservations, visit tampatheatre.org/movie/not-alone.

BranchOut! to celebrate Gulfport LGBTQ Resource Center

GULFPORT — BranchOut!, an evening of music and fun, will take place Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m., at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S., Gulfport.

Presented by the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Gulfport Public Library, the event will serve as a celebration of the recent establishment of the center as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Guests will enjoy complimentary wine, soft beverages and appetizers, as well as live music by powerhouse vocalist/singer/songwriter/guitarist and LGBTQ Resource Center board member Brittany Baldwin. This event is free and open to the public.

The LGBTQ Resource Center was established in 2014 and is the first of its kind in a public library setting in Florida, providing collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family.

For information, visit mygulfport.us/gpl or email LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.