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Improv duo From Justin to Kelly spend most of the show in silence.Courtesy of Justin Peters

Top shows on stage this week: 321 Improv Festival, Andrew Dice Clay

JUST POPPED UP: 321 IMPROV FESTIVAL Justin Peters and Kelly Buttermore know how to live in the moment. The improv duo From Justin to Kelly specializes in "radical simplicity," spending 25 to 30 minutes in a location suggested by the audience. "Unlike most improv shows, which are very talkative, we spend most of the …


  1. Iconic Ballet Nacional de Cuba ballet will perform at Straz in May


    Besides fine tobacco, Ballet Nacional de Cuba is considered by many to be the island nation's most distinctive export.

    Ballet Nacional de Cuba, one of the world’s top companies, will perform at the Straz in May.
  2. Top shows on stage this week: 321 Improv Festival, Andrew Dice Clay



    Improv duo From Justin to Kelly spend most of the show in silence.
  3. August marks the deaths of both Elvis and Princess Diana

    Music & Concerts

    I was in a restroom at a Palm Harbor pizza shop last weekend, with Elvis.

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles, pictured in 1990, are featured in tons of new TV specials this year marking the 20th anniversary 
of Diana’s death.
  4. Opera Tampa names three guest conductors for 2017-2018 season


    TAMPA — Opera Tampa has named guest conductors for the 2017-2018 season, a move made necessary by the resignation of previous artistic director Daniel Lipton.

    Argentinian conductor Jorge Parodi will conduct Rossini's The Barber of Seville for Opera Tampa, Feb. 2 and 4, 2018. Courtesy of the Straz Center.
  5. Forty years after Elvis Presley's death, Priscilla Presley talks his legacy, new orchestra tour

    Music & Concerts

    It's Elvis Week in Memphis. It comes around each year, a fresh slate of concerts and memorials and celebrations honoring the life and music of Elvis Aaron Presley, who died Aug. 16, 1977.

    Elvis: Live in Concert, a tour spectacle featuring a live orchestra backing the voice of Elvis Presley, projected onto a movie screen. The tour comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on 8/18/17. Credit: Graceland.
  6. Light, fluffy and fun: '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche'


    TAMPA — The show starts at the ticket counter, where audience members walk away wearing female name tags.

    Double-entendres about quiche and lesbianism are frequent as the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein gather for breakfast.
  7. Nonstop hit parade powers 'Motown: The Musical'


    TAMPA — The Supremes are supreme. The Marvelettes deliver with Please Mr. Postman. The machine that is the record industry, and was most certainly Motown, opens full throttle as the careers of the Temptations and the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and dozens of other careers blossom and are soon …

    Allison Semmes (center) plays Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, coming to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Aug. 8-13, 2017. Photo by Joan Marcus.
  8. Best shows on stage this week: '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,' Brad Williams at the Improv


    COMEDY RETURNS: 5 LESBIANS Eating a Quiche

    The 2016 cast of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche featured (back row, from left) Emily Belvo as Ginny, Jaime Giangrande-Holcolm as Wren, Roxxi Jaxx as Dale; (front row, from left) Kari Goetz as Lulie and Karla Hartley as Vern. Nicole Jeannine Smith will play the role of Dale in the return engagement Aug. 11-20.
  9. Good tush news: Straz Center upgrades seats in Morsani Hall


    TAMPA — Seats closest to the stage at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts often cost significantly more than the ones in the mezzanine. But they all wear down just the same.

    Alberto Lopez of Atlanta, Ga., walks through rows of seats with newly replaced cushions in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center in Tampa on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. 

The Straz is installing 1,387 new seats in Morsani Hall, its largest theater. It's the first time the seats have been switched out since the center was built in 1987. They're in the closing stages. The seating renovation is the first of two phases. Next summer, they will renovate 700 more seats. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]

  10. Florida Orchestra lands rock star Sting for its 50th anniversary gala


    The Florida Orchestra has landed a real rock star.

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14:  Sting performs onstage during the Sting "57th & 9th" World Tour at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 14, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Cherry Tree)