March: You’re in Luck at Arts Garage


If you love fun, music and thought-provoking drama, then you are in luck, because Arts Garage has it all this March! “Arts Garage has become synonymous with incredible entertainment,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. “And this month we really bring it!” “Musical diversity abounds as the month kicks off with Drag Bingo… you just have to experience it,” said Ushe. Another key highlight of the month is Arts Garage’s very own Drew Tucker. The master of percussion sold out the house last time and wowed audiences with his diverse style and range of rhythms. His performance is followed by the classical jazz and folk infused sounds of Errol Racckipov, and the Latin jazz sounds of the sultry Brazilian born Rose Max. Next, Arts Garage rocks out with the bluesy Lauren Mitchell Band and gets funky with the Betty Fox Band. “We end the month with the man critics call the new Louie Armstrong—Bruce Stripling,” said Ushe. “He is in demand by orchestras all over the country, and we are honored to have him at Arts Garage. Speaking of honors, with four Carbonell nominations for the production of Cabaret Verboten, the entire community is raving about what Lou Tyrrell has created with Theatre at Arts Garage. And this month, Tyrrell introduces audiences a new play by Duncan MacMillan, called Lungs. Friday 3/1, 7:30 pm Voices of Pride: Bingo Night Drag Bingo Cabaret Hold onto your cards and markers! Look out for the wigs and heels! Don’t trip over the gowns! Voices of Pride brings DRAG BINGO to its new home at the Arts Garage with a bang! VOP puts its inimitable trademarks of glitz, gams and glamour on its annual fundraiser in the sexy setting of the fabulous Arts Garage and, for the first time, Voices of Pride will be performing throughout the evening. Whadda deal! Bingo, fabulous prizes, surprise auction and raffle items, and a show with fabulous drag queens and magnificent men singing…all to support your favorite gay men’s chorus. It will be an evening of hilarity, high jinx and harmonies that you’ll be talking about for weeks! Premium admission includes two books of bingo games, up-front seating, and a glass of wine/cold beverage. Regular admission includes one book of bingo games for the evening. Additional game books can be purchased for $10 each at the event. Tickets-$30-$45, Doors open at 7pm Saturday 3/2, 8:00 pm Special Event Drew Tucker Orchestra Drew Tucker returns with his globe spanning, percussion heavy orchestra to present an audiophile’s dream of basement soul, high-minded jazz, and classic hip hop. His last concert was a sell-out and if you were there for it, you know you want more to see and hear more…and if you missed it, you won’t want to make that mistake again! Drew is joined by Sam Johnson on bass, JD Anderson on drums, Doug Carter on piano and keyboards, and Beto on guitar. $20-$30 in advance, $ 5 more at the door pineapple-newspaper-drew-tucker Friday 3/8 Global Invasion: Errol Racckipov Errol Rackipov is a composer, jazz musician and educator. His music is a blend of jazz and classical chamber music with Eastern European folk rhythms and motifs. As a jazz vibraphonist, marimbist and composer, he has been working as a professional musician, composer and producer in various styles of music from jazz to R&B and has participated in numerous projects throughout the world. $20-$30 in advance, $5 more at the door. pineapple-newspaper-rose-max Saturday 3/9 Jazz Project: Rose Max Sultry Brazilian vocalist Rose Max tours worldwide with Brazilian acoustic guitar master Ramatis, bringing her sweetly haunting voice to every performance. Rose Max has music in her blood. She is the great-granddaughter of the conductor and composer Cupertino de Menezes and granddaughter of the guitar player and composer Manuel de Menezes. Gifted with a beautiful voice early on, Rose gotherstartsinginginthenightclub-heavyRio deJaneiro,whereshemasteredthestylesof bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz. After moving totheUnitedStatesin1993,Rosecontinued performing and touring. She is a three-time recipient of the Brazilian Press Award for “BestFemaleBrazilianSingerResidingand Performing in the USA.” $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. 3/15 – 4/12 Theatre at Arts Garage: Lungs by Duncan MacMillan The clock is ticking! What’s it going to be, the baby or the bomb? Lungs tells the story of a couple contemplating having a child in a world of global anxiety and political unrest. If they over think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. What will be the first to destruct – the planet or the relationship? Nominated for the Helen Hayes Best New Play Award, The Washington Post called Lungs “A bracingly dramatic walk through the thicket of couples communication… Smart and stimulating.” Tickets $30-40. W-F, 7:30pm; Sat, 2pm; Sun, 7pm pineapple-newspaper-lungs Saturday 3/16, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Lauren Mitchell Band The Lauren Mitchell Band, featuring front- woman Mitchell’s galvanizing vocals backed by the talents of veteran rock and blues artists, has roared on to the South Florida arts scene with undeniable ferocity. The group was born in 2005 when Lauren Mitchell teamed up with keyboard sensation Mike Hensley to create a sound that celebrated everything they loved about blues, soul, and rock. Since then, the band has incorporated the best talent it can find, to bring audiences a sound that is fresh and exciting. pineapple-newspaper-lauren-mitchell Saturday 3/23, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Betty Fox Band SOUL is what it’s all about with this funk infused blues band! From the heart of South Tampa, Betty Fox has burst onto the Florida music scene with a fiery intensity that cannot be ignored, and taken the hearts of anyone wise enough to lend her their ear. Backed by musical powerhouses Josh Nelms on Guitar, Matt Walker on Bass, and Sam Farmer on drums, Fox’s vocals will draw you in until the last note is sung. This is a show you do not want to miss!! Tickets are $25–$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. pineapple-newspaper-betty-fox Tuesday 3/26, 7:30 pm Jazz Project: Bryon Stripling Byron Stripling was born to a musical family in Atlanta, and by the time he was 10, he was wailing on the trumpet. After studying music in college, he traveled the world playing with pop orchestra symphonies and jazz greats. In 1989, he was chosen to play with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and went on to appear with over fifty orchestras nationwide. He is currently the artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and his style and skill are often compared to a modern Louis Armstrong. He is an extroverted performer, who engages audiences and incorporates them into his music. He exudes joy through his instrument and his vocals as he continues to forge new ground in the world of jazz. Tickets are $25-35, $5 more at the door pineapple-newspaper-byron-stripling