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Katherine Stenzel and Jeff Lukas play Ruth Rosenthal Watt and George Watt in George and Ruth: Songs and Letters from the Spanish Civil War, at the Silver Meteor Gallery from Aug. 17 to 27.Silver Meteor Gallery

In 'George and Ruth,' letters unearth revolution and romance amid Spanish Civil War

FIGHTING FASCISM: GEORGE AND RUTH In 1936, Spanish nationalists led by Gen. Francisco Franco staged a successful revolt against a democratically elected leftist government, beginning the Spanish Civil War. Para-military socialist and communist forces of the International Brigades rallied to help the government in a …

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  1. 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' opens run at Show Palace Dinner Theatre

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    The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson takes a nostalgic swing through the 1950s and '60s with its production of Smokey Joe's Cafe, which opens Aug. 26. The local offering of the longest-running rock 'n' roll revue in Broadway history features the legendary pop tunes of hit makers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. …

    A local production of the 1950s and '60s musical revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens Aug. 26 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.
  2. In 'George and Ruth,' letters unearth revolution and romance amid Spanish Civil War

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    In 1936, Spanish nationalists led by Gen. Francisco Franco staged a successful revolt against a democratically elected leftist government, beginning the Spanish Civil War. Para-military socialist and communist forces of the International Brigades rallied to help the government in a losing cause. Among them was …

    Katherine Stenzel and Jeff Lukas play Ruth Rosenthal Watt and George Watt in George and Ruth: Songs and Letters from the Spanish Civil War, at the Silver Meteor Gallery from Aug. 17 to 27.
  3. Iconic Ballet Nacional de Cuba ballet will perform at Straz in May

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

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    JUST POPPED UP: 321 IMPROV FESTIVAL

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

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    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.
  6. Opera Tampa names three guest conductors for 2017-2018 season

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    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.
  7. Forty years after Elvis Presley's death, Priscilla Presley talks his legacy, new orchestra tour

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    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.
  8. Light, fluffy and fun: '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche'

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    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.
  9. Nonstop hit parade powers 'Motown: The Musical'

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    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.
  10. Best shows on stage this week: '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,' Brad Williams at the Improv

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    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.