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Tampa Museum of Art announces Gasp! performing arts fest

A new festival coming to the Tampa Museum of Art will mix a bit of everything, from one-woman plays, to jazz bands, to a “peep show” featuring burlesque dancers.

The Gasp! performing arts festival will have more than a dozen local artists performing inside and outside the downtown museum on March 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Gasp! takes inspiration from “fringe festivals, the edgy, innovative, multi-disciplinary performance fests popular from Edinburgh to Orlando,” said a news release from Creative Loafing, which partnered with the museum to produce the festival.

Actors will perform short plays, dance troupes will collaborate with video artists and a comedy improv group will perform at the festival.

The museum’s current exhibition “Graphistudio: Uncommon Practice at USF” will be open during the event, and poets Peter Meinke and Erica Dawson have collaborated with the USF workshop to produce miniature books that will be on display and for sale during Gasp!. Graphicstudio’s Tim Baker will offer a printing demonstration.

Musical performers include Acho Brother, the Quixtan Brothers and Jon Shea, and there will be other surprise “pop-up performances” throughout the event.

The festival also promises a carnival-style sideshow and opportunities for attendees to create their own art. Meanwhile a private booth will offer a live internet stream of “Sexxx Dreams,” a theater and burlesque event taking place simultaneously in St. Petersburg.

The museum’s Sono Cafe will be open during the festival.

Advance tickets are $10 at gasptampa.com, or $15 at the door.

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