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Festival at Tampa Museum of Art will make you Gasp!

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Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2014 at 09:27 AM

Gasp is what organizers of a new festival hope visitors do when they witness the eclectic array of entertainment at a new festival coming Friday to the Tampa Museum of Art.

Gasp! also happens to the be the name of the event, which will feature a smorgasbord of theater, dance, video, poetry, improv and more inside and outside the downtown museum.

The Gasp! Fringe Festival, a collaboration between the Tampa Museum of Art and Creative Loafing, a local alternative-weekly newspaper, will include performances by Matthew McGee, Roxanne Fay, Moving Current, Peter Meinke, Erica Dawson, Jono Vaughan and Santiago Echeverry, among others.

“We wanted to do more events that were outside the usual realm,” said David Warner, editor in chief of Creative Loafing. “The museum is located on Gasparilla Plaza, and the festival is kind of the last gasp in a month of Gasparilla events.”

There will musical performers by the Quixtan Brothers, a jazz combo from Guatemala, and acoustic and electric bass performances from Jon Shea, and surprise “pop-up performances” throughout the event, such as an appearance by carnival legend Ward Hall, and “freaks” Daniel Funk, The Human Blockhead. And there will be opportunities for visitors to create their own art, Warner said.

Also, a private booth will offer a live Internet stream of “Sexxx Dreams,” a theater and burlesque event taking place simultaneously in St. Petersburg.

Visitors also will be able to view the museum's exhibition, “Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF,” and Graphicstudio's Tim Baker will offer a printing demonstration.

“There will always be something happening during the festival,” Warner adds. “This is going to be one big, multifaceted event where anything can happen.”

A cash bar and food purchases from Sono Cafe will be available during the event.

Gasp! is aimed at visitors 18 and over.

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