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Oct. 4: The Big Draw

The Big Draw – Join the Journey…New Worlds of Drawing

the big draw ruskinJoin us for this community celebration of drawing in an event for all ages. Firehouse Cultural Center will be hosting The Big Draw, along with partners SouthShore Arts Council, and Tampa Museum of Art on Saturday, October 4th, 3:00- 6:30 PM!  Drawing into Stop Motion Animation! Photography meets Drawing! Print Making! And more Family Arts Activities! Indoor and outdoor! Other Sponsorship from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Community Foundation of Tampa Bay make this 7th Annual event FREE and open to all ages.  Food truck vendors will be on-site! Come join the journey!

Oct. 9: FCC/GIFF Fall Film Series

Chu and Blossom

ChuThis extraordinary film kicks off the FCC/GIFF Fall Film Series. A Korean exchange student, suffering from the loss of his brother, finds himself marooned in small-town USA, where he is irrevocably swept up into the brave new world and bizarre philosophies of Butch Blossom, a touchingly militant performance artist. Chu & Blossom is one film you will not want to miss! This film was MADE IN TAMPA, Coming of Age film….audience is all ages!

Oct. 10: Firehouse Pub

The Red Rose Parlour Theatre presents “La Divina”

red rose parlour 2This comedic-opera by The Red Rose Parlour Theatre breaks the barrier between the audience and performer with an interactive twist, where the audience becomes part of the performance! The combination of comedy and culture creates an enjoyable show for opera and non-opera fans alike.

Oct. 11: Workshops & Classes 

FREE Percussion Workshop by “Tiempo Libre”

tiemprolibreThis Cuban-born but Miami-based ensemble creates a joyous mix of traditional Cuban timba with classical training and an ear for new sounds emerging in the United States. Their “addictive, rhythmic concoction” (Creative Loafing Charlotte) of horns, percussion, guitars and warm, chocolatey vocals emerges from a deep enthusiasm for music’s ability to free the spirit. Reservations are recommended to secure a seat!

Oct. 18: Firehouse Pub 

Victoria “Hawkes” Ginty

Victoria Ginty

Victoria will be joined by bassist Mike Ivey, providing interesting and solid bass, acoustic guitar, and some lead and harmony vocals.  Ed Wright, guitarist extraordinaire and vocalist, is a regular at Orlando’s House of Blues and is one of the state’s most highly regarded guitarists. AND as a special treat they are joined by Victoria’s  former Blue Angel bandmate Phyllis Erck for a portion of this performance featuring Erck’s lead, harmony vocals, and dobro playing.  They will be performing a mix of Modern Blues, Country and Americana throughout  the show.


Oct. 24: Firehouse Theater

War of the Worlds

war-of-worlds_1Firehouse Cultural Center will mark the 76th anniversary of Mercury Theatre’s original radio broadcast of Howard Knoch’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” To celebrate, MAS Community Theatre will perform a live staged recreation of the broadcast. Actors will portray the original 1938 broadcast of the “The War of the Worlds” in the style of period broadcasting, which is directed by James Rayfield.

  • Firehouse Pub

    Experience top quality entertainment as you enjoy drinks & snacks in a relaxed, intimate space. Live music of nearly every genre from jazz to show tunes, comedy shows and more are all on tap at the Firehouse Pub!

  • Artist in Residence Program

    Firehouse Residency public programs provide direct and intensive experience with significant artists, performers and writers in a full range of the arts.

  • Summer Arts Camps & Studios

    Discover your great summer adventure at the Firehouse Cultural Center! For 2014 we are offering 4 one-week programs filled with fun, exciting, creative activities. Arts Camps for ages 8–10 and Arts Studios for ages 11–14.

  • Theater at the Firehouse

    Visiting theater groups, film screenings, and our Family Theater Series provide a wide range of evening and matinee performances to entertain all ages.

  • FCC Film Series

    The Firehouse screens the best independent films from around the world in a wide range of genres, in partnership with the Gasparilla International Film Festival. These are award-winning independent films rarely seen outside the Festival Circuit.

  • Arts in Education: Field Trip Performances

    Firehouse Cultural Center partners in the Arts in Education Program with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Hillsborough County School System as a venue for high quality performances for students.

  • Workshops & Classes

    Intensive working retreats & workshops conducted by visiting artists. For-credit classes offered by Hillsborough Community College. Figure Drawing Group, open to all, working from a live model. Theater & Improv classes offered in partnership with the Patel Conservatory. The Brenda Knowles ‘Inside Journalism Series.’ What will you learn at the Firehouse?

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Every other Thursday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Figure Drawing Group

Open to all (18 and up). $10 per session. Bring your own materials, work from a live model. Monitored by Bruce Marsh.Figure Drawing

Next session: Thursday, October 2, 2014