St. Augustine is chock full of events, and it can be difficult for some of the lesser-known activities to break through the noise. This week, Compass staff has set out to shine a light on some of those smaller events, offering readers a chance to shake up their routines and try something unique and new.
A 7-FOOT-TALL SINGING CLOWN?
You heard us right. The 7-foot-tall depressed clown doesn’t talk, but he boasts a pair of lungs that garnered him a standing ovation at auditions for NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.”
Puddles Pity Party first found acclaim as a guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live Tour and the 2013 Eels Tour. Eventually the clown teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record a cover of Lorde’s hit song “Royals,” which garnered more than 40 million views on YouTube.
Since then, Puddles Pity Party has toured extensively across the U.S., including sold-out shows at Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The clown has also performerd at Soho Theatre in London, and sold out runs in 2015 and 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Now, the sad, silent clown is performing at 8 p.m. tonight at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 State Road A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach.
Tickets are $43 for rows A-E and $33 for remaining rows.
It doesn’t get much more original than a silent, depressed clown singing pop hits.
For information, go to puddlespityparty.com.
GET MOVING AT THE BRIDGE OF LIONS 5K
The annual Bridge of Lions 5K is back this weekend. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Drive, and continues across the Bridge of Lions and through the Davis Shores neighborhood on Anastasia Island.
Overall winners and the top three runners in a number of age brackets will receive awards.
The event offers free parking at the Castillo and at the finish line in Davis Shores.
For information, call 386-747-3532.
LEARN A LITTLE HISTORY AT THIS FICTIONAL PLAY
Although the plot is fictional, A Classic Theatre’s performance of “A Tea With Zora and Marjorie” introduces audiences to two of Florida’s most beloved female authors — Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The production is part of the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Rawlings’ autobiographical account of her life in rural Florida, “Cross Creek.”
The play was written by Tallahassee playwright Barbara Speisman, and imagines a conversation between the two authors during their first meeting at St. Augustine’s Castle Warden Hotel.
Rhodie Jackson will play the role of Zora Neale Hurston and Nancy Grote stars as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
For information, call 501-5093 or go to aclassictheatre.org.
FIND THE BEAT WITH THE WEST AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE
Every third Thursday of the month, the West African Drum Circle invites the community to an evening of rhythm from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.
The group even supplies percussion instruments for those that wish to join in, but if you’r not a percussionist there’s no need to worry. There should be plenty of dancing and spectating going on as well.
For information, call 392-4707.
PREVIEW A PLAY
The Limelight Theatre is back in action with its production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and preview night is Thursday.
The play debuted on Broadway in 2005, and tells the story of six quirky students competing in a spelling bee a the fictional Putnam Valley Middle School — no, it’s not about Putnam County, Florida. The Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave. Tickets are $15.
For information, go to limelight-theatre.org.