The MAR, an improv and performing arts venue, opens in St. Petersburg

Exterior of an art venue with red doors and a black facade

I think we could all use a laugh right now. The Mar, a new improv and performing arts venue down the block from Calabash Restaurant and Hogg Batch’s production facility, officially opens on September 1.

So what is The Mar all about?

“Imagine a place where anyone seeking creative education, encouragement, or expression is welcomed with open arms,” wrote the owners on Facebook. “Where Artists, Leaders, and Educators from the community are within your reach. The MAR St Pete is that place.”

An all inclusive arts collective on Central Avenue

This all consuming arts collective will be a home for live music, dance performances, improv comedy, meditation, and creative education. The owners have been live streaming as they prepared for the official debut in the Sunshine City.

Its Grand Opening includes a live performance by Kasondra Rose at 12:30pm, Austin Vickrey at 2pm, Mandy Harvey at 3:30pm, Spitfire Theatre at 4:45pm, and The Ballet Academy of St. Pete at 5:15pm.

More performances are scheduled later in the day, too.

Now more than ever its imperative we provide support for the local performers who brightened the venues of St. Pete for years. Their creative talents have put the ‘Burg on the map as an arts destination — and we’re delighted to see a new home for all performers is here.

Starting at 7:00pm The Mar will have a Wakamole Taco Truck for Taco Tuesday. Come enjoy a taco and bid on the silent auction items while supporting two great local entities.

Live Streaming performances all day

At 7:30pm The Mar will begin the main event — a live performance featuring a band of local performing artists! The live audience is invite only for this.
Then to close out the evening, after the show they will have a meet and greet until 9pm.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to The Mar tonight, all performances will be live streamed on Facebook.
Follow The Mar on Facebook and Instagram for updates on future events.
The Mar, 2309 Central Avenue.
Need more reason to visit the Grand Central District? Check out the brand new inclusive Pride Street Mural in the district.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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