ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ever see a steampunk vaudeville act?


How about maybe one that does some light acrobatics?

Still No?

OK, what about a science fiction novelist musician storyteller?

Can't say you have, right?

That's why Dewey Davis-Thompson created the "Pirates and Angels Variety Show", which audiences can experience on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg.

"I felt like we needed a vehicle to bring all these amazing talented people together and allow people to see them," said Davis-Thompson.

The "science-fiction-novelist-musician storyteller we mentioned? That's Tenea D. Johnson, who calls this variety show a rare opportunity to show off her unique medium.

“The book — everyone understands a book — a musical story, a musical narrative or a composition is something that you are not going to understand until you see it," said Johnson.

Johnson will perform “Glider,” a story she tells with a soundtrack that she created and recorded herself.

In all, the show features 10 acts.

Audiences can also catch opera and symphony performances featuring Maestro Mark Sforzini of the St. Petersburg Opera Company and the Tampa Bay Symphony; Tank and Tilly, the aforementioned acrobatic steampunk vaudeville act; a dramatic piece by Roxanne Fay originally commissioned for the Dali Museum entitled "A Little Freudian Slip," and much more.

Showtime is at 8 p.m. both evenings.

Davis-Thompson is also planning to continue this event as a series starting in November.