Cool off this week with a series of awesome local events that invite residents to read, write and celebrate the Burg. Here’s your full weekday events guide:
Don’t miss out on . . .
2017 America II “Extreme Mud Wars” at Spa Beach – July 15
oin Club Sport and TASCO for the AMERICA II EXTREME MUD WARS! Get dirty at Spa Beach Park in the Burg! Compete in 8 muddy events. Hang out during the day in the rockin’ team tents and grab a beer in the beer garden (it’s for charity)! Event runs from 9am-4pm. Click HERE to register and to learn more. Spa Beach Park, 508-660 2nd Avenue Northeast.
Tuesday, July 11
Silent Reading/Writing Party at Metta Center
Join Keep St. Pete Lit for an hour and a half of reading and writing in the comfort of the Metta Center of St. Pete. Phones and electronic devices will be checked at the door. Bring the book you’re reading, the book you’ve been meaning to start, or choose one from Metta Center’s many bookshelves. You may also choose to write — bring a notebook or journal. No laptops. 7:30-9pm. Metta Center of St. Pete, 4554 Central Avenue.
Open Mic Comedy and Karaoke at Iberian Rooster
Calling all comedians! Funniest folk of the night will win cash prizes and bar tabs! Followed by Karaoke stylings of John Colby with Colbyoke. 9pm-3am. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.
Wednesday, July 12
Community Geography Bee at Johnson Community Library
Kids demonstrate their knowledge and compete for prizes in one of three groups: Entering grades: 1 & 2; 3 & 4; 5 & 6. Study packets are available at Johnson Community Library. Begins at 5:30pm. Johnson Community Library, 1059 18th Avenue South.
Jeff Crompton Trio at Studio@620
The Jeff Crompton Trio, whose members are based in Atlanta and Chattanooga, play original, uncompromising 21st-century jazz. The trio’s Magic Word album, released in December 2016, made Creative Loafing’s Top 10 Atlanta Albums of 2016 list, the only jazz album to do so. Begin at 7pm. Pay what you can (suggested donation of $10). Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.
Metro and Wordier Than Thou’s LGBTQ Book Club
Join METRO and Wordier Than Thou for their new book club. Each month they’ll read books by LGBTQ authors that have LGTBQ themes and characters. This month the group will read Pausing by Renee MacKenzie. Meets from 7-8:30pm. LGBT Welcome Center, 2227 Central Avenue.
Book Club – The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi at The Body Electric
Would you like to delve deeper into conversations only touched upon during class? The Body Electric Book Club will give you an opportunity to do just that! The BE will be reading and discussing books by yoga teachers or practitioners, as well as books that reflect upon a peaceful way of life. 5:30-6:30pm. Free to attend, must purchase own book. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.
True Stories: Arrested at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe
In honor of True Stories’ one-year anniversary, they’re reprising the theme from that first night, “arrested.” The featured teller for July is Megan Fate, the winner of the first-ever True Stories show. Event is hosted by Lisa L. Kirchner. 8-10pm. $5. Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, 2927 Central Avenue.
Thursday, July 13
Mahaffey Happy Hour
Enjoy a complimentary sampling of some of St. Pete’s fabulous local cuisine, from sponsors Buya Ramen, Rococo Steak and more! Take a sneak peek backstage with a tour, including their star dressing rooms, have a speciality cocktail at the cash bar and listen to some great live music. 5:30-7pm. Free and open to the public. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.
Happy Hour with the Historian: An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate
Enjoy a spirited evening at the Museum of History with Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke. Begins at 6:30pm. Admission: $5 suggested donation. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast.
Puddles Pity Party at The Palladium
Puddles has performed all over the planet garnering rave reviews at festivals worldwide. In 2015, Jack Black selected Puddles to perform at Festival Supreme, and was handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to perform Just For Laugh’s “Circus Awesomeus” gala filmed for HBO Canada. Today, the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments. Begins at 8pm. Tickets from $32.50-$47.50. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.
Keep St. Pete Lit Presents Book Club at The MFA
Join Keep St. Pete Lit, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club connecting the visual and literary arts. Each month’s featured book will relate to the MFA’s collection or special exhibitions. The group meets in the Bayview Room and discusses the book of the month. This month: Dominic Smith’s The Last Painting of Sara De Vos is selected this month as a connection to our Dutch paintings. 6:30-7:30pm. Free with MFA admission, which is just $5 after 5pm on Thursdays. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.
Chain Assembly Art Show and Tribal Style Live at SubCentral at Iberian Rooster
New art work by Nick Ribera of Chain Assembly designs and live music by roots/rock/reggae outfit Tribal Style at 10pm. SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.
Friday, July 14
Kegs and Collections at Great Bay Distributors
Join The Contemporaries of the Museum of Fine Arts for a special evening of art, collecting, and beer! Meet the artists and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Great Bay’s private art collection! Beer and wine will be provided by Great Bay Distributors. 7-10pm. Advance sale tickets are $20 for members of The Contemporaries and $30 for non-members; $25/$35 at the door the night of the event. Great Bay Distributors, 2750 Eagles Avenue North.
Tampa Bay Home Show at Tropicana Field (Friday-Sunday)
Meet the home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show! Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. Open 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday. Free admission and parking. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.
An Intimate Evening with Rev. Billy C. Wirtz at The Palladium
Pianist, singer, comedian, musical historian, the self-proclaimed “Victor Borge of the Blues” and smokingest barrelhouse piano player this side of Sunnyland Slim – the irreverent Rev. Billy C. Wirtz brings it all to the Side Door for his first solo show at the Palladium. 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North. Reserved tickets are $30. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.
St. Pete Comedy Burlesque Show at SubCentral at Iberian Rooster
Come experience the 7 month running burlesque show at Iberian Rooster. This month featuring an all-comedy based burlesque extravaganza. 9:30pm-1:30am. Tickets from $15-$17. SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.
Coming Soon . . .
Martinis for Moffitt Million Dollar Party at Straz Center – July 22
MARTINIS FOR MOFFITT is the Bay Area Advisors flagship event that supports Moffitt Cancer Center’s critical cancer research programs. It is one of the best fundraising events in the Tampa Bay Area, providing a unique blend of entertainment and networking, while raising money to fight a devastating disease. The event takes place from 7-11pm on Saturday, July 22. Click HERE for tickets. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Hunger + Thirst Presents Bushwood on the Block – July 16
Join the Hunger + Thirst Restaurant Group for a 9 hole putt-putt tournament, as they bring Bushwood Country Club to the Block. Dress to impress in your best golfer style. Rain or shine, they’re are hitting the greens! $7 Country Club Cocktails, $3 Miller Lite Drafts, $4 Fireball shots, $4 Jameson green tea shots 21+, registration is at 2PM outside of The Avenue Eat + Drink (330 1st Avenue South). It’s free to register. Reserve your spot online. Runs from 3-7pm on July 16. The Avenue, 330 1st Avenue South.
Fly St. Pete Summer Camp
Fly St. Pete Summer Camp is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Math) infused hands-on learning. Young aviators will explore the history of aviation, different types of aircrafts, field trips, guest speakers, and they’ll hop into a genuine aircraft to fly St. Pete! Click HERE for registration information. The camp runs from July 10-14.
UNIFIED at Morean Arts Center for Clay
The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay is proud to present Florida’s premier live-art event focused on Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment. This breakthrough event is an interactive, live-art extravaganza called UNIFIED featuring locally and internationally recognized artists and performers based in Tampa Bay. Join the UNATB for a night of great food, drinks, art and performances as we UNITE to promote Gender Equality in Tampa Bay and beyond. Part of the proceeds of the evening will go toward Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). The fun begins at 6pm on July 27. Click here for tickets. Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South.
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