Weekly-Weekday-What-To-Do (01.15-18.18)

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Kicking off the week with a salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with one of the region’s largest parades, there’s food for thought with Humpday’s Mayor’s Lunch Trucks and music for the soul with Jonny Lang and Doo-Wop later in the week. Burgers, enjoy your winter coats cause this weekend, it’s time to mock Minnesota (even though our beloved Vikings are IN!) when we warm up. Thanks for the calm before the storm photo from this week’s image from https://www.facebook.com/MLKdreambig/

Monday January 15

MLK Dream Big Parade: St. Petersburg welcomes marching bands ( Ed Waters, Talladega College, FAMU, South Carolina State and Tuskegee Universities) in its 33rd Annual MLK Dream Big Parade.The new parade route goes from Third St. and 1st Ave S., heads west to 16th St. and ends across from Tropicana Field starting at 11 am.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum: Kids can help design a paper doll chain that represents “I have a dream” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 1925 4th St. N.

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series: Tim Dorsey (Clownfish Blues) with Laura Lippman (Sunburn) discuss and read from their works with a book signing starting at 7 pm. Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium 4200 54th Ave. S.

Tuesday January 16

Tango Fire: Experience the passion of a late night in Buenos Aires as the art of the Argentine Tango dance unfolds with Tango Fire. Dancing that sizzles with sensuality is accompanied by the unforgettable music and song of the great Tango masters. International Tango superstar German Cornejo’s dance troupe The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is a global phenomenon and the world’s leading Tango company.  Click here for tickets. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S.

Warehouse Arts District Social Mixer: From 5:30 – 7:30 pm, join WADA neighbors at St. Petersburg Opera Company for happy hour. Bring a snack to share; wine/beer/water and soda for sale. Meet WADA new executive director, Diane Bailey Morton, learn about membership opps and here from Susie Hellman Spatafora of the St. Pete Opera and enjoy a brief performance. The artwork of member, Spathose, will also be on exhibit in the Mirella Cimato Gallery. 2145 1st Ave. S.

Wednesday January 17

Storytime for Families: Join museum staff in the Education Classroom @ 11:15 am. The Dali Museum  1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE)

The Mayor’s Lunch Truck It: Hosted by Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association, this is a yummy HumpDay tradition from 11 am – 2 pm at Williams Park. This month’s line up includes Maggie on the Move, Anju Korean Gastrotruck, PB Jelly Deli,Got Lobstah?, The Cheesesteak Truck, Impasto and Softee the King. Bon appetit!

Don Julio Tequila Dinner: Chef Paul Daubert whips ups regional Mexican favorites at Nueva Cantina and Louie Spetrini hosts yet another fun night from 6-9 pm at this popular watering hall with Vitale Bros. murals inside and out.1625 4th St S.

Oysters & Scotch Pairing:  From 6-9 pm, Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails hosts round 2 of this previously sold out event.  Talisker, Oban, and some of their friends will be pairing up with Intermezzo’s Empire Oyster. Zach Lynch from Diageo Reserve will be pairing up with Kevin and David from Empire Oyster and the Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails team to pair some smoke to some brine! Empire Oyster is a standing omakese-style oyster experience in which you “entrust” the shucker to deliver you an amazing experience. $20/person gets you on the list; pre-pay advised. Empire Oyster will be “seating” small groups every 20-30 minutes beginning at 6pm and running until 8pm (or later)! 1111 Central Avenue,

Tea Dance Series: Make friends and enjoy ballroom dancing to live and taped music. Instructions available starting at 11:30 a.m. Price: $7/dance only; $10 with instruction.The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N

Nostalgic Rock & Roll Doo-Wop: Spend a nostalgic evening saluting three of the world’s most beloved musical group The Drifters, The Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coaster. From “Save the Last Dance For Me,” and “Up on the Roof,” and the timeless “Stand By Me,” from The Drifters to The Platters  “The Great Pretender”  as “Smoke Gets in  Your Eyes”  and  “My Prayer, ”  you won’t stop tapping your toes. This year is the 35th anniversary of the formation of Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, known for hits such as  “Poisin Ivy,” “Yakety Yak,” “Love Potion Number Nine,” “Searchin’,”  “Young Blood” and  “Charlie Brown.” Click here for tickets. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S.

Thursday January 18

MLK Day of Service Community Forum:From 6:30-8:30 pm, Stetson professor Judith Scully moderates panel: “Reclaiming Our Youth: Creating Solutions for Juvenile Justice.” Panelists include Chief Anthony Holloway (St. Petersburg Police Department), Rene Flowers (Pinellas County School Board), Melissa Fuller (Department of Juvenile Justice) and Irene Maslanik (Public Defenders Office). Free. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

Boutique Celebrations: Ashe Couture  turns 3 and celebrates with a party today through Sat. 11 am – 8 pm (1027 Central Ave.) while newcomer Patina hosts a ribbon cutting 5-7 pm. 4604 Central Avenue

Burgers & Bingo: Charity Bingo starts at 7 pm and benefits Celebration Outreach’s homeless efforts at Hamburger Mary’s 6-18 pm; $10 food & drink minimum and $10/bingo card. 290 Tyrone Blvd.

Jonny Lang @ The Palladium: American blues, gospel, and rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Lang delivers from Signs, his  first album in four years following Fight For My Soul. Amongst the repertoire on the guitar driven collection are several songs Lang has acknowledged were inspired by minimalist recordings of Blues greats Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. Gaining influence from B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and others, Lang has created his own distinctive sound characterized by deep guitar tones, strong melodies, and bluesy rhythm. Lang’s 2006 album, Turn Around, won the GRAMMY® for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Click here for tickets. 253 Fifth Ave. N


Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.