Weekly-Weekday-What-to-Do (01.08-11.18)

It’s a busy week in the Burg! With ArtWalk on the horizon Saturday, enjoy entertainment from jazz at The Mahaffey (Branford Marsalis Quartet)  to storytelling at Hawthorne Bottle Shop and New Year business networking and educational events for a better biz-y you!  Here’s your full local events guide:

Monday, January 8

National College Football Championship Watch Party

What’s better than a trivia battle in the bar and college football battle for domination on TV? Discount drinks at The Galley ($5 Tito’s and Jameson) go mano y mano with the Alabama/Georgia game starting at 6:30 pm tonight. 27 4th St. N.

Tuesday, January 9

New Deal for St. Pete: Action and Accountability
No more business as usual. It’s time to move the strategy into reality and discuss affordable housing, educational opportunities, living wages and community wealth with the Burg’s smartest visionaries. Come to a planning session to identify and build consensus on the priorities for 2018 and stay tuned on how you can help implement these ideas. Starts at 6 pm @  Pinellas Technical Education Center, 901 34th St S.

Save The Planet: Environmental Movie Night

It takes a village to keep the planet healthy and here’s where you’ll find fellow activists and recycling enthusiasts at Invision Creative Cafe @ 6 pm.  Drive-in style movie tonight features the 2016 documentary “A Plastic Ocean.” 275 16th St. N.

Music for Change: Preston Beebe & Baker-Barganier Duo

Many Burgers support The Cove, and this important national act should not be missed as we approach Martin Luther King Day. The Baker-Barganier Duo‘s new album and tour explores the history of subjugation that weaves African-American slave songs, critiques of the American penal system and ruminations of technological dependence together into a continuously shifting soundscape. Joining them is Preston Beebe, a composer and percussionist based out of Montréal who’s artistic approach involves audio feature extraction, feedback loops, interactive lighting and organic processes. 7:30-10:30 pm. Hosted by COVE (Creative Opportunities & Visual Entertainment), 5705 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park.

Wednesday, January 10

Women’s Pop-Up Co-working Day @ Rococo Steak 

Collaborate with winning women, get business organizing and social media ideas with The Doyenne Company starting at 10 am with coffee and breakfast , co-working till 2 pm and then wine and guided networking from 5-7pm. FYI: meetme@thedoy.com. Rococo Steak, 655 2nd Ave. S.

Meet The Mayor @St. Petersburg Downtown Neighborhood Association (SPDNA)
If you want to know what’s going on downtown, come to the SPDNA Annual Meeting with Board elections and guest speaker Mayor Rick Kriseman, introduced by Gina Driscoll, City Council Member District 6. Open to the public. Social hour 6:30 pm followed by meeting and the mayor’s vision for the Burg 7-9 p.m.  Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 4th St. N.

True Stories Storytelling Show
The Burg is a writers’ paradise, thanks to the creative folks at Keep St. Pete Lit, Wordier Than Thou and the Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft.  Starting at 7 pm, the theme for this month’s storytelling show is “decisions,” the featured storyteller tonight is the acclaimed writer Colette Bancroft.
Share your good or bad decision story with the crowd by putting your name in the bucket and enjoy your five minutes at the open mic in between the charcuterie, wine and craft beer courses. $5/person. Hosted by Lisa L. Kirchner @ Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe 2927 Central Ave.

A Night with Janis Joplin
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and a remarkable cast of singers, musicians and actors, A Night With Janis Joplin, the Off-Broadway hit written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. Rock out with this legendary star’s songs performed like it was the sixties at The Mahaffey Theater 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Click here for tickets. 400 1st St. S.

Art & Music Humpday at  Bar@ 548

Every Wednesday starting a 8 pm, join fellow artists, photographers and hip barflies for cheap drinks followed by Freelow Brothers performing 10 to 1 am. 548 Central Ave.

Classical Music @ The Palladium

Jon Manasse and The Mile End Trio debut as part of the 2018 Chamber Music Series. Tonight you’ll hear: Beethoven – Trio in B-Flat Major, Op.11 (1798) Marika Bournaki, piano | Jon Manasse, clarinet | Julian Schwarz, cello; Poulenc – Sonata for Piano and Clarinet (1962) Marika Bournaki, piano | Jon Manasse, clarinet; and Mendelssohn – Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op.49 (1839) Marika Bournaki, piano | Jeffrey Multer, violin | Julian Schwarz, cello. Click here for tickets. 253 Fifth Ave. N

Thursday, January 11

Meet the Bayfront Health Doctors

Dr. Craig Levoy and Dr. Nazrah Franco host a family-friendly open house 4:30 – 7 pm with a ribbon cutting by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 pm in this newest location near The Salvador building.  Bayfront Health Medical Group, 470 2nd Street S.

Member Appreciation Night @ Thirsty First

Happy hour 5-7pm delivers food, fun and new friends. Enjoy free appetizers with a cash bar. 119 First Ave. N.

Relax & Rejuvenate: Yoga at the Gallery

The Burg’s fitness options range from aerial yoga to spin classes, but for a true respite from the work day, we like this “in the moment” breathe and stretch for all levels from 6-7 pm. It’s a unique venue in an art gallery space, so you’ll be doubly inspired. Donation suggested. Located on the bottom floor of Priatek Plaza on the corner of 1st Ave S and 2nd St. 1 Progress Plaza, Suite 111.

LocalShops1 January Social @ Vino Simpatico

Join LocalShops1 businesses and community-minded shoppers for their popular monthly social popular with Burgers! The Second Thursday Social this month features free appetizers, wine tastings and conversations from 6-8 pm. The event  features the non-profit CASA, which provides services, shelter and transitional housing to victims of domestic violence in Pinellas County.This rotating social moves @town from DTSP to Pasadena this month.  Reservations required. 722 Pasadena Ave.

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 relates to the MFA’s collection or special exhibitions. The group meets in the Bayview Room and discusses the book of the month. From 6:30-7:30 pm, enjoy The Mickett-Stackhouse: Confluence exhibition, illustrates the power of combining work and love with discussion of “Lab Girl,” Hope Jahren’s debut memoir, shares her story of work and love that lead to discoveries in scientific work.  Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE

Branford Marsalis Quartet @ The Mahaffey

The ultimate cool jazz starts at 7:30 pm with NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®‐winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee Branford Marsalis,  leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis’ most current recording with his quartet is “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.” On this album, the song takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. 400 1st St. S.

(Thanks to the City of St. Petersburg for the sunrise/sunset photos of The Burg)

Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor 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. Bailey also serves as the CEO of RKC.me, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.