Weekly-Weekday-What-To-Do (02.06-09.17)

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Sunshine Glass Week (Feb. 6-12)
Local artists and studios are participating in a week celebrating the Burg’s incredible glass community. There will be live demonstrations, lectures, special gallery openings, studio tours and classes/workshops for aspiring artists and curious residents. Click HERE for a look at the full Sunshine Glass Week schedule.




Open Road Exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts (Feb. 9 – Jun. 4)
The Open Road explores the photographic road trip as a genre. It traces the rise of road culture in America and considers photographers on the move across the country and across the century, from the mid-1950’s to present day. Beginning with Robert Frank’s seminal odyssey, The Americans, and including such renowned work as Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Inge Morath’s The Road to Reno, Lee Friedlander’s American Monument, Garry Winogrand’s 1964, Joel Sternfeld’s American Prospects, Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places, and Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi, The Open Road is a visual tour de force, presenting the story of photographers for whom the American road is muse. Exhibition organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. David Campany and Denise Wolff, curators. The photos will be on display from February 9 through June 4. Click HERE to learn more about the exhibit and the Museum of Fine Arts.



WIN an $100 Bayshore Animal Hospital Gift Card
Keep your furry friends in tip top shape! Bayshore Animal Hospital has teamed up with I Love The Burg to offer ONE lucky winner a $100 gift certificate to use on any of its wide range of pet services! Click HERE to enter and SHARE with your friends and family!



Monday, February 6

Spotlight on Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum
“New beginnings” often hold both opportunities and immense challenges. JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE reminds us of the complex search for identity in a post-slavery America. More than a window to the past, the play is a compelling reminder of a very present journey for black Americans and for communities throughout Tampa Bay and across our nation. Join a lively conversation with the artistic team of American Stage’s production of JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE together with a panel of community leaders who bring a breadth of knowledge and perspective on the African American journey in our city and our nation. 7pm. Admission is $5. Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.


Tuesday, February 7

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) by Donald Margulies at SPMOH
The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus! 7pm. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Swing Dance at Sundial St. Pete
Join Sundial St. Pete for FREE swing dancing under the stars in their courtyard. Don’t know how to swing dance? Don’t, worry, instructors will provide a free lesson before opening the courtyard to dancing. Swing dancing is a great form of exercise, so bring a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes. Beginner lesson begins at 7pm, social dance begins at 7:30pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Alakazam Magic Show at The Palladium
Alikazam is a magic and entertainment experience for the entire family. The show will feature Ariann Black – her magic will amaze and mystify. The ventriloquism of Joe Gandelman and Friends will have audiences laughing nonstop. Juggler extraordinaire Tomas Aguilar is holds a world record for his amazing talent! Don’t miss this one! Shows at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Adult $24. Child $8. VIP Adult $34. VIP Child $18. First 100 adult tickets per show time $9.95. The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North.


Wednesday, February 8

St. Pete Preservation Awards at St. Pete Woman’s Club
Held every other year, the Preservation Awards recognize the people, associations, and businesses helping save the landmark buildings and places that make St. Petersburg special. Enjoy an evening of art, music, food and drink, as we honor the people, associations, and businesses that work to preserve, restore, and complement the city’s historic buildings and places. A special award will be given: a flag that winners can proudly fly outside of their home or business showing that they are the recipient of a Preservation Award. 6-8:30pm. $20 for non-members. Historic St. Pete Woman’s Club, 40 Snell Isle Boulevard.

Monthly Zine Workshop ft. Gulf Coast Girls at Daddy Kool Records
This workshop will act as a beginner’s guide to zine-making. The workshop will focus on inspiration, collaboration methods, the importance of zines in the community, and basic methods like acetone transfer and collage. 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets are $10. Daddy Kool Records, 666 Central Avenue.

Ehnes Quartet at The Palladium
Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and former Florida Orchestra Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Edward Arron. The Quartet’s highly refined, sensitive and expressive performances have delighted audiences and critics across North America, Europe, and Asia, and have made them one of the most sought after chamber groups performing today. 7:30pm. Tickets from $25-$38. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Hackensaw Boys at The Ale and the Witch
Get out Wednesday night for LIVE music at The Witch! Music from 7-10pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

True Stories at The Iberian Rooster
The February theme for True Stories is LOVE. Keep St. Pete loves a love story. Whether it’s about that time you fell in love with playing guitar, or making pasta, or, yeah, finding your soul mate. Maybe yours was a forbidden love, or an unrequited love, or a star-crossed love. So many possibilities, and St. Pete wants to hear yours! The event is hosted by Lisa Kirchner & timekeeper Trish Collins. This event takes place the second Wednesday of each month. Each month features a curated storyteller, and YOU. Every person in the audience has the chance to tell a story. Put your name in the hat (or maybe not a hat), and if you’re called you get five minutes to tell your real-life story. No props. No notes. Begins at 9pm. FREE and open to the public. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.



Thursday, February 9


National Pizza Day at BellaBrava
Enjoy half price pizzas and flatbreads ALL DAY Thursday at BellaBrava. Don’t want to wait for a table? Click HERE to make a reservation online. BellaBrava is open from 11:30am-10pm on Thursday.

Free Bayfront Heart Month Bootcamp at Bayfront Hospital
In celebration of American Heart Month, come out and do something great to kickstart your heart! Begins at 5pm. Bayfront Hospital West Entrance, 701 6th Street South.

A Taste for Innovation: Food and Foodies in St. Pete and Beyond at USF St. Pete
A discussion of innovation, if it can be cultivated, how to spot a good idea and the future of food and foodies. Begins at 6pm. Free. USF St. Pete, 700 4th Street North.

Florida Humanities Speaker Series – The Magnificent Drama: MLK in St. Augustine
Featuring Michael Butler: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joins the Civil Rights struggle in St. Augustine. Cash Bar provided by Hops & Props. Doors open at 6:30pm; Program begins at 7pm. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Avenue Northeast.

Symphonic Chat at Opera Central
Tampa Bay Symphony Music Director Mark Sforzini leads a preview to the upcoming Tampa Bay Symphony concert series. Featuring the winner of the TBS young artist competition, Chance Israel. These Chats are modeled atter SPO’s popular Maestro series, and feature the wit and deep appreciation of the music that are Sforzini’s hallmarks. 7pm. Admission is only $15 at the door; $12 in advance. Opera Central, 2145 First Avenue South.

Keep St. Pete Lit Presents Book Club at The Museum of Fine Arts
This month: The American road trip has inspired writers, as well as photographers. Jane Lotter’s The Bette Davis Club follows the laugh-out-loud adventures of 50s-something Margo in her cross-country search for her runaway bride niece. Next month: Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel On the Road. 6:30-7:30pm. Event is free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm on Thursdays). Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

This is Nate Najar at Studio@620
Music lovers this is your night. An all star assembly of talent will perform for you as part of the celebration of the release of the newest recording from Nate Najar. The critics and cognoscenti agree: jazz guitarist Nate Najar’s virtuosity exudes a dynamic and truly intoxicating elegance. 7:30pm. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Smokey Robinson at Mahaffey Theater
A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kennedy Center Honoree, the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement and too many others to count, Smokey – with his eternally smooth and instantly recognizable falsetto – is the epitome of Motown soul and classic R&B. Think “Tears of a Clown,” “Being With You,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and dozens more! There’s only one Smokey Robinson. Concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $59.50-$92.50. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.



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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. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.