Weekly-Weekday-What-To-Do (05.08-11.17)

We’re ready for another exciting week in the Sunshine City. The Rays are in action this week against the Royals, the Museum of Fine Arts hosts their monthly book club and The Dali prepares to celebrate Jack Kerouac. You can also enjoy live music at the Iberian Rooster and get a crash course in St. Pete history with SPP and the Museum of History. Here’s your full events list:


Monday, May 8

Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field (All Week)
The Rays host the Royals this week at Tropicana Field. Game starts at 7:10pm Monday through Wednesday, 1:10pm on Thursday. Click HERE for tickets. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Healing From Sexual Assault Through Mindfulness, Writing and Yoga at The Body Electric
Research from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center identifies that 1 in 5 women will survive a sexual assault during her lifetime. For many, healing can be a lifelong process. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your healing process, writing, deep sharing, mindfulness and yoga have been scientifically shown to help survivors of assault to reclaim their bodies, minds and emotions. Classes take place May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 12, 19, 26. Classes from 6:30-8pm. $300 for 8 weeks of 90 minute sessions. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.

IR IS: A Young Poetry Reading at Studio@620
IR•IS is an evening of poetry that explores the aspects of what lies between the polarities, dualities, and paradoxes within our world. The show is loosely based on the Four Truths of the Noble One and the Japanese art form of arranging flowers, Ikebana. 7pm. Donations accepted. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Old Soul Open Mic at SubCentral at The Iberian Rooster
SubCentral is a place for all musicians to work on their material. The event is hosted by Jason Frilot from Freelow. 9pm-midnight. Old Soul Open Mic is a free event. SubCentral at The Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.


Tuesday, May 9

Twilight on the Town Summer Walking Tour – The Heart of Downtown
Join St. Pete Preservation for a leisurely stroll through the heart of downtown. Learn about the Burg’s history, while gaining a new appreciation for the our area’s historic buildings and the murals that have added to the Sunshine City’s character. Begins at 7pm. $10 for non-members. Tour begins in front of 318 Central Avenue.

Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Competition at The Mahaffey
The 2017 Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Competition celebrates an evening of amazing Pinellas County Public School performances. The program recognizes Pinellas County Schools’ most outstanding public high school junior and senior solo performers and artists. Hundreds of students enter the competition at their individual schools, and through several vigorous rounds of preliminary and semifinal judging, finalists will be selected to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships. 7pm. $5-$12. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Gladiola Staged Reading at Studio@620
Gladiola explores the concept of later life divorce (sometimes called Silver Divorce) and the effect it has on older couples and their loved ones. The piece examines the role of marriage in society — whether marriage is necessary to have a fully integrated life and whether an unhappy marriage is preferable to none at all. 7pm. Donations accepted. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Aaron Nelson at SubCentral at The Iberian Rooster
You may have seen Aaron Nelson play with bands like Luxury Mane and Moon Flag, but May 10 he brings a solo set to Iberian Rooster. His music is a mix of 60s/70s jams with some 20s and 40s blues and gospel in the mix. 8-11pm. SubCentral at The Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.


Wednesday, May 10

Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Under the Palmetto Leaves at The Museum of Fine Arts
Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. 10-11am. FREE for MFA members. The program is included in our Museum admission. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Palladium Chamber Players
This is the final concert in the Chamber Players series. 7:30pm. Tickets are $25, $38. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Healing from Anxiety and Depression Through Mindfulness, Writing and Yoga at The Body Electric
Research from the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) identifies that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the adult population. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Both anxiety and depression are highly treatable, yet only one-third of those suffering will ever seek help. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your healing process, writing, sharing, mindfulness, and yoga have been scientifically shown to help individuals manage and heal from unwanted symptoms from anxiety and depression. Classes from 7-8:30pm. Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28. $300 for 8 weeks of 90 minute sessions. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

True Stories Storytelling Showcase at Unscripted Theatre
Bring your five-minute-long true story and wow us! A new theme every month. The storytelling showcase runs from 8-10pm. $10 at the door. Unscripted Theatre, 14 18th Street South.

Greensky Bluegrass at Jannus Live
Greensky Bluegrass is joined by Joshua David at Jannus Live Wednesday night. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $20+ fees. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

American Stage Presents Hairspray at Demens Landing Park (All Weekend)
Experience Hairspray!, the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, under the stars as American Stage continues its more than 30 year old tradition of outdoor performances. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters. PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol or pets are allowed into the park, by City Ordinance. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) are available at concessions. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Demens Landing Park, Bayshore Drive and 2nd Avenue South.

St. Pete Moonlight Market at Blue Goose
Shop local under the stars in the EDGE District. Tampa Bay Vendors lineup in the alley next to The Blue Goose. 6pm-midnight. The Blue Goose, 48 9th Street North.


Thursday, May 11

Kozuba and Sons Distillery Tour and Social
Come on out for a behind the scenes tour of the distillery and meet some of the Kozuba’s! First drink is included and light food will be provided. 7:30-10pm. Guest price is $15 (room for 40 at event). Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 5th Avenue South.

Book Club at The Museum of Fine Arts: Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir by Dr. Dorothy Height
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.Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir by Dorothy Height brings the community closer to the exhibition of her hats on view from Saturday, April 29-Sunday, July 23. 6:30-7:30pm. Free with Museum admission, which is only $5 after 5pm on Thursday. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Jack Kerouac Celebration at The Dali Museum
Join The Dali for a special celebration of the life and work of Jack Kerouac, who spent his last years as a resident of the Burg. His reputation as a writer has worldwide reach, while his local legacy touches the entire city to this day. 6-7:30pm. Free. The Dali, 1 Dali Boulevard.

Happy Hour with a Historian – Weedon Island’s Sun Haven Studios
Enjoy a special happy hour discussion with Lisa Bradbury regarding Weedon Island’s Sun Haven Studios. Begins at 6:30pm. $5 suggested donation. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Mushroomhead at State Theatre
Get ready to shred at the State Theatre. The heavy metal band Mushroomhead performs live Thursday night. Doors open at 8pm. $21+ fess. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue.

St. Pete Preservation Presents Movies in the Park – Princess Bride
This Thursday, St. Pete Preservation screens the magical classic, The Princess Bride. Get out to North Straub Park and enjoy this family favorite under the stars. Coast Bike Share will be on hand to help those cycling to the event with their bike valet. Live music by Mezzu’ Mare. Music begins at 7pm. Movie begins at dark. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.


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Mother’s Day at Stillwaters Tavern and BellaBrava
Celebrate Mom at SWT and BB this Sunday, May 14. All mothers enjoy a complimentary mimosa with the purchase of any entree at Stillwaters Tavern and BellaBrava. Parking is convenient with $5 valet service available at both restaurants. Make online reservations for Stillwaters here or call 727.350.1019. For BellaBrava, click here or call 727.895.5515.



Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Beach Bar | Restaurant
Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Celebrate the holiday on the waterfront at Beach at the Bay Harbor Hotel. The buffet includes a build your own omelet station, breakfast potatoes, shrimp and grits, a salad and pasta bar, carving station, a seafood bar, and a dessert, fruit and cheese bar. Free glass of mimosa to all mothers with a rose. Buffet is $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for children. Call 813.281.8900 to make your reservation. Beach at Bay Harbor Hotel, 7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway.



Tampa Bay Margarita Festival – May 27
Celebrate sunshine and good drinks at Curtis Hixon Park on May 27! The Barenaked Ladies are set to headline this event that will feature some of the top tequilas in the world. Take part in a margarita run, enjoy pop-up food concepts, games and whole lot more. The event goes from noon-11pm. Click HERE to learn more and to purchase tickets. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 North Ashley Drive.


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