Weekly-Weekend-What-to-Do (01.05-07.18)

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It’s First Friday, woo-hoo! Enjoy happy hour at the Hybar (Hyatt Place), First Friday Happy Hour at The Copper Shaker, Toy Pianos and Bottles (sip sip hooray) at Hawthorne Bottle Shop and Soul Party: Alex Harris & Siobhan Monique at The Palladium.

Continuing on at MFA is the Star Wars Costume Exhibition and the Dali & Schiaperelli in Daring Fashion are must-see exhibitions. This weekend, there’s pop up markets, art gallery tours and Sunday brunch with endless mimosas to celebrate Elvis’s Birthday. Does it get any better in the Sunshine City?

Movie Buffs Insider

Opening Friday is Insidious, The Last Key. Don’t miss The Shape of Water; I, Tonya; The Greatest Showman; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird. Catch the Golden Globes on Sunday night for celebrity style and snarky comments.

Friday January 5

Soul Party at The Palladium with Alex Harris & Siobhan Monique
The Palladium is kicking off the New Year in high style! Classic soul meets Neo-Soul when Alex Harris and Siobhan Monique seize the stage for a dazzling, eye-popping evening of extreme virtuosity. Don’t miss this first time pairing of what is sure to be a musical tour de force! Click here for tickets. 253 5th Ave N.

Toy Pianos & Bottles
Presented as part of the 2018 Florida International Toy Piano Festival, guest artists will present a concert of works for toy pianos and electronics. A special menu of beers and wines has been curated by Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe to enhance the experience of the music.Suggested donation $7. Proceeds from donations go to visiting artists Nadia Shpachenko & The Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble.2927 Central Ave.

The Henleys Rock the Hideaway Cafe
Kick off the weekend with food, drink and music at this cool indie music haven with The Henleys from 6 – 11 pm. 1756 Central Ave,

Whitney James and Synia Carroll
If you love jazz, catch these two artists performing original duet arrangements at American Stage starting at 8 pm. 163 Third St. N.

Saturday January 6

Glass Tour at Duncan McClellan Gallery

Socialize with art lovers and take a glass tour at Duncan McClellan Gallery 11 am – noon.  2342 Emerson Ave. S.

Deda’s Space Art Debut 

Artist Deda Nicol’s got a party going on at The Grateful Fed Cafe 5 pm – 10 pm with live music by Amber Lynn Nicol and a raffle for prizes. 300 10th St. S.

Kid-Sized Mornings at The Dali

Families with children 6-12 can explore the galleries before the regular museum opens on Saturdays at 9:30 am. Reservations required. 1 Dali Blvd.

Dali and Beyond Film Series

Free movie in the museum’s lobby this Saturday at 1 pm features Hugo, the tale of an orphan boy who lives in a train station and maintains the station’s clock. 1 Dali Blvd.

ArtPool Gallery’s Crafty Fest

Enjoy a Crafty Fest Pop Up Market at the eclectic ArtPool Gallery 11 am- 5 pm. Discover local, handmade & vintage fabulous treasures monthly. 2030 Central Ave.

Indie Market @ Green Bench Brewing

Green Bench Brewing Co. hosts the St. Pete Indie Market during winter from noon – 4 pm and features 90+ vendors featuring artists and makers, vintage collectors, plants, handcrafted goods, small business, food and of course, craft beer! 1113  Baum Ave. N.

Jahja Ling Conducts Beethoven

The Florida Orchestra welcomes back Music Director Jahja Ling to conduct Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 for TFO’s 50th anniversary season Sat. 8 pm and Sun. 2 pm at The Mahaffey Theater.

Sunday January 7

E Pluribus Unum Musical Extravaganza 
The New Music Conflagration, Inc. presents the premiere of a new work at Soft Water Studios by composer James Bohn, as part of the 2018 Florida International Toy Piano Festival. “E Pluribus Unum” is an open score work in the flavor of Terry Riley’s iconic piece “In C” which seeks to bring people together in a time when the United States has become so divided. Professional performers and community musicians will join together to form an ensemble of over 25 musicians, in front of Carrie Jadus’ latest mural in the Warehouse Arts District from 9 am – noon. 515 22nd St S.

Jim Geffen Croons @ Del Mar Gastro Lounge.

After a Bloody Mary or three, catch the “in’ crowd on the patio for live music starting at 1 pm and awesome food and drink specials. 243 Central Ave.

Hawk & Wayne – Karaoke-Prov
Now in their 9th season at American Stage, take a comedic look at the totally made-up stories behind your favorite songs. Laugh-out-loud funny and 100% improvised, these 2015 Best of the Bay winners will bring to life an uproarious and ridiculous cast of characters. Catch them on the first Sunday of every month. 163 3rd St N.

Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song

On Sunday at 3 and 7 pm at The Palladium, be uplifted by these compelling tales of the music that drove the movement, featuring locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The production, produced by The Power of Song Inc., also shows the power of music to address conflicts today. It serves as the official kick-off event for St. Petersburg’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer programs.

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.