Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (02.17-19.17)

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2nd Annual Rowdies Suncoast Invitational
This February, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will host 5 of the top teams in the MLS for the 2nd Annual Suncoast Invitational. Games will be played on Feb. 18, 22 and 25. Help bring #MLS2STPETE and reserve your tickets for this one-of-a-kind sports event! Full match schedule:

Saturday, February 18 – Al Lang Stadium
Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 5pm
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 22 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact – 7pm

Saturday, February 25 – Al Lang Stadium
Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3pm
Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 5pm
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30pm



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!





Friday, February 17

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.

NOOD Regatta (All Weekend) 
The NOOD Regatta takes place from Friday to Sunday in St. Pete. Visit our waterfront by the St. Pete Yacht Club to watch the boats sail off. There will be a happy hour at the St. Pete Yacht Club from 5:30-7pm on Friday. There will be a NOOD Regatta party on Saturday night, and an awards ceremony on Sunday. CLICK HERE for a full schedule of events for the weekend.

St. Pete Conference on World Affairs at USF St. Pete (Final Day)
The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Pete. Multiple panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts will discuss critical international issues of the day. Click here for a full schedule of speakers and times. Free and open to the public. USF St. Pete, 140 7th Avenue South.

Tampa Bay Startup Week (All Weekend)
Tampa Bay Startup Week powered by Chase is a five day celebration of the Tampa Bay community. Join the community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Click HERE for a full schedule of events and locations.

Food Truck Rally – Totally Awesome 80s at Port St. Pete
Enjoy totally rad karoake, beverages, zipper pants, big hair (don’t forget the Aqua Net!) and some of the best food truck fare around at the future home of the Marine Discovery Center. Free screening of Beetlejuice at 7 pm. Fun for the whole family! The food truck rally runs from 6-9pm. Port St. Pete, 250 8th Avenue North.

Hot Date in the Hot Shop at Morean Arts Center
The evening will begin with an instructional demonstration, after which each couple will have a hands-on experience culminating in 1 piece of glass (a solid sculpted paperweight or a blown-glass ornament) made by the two of you in collaboration. The piece will be available for pick-up or shipment the following day. Proper attire for working in the Hot Shop is pants, comfortable t-shirt or long sleeve shirt, and comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Please wear natural fibers (cotton) as synthetic fibers can melt near high temperatures. Please remove all jewelry from hands and arms. 6-9pm. $125 per couple. Maximum of 5 couples so make your reservations quick! Morean Glass Studio, 719 Central Avenue.

Night at the Brewseum Benefit at Great Explorations
Taste local craft beers, play like a kid in our exhibits and challenge your friends in the Ex Games (minute-to-win-it games like Ping Tac Toe Beer pong, Nerf Gun Black Jack and Elbow Can Stack). They’ll also have live music, a full liquor cash bar and food for sale. 7-10pm. Tickets from $100-$400. 1925 4th Street North.

Upright Citizens Brigade at The Palladium
Founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the Upright Citizens Brigade returns to the Palladium with some of the biggest and best up and coming stars in comedy today. UPC performers are everywhere – from TV shows such as Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films including Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, and in the writing rooms of Key and Peele, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Inside Amy Schumer, and many more. Emerging from Chicago’s ImprovOlympics in 1990, the original incarnation of the group consisted of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin. This sketch comedy show is unscripted and totally improvised. Begins at 8pm. $25 in advance. $30 day of show. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Joe Turner’s Come & Gone (All Weekend)
In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth and Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world. Performances: Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm and 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Click HERE for tickets. American Stage Theatre, 163 3rd Street North.




Saturday, February 18

FREE February Yoga at Sundial St. Pete
Share the sunrise with your fellow yogis this Saturday as Sundial St. Pete’s free yoga event returns. This session will be led by Alina Hall. Day of registration begins at 8:30am, yoga begins at 9am. Save time and pre-register online! Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Honor Ride at Tropicana Field
The Honor Ride is a non-competitive cycling event that lets the public ride alongside our healing heroes. Rides vary from 10-100 miles and are designed for all skill levels. Injured veterans ride for free. Help raise crucial, life-changing funds in support of local Project HERO programs, which have proven results helping wounded, ill and healing veterans improve their physical and mental health. 6:45am – Rider check-in & day-of registration begin; 7am – Pre-ride ceremony begins; 8am- Ride begins for all routes. Click HERE to pre-register and to learn more about route options. Begins and ends at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

St. Pete Preservation Historic Old Northeast “Bingo” Walking Tour
Join SPP for a special architectural bingo tour in the Historic Old Northeast! SPP President & architectural historian Emily Elwyn will lead the group on this fun tour where tour goers will look for some common and not so common architectural features from the neighborhood’s homes that also appear on the bingo cards. The first to find the features and, as in “regular” bingo, complete the row on the bingo card will be the winner (prizes awarded!). Runs from 10am-noon. Click here to register while spaces are still available. Tour begins at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Avenue Northeast.

The Body Electric Presents AcroYoga Session #3: Transitions and Washing Machines Part II + Pops
This is the final session of Andre Sur’s three-part Acro series. Immerse yourself in an amazing world of fun Acro poses, transitions, washing machines, pops, and more! Incorporate higher level skills like pops and more advanced inversions in the dynamic practices, taking washing machines to the next level. Whether it’s refinement, advancement, or new material, Andy will do his best to meet the needs of the community! Prerequisites: Reverse Star, Free Star, Tuck Sit, Foot 2 Hand. Ability and willingness to spot effectively. 2-4:30pm. $45. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.

Ikebana in the Gardens
Wander the garden paths and gaze upon unique ikebana designs, as Ikebana International members install large scale botanical arrangements in the garden landscape. Demonstrations of this Japanese art form will be held from 11am-2pm on Saturday and 12:30-2pm on Sunday. Free with Gardens admission. No registration required. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street North.

Grand Central Chili Cookoff
The Grand Central District Association (GCDA) is hosting its 12th Annual Chili Cookoff this Saturday. The event will include a chili competition, live music, beer sales, a variety of vendors and chance drawings. Runs from noon-4pm. Chili tasting tickets are $15. Takes place on the 2400-2500 blocks of Central Avenue.

ROOTS Seed and Plant Share 2017 at The Ale and The Witch
Join The Ale and The Witch for a community seed and plant share! Enter their Free Raffle to win an item from one of their sponsors. Enjoy some live music, American craft beer, and great food from the various restaurants located in the courtyard. All ages and puppies welcome. 2-6pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Suncoast Invitational Doubleheader at Al Lang Stadium
The Rowdies Suncoast Invitational returns! Catch MLS teams in action at Al Lang Stadium this Saturday. Schedule:
Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 5pm
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30pm

Meet the Authors – Discussion & Book Signing at St. Pete Main Library
Four local book authors are featured panelists in a discussion on the craft of book writing. Burton Hersh, author of The Education of Edward Kennedy and other books, will moderate the panel discussion at the St. Pete Main Library. The authors will speak about their work, answer questions, meet with attendees after the discussion, and sign their books. Panelists include Brian Simpson, author of the novel Island Dogs, about ex-patriots meeting on a Caribbean island and becoming friends; Michael Tavon, author of the novel God is a Woman, about a strong woman who helps a man addicted to alcohol and sex restore his confidence; Diane Sawyer, author of a mystery set locally, The Tell-Tale Treasure (which follows her six-book Montauk mystery series available through the Library where she seamlessly blends mystery, romance and history); and Nancy Hartwell Enonchong, author of the dramatic human trafficking documentary Harem Slave. Begins at 2pm. Free to attend. St. Petersburg Main Library, 3746 Ninth Avenue North.

Fringe Fest Pre-Fest at Iberian Rooster
Join Subcentral at Iberian Rooster for bands, DJs, and karaoke to celebrate the first monthly St. Pete Fringe Fest! 9pm-3am. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.

Film Screening – Selma at Johnson Community Library
David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this historical drama set during the height of the American civil rights movement, and depicting the marches from Selma, AL, to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for black people. Directed by Ava DuVernay, rated PG13. 3pm-6pm. Johnson Community Library, 1059 18th Avenue South.

St. Pete Preservation Historic Gulfport Walking Tour
Looking for something different & fun to do on a Saturday afternoon – then Join SPP for a stroll in the “suburbs” of funky and artsy Gulfport! The tour will look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures. You will be led by Cathy Salustri, a Gulfport local, author and the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing. 3-5pm. $10 per person. SPP members FREE. Gulfport Historical Museum, 5301 28th Avenue South.

Gumbo and Jazz Festival at Williams Park
Kick off Mardi Gras by doing good while having fun! Enjoy great food, music from the Sauce Boss, and more! The Sauce Boss is a musician that supports homeless Veterans and gives back through music and hope. Not only does is the Sauce Boss a great musician with a good cause, but he’s a GUMBO CHEF! While one stage the Sauce Boss will make his coveted Gumbo. Proceeds from the event will benefit homeless Veterans via 501c3 nonprofits Volunteers of America of Florida & Rotary Clubs of the St. Petersburg & Gulf Beaches Area. Runs from 4-9pm. Williams Park, 350 2nd Avenue North. General admission tickets are $21.85, VIP tickets are $43.67. Williams Park, 330 2nd Avenue North.

Dark Lotus at Jannus Live
The Detroit-based hip hop group Dark Lotus comes to Jannus Live Saturday night. Doors open at 4:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame at Tropicana Field
You’re invited to the 25th Annual Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at Tropicana Field. Begins at 6pm. Tickets are $125 — includes a free autograph session, dinner on the field, charity auction and a chance to witness baseball history! Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Night Blow at Morean Glass Studio
Join the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop for a night of glow-in-the-dark fun! Live glass-blowing demonstrations featuring David Spurgeon, Jeremiah Jacobs and Pauli Maiville. Enjoy rockin’ beats by DJ Rich Ranck, food, beverage & glow-in-the-dark accessories along with some exciting glass-blowing in the dark! Runs from 7-10pm. $25/person in advance, $30 at the door. Morean Glass Studio, 710 Central Avenue.

Mahaffey on the Move: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet at The Palladium
Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. Featuring legendary singer and fiddle player Michael Doucet, the band takes the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blends elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. 8pm. Tickets from $29.50-$39.50. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

The MUSE Body and Art Show at ARTpool Gallery
The 9th annual event is inspired by love, sex, nudes & St. Valentine! Join ARTpool Gallery for their biggest body art show of the year, featuring a living breathing canvas exhibition with models painted head to toe! 8pm-midnight. $20 for general admission, $45 for VIP. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Avenue.

TFO Masterworks: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 at The Mahaffey
The playful power of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 is set against the soft, entrancing tones of French composer Duruflé’s Requiem, featuring The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Despite its name, there’s nothing wicked about Debussy’s Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane. It’s light and beautiful, with TFO Principal Harp Anna Kate Mackle as the soloist. Michael Francis conducts. 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.



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Sunday, February 19

Sound Healing Meditation with Alexis Holland at The Body Electric
Absorb the healing qualities of sound with Alexis Holland. Alexis has collected instruments from around the world that create profound effects on the body and mind. The therapeutic tones of crystal bowls and the Zen handpan will accompany you on your musical journey. You will set up comfortably with bolsters and blankets, and then be awash in healing waves. 6-7:15pm. $20 per person. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.

Tour de Shine Bike Tours
Join SHINE MURAL, the official Bike Tour of the SHINE Mural Festival, for a lively, two-wheeled tour of St. Pete’s murals! “Doors” Open at 9:30am. Arrive early to get signed in and pump up those tires! A max of 75 guests can ride for just $20/person — or purchase a $40 ticket to receive a commemorative Tour de SHINE t-shirt designed by artist Chad Mize. Meet at Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive North.

Sunday Funday at St. Pete Main Library
Fun and different activities for adults, from Ukulele Jams to Crafts to Movies! Every Sunday. Runs from 2-4pm. St. Pete Main Library, 3745 9th Avenue North.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE at The Mahaffey
It may have been 65 million years in the making, but it was worth the wait. The puppets of Dinosaur Zoo Live are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show. It’s an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill kids while stimulating their imaginations. Begins at 3pm. Tickets are $20-$40. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

The Expendables at Jannus Live
The reggae group from Santa Cruz, The Expendables, perform live at Jannus on Sunday. Doors open at 8pm. $23. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Mutts Gone Nuts – Benefit for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic at The Palladium
Support the St Petersburg Free Clinic and have blast at the same time! Expect the unexpected, as canines and comedy collide in a smash hit performance that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, 75 minute comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4 legged performers and world class funny guy Jonathan Burns. Mutts Gone Nuts is family friendly and fun for all ages. Begins at 3pm. Reserved tickets from $25-$30. Tickets for children 12 and under from $15-$20. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Hearts & Tarts Burlesque Revue at Iberian Rooster
Iberian Rooster has something naughty and something sweet for you, in honor of the month of candy hearts and giant boxes of chocolates. These women are ready to express their love and appreciation for all of St. Pete! Runs from 9pm-3am. Click HERE for tickets. Iberian Rooster, 375 Central Avenue.

One City Chorus Concert at the Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
Its repertoire features songs with themes of social justice, civil rights, diversity and equality. The chorus began rehearsing in October and has grown to about 80 enthusiastic members. The underlying philosophy of the chorus is that singing in a group builds community and leads to better understanding among people – that the world would be a better place if everyone sang. That’s why the chorus has no auditions. It welcomes everyone – experienced and inexperienced singers alike. The group is led by Jon Arterton who holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and an MFA in Acting from Smith College. Event begins at 3pm. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.



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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. He is also a Realtor® at Smith and Associates Real Estate. A marketing expert by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation.