Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (02.24-26.17)

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St. Pete Seafood and Music Festival at North Straub Park – March 25 & 26
Join us on March 25-26 in North Straub Park for the premiere of a new St. Petersburg tradition: the St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival. The festival runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. General admission is $3 and the VIP Tent admission is $50. Come enjoy downtown St. Petersburg with friends and family. The event is graciously hosted by the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. North Straub Park, 310 Bayshore Drive Northeast.




WIN YOUR WAY IN: Dwight Yoakam at The Mahaffey – March 5
He’s a honky tonk man, and he can’t seem to stop! Dwight Yoakam has been the King of Twang and the Ambassador of Alt-Country for three decades, and he’s coming to The Mahaffey on March 5 with a crackerjack band and a low-tilted Stetson full of unforgettable hits. And you’re invited to WIN YOUR WAY IN! Prize pack includes: $50 gift card to SQ1 Burgers; $25 gift card to The Ale and The Witch; $50 gift card to Hideaway Cafe; $25 gift card to Sound Exchange; his & hers Resistol “Cantrell” canvas cowboy hats from Spencer’s Western World. Click HERE to enter!




Friday, February 24

Open Road: Photog. & the American Road Trip 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.

Black Arts Festival – Film Screening: Dancing Like Home at Studio@620
The festival opens with a screening of “Dancing Like Home”, directed by Joyce Guy. There will be a meet and greet with the filmmaker and many other artists who will participate in Saturday’s street festival. Begins at 6pm. $10. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Ladies Night at Morean Art Center
The evening will begin with an instructional demonstration, after which each participant will have a hands-on experience culminating in 1 piece of glass (a solid sculpted paperweight or a blown-glass ornament) per person. The pieces will be available for pick-up or shipment the following day. 6-9pm. $75 per person (maximum of 5 registrants). Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Avenue.

Shorecrest Science Fair Project Winners at Sundial St. Pete (All Weekend)
Join Sundial St. Pete in celebrating the best science projects from Shorecrest Elementary! These winning project will be on display in the courtyard all weekend in the Sundial courtyard. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Enoch Davis Black History Celebration Dinner
This wonderful event features poetry, reading, live performances, acting, music, and prizes. This event is cohosted with Campbell Park Recreation Center and community partners. Begins at 6pm. Free admission, all ages welcome. Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Avenue South.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. at St. Pete City Theatre (Friday and Saturday)
Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Performances at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats/$12 for general admission. St. Pete City Theatre, 4025 31st Street South.

St. Pete Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night at USF St. Pete
The St. Pete Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard’s timeless works to the Burg. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Admission is “pay-what-you-can” with a suggested donation of $10. USF St. Pete — William House Courtyard, 511 2nd Street South.

Keep St. Pete Lit Presents Fantastic Ekphrastic at Softwater Studios (Friday and Saturday)
Fantastic Ekphrastic – Keep St. Pete Lit’s annual melding of art, theater and literature – is back for two nights (two performances each night). Keep St. Pete Lit and Soft Water Studios invite you to a fantastical experience: 16 visual artists’ pieces as interpreted by 16 local writers, presented in dramatic readings by captivating local performers! Shows start at 5:30pm and 8pm both nights. Click HERE to reserve your tickets. Softwater Studios, 515 22nd Street South.

Save Ferris at State Theatre
Save Ferris will be joined by Baby Baby at the State Theatre this Friday. Doors open at 7:30pm. $20. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue.

Joshua Breakstone Trio at The Palladium Theater
Playing guitar from an early age, Joshua Breakstone began taking an interest in jazz at the start of his teenage years. He studied privately with Sal Salvador and also attended Berklee College Of Music. In 1977, he toured Canada with Glen Hall, making his recording debut with this band. He taught guitar at Rhode Island Conservatory of Music between 1979 and 1981, during which period he played regularly at New York clubs. 7:30pm. General admission is $15, reserved tickets are $25. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at American Stage Theatre (Friday and Saturday)
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. Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets available on the American Stage website. American Stage Theatre, 163 3rd Street North.

Benise: Strings of Passion at The Mahaffey Theater
The acclaimed guitarist Benise – a PBS favorite for over a decade – takes us on a musical journey of salsa, flamenco, tango, waltz, samba … and more! A full-scale, multi-cultural production combining Spanish guitar and Spanish dance with rock, with all the mystique, romance and passion Benise is known for. He brings a fierce intensity to new interpretations of his favorite classic anthems by the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and others. Begins at 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.






Saturday, February 25

St. Pete Fine Art Festival at North Straub Park (Saturday and Sunday)
This weekend, some of the best artists in Tampa Bay and around the world will set up shop in Straub Park. Shop paintings, sculptures, accessories and more in the Burg’s beautiful waterfront park. The Festival takes place from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. FREE and open to the public. North Straub Park, 310 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon at Vinoy Park
Participants enjoy a 3K walk, music, local vendors, Southeastern Guide Dogs Gift Shop and family-friendly fun! Most importantly of all, you’re raise funds to help open new doors of independence for SEGD graduates, and offer them the gift of the best guide dogs in the world. Two and four-legged friends are invited to join in this exciting community event. 8:30am-noon. Click HERE to register. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive.

Paddle Clam Bayou
Guided paddle takes visitors into undiscovered parts of St. Pete’s newest preserve, Clam Bayou. Ages 8 and up. 9-11:30am. $16 per person. Parking located at the west end of 34th Avenue South.

Grand Prix at Great Explorations
Children will be able to climb in an official Firestone Grand Prix show car in front of the museum and enter for the chance to win Fan Friday tickets to the races and other Grand Prix souvenirs. Then, families can zip and zoom inside the museum for a truckload of transportation activities! Kids can create their own vehicle collage, use toy car wheels to paint their own unique artwork, challenge their friends in the traffic light toss game and build their own ramps for a race! Runs from 10am-2pm. Click HERE for full details. Great Explorations, 1925 4th Street North.

African American Heritage Trail Walking Tour
guided walking tour of the African American Heritage Trail located on 9th Ave S and 22nd St S. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Donation of $5 will benefit the museum. Please arrive at the museum no later than 9:45am. Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.

Native Plants and Wildflowers for your Landscape at Sunken Gardens
red of the same big box store plants wilting in the summer heat? Tired of thirsty, fertilizer-hogging grass? Native Florida plants and wildflowers keep maintenance and water usage to a minimum while attracting wildlife! Owner of Wilcox Nursery and native plant expert, Bruce Turley, makes it easy. Extensive native plant sale following! Begins at 10:30am. Free with Gardens admission or membership. No registration required. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street North.

Visual Arts Festival at Gallerie 909
Gallerie 909 will host the 2nd Annual Visual Arts festival showcasing work by local and national artists, reflecting art from the African diaspora. 11am-6pm. Gallerie 909, 909 22nd Street South.

Rowdies Suncoast Invitational at Al Lang Stadium:
It’s the FINAL WEEKEND of the 2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational. Visit AL Lang for three amazing matches featuring some of the best Major League Soccer teams playing today! The games begin at 3pm and tickets start at $15. Full match schedule:


Cocktails on the Court at St. Pete Shuffle
Leave your black tie at home, dress in your finest Shuffleboard Chic, and celebrate the Sunshine City in style with the 2nd Annual Cocktails on the Courts. Enjoy Florida cuisine & unlimited cocktails, dance under the stars to the incredible Black Honkeys, visit with a mermaid and take a selfie with a two-headed calf! Last year’s event was the talk of the town, and 2017 promises to be even bigger. All proceeds benefit the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Tickets are $75 per person. 6-10pm. St. Pete Shuffle, 559 Mirror Lake Drive.

Coquina Key Chili Cookoff
Enjoy food, drinks, prizes and more at the Coquina Key Chili Cookoff! All proceeds from the event benefit the Coquina Key Neighborhood Association. 6pm. Takes place at 3805 Pompano Drive Southeast.

Set Your Goals at The Local 662
Set Your Goals performs live at The Local 662 this Saturday. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20+fees. The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue.

Ambient Installation + Reception at The Body Electric Yoga
This special event will close out the first month of Infinite Third’s ongoing Ambient Installation Series. The Body Electric Yoga Company invites you to come and enjoy the entrancing live guitar looping improvisations of Billy Mays III for an extended candlelit performance in the big room. Dress comfortably and feel free to sit, lie down, stretch, move, or meditate as you see fit while immersing in the music. 6-10pm. Admission is by donation of your choice. Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra with Whitney James & Fred Johnson at The Palladium
Fred Johnson is an international performer and has spent the past 35 years presenting international concerts and seminars on the power of creative expression as a tool for personal wellbeing and healing. He has performed on stage with or as the opening act for such musical greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderly, Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Richard Elliot, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, Patti Austin, George Benson, BB King and many others. 7:30pm. $15 for general admission, $25 for reserved. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Roy Bookbinder in Concert at Studio@620
St. Petersburg’s own blues legend Roy Book Binder presents his only Tampa Bay appearance of the year! For the past 45 years Roy Book Binder has traveled the globe with blues legends such as The Reverend Gary Davis, Bonnie Raitt, and Jorma Kaukonen. His latest album,”The Good Book” reached #3 on the Americana chart, behind Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt. Begins at 7pm. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

TFO Pops: Mardis Gras in New Orleans at Mahaffey Theater
Famed trumpeter Byron Stripling leads this parade of hot New Orleans jazz. The good times roll with music from Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong. Begins at 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.





Sunday, February 26

Eco Fun Festival
Learn how to make positive environmental changes in your homes and community. The event will feature facility tours, Touch-a-Truck, educational presentations, environmentally-themed exhibitors, food vendors and giveaways. Visit the St. Petersburg Sanitation Department’s Recycling booth and see how your recyclables are handled with a tour of a recycling truck! 11am-4pm. Click HERE to register. Pinellas Solid Waste, 11418 34th Street North.

Feldenkrais Touch to Inform Seminar: FEET at The Body Electric
These seminars focus on the neurological, mechanical and healing aspects of movement. FEET are designed to be the foundation on which to stand and thus a source of stability. At the same time FEET are designed to propel an action forward and thus a source of mobility. FEET support stability and mobility in your actions. At the same time your posture and action affect feet. 10am-5pm. $120 per person. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Succulents and Dried Blooms Wreath Workshop at Green Bench Brewing
O’Berry’s Succulents owner, Jamie O’Berry, will guide you through creating a wreath with succulents and dried blooms. The workshop will be held in Green Bench Brewings production space where you will get individual guidance in a small group setting, and expert tips on the proper care of succulents and cacti while enjoying a cold one! All materials included with price of ticket. 1-3pm. $60. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue.

St. Pete-Pinellas CROP Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walk engages a broad cross-section of the community in service to the neediest of the world. It is an interfaith, community-oriented event that raises funds to help hungry people, raises awareness of hunger as an issue, engages and trains volunteers for community service, and brings together persons of many ages and backgrounds in a common endeavor. Registration opens at 1:30pm, walk begins at 2pm. First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive.

Betty Fox Band Good Sunday Revue at The Ale and The Witch
Join The Ale and The Witch for great music for a good cause. Betty Fox Band performs live in The Ale and The Witch courtyard, with special guest Damon Fowler. 100% of tips and CD sales will go to a local charity. Concert begins at 4pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Sick of it All at The Local 662
Sick of it All performs live at the Local 662 Sunday. Doors open at 8pm. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue.

Jason Lee Bruns at The Palladium Theater
As drummer/percussionist Jason Lee Bruns has performed in the bands of major artists including Beck, Louis Price (The Temptations), and two-time BBC Jazz Award Winner Liane Carroll. He has performed at top L.A. venues including Disney Hall, House of Blues, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato, the E-Spot Lounge, and Catalina Jazz Club. Bruns has self-produced eight recordings to date on his label Panout Music Group™ with the most recent recording Cherry Avenue featuring singer Kevin Bachelder. The preceding album, Live at Catalina Jazz Club, peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts. Bruns is joined by St. Petersburg College Jazz & MIRA faculty Austin Vickrey, Alejandro Arenas, John Richardson, David Manson and Pat Hernly. 7:30pm. $15 for general admission, $25 for reserved seats. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Rhythm of the Dance at The Mahaffey
This incredible live show celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined Celtic Step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style. Rhythm of the Dance creates a new era in Irish entertainment, presenting world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors. 7pm. $27.50-$45.50. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Goblets of Gold – The Context of Sican Cups in Northern Peru at Museum of Fine Arts
The Sicán flourished on the northern coast of modern-day Peru from around 750-1350 CE, excelling in metallurgy. The gold goblet, which they produced, conveys a wealth of information about Andean history, from technical advancements to feasting traditions with maize beer. In this talk, Dr. Kimberly Jones will explore ancient Andean culture through the lens of this glittering object, including comments on the MFA’s prized Effigy Beaker (Kero) on view in the Parrish Gallery. Begins at 3pm. Click HERE to register. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.


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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.