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Friday, January 31

Founders Corner Fresh Market
The open air fresh market supports the local community by featuring fresh produce, food and drink, arts and crafts, jewelry, raw honey, organic smoothies, live music, entertainment and more. Free. 9am-3pm. Founders Corner, 431 Southwest Blvd. N.

St. Pete Shuffle
Enjoy a hip twist to an old game under the stars. All equipment is provided and instruction is available. The "World’s Largest Shuffleboard Club" promotes and sponsors year-round competitive and recreational outdoor shuffleboard play on 65 courts. Free, 7-11pm. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Celebrates Artistic Inspiration with MUSE@MFA, the inaugural pARTy on Friday, January 31st at the Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to those who influence the vibrant artistic culture within the St. Pete community. No stiff tuxes – no boring speeches. This creatively charged benefit will ask the question, “Who inspires your creativity?” During MUSE@MFA, guests will be immersed in a pARTy, infused with the premiere of an interactive digital art exhibit, pop-up performances, artful dinner courses, and a curated auction. 6-10pm. Tickets start at $100 per person and range to $500 for a Cabaret Table of 4. MFA, 255 Beach Drive NE.

*Photo via SPAA

Date Night at Everything Dolce

Live music every day at Everything Dolce! Fridays are stacked with Happy Hour from 5-7pm (2 for 1 drinks), and romantic Latin guitar by Julian Camaz from 8-11pm. Everything Dolce, 937 Central Ave. 

Sunny Jim & Michael Weiss @ Hideaway Cafe
The Hideaway Cafe offers a special evening that mixes the twang of Texas swing with the dynamic acoustic stylings that best embody Florida.  Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $12. 1756 Central Ave. 

*Photo via Hideaway Cafe 

The Normal Heart (All Weekend)
Larry Kramer’s unabashed indictment of the politics surrounding the early days of the AIDS epidemic debuted in 1985 and is no less surprising or powerful almost 30 years later. In this largely autobiographical play, Ned Weeks is a lone voice shouting into the darkness about what he sees happening to his friends and community. His warnings erupt into all-out fury as everyone from government leaders to healthcare providers ignore the mounting crisis. Following a now legendary reading by the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project last season, freeFall reassembles much of the same cast including freeFall Artistic Director, Eric Davis as “Ned Weeks.” Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Avenue.

2 Trains Running (All Weekend)
The story of a community at the crossroads of change. It is 1969, and in the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King’s assassination, and the rise of the black power movement, a young man named Stirling comes to Memphis Lee’s diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city’s new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson’s most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. American Stage 163 3rd Street North

Carlisle Floyd’s "Susannah" (Fri. & Sun.)
One of the most popular American operas, Susannah is the tale of an innocent Tennessee mountain girl who is accused of sinful behavior by the church-going elders of the town. Carlisle Floyd wrote this opera while a professor at Florida State University and our cast will feature a member of the original cast. 7:30pm Friday, 2pm Sunday. Tickets range from $21.50 to $64.50. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave,

Sevendust @ The State Theatre
Sevendust is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1994 by bassist Vince Hornsby, drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist John Connolly.Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $22. 687 Central Ave.

Yonder Mountain String Band @ Jannus Live
Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre.. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $23.50. 200 1st Ave N

*Photo via Yonder Mountain String Band

Saturday, February 1

Free Saturdays at Everything Dolce
Doggie Social from 9-11am, Rock N Blues Jam with Eddie Fingerhut and his friends from 1-4pm and different booked, lived music talent every Saturday from 8-11pm. 

Azalea Fresh Market
The market is an indoor/outdoor market featuring fresh produce, arts n’crafts, foods of all sorts, activities for the kids, variety of live music and much more. 9am-3pm at the Science Center, 7701 22nd Ave N.

Saturday Morning Market
With up to 10,000 customers a week, and 200 vendors rotating through 130 spaces, the market is widely considered the largest farmers market in the southeast US. Meet your local farmer, buy some plants, browse the crafts, chow down some great food and listen to live music. 9am-2pm. Al Lang Stadium Parking Lot, 1st Ave. S and 1st St.

St. Pete Fine Art Festival (All Weekend)
A chaotic composite of ‘Burg Artists will put their creations on display for the public to appreciate. 10am-5pm. Free and open to the public. On display Sunday from 11am-5pm. MFA, 255 Beach Dr NE

St. Pete Indie Festival
A monthly seasonal showcase of local artists, indie designers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and non profit groups who take over the sidewalks of the 600 block artist community the first saturday of every month. This is a unique destination for artisans, progressives, tourists and locals to come together in an outdoor alternative to retail setting. With 20+ vendors, local musicians and live art, the St. Pete Indie Market is a vital weekend destination for those in search of local flavor and the indie spirit. 12-6pm.  Free. 600 Block Central Ave,

Raptor Fest
Celebrate birds of prey at the Raptor Fest at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. The festivities include trained raptor in free flight, live birds of prey in exhibits and presentations, Native American storytelling, raptorial dinosaur talk, photo opportunities with live birds, environmental exhibitors, activities for children and families and much more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. 101 Country Club Way S.

Localtopia @ Williams Park!
The independent business alliance will celebrate its 2-year anniversary with Localtopia, "a community celebration of all things local!" The event boasts 80+ vendors from St. Pete’s favorite independent businesses for Shopping and Eating, with live music all day at Williams Park. The event, presented by Mazarro’s Italian Market and is free and open to the public. Localtopia begins at 11am and runs until 7pm. 330 2nd Ave N.

Free Dali Museum Events, 1 Dali Blvd:

Breakfast with Dali for Families
Breakfast with Dali is a monthly event that introduces Salvador Dali and the Dali Museum to families with children (recommended ages 5-12). This fun and interactive tour is led by a Dali docent as well as a roster of junior docents who have chosen Dali paintings and other works which specially appeal to children. The tour is followed by a Spanish-themed breakfast buffet as well as hands-on activities.$21 per adult, $10 per child (6-12); Member admission: $10 per adult, $5 per child. Admission is valid all day. Doors open at 9:15 am. Pre-purchase required.
Dillydally with Dali
Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts and crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. Free. 11:45am-4:30pm.
Dali & Beyond Film Series: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, Part 1
ANDY WARHOL – a riveting and often deeply moving film portrait of the most famous and famously controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century – is the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol’s astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940s to his untimely death in 1987. Combining powerful on-camera interviews and rare still and motion picture footage, it is also the first to put Warhol himself – his humble family background and formative experiences in Pittsburgh, and his crucial apprenticeship as a commercial artist in New York – back into the presentation of his life. (PBS, 2006, 116 min; Not Rated) 1pm. Free to all.
Dali & Beyond Film Series: Andy Warhol’s "Vinyl"
Warhol directs this silent, experimental film. (Warhol, 1965, b&w, 70 min)

Saturday Morning Historic Walk
Tour participants will take a trip through historic downtown St. Pete between Central Avenue & 4th Avenue North seeing grand hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade, the Open Air Post Office, and the Veillard residence. The tour will include a brief stop with a special look inside one of downtown’s historic buildings. The tour is free for SPP members and a $5 donation is requested from others. Memberships are available at the beginning of the tour and include free walking tours through the end of the year.

*Photo via Eyabe

Grand Central Food Truck Ralley

Grand Central District, Georgie’s Alibi will be hosting a food truck rally every first Saturday of the month! Multiple trucks will be featured. There will be a variety of amazing foods to choose from, great entertainment and fun. The event will be held in the Georgie’s Alibi parking lot, located at 3100 3rd Avenue North, event is free to attend. 4-11pm.

Localtopia Afterparty @ Hideaway Cafe
All vendors and artists and music lovers in town are invited back to the Hideaway Cafe for the afterparty, where the celebration of our local musicians and their original music will continue. Doors open at 6pm.  Free to the public. 1756 Central Ave.

Wine Weekend
"Wine Weekend Overflows to the Grape Escape as party-goers gather for drinks and hors d’oeuvres then will be escorted to a line of waiting limousines. You and your dinner partners will be whisked away to … we can’t tell you where but each limo will have its own destination where guests will enjoy a sumptuous wine and culinary adventure." via Wine Weekend St. Pete. 7-10pm, $355 per person. MFA, 255 Beach Drive.  

Arctic Monkeys @ Jannus Live!
The band’s debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history and remains the fastest-selling debut album by a group in the UK. They have won multiple awards including winning Best British Group twice, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The band also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for its debut album, in addition to receiving a nomination in 2007 and 2013. See the the prominent post-punk revival band at Jannus Live. Show starts at 7pm, Tickets between $27.50 and $30. 200 1st Ave N

*Video via Arctic Monkeys

Sunday, February 2

Fit2Run Training Group Run

Make fitness a part of your Sunday morning! Marathoners meet at 6:30am, Half Marathoners meet at 6:30am and everyone else meet at 7am. Fit2Run, 256 2nd St. N. 

Live Jazz Jams at Cafe Alma

Live Jazz at Café Alma every Sunday from 6pm-8:30pm! Café Alma, 260 1st Ave S.

Hello Dolly!
Final performance! Fall in love again with America’s favorite matchmaker as Dolly Levi leads the high stepping cast in a razzle-dazzle salute to this Broadway masterpiece. Begins at 2pm.  Tickets $24. 4025 31st St S.

This Weekend at Muvico 20 at The Shops at St. Pete: Labor Day

"Labor Day" centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence.  On a back to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict.  The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives." via Muvico


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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.