Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (04.07-09.17)

Easter Sunday Buffet at Beach – Bay Harbor Hotel 
Join Beach Bar | Restaurant for an Easter Celebration. The hotel and restaurant will host a special egg hunt, along with a bevy of family fun activities. The fun includes bouncy castles, face painting, games and live music! The breakfast buffet is complete with an omelet station, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, a salad and pasta bar, a carving station, a seafood bar and a sweet dessert and fruit bar. The fun goes from 10am-3pm. $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids. Beach at The Bay Harbor Hotel, 7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway.


2017 Sunscreen Film Festival

Celebrate the magic of cinema this April with the Sunscreen Film Festival. This multi-day event gives cinephiles the chance to participate in workshops and classes that will help further their appreciation of craft and help them cultivate their own filmmaking style. Expect celebrity appearances, screenings of acclaimed and buzzed about indie hits and more. Visit their website and Facebook page for more details. Films will screen at the Sundial, Palladium and American Stage Theatre April 27-30.


Friday, April 7

Creative Mornings St. Pete: Hank Hine at The Dali Museum
Jorge Guillen, who wrote a poem called Más Allá (the Beyond), says that the beyond depends on light, on sound, on happiness—things that break the bonds of the eternal day. Dalí Museum Director Hank Hine instructs us on the two ways to get Beyond: one you’re already doing…the other, probably not. Hank Hine is the Director of The Dalí Museum and Co-director of Innovation Labs at The Dalí. He writes about art, education, and new media. Early mornings he is with his six-year old practicing how to draw dogs and sometimes Megazords. 8:30-10am. Click HERE to register. The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard.

National Beer Day at Stillwaters Tavern
Cheers! Celebrate National Beer Day at Stillwaters Tavern on Beach Drive. All beers on tap are $4 for 16oz, $6 for 22oz. Deal is good from open until 7pm. Stillwaters Tavern, 224 Beach Drive Northeast.

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge at Spa Beach Park (Friday and Saturday)
In 2017, they’re celebrating 20 incredible years with more races, catches, weaves, jumps and dives. Skills include: agility, diving dog, Jack Russell races, 30-weave and flying disc. Qualifiers and practice take place on Friday, April 7 from 9am-4pm. Competition takes place from 11am-4:30pm on Saturday, April 8. The event is free with plenty of bleacher seating. Behaved pups on a leash are welcome. Spa Beach, 615 2nd Avenue Northeast.

A Good Night’s Sleep Dessert Luncheon at The Coliseum
Join The Coliseum in celebrating CASA’s 40th Anniversary and help bring sweet dreams to families building a life free from domestic violence. Your generous financial investment or pledge to CASA will be encouraged at this fundraising event. Special celebrity emcee: Wendy Ryan, ABC Action News. 11:30am-1pm. GA tickets are $40, VIP tickets are $100. The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Tampa Bay Blues Fest (All Weekend)
Enjoy one of the world’s finest blues music events staged in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on the shores of Tampa Bay for three great days of blues by the bay! Buddy Guy, Barry Goldberg, Tab Benoit, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Albert Cummings, Ana Popovic and more blues greats will perform live at Vinoy Park this weekend. Click HERE for tickets and a full festival schedule. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays (All Weekend)
The Rays host the Blue Jays this weekend. Get in the Baseball Forever spirit at Tropicana Field. Game at 7:10pm on Friday, 6:10pm on Saturday, 1:10pm on Sunday. Click HERE for tickets. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Harry Allen and Grant Stewart at The Palladium
Two tenor giants will join the Nate Najar Trio at The Palladium Friday night. Begins at 8pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. Reserved: $40. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Nomadic Tempest at Poynter Park (All Weekend)
Forced to migrate due to climate change, Monarch butterflies from four global regions, embodied by four talented aerial artists, tell a musical tale of the fragile future of the Monarchs and our planet. Enjoy animations and visual special effects on a 90×40-foot screen simulating the flight paths of the Monarchs as they glide above the Earth. This mythical saga will be performed aboard the 90-foot tall ship Amara Zee. Performance begins at 9pm. Reserve a spot online in advance, or pay at the gate. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation is $25 for adults, $10 for children). Poynter Park, 1000 3rd Street South.

International Cinema at Eckerd College: The Salesman
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (About Elly, A Separation) again presents a simple premise that transforms into a theatrical reflection on modern Iranian life, only in this case, the theatricality is literal. A husband, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are starring in a community production of Death of a Salesman, move to a new apartment where the former tenant has left more than just her belongings. The Salesman mines this situation for its truths about the human condition as love, hate, and revenge come to the fore in the arresting conclusion. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards. Begins at 7pm. Free and open to the public. Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South.

Springtime White Wine Tasting at Winesmith
This Friday Winesmith visitors will be tasting springtime whites: a dry, crisp Loire Muscadet, a tasty Sauvignon Blanc from Uruguay, a crowd-pleaser French Sauv Blanc, a mineral driven Spanish Verdejo, a rare dry white from Argentina and a fruity, clean Portuguese Alvarinho. Begins at 6pm. This tasting is $14/person. Must be 21 to attend. Winesmith, 1620 Central Avenue.

Dennis Gruentiling and Albert Cummings at The Ale and The Witch
Enjoy a Blues Fest after-show at The Ale and The Witch. Dennis Gruentling and performs at 8:30pm, Albert Cummings performs at 10:30pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

The Wailers at Jannus Live
The iconic reggae group The Waillers perform live this Friday night at Jannus Live. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $25+fees. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Jordan Patterson and Dawn Tyler Watson at Ringside Café
Get ready for some exquisite blues as Jordan Patterson and Dawn Tyler Watson perform live at Ringside. Concert begins at 10:30pm. Ringside Café, 16 2nd Street North.

Reveal: Diversity of the Arts at Station House St. Pete
REVEAL is a quarterly showcase that highlights Station House’s multi-functional space, while spotlighting St. Pete’s unique artists and local businesses. This event allows the community to witness some of the most eclectic forms of art that the Bay area has ever seen! Enjoy speciality cocktails by St. Pete Distillery, music courtesy of Austen Van Der Bleek, live painting, a special St. Pete Indie Market and much more. Visit the event page for a full list of artists and vendors. Runs from 5-10pm. Station House, 260 1st Avenue South.


Saturday, April 8

Junior League of St. Pete Presents the Jelly Bean Fling at Great Explorations Children’s Museum
The Jelly Bean Fling is one of the Junior League’s current longest running events. The event will include an Easter egg hunt, free photo with the Easter Bunny, and prizes. 9am-noon. $35 for a family of up to 4 people, $10 a-la-carte. Great Explorations, 1925 4th Street North.

Farm Share – Free Food Distribution at GTE Federal Credit Union
Fresh fruit, produce, bread, juices, snacks, chicken and much more will be distributed free to those in need from 10 am until 1 pm or until food is gone. First come, first served due to limited quantity. GTE Federal Credit Union, 2190 18th Avenue South.

Handstand with Andre Sur at The Body Electric Yoga Company
Join Andre Atman Sur for his second Saturday workshop that will get you comfortable on your hands and upside down. This Dynamic Practice workshop will have you spending lots of time on your hands and lots of time upside down. Learn to balance, hold the basic shapes, move between shapes, and incorporate safe exits from your handstand. There will be a lot of partner work. Be open to assist others and be assisted. 2-3:30pm. $35. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

The Great Florida Wildlife Corridor Challenge at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Create a wildlife corridor and help protect Florida’s animals. Obstacles will be at every turn, so teams must think creatively to maintain and build their wildlife corridors. Space is limited. Ages 5-10. 10am-noon. $5. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way South.

Sunshine City Souk: A Boutique Market at Patty and Friends
Enjoy food, music and more at Patty and Friends during a special boutique market. Shop vintage threads, men’s athleisure, records, art, cards and more. Market is curated by Feathers Fate & Steel and the Market Mafia. 11am-6pm. Patty and Friends, 1241 9th Street North.

Chief’s Crab Boil at Chief’s Creole Café
Join Midtown for a special Crab Boil at Chief’s Creole Café! 1-8pm. Chief’s Creole Café, 901 22nd Street South.

Amanda Turner Solo Show at Bartique
Local muralist Amanda Turner (@paintthatuglything) presents a solo show this Saturday at the newly opened Bartique on the 600 Block of Central Avenue. Browse some her latest creations while celebrating the St. Pete’s cultural and entrepreneurial spirit. Runs from 5-9pm. Bartique, 648 Central Avenue.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Ottawa Fury FC at Al Lang Stadium
The Rowdies look to extend their winning streak at home this Saturday against Ottawa Fury FC. The match begins at 7:30pm. Click HERE For tickets. Get out, cheer on the Rowdies and help bring #MLS2STPETE. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street Southeast.

Opening Night: Voodoo Macbeth at The Studio@620 (Saturday and Sunday) 
Celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare with “Voodoo Macbeth”, directed by Bob Devin Jones. An all African American cast includes popular players Kylin Brady, Cranstan Cumberbatch, James L. Lincoln, Sharon Scott, and Nadine Smith. Erica Sutherlin is Lady Macbeth and Calvin M. Thompson plays the brave general Macbeth who is prophesied to become King by a trio of witches. With an artistic set by Ya La Ford and musical flourish from Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, this production is not to be missed! Proceeds from opening night will benefit educational outreach taking Shakespeare into local schools. Opening night performance at 7pm. Tickets are $50. All other performances are $20 for general admission. Visit the website for full list of showtimes. The Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Defending the Caveman at The Palladium Theater
Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo play in Broadway history. With hilarious insights on contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zone, the show mines the common themes in relationships that go straight through the funny bone and into the heart. Begins at 8pm. Reserved tickets from $30-$50. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Masterworks: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at The Mahaffey
Van Cliburn competition winner Vadym Kholodenko makes his TFO debut performing one of the most famous piano works in the world, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program: Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem (TFO premiere) and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. Nicholas Carter is guest conductor. Tickets from $15-$45. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.

Toronzo Cannon and Matt Schofield at The Ale and The Witch
Get ready for another night of blues music at The Ale and The Witch. The Tampa Bay Blues Fest after-show features Toronzo CAnnon and Matt Schofield. Music begins at 8:30pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Portugal The Man at Jannus Live
From Church Mouth to In The Mountain In The Cloud, Portugal The Man has been making waves in the indie music scene for years. They perform live at Jannus Saturday night. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $32. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

JW-Jones and Coco Montoya at Ringside Café
The Tampa Bay Blues Fest after-show brings the sensational JW-Jones and Coco Montoya to Ringside. Concert begins at 10:30pm. Ringside Café, 16 2nd Street North.


Sunday, April 9

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing Company
Join Jen Lowery DeBuhr and musical guest Mountain Holler for a soulful flow class in the great outdoors. These two talented beauties will create an atmosphere that invites transformation. Stick around after to make friends, and enjoy dollar-off award-winning craft brews. 11am-noon. $10/$5 BE members (yearly or monthly unlimited), $15 at the door (so please preregister). Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations – Nancy Callan at The Museum of Fine Arts
Nancy Callan, who lives in Seattle, is influenced by the bright colors and inflated shapes found in comic books and toys. She received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. After a workshop at the Corning Museum of Glass with the gifted Lino Tagliapietra, she moved to Seattle, became a member of the artist’s team, and has traveled the world as his assistant. Learn more about the artist this Sunday. Event begins at 3pm. Free with MFA admission. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Irish Singer Songwriters Brendan Nolan and Colin Farrell at The Palladium
The wry, witty and singularly gifted Irish singers Brendan Nolan and Colin Farrell will fill The Palladium with music this Sunday. Concert begins at 6pm. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North.


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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.