THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA BAY
The events and descriptions below were compiled by Tampa Bay Times entertainment and events reporter Sharon Wynne. To check out all of the weekend events courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times, click here.
Avengers: Endgame - The saga of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and other superheroes seeking to protect the universe from the powers of the Infinity Stones reaches its cinematic climax when Avengers: Endgame premieres this weekend.
It has taken 11 years, 22 movies and thousands of people to tell this story set inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paul Guzzo of the Tampa Bay Times, who is also a filmmaker himself, found 12 locals who played a role in creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Dave Bautista. The WWE Superstar turned thespian’s breakout role was as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy. Also, St. Pete native and Gibbs High grad, Angela Bassett is the heroic queen mother of of Wakanda in the Black Panther. There’s also writers, special effects and makeup artists from here. It’s a fun read at http://www.tampabay.com/florida/2019/04/24/avengers-endgame-opens-this-week-how-tampa-bay-helped-create-the-marvel-cinematic-universe/
Dragon Boat Festival - Paddlers from across the country will be racing at the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday. With 20 paddlers in each in boat, which are adorned with a dragon’s head in front and a tail in back, a drummer up front keeps the beat as they model precise teamwork to win. It’s quite a sight to see in Garrison Channel, and free for spectators to watch at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. On land, the Riverwalk will be full of food trucks, live music, entertainment, local merchants and family activities. More than 5,000 people turned out to watch this event last year and even more are expected to watch the big boats this year. Teams will participate in three races between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.
Skating rink popup at Armature Works - On Saturday, a skating rink popup event comes to Tampa’s Armature Works for the first time. The gathering space in the old streetcar barn will feature a mobile skating rink. You’ll find skate rentals, live music, arcade games, a full bar, popcorn and concessions. Advance tickets are $10, $15 at the door. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tampa.Eventbrite.com.
Taste of Science: Once again, the Tampa Bay science community aims to make the rest of us more literate by holding talks on galaxies or red tide in pubs and coffee shops on both sides of the bay this year. It’s been going on since Monday and continues through Sunday. It’s $5 to reserve a spot and you can see the full lineup at the websites tasteofscience.org/stpete or tasteofscience.org/tampa. There is also a free event on Sunday at Gandy Beach. There’s a beach clean-up along the south side of the beach between Tampa and St. Petersburg starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by talks at 10:30 a.m. from three scientists who will speak on oil spills, harmful algae blooms in Tampa Bay and other coastal hazards. The talks are running nightly through Sunday at 7 p.m.
- Oz-Inspired Art Walk: The Pinellas Arts Village is having an Oz-themed art walk on Saturday. Dress as your favorite character and ease on down an actual yellow brick road that artists painted through the Village. Don’t miss the Oz installation and ride (yes, a ride, also open from 7-11 p.m. Sunday) at Pompei Monster Factory. There is “No Place Like Home” at COVE, a group exhibition; the artists at Studio 5663 reacted in “Over the Rainbow” and there are photo ops in Cris Byer’s Oz installation at Art Cloud Cottage. There will be guest vendors, food and drink options and live music. A free screening of Oz the Great and Powerful is at 7:30 nearby at McDevit Park. Find the exhibits at the 5600-5800 blocks of Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park.
- Painting in the Park: The north lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg will be filled with free, kid-friendly activities including kite making and flying, face painting and making gigantic works of art. It’s free and it runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be 13 engaging art stations using watercolors, metallic markers, yarn and finger paint to create make-and-take paintings. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
COMEDY AND STAGE
- Margaret Cho Ground-breaking comic Margaret Cho returns to the Improv at Centro Ybor this weekend, a frequent comedy stop when she’s working out new material. At the age of 17, Cho won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. In her three decades since, she has expanded her reach from sold-out stand up tours to starring in and executive producing television and film projects, and releasing music on her own label. She’s also just as hard-working as an activist for human rights. She has four shows Friday and Saturday at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $25.
- The Illusionists One magician is entertaining enough, but get five together and now you have a show. The Illusionists — Live From Broadway comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall next week. Each magician specializes in a different branch of magic, including stage illusions, escape artists, comedy magic and mind reading (freaky!). Expect bright lights, smoke, sharp costumes and dramatic flare at this show for all ages. $35-$150. 8 p.m. Wednesday.
- Opera Tampa: La Boheme While Opera Tampa’s version is “fairly traditional,” Stage Director Frank McClain said Puccini’s La Boheme is a “a good gateway into opera” for fans whose only knowledge of La Boheme comes from Rent, the blockbuster starving-artist musical it inspired. The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets start at $67, and the show is at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
- Rosanne Cash Music royalty, or Johnny Cash’s most successful offspring, Grammy-winning daughter Rosanne Cash. $36 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Theatre.
- This is the last weekend for the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival so it’s the last call for Duck Fat Truffle Fries and the Griddled Cheesecake! The weekend also includes free concerts by Walk Off The Earth (Somebody That I Used To Know) at 7 p.m. Saturday and classic rock icons Foreigner at 6 p.m. Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com
- Florida Orchestra Pops, the music of John Williams Try and imagine the last 50 years of pop culture without John Williams’ music blaring through your mind. Star Wars. Indiana Jones. E.T. Jurassic Park. Harry Potter. Superman. Jaws. Throw out names like Copland and Gerswhin all you like, but at the end of the day, Williams is probably the greatest American composer of all time. And at 87, he’s nearing the end of his run. He’s said December’s Star Wars installment The Rise of Skywalker will be his final film score. That makes this weekend’s tribute by the Florida Orchestra the perfect time to celebrate his work. Daniel Black will lead the orchestra through performances of all those big, thrilling scores at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18 and up. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
- Thirty-three years after John Hughes borrowed the Psychedelic Furs song Pretty In Pink for his film of the same name, Richard and Tim Butler are still at it and it is close to selling out. Tickets are $35 and up at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre.
- Blast Friday: The Greg Billings Band returns to the Blast Friday FREE monthly block party in downtown Clearwater, along with the funk ] Superstars featuring Ronnie Dee at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the 600 block of Cleveland Street. The high-energy, 10-piece Late Night Brass band performs a free show at Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave. starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Free
- The prog-metal band in its fourth decade, Dream Theater is having itself a nice little moment. Released in February, the operatic shredders’ 14th album Distance Over Time is being hailed as their best work in years. The show is $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.
THIS WEEK IN DRESS-UP
- Spring Fest Garden Art and Faerie Festival: One of the more adorable annual festivals brings a flurry of pixies and fairies to Gulfport’s Clymer Park for a celebration of spring with a plant sale and costume contest. There’s also a faerie house contest, May pole dances, pixie dusting, face painting, bubble blowing, roaming gypsies and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport.
- Frozen Sing-Along - Frozen was a legitimate cultural phenomenon. It’s the highest grossing animated film of all time, the best-selling Blu-Ray of all time, and you already have Let It Go playing in your head right now don’t you? Dress as your favorite princess, reindeer or snowman and feel free to belt one out at screenings at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be a photo op before Sunday’s screening starting at 2 p.m. with Princess Elsa that includes a free commemorative photo with the princess, sponsored by Bank of America. $13 for adults and $11 for kids at 711 N Franklin St., Tampa.