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. Click Here to check out all of the weekend events courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.
- Penn and Teller haven’t dominated the Las Vegas Strip for decades for nothing. Between the towering carnival-barker act of raconteur Penn Jillette and the world-class sleight of hand of silent partner Teller, they’ve created an iconic act. 8 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater.
- Eddie Griffin: Appearances on Def Comedy Jam led him to become omnipresent in the 1990s, with numerous HBO stand up specials and film roles and his own sitcom, 'Malcolm and Eddie.' 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Improv.
- Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour: Madea is dead. Or dying. Or something. We’ll find out soon enough, when A Madea Family Funeral — Tyler Perry’s 11th and purportedly final film featuring his wildly popular character — hits screens sometime this year. Until then, there’s Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour, which arrives in Tampa Wednesday (Feb 6) at the Straz.
- Lucinda Williams Friday at Jannus in a sold out show with Drive By Truckers. She recently marked the 20th anniversary of her landmark album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road with a tour spotlighting every track.
- Neko Case became indie-rock royalty through her work with the New Pornographers and much-loved solo albums like the blog-rock classic Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. And in all that time, she has never booked a show in Tampa Bay. But at least we’re catching her on a career upswing, as her album Hell-On has brought some of the best reviews of her career. 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 1st at Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City.
- Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes: As Eddie Money’s (Take Me Home Tonight) said "just like Ronnie sang," she would rank high on anyone’s list of rock n roll’s great women. The Ronettes were one of the most popular girl groups of the late ‘60s. She was a big influence on artists like Amy Winehouse, and they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 8 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
- Florida Orchestra Pops - Dreams of Spain: Considering the presence of the Salvador Dalí museum next door, it just feels right to have the Florida Orchestra bring Dreams of Spain to the Mahaffey Theater this weekend. Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead acclaimed singer Camille Zamora, bandoneonist Hector del Curto and tango dancers Hugo Patyn and Celina Rotundo through a selection of Latin-inspired numbers. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg.
FOR THE KIDS
- Monster Jam returns: It was just about a month ago, Jan. 12 to be exact, that Monster Jam rolled its fleet of 12,000-pound monster trucks down a specially built track at Raymond James Stadium. The adrenaline rush of giant trucks rolling over lesser vehicles and popping wheelies on 5-foot tires is so popular in the Tampa Bay area that since 2010, the show has returned for a second run. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits, 2:30-5:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. show Saturday. Ford dealers have free Pit Party passes while supplies last. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000. Monsterjam.com.
- Sesame Street Pirate Party Weekends: Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the crew at Busch Gardens will be decked out in pirate gear for dance parties, themed story times, a treasure scavenger hunt with beads and photo opportunities. 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekends through Feb. 10.
- Winter’s Tail-Gate Weekend: In honor of Super Bowl weekend, guests wearing any National Football League attire to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium get half-price admission for Winter’s Tail-Gate Weekend. And on Friday, you can watch as Nicholas the dolphin predicts the Super Bowl winner at 11 a.m.
- Moccasin Lake Nature Park Grand Reopening: See the results of the $1 million the city has spent renovating the park. There will be food trucks, club booths and vendors starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Free.
- Park Cinema Series: Tampa Theatre’s free spring series of family-friendly movies kicks off this Saturday with Black Panther, which made history last week as the first comic book movie in Oscar history to snag a Best Picture nomination.
- New Port Richey Carnival: The St. George Greek Orthodox Church this weekend will be hopping with midway rides, games, fair food, a winter festival, a barbecue competition, at the Kontos Event Center, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free; ride cost varies. Toll-free 1-866-666-3247.
- Oswaldo Vigas - Transformations: Considered one of the greatest abstract artists of the 20th century. The Tampa Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations,” opens Thursday through May 27. Organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, it’s the first U.S. museum survey of the Venezuelan artist’s work and features 60 works of art created between 1940 and 1980. (Vigas died in 2014)
- A Bronx Tale -- The Broadway production of Chazz Palminteri’s film takes place on the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he wants to impress. 7:30 p.m. Now-Sunday at Straz Center.
- Kiss Me Kate: The St. Petersburg Opera company’s nonoperatic musical selection this year is the play-within-a-play, Kiss Me Kate. It features a score by Cole Porter, which will be performed with the original-sized Broadway orchestra. Saturday through Feb. 10. Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.
OTHER FUN EVENTS
- Localtopia: There will be a flurry of activity to St. Pete’s Williams Park. In addition to a mass of makers and merchants, there are different villages with arts, family activities and health and wellness demos at the event hosted by Keep St. Petersburg Local. New this year is the Plantopia village, with plant-based foods and personal care items. There’s a literary corner, a skate ramp, DJs and Restaurant Row, which includes craft breweries and outdoor games from Park and Rec. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 330 Second Ave. N.
- Lightning watch party on the beach: While the Tampa Bay Lightning are in New York for games against the Islanders and the Rangers, hit the beach to watch the action on a big screen. ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls will be on hand in the sand with giveaways, a DJ and games. No coolers. 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Guy Harvey Outpost: A TradeWinds Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free. $10 parking.
- Get Lit: Tampa Bay Book Fair - Meet local authors, publishers and book sellers. How cool to be able to even keep your reading local! It happens Saturday from 2-6 p.m. at Cage Brewing, 001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. wordierthanthou.com.
- St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival - The food vendors are not limited to seafood, but much of it emanates from the gulf, paired with liquid refreshments both alcoholic and non. While dining, sit back and listen to some of Florida’s top music groups in R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. Friday-Sunday.
THIS WEEK IN DRESS-UP
Paul's Landing at the Vinoy's
Funky and Fabulous Anniversary Party
Wear groovy tie dye and "party like it's 1974" at this 45th anniversary celebration with music by the Black Honkeys. There will be a costume contest and themed food including "Brown Sugar," "Funky Music," "If You Like Pina Coladas" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Friday 7-10 Free (food/drink additional).