This week's list is sponsored by the glorious weather we've been having lately. It's like the flip side of spring fever, as we sweaty Floridians relish this first blast of cool, dehumidified air. So pack a picnic basket, and maybe even a light sweater, and enjoy these free and cheap things to do outside this week. Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer
1Clearwater Jazz Holiday m
This iconic four-day festival is as popular for the waterfront setting in Clearwater's Coachman Park as for the cool jazz. Plus, it's free. No pets. (727) 461-5200. Here's the lineup:
Tonight (gates 4:30 p.m.): The headliner is Dr. John & the Lower 911 (8:30 p.m.). A staple in New Orleans, Dr. John (a.k.a. Mac Rebennack, pictured) established his blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris. Ask anybody who has been to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — Dr. John is not to be missed. Earlier is Jarred Armstrong (5 p.m.) and Little Feat (6:30 p.m.).
Friday (gates 4 p.m.): The Organic Trio (5 p.m.), Kyle Wolverton (7 p.m.) and Norman Brown's Storming Jazz with Brenda Russell & Jessy J (9 p.m.).
Saturday (gates 2 p.m.): O Som Do Jazz & Helios Jazz Orchestra (2:30 p.m.), Sean Chambers & Friends (4:30 p.m.), Level 10 (6 p.m.), Tizer featuring Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci & Karen Briggs (7:30 p.m.) and Soulive (9:15 p.m.). Bonus: Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.
Sunday (gates at 2 p.m.): REH/CJH Youth Jazz Band with Tampa's own famed saxophonist Eric Darius (2:30 p.m., pictured), Mark Barrios (4 p.m.), Jonathan Fritzen (6 p.m.) and more Darius featuring Lalah Hathaway (8 p.m.).
2 Movies in the park . We have some really good ones this week. There are two 1939 classics: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with Jimmy Stewart, is today in North Straub Park, St. Petersburg. (Environmental troubadour Dale Crider performs at 6 p.m. before the movie.) Then it's the The Wizard of Oz, which very well may turn into a sing-along Friday at Pioneer Park in Dunedin. How to Train Your Dragon is presented by Tampa Theatre on Saturday at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. This isn't exactly in the park, but you can also see movies outside at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. Friday is PG-rated Beetlejuice and Saturday is How to Train Your Dragon. All of these movies are free and start around dark.
3Music in the Park Combine the humor of Benny Hill and the music of the mod British invasion and you get the Shaguars at Seminole City Park on Friday starting at 7 p.m. Park yourself on the cool grass at 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited, but dogs and kids are welcome. Free.
4Pops in the Park m Stuart Malina conducts the Florida Orchestra in two free concerts, and he'll be joined onstage by a pair of soloists from Opera Tampa. Jacqueline Shoda-Iwasaki will sing Musetta's Waltz from Puccini's La Boheme, and Ian O'Brien will sing the aria De' miei bollenti spiriti from Verdi's La Traviata. The program will also include music from Carmen, South Pacific and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, light classics by Brahms, Dvorak and Offenbach, and a salute to the armed forces. Concerts are Friday at River Tower Park in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa and Saturday at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, both at 7 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest. Information: (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286. A preconcert performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at Vinoy Park will feature two finalists from the VSA Florida Young Soloists Competition: Orange County viola player Caroline Senko, 14, who has auditory and visual dyslexia; and Matthew Oliver, 18, a blind pianist from Winter Haven.
5Autumn Harvest . How about a little Tom Sawyer-esque kind of outing? The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement next to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, is going for old-fashioned fall fun with a farmers market, hayrides, a hay maze, bobbing for apples, sack races, a pumpkin-carving contest and tours of the general store, print shop, sawmill and blacksmith shop. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; 50 cents for games, $1 for hayrides and maze.