Friday's TipSheet

Five for your radar: Free music, movies and art; old-time tunes; tornado chasers are in town; and Tampa's changing of the guard

Get the weekend started on a mellow note by checking out free after-work events on both sides of the bay. In downtown Tampa, you can see the Degas exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art free from 4-8 p.m., then take in a free concert at Curtis Hixon Park next door by the group O Som do Jazz. If you're in St. Petersburg, it's time for Get Downtown again, which should be lively thanks to the Rays' opening night game against the Orioles right up the street. The game is an official sellout.

If you're interested in folk music, Americana singer Grant Peeples is in concert at the Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg to promote his new release, Okra and Ecclesiastes.

If what you're really in the mood for is a free movie in an outdoor setting, there are two being offered. At the Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach you can catch the silly Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. And at Dunedin's Pioneer Park, you can see the classic Casablanca. (You might want to opt for lawn chairs over blankets for these, though, after all that rain.)

Talk about uncanny timing. MOSI is hosting the scientists behind the new documentary Tornado Alley, which will show on Saturday at the museum. You can also get an up-close look at the vehicles they use to chase tornadoes as they try to get inside the swirling vortexes of doom. There is a meet-and-greet at 11 a.m. Saturday. Here's a trailer of the doc.

Tampa residents get a new mayor and new City Council members. The swearing in takes place at 2 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center. The oath of office ceremony is free and open to the public, though there is a $2 charge to park in the convention center garage.

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Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect that the Old Time Music Festival at the Sertoma Youth Ranch has been canceled this weekend.

Five for your radar: Free music, movies and art; old-time tunes; tornado chasers are in town; and Tampa's changing of the guard 03/31/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 1:55pm]

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