Saturday, June 23, 2018
Features and More

May the force be with you at May the fourth Star Wars parties

On Friday, "May the Fourth Be With You.''

You'll hear that famously nerdy line until it's not funny anymore at parties celebrating Star Wars Day on Friday, May 4.

The Bricks of Ybor hosts a May the Fourth Be With You party with a Chewbacca sound-a-like contest and a pinata filled with Star Wars toys. Winners of the best Rebel Alliance and Dark Side costumes will take home light sabers.

DJ Cub will play a mix of Star Wars parodies, remixes and requests starting at 10 p.m. Admission to the bar at 1327 E Seventh Ave. is free, and costumes are highly encouraged. (Look for co-organizer Marci Richter as bounty hunter Boba Fett-ish.)

Richter and Chris Spires of Drunk Camera Guy promotions created the event to play off on Star Wars Day, which this year conveniently falls on a weekend night. The Bricks liked the idea so much, they expanded it into a week of Star Wars activities, which started April 28 with an "I'd Rather Kiss a Wookiee'' art show.

The exhibit by Kick Start My Art features Star Wars-inspired works by about 30 Florida artists, from Chet Loggins' Chewy Van Gogh on canvas to Chad Chadoza's Han Shot First on skateboards. Several pieces sold on opening night but will remain on display for several weeks, along with the Darth Vader figure that stands at the door.

In St. Petersburg, Fubar holds a Death Star Dance Party on Friday with a costume contest and "enough booze to pull the pants off a Gundark!!'' Partygoers will duel with light sabers and howl like a Wookiee for prizes. Samurai Shotgun, Cold Sun and Lady-D will provide music.

The party at 658 Central Ave. runs from 9 p.m. to midnight as part of St. Pete's First Fridays. Admission is free.

The line, or a variation of, ''May the Force be with you'' appears in every Star Wars movie and has become a symbol of the epic space series, which hits its 35th anniversary this year. In 2005, the American Film Institute put it on its list of top 100 movie quotes.

Comments
Finding the fun in a family road trip

Finding the fun in a family road trip

When Matt Villano sets out on the 560-mile road trip from his home in Healdsburg, California, to San Diego in July, his game plan will be carefully crafted. When you’re traveling with three kids under age 10, you have no choice.Villano, a freelance w...
Published: 06/23/18
See Datz pastry chef Alicia Wolding on Netflix’s Sugar Rush

See Datz pastry chef Alicia Wolding on Netflix’s Sugar Rush

When Alicia Wolding joined Datz as the new executive pastry chef last year her hair was rainbow — pretty much the whole ROY G BIV spectrum in cascading tresses. More recently, it’s bright purple, somewhere between iris and lilac. This is the color yo...
Published: 06/22/18
Enjoy Israeli Couscous, Swiss Chard and Peppers warm or at room temperature

Enjoy Israeli Couscous, Swiss Chard and Peppers warm or at room temperature

By Katie WorkmanIsraeli or Mediterranean couscous are tiny balls of toasted semolina pasta that plump up when cooked into toothsome, slightly less tiny balls of pasta. They make a great base for a side or salad. You can make the couscous according to...
Published: 06/22/18
Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Last year’s St. Pete Pride went smoothly, despite some behind-the-scenes drama involving the decision to relocate the parade to the downtown waterfront, rather than the Grand Central District, where it had traditionally been held. After all, the Gran...
Published: 06/21/18
Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Piña Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Piña Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

"Hooray, it’s summer!" exclaimed no Floridians. But if it’s summer proper and not just the usual year-round weather, you might as well embrace the heat and humidity with a trip to the beach, accompanied by some suitably refreshing beers. While you’r...
Published: 06/21/18
Wine dinners, beer projects and more will wet your whistle this summer

Wine dinners, beer projects and more will wet your whistle this summer

FILIPINO FOOD: WELCOME CHISMISHave you been to the Heights Public Market at the 73,000-square-foot Armature Works yet? It’s the buzzy food market in Tampa Heights with more than a dozen vendors offering up everything from rolled ice cream to Cuban sa...
Published: 06/20/18
On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

SENDUP: MUSICAL OF MUSICALSFive composers, a talented cast, choreography by Cheryl Lee and music directed by Michael Raabe — that’s Freefall Theatre’s recipe for a laugh-filled, season-ending summer musical, appropriately titled The Musical of Musica...
Published: 06/20/18
Artists’ talks and Sharon Norwood’s definition of beauty

Artists’ talks and Sharon Norwood’s definition of beauty

MARK MAKING: DEFINING BEAUTYBlack, squiggly lines are at the center of multidisciplinary artist Sharon Norwood’s works, an exhibition of which titled "Defining Beauty" opens at Tempus Projects on Saturday. Norwood’s use of the line in a variety of me...
Published: 06/20/18
Here’s the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

Here’s the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

It started with jugs of olive oil and cans of tuna, lots of it, which my husband hauled in one day and plunked on the counter. "That’s my lunch!"That was about three months ago, and every day since there has been a new entity in our house to consider...
Published: 06/20/18
Five ideas for rainbow-themed foods to serve at your Pride party

Five ideas for rainbow-themed foods to serve at your Pride party

More than 50,000 people are estimated to attend Pride weekend in St. Petersburg, which runs Friday to Sunday. (June is LGBTQ Pride Month.) Whether you plan to march in the parade or host your own smaller gathering, we’ve selected five rainbow-themed ...
Published: 06/20/18