Thursday, April 26, 2018
Features and More

North of Tampa entertainment listings for Feb. 17-23

Today

'If That's What You're Into' Exhibit Reception: Oil and acrylic paintings and ink drawings inspired by the sexual playfulness of relationships and the idolization of the celebrity by artists Sam Newton and Justin Sears are on display in the exhibit at the University of South Florida Centre Gallery, 4202 E Fowler Ave., MSC 2700, Tampa. Reception is 7 to 9 tonight. Free. (813) 974-5464. ctr.usf.edu/gallery.

USF Choir concert: 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Music Recital Hall FAH 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $8-$15. (813) 974-2311.

'The Rainmaker': During a paralyzing drought in the West, a girl's father and brothers are as worried about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 265-4000. carrollwoodplayers.com.

Spring Dance Concert: USF dance students perform at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $8-$15. (813) 974-2323

Extreme Guitar Duo: American guitarist Keith Knight and Canadian guitarist Don Alder, recent winner of the U.K. Guitar Idol competition, perform at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $20-$23. (813) 269-1310. carrollwood center.org.

Skipper's Got the Blues: The Shaun Murphy Band performs with Lazy Boy and the Rockers at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skippers smokehouse.com.

Lots of laughs: Comedian Pedro Lima performs at 8 and 10:15 tonight; 6, 8 and 10:15 Saturday night and 7 p.m. Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call or go online for prices. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Saturday

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Explore this replica of a 16th century village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Features entertainment, street theater, live armored contact jousting, human chess matches and arts, crafts and other vendors, plus beer, wine and medieval music. $15.95 advance, $7.95 ages 5-12 advance; $18.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $10.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $10 per pet (pet registration form required for entry). (813) 983-0111. www.bayarea renaissancefest.com.

Rockabilly Ruckus: WMNF-FM 88.5 presents a rockabilly fest at 4 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Performances by musicians Morgan Bernard, the Rockabilly Chicks, Hot Rod Hornets, the Ted Stevens Band, Twisty Chris and the Puddin' Packs, Rocket 88, Amy LaVere, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys and Lee Rocker. $20-$25. (813) 238-8001. skipperssmokehouse.com.

Spring Classical Music Series: Pianist Franz Mantini performs the music of Mozart, Schubert and Granados at 7 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $14-$20. (813) 269-1310. carrollwood center.org.

Sunday

Voices of the Children benefit concert: FunkN 8 performs at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Proceeds benefit Voices for Children of Hillsborough County, an organization that provides support and funding for the Guardian ad Litem Program of the 13th Circuit Court in Hillsborough County. $10 suggested minimum donation. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skippers smokehouse.com.

Folk concert: 3 p.m. in the UU Dome at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. Ronny Cox performs with Karen Mal and Radoslav Lorkovic. $20. (813) 988-8188. uutampa.org.

Thursday

British International Theatre Program: Filter Theatre fuses sound, movement and video in a performance at 8 p.m. at the University of South Florida Theater 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $8-$15. (813) 974-3867.

'An Evening with C.S. Lewis': David Payne plays the part of the British author in a performance at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $21-$25. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.

Cledus T. Judd: Judd, sometimes called the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music, performs parodies of country songs at 8:30 p.m. at Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call or go online for prices. (813) 960-1197. side splitterscomedy.com.

Cult Movie Mania.com Screaming Cinema Series: See the B-movie Dear God No! at 9:30 p.m. at the Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. The movie is described as biker-horror-sexploitation. $8. (813) 963-0578. cultmoviemania.com.

Comments
Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya, Mexico

Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya, Mexico

A trip to the Caribbean conjures up visions of swaying palms and a watercolor palette of blues, greens and shades in between. Just 10 minutes or so from the port of Costa Maya, Mexico, a fixture on most western Caribbean cruise itineraries, lies an i...
Published: 04/26/18
Bar review: Danny’s Sports Pub in Palm Harbor

Bar review: Danny’s Sports Pub in Palm Harbor

Every town has that institution, the reliable neighborhood dive: enduring for decades, with the nicotine stains and scuffed furniture to prove it. The appeal of these places is that they never really change; they’re largely the same as they were in t...
Published: 04/26/18
Local craft beer of the week: Skaterboarders, drink up this After Sesh Lager from Cigar City

Local craft beer of the week: Skaterboarders, drink up this After Sesh Lager from Cigar City

Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing has been in the collaboration game longer than most, working with breweries across the world, as well as musicians, artists and local businesses to produce a growing list of partnered brews, most of which are one-time relea...
Published: 04/26/18
Why does Yelp think Asian restaurants serve cat and dog meat?

Why does Yelp think Asian restaurants serve cat and dog meat?

A strange thing happened when typing "dog menu" into the restaurant ratings website and app Yelp. It automatically generated suggested searches. There were dog massage, hot dogs, pet groomers. Also: "dog meat." But it got more disturbing. Take Yelp...
Published: 04/25/18
Updated: 04/26/18
Jobsite Theater wants to challenge audiences with an adaptation of ‘1984’

Jobsite Theater wants to challenge audiences with an adaptation of ‘1984’

TAMPANow is as good a time as any, since there is no great time to take a deep dark look into the apocalypse of humanity.But history rewards those brave enough to try, from Nostradamus to George Orwell, who are looking more and more like the same bre...
Published: 04/25/18
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is stunningly dark, but it’s still wildly entertaining

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is stunningly dark, but it’s still wildly entertaining

What does Thanos want?That question lies at the heart of Avengers: Infinity War, the at-once dark, maddeningly open-ended yet fiercely entertaining new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which pits the titular global do-gooders — still s...
Published: 04/25/18
Performances, songwriting get ‘Waitress’ from serviceable to filling — plus, there’s actually pie

Performances, songwriting get ‘Waitress’ from serviceable to filling — plus, there’s actually pie

TAMPA — A lonely and changeable sky illuminates the top of the stage through most of Waitress, running this week at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The neon lettering of Joe’s Diner reflects days and nights that don...
Published: 04/25/18
Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s opens first Tampa restaurant, Nebraska Mini-Mart grab-and-go coming soon

Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s opens first Tampa restaurant, Nebraska Mini-Mart grab-and-go coming soon

NOW OPEN: TEX-MEX CHAIN CHUY’SThe Austin, Texas-based Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s opened its first Tampa restaurant on Tuesday, giving away free Chuy’s for two for a year to the first 50 customers. I know, we missed it, it’s a bummer, but we can still visit...
Published: 04/25/18
We tried the new restaurants at Tampa International Airport, and we're full

We tried the new restaurants at Tampa International Airport, and we're full

When Tampa International Airport debuted in 1971, each terminal had a newsstand and a snack bar, called something kicky like Snack Bar.
Published: 04/25/18
Jobsite cues up ‘1984,’ ‘50 Shades’ parody’s Danielle Trzcinski premieres ‘Little Black Dress’

Jobsite cues up ‘1984,’ ‘50 Shades’ parody’s Danielle Trzcinski premieres ‘Little Black Dress’

MINISTRY OF JOBSITE: 1984When selecting an adaptation for George Orwell’s 1984 (there have been a few of them), Jobsite Theater had to strike the most controversial one off the list. That version by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan ran for 125 perfor...
Published: 04/25/18