Plan your weekend
St. Patrick's Day With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Saturday, we will be awash in green beer, green parade floats and even the river turning green. For once, the popular Rough Riders parade in Ybor City falls on the holiday it celebrates, and more than a few bars are pulling out all the stops and creating a block party for St. Patrick's Day, such as Durty Nelly's in St. Pete. There's a new family-friendly party in Curtis Hixon Park with a green river. Now go round up your green outfits and checktampabay.com/things-to-do/ for a complete roundup.
To Kill a Mockingbird The Stageworks production opening this weekend has a homespun, community theater flavor, which is quite appropriate, given the large cast. And it has a top-level actor where it counts, in Jim Wicker's excellent, nuanced performance as the lawyer and late-in-life father, Atticus Finch. The play is 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Thursday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 1. Tickets start at $24.50. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. stageworkstheatre.org.
Food and music
Chili Blaze and Country in the Park It's hot times in Pinellas Park this weekend. Firefighters plan to turn up the heat with chili while other residents celebrate a retiring mayor during two of the city's most popular festivals: Pinellas Park Chili Blaze and Country in the Park. This will be the 13th year for the Chili Blaze. Sample wristbands are $8; admission is free 6 to 11 p.m. Friday. Country in the Park, featuring the Kentucky Headhunters, is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. For info, see pinellas-park.com.
Disco Dolls' anniversary party The Tampa fashion studio and hair salon celebrates on Friday with swing dancing and a fashion show featuring its new spring collection, Swedish Swing. The party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at 408 N Howard Ave., a few blocks north of Kennedy Boulevard. Food and drinks provided. thediscodolls.com.
Beat goes on
St. Kerouac's Night While most bars are pouring green beer on Saturday, fans of Beat poet and onetime St. Pete resident Jack Kerouac will gather at the Flamingo Bar, which legend says is where Kerouac had his last drink. Ronny Elliott leads the pack alongside Americana favorite Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Spark Notes, Dog Peter Pat, more at 8 p.m., 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 510-5474.
Pauly D As a public service, we have to inform (warn) you that a Jersey Shore denizen is in town. After a GTL treatment Saturday, take in a DJ set by well-oiled Jersey Shore housemate Pauly D. He and other DJs will spin starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 868-7600.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]