Plan your weekend
Ribfest Do you go to Ribfest for the award-winning ribs by some of the best barbecue teams in the nation? Or do you go for the live music? On Friday night, sticky-fingered attendees can see Jonny Lang, the baby-faced electric blues man with the weathered growl, and Buddy Guy (8:30 p.m.). But the biggest story here might just be Saturday's headliner Heart (8 p.m.), of Barracuda and Crazy on You fame. They perform with special guest Shawn Colvin. Sunday is country with genre-crossing Georgia boy Colt Ford (3:30 p.m.) and Montgomery Gentry (6 p.m.) closing things out.
Weezer The loveable wiseguys of pleasantly-awkward pop-rock arrives at the Mahaffey Theater Friday before starting on full-album tour dates. They'll perform an array of hits, like the lean, mean My Name Is Jonas. They perform with Ash at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$99. (727) 892-5767.
Cheech & Chong's Joint Venture The duo, now 66 and 74, is likely to pull out classic bits like Dave, Earache My Eye and Sister Mary Elephant. Saturday night at 8 p.m., their tour drops into the Straz to see what condition our conditions are in. The show is suggested for mature audiences and immature stoners. Tickets are $34-$54.50, available at the box office and strazcenter.org.
Champions Challenge Tennis legends John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander compete in the Champions Challenge, part of the PowerShares Series Tour, a 12-stop, seven-week tour of past greats. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $45-$250. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.
Holiday Gift Market The Junior League of Tampa heads up a big weekend for bargain hunters and the passionate arts-and-crafts crowd with its annual Holiday Gift Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. More than 140 merchants from Tampa Bay and around the nation will be on hand. Special events include Breakfast with Santa, celebrity chef demos and a Man Cave. It runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. The cost is $8 at the door, $6 for parking.
Circuit of cirques Though it had some bumps because of a lack of insurance, Cirque Italia, a European-style, big-top circus, has resumed its scheduled run through Dec. 2 at MOSI ($25-$40 for adults, $10-$35 for children 2 to 12; mosi.org). But the big name in the cirque circuit — Cirque du Soleil's Kooza — opens this weekend and runs through Dec. 9 under the Grand Chapiteau in the parking lot of Tropicana Field, St. Pete. Tickets are $43.50-$143.50 for adults, $33-$104.50 for children 2-12. For info, see cirquedusoleil.com.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]