Sunday in the park with Pam
Join Mayor Pam Iorio and Tampa leaders for the grand opening of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and a new segment of the Riverwalk at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 600 N Ashley Drive. The ceremony, with live entertainment and kids' activities, begins at 2 p.m. Free parking at the William F. Poe Garage, 800 N Ashley Drive. (813) 274-8615.
It's fight night in Tampa
Tampa fight fans will dress to the nines for Professional Boxing at the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. in Tampa. Local cruiserweight Nick "The Showstopper" Iannuzzi will fight Orlando's Rommel Rene, and Sarasota light-heavyweight Adam Jaco will take on Marcus "The Barber" Hall of Savannah, Ga. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the first bell sounds at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$100 through Ticketmaster. onepunch.net.
Bookworms, dig in
It's easy to lure writers to Florida in January, and Eckerd College's Writers in Paradise conference always draws a good collection. Those of us who didn't sign up for the seminars can still benefit from the free readings by popular authors. On Friday, it's Michael Koryta (Envy the Night) and Laura Lippman (creator of the Tess Monaghan series) and on Saturday, Eckerd alum and Hollywood favorite Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) will wrap things up. Readings begin at 8 p.m., followed by author signings in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd in St. Pete. Free. writersinparadise.eckerd.edu.
Inside Indian cinema
Channelside Cinemas in Tampa swaps Hollywood for Bollywood this weekend, when the first-ever India International Film Festival debuts. Friday's opening-night film is 7 Days in Slow Motion, the story of a boy who finds a filmmaker's lost camera and begins to chronicle events in his Hyderabad neighborhood. Showtime is 7 p.m, followed by a VIP reception at Channelside Cinemas' Dolce Vita. The festival continues through Sunday, showcasing more than 20 feature films, short films and documentaries from around the world. Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers are planned after some screenings. For details, see iifftampa.com.
Open your flappers
Think flappers, speakeasies and jazz if you're going to Bayfront On Vine — Grape Gatsby on Saturday. Two floors of gourmet food and wine, featuring top Tampa Bay restaurants and a silent auction, are a part of this annual soiree to benefit the new Bayfront Baby Place. It's at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Plaza, 603 Seventh St. S, St. Petersburg. $100 per person (main event); $150 per person (VIP reception, plus main event). (727) 893-6148.
It's a gay old time
Evgeny Afineevsky, writer and director of Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay will attend a screening of his film at Muvico Baywalk 20 in St. Pete, then host a Q&A. Part of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival series, it starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.50, $7 students. See tiglff.com.
Here come the brides
Shed that Bridezilla image at the Engaged for the Cure bridal show on Sunday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. The cancer fundraiser will have at least 40 wedding vendors showing off their wares, and attendees will be showered with gift bags, vacation drawings, cake and champagne. You can even drag along the fiance, because the event will include a "Man Cave," with games on a flat-screen TV. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m., with a full bridal-party fashion show scheduled during the last hour. Pay $7 at the door, or register online for $5 at engagedforthecure.org.
Two minutes for giving
Glitz and Sticks, the annual Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation celebrity casino night, will have dancing, entertainment, gaming and appearances by Lightning players. It benefits the Tampa General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Lightning Foundation's Annual Grant Program. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. $150 includes chips. (813) 301-6712. lightning.nhl.com/glitz.
Dabble in some arts
The Patel Conservatory makes it easier to see if you have talent worth exploring with its Try a Class for Free Week, running Saturday through Jan. 30. There's a lot to choose from: beginning guitar, hip-hop dance, ballet, acting and lots of play time for adults. See patelconservatory.org for full schedule. Patel Conservatory is part of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place in Tampa.