Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Features and More

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 1

Gecko Fest: This whimsical family street festival celebrates Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. Street party guests include the o-Fish-al Gecko Goddess and the Gecko Governor with exotic roving character and street performers. There's also live music on two main stages and the famous Street Dance at 8 p.m. It starts at 10 a.m. along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Free. (727) 322-5217.

Old Skool Labor Day Weekend: This year's beachfront Labor Day Weekend celebration features music today by Flats, the Untouchables, Kid n Play and C&C Music Factory (Saturday). It starts at 1 p.m. and continues until 3 a.m. at Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. Ranges from free to $20. (727) 441-6875.

Bill Maher: The Emmy-nominated host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher comes to Clearwater for some candid stand-up comedy one day after the Republican National Convention in Tampa. We think he'll have plenty of fresh material. See him at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50, $65 and $89. (727) 791-7400.

Back to School Music Bash: Laid-back alt-rockers Sublime with Rome perform with Matisyahu, Cypress Hill, the Dirty Heads and Pepper at noon at England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $27. (954) 536-9084 .

Date night

Cabaret: Freefall Theatre opens its 2012-2013 season with an encore of the classic that had a popular run earlier this summer. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, the story focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Club and cabaret performer Sally Bowles. It's at 2 and 8 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $39-$46. (727) 498-5205.

To watch

Saving Hope, 9 p.m., NBC The peacock has to get rid of episodes of this show somehow, so might as well be tonight.

More to explore

Find restaurant news and reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Comments
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...
Updated: 5 hours ago
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...
Updated: 6 hours ago
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...
Updated: 6 hours ago
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...
Updated: 9 hours ago
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
My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

This week I wrote about something with which I have become very familiar: the ketogenic diet. If you’re like, "Huh?" you are where I was three months ago, before my husband, Phil, embarked on the weight-loss regimen. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

TAMPA — The virtues of Dancing at Lughnasa, with which Jobsite Theater closes its season, are many. This drama by the celebrated Brian Friel opened in 1990 to much acclaim. It captures a family’s joys and sadnesses, and the quickness with which one s...
Published: 06/19/18
A perfect pick for dessert

A perfect pick for dessert

America’s Test KitchenIt might seem impossible to improve on a perfect peach, but we decided to try. We wanted a simple, warm dessert that amplified the peaches’ flavor. To achieve tender, flavorful peaches with a lightly sweet glaze, we began by tos...
Published: 06/19/18
Everything you need to know about marinating meat

Everything you need to know about marinating meat

For a lot of home cooks, marinating meat is almost as automatic as cooking the meat itself. Douse the meat in some kind of flavored liquid, pop it in the refrigerator overnight and cook it the next day.Seems straightforward enough, but there are reas...
Published: 06/19/18
Restaurant review: Chile Verde is serving up very solid tacos in an unlikely spot

Restaurant review: Chile Verde is serving up very solid tacos in an unlikely spot

ST. PETERSBURGThere are a lot of decommissioned gas stations across the country. Some have been reinvented, cleverly made over as upscale restaurants. There’s Big Star in Chicago, Elaia & Olio in St. Louis, Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Va., even Bi...
Published: 06/18/18