Buy it by the beach
The masses headed to the beach this Memorial Day weekend might take a break from the sun and sand at the first Wearable Art Show & Sale near Madeira Beach. About 30 vendors will sell clothing, jewelry and accessories handcrafted with recycled items. Look for purses made from plastic grocery bags and corsets made from soda can tabs. The sale runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 15004 Madeira Way, across the street from the beach near Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue. Admission is free. Call (727) 322-5217 or go to SIKPromotions.com.
"Untitled" Art Exhibit This exhibit showcases artists from the 26 year-old gallery and features oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as photography and sculpture. Free. 10 to 5 a.m. Friday, Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 831- 3753.
5.25 Five Tampa Bay artists will be at Cafe Hey with 25 pieces of art for sale for $25. Free admission. 7 p.m. Saturday. Cafe Hey, 1540 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 892-7525.
SoStudio Tour This roving studio tour features the artwork and studio spaces of artists in Gulfport and St. Petersburg, plus a collection of artists and their work exhibited at several other locations in the neighborhood. Includes refreshments at all art venues. 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10. The Longhouse, 2309 49th St. S, Gulfport. (727) 322-5766.
Feelin' all 'Rite'
In the symphonic repertoire, it doesn't get much more exciting than the Rite of Spring, Stravinsky's ballet music that started a riot when it was first heard (and seen in Nijinsky's scandalous choreography for the Ballets Russes) on May 29, 1913, in Paris. With 99 musicians on stage, an orchestra performance of the work can still be thrilling, and guest conductor Tito Muñoz and the Florida Orchestra take on its complex harmonies and rhythms this weekend. It's both a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of the Rite and the finale of the orchestra's 2013-14 season. Muñoz and his players follow a French theme with two other works premiered in Paris: Messiaen's Les Offrandes Oubliees (The Forgotten Offerings) and Debussy's La Mer. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, and at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $15-$45, with $10 tickets for students, educators, military. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.
7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England Dean Wreen's university is in dire financial straits, so she is faced with having to close the on-campus natural history museum at the same time her ex-girlfriend comes back to town in this "academic sex comedy." Preview performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday; opens May 29 and runs through June 30. $29-$49; $59 Opening Night includes pre-performance reception. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
Fighting God Two brothers who witness their mother's tragic death as children are forced to come face to face with the thing that took their innocence. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. $20. Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St., Ybor City. rqlproductions.com.
American Stage in the Park: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Pack a picnic and sit on the grass for this Tony Award-winning musical about a group of overachievers competing in a spelling championship. Through Sunday. American Stage's annual play in the park takes place outdoors in Demens Landing. Reserved seats are available for purchase. Each night, select audience members will be picked to take part in this production. $13-$35. Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.
Behind the Gates When 17-year-old Bethany disappears while on a school trip to Israel, her parents feverishly search for her throughout Jerusalem. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $28, previews $10. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.
Brighton Beach Memoirs A teenager who dreams of being a writer copes with living in a tension-filled household by making keen observations with a cutting wit. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $14. James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St., Valrico. (813) 643-8292. thevillageplayersvalrico.com.
John and Jen In this musical, Jen and her younger brother John's family is divided over the war in Vietnam. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $39-$46. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
Lend Me A Tenor The players present Ken Ludwig's farce filled with mixups, mayhem and mistaken identities. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through June 8. $18; $15 seniors. Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000. carrollwoodplayers.org.
Pippin This musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger Hirson is a hip, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale. $26 adults, $13 for students with ID. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360. franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Better off with Ted
New York comedian Ted Alexandro has appeared everywhere from Dr. Katz to Louie, with spots on just about every late-night talk show you can name. Check him out at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. $18-$20. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Jeff Dye The Last Comic Standing grad and host of MTV's Numbnuts and Money From Strangers performs. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$14. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Mike Rivera The teacher at Osceola Middle School was recently named by The View "The Funniest Teacher Alive." 9:30 p.m. Friday- Saturday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.
Al Lubel This lawyer-turned-comedian is also a regular on The Late Show with David Letterman. $18. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.
Gerald Kelly The comedian has appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central's Showtime at the Apollo, BET's Comicview and more. 9:30 p.m. Sunday. $10. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.