Plan your weekend July 6-8: Chris Brown, YouTube stars Dan and Phil, steampunk fan festival, Cinderella, Etsy Craft Party

Published July 6 2018
Updated July 6 2018


Concerts of note: For music fans this weekend, Chris Brown is in town at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($39.99 and at with openers 6lack, H.E.R. and Rich the Kid. Synth pop band Erasure (Always, Chains of Love) performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater ($39.50 at Prog rock and emo, together at last? Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($29.50 and up at

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Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts: YouTube comedy stars Daniel Howell and Phil Lester rode the social media wave to their own show on BBC Radio, a No. 1 bestselling book (2015’s The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire) and a world tour with their new theatrical stage show Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts. It’s loaded with off-the-wall sketches and audience interaction. Before you see the Internet nerds engaging in rants, roasts and other surprises, you can go to and submit pictures and answer survey questions that will be used in the show. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37.50-$156.50. (727) 791-7400.



Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: The national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes with flamboyant colors, ebullient music and lavish costumes. Tatyana Lubov, a daughter of two musicians in Cottage Grove, Wis., plays the title role. Louis Griffin, who has performed in Legally Blonde, Forever Plaid and Les Miserables, plays the prince. Runs today through Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $38 and up. (813) 229-7827. For show times, go to



Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann: This is the last week to catch this blockbuster exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum before it closes on July 15. The daring plot to kidnap the notorious Nazi from Argentina and smuggle him back to Israel for a trial televised around the world is the stuff of legend. A movie, also called Operation Finale, is coming out in September starring Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac and Oscar winner Ben Kingsley as Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the logistics to transport millions of Jews to concentration camps. The exhibit details the discovery of Eichmann and the mission and ultimately ends in a re-enactment of the first televised war crimes trial. Video montages put you in the 1961 courtroom with a replica of the actual bulletproof box Eichmann sat in. To mark the end of the exhibit’s visit, the museum will have free admission July 12. Regular admission is $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17, military/students, 6 and younger free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.



Aethertopia: Fans of Steampunk, the pop culture nichet hat uses imaginative ways to combine Victorian-era fashion, fantasy genres and industrial style, finally get their own convention in Aethertopia at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend. Aethertopia creator Anthony Sakovich who goes by the cosplay name Lord Puddleton, said the story line will be "a city of artisans and makers who have transported across time" and are landing in Tampa this weekend. The focus on makers is big, with a People’s Choice contest for the fabulous hats, props and storytellers in each district as well as a judged contest of artwork, clothing, writing and gear. There will be a daily "costume pageant," as well as games like teapot racing and parasol dueling. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $39-$105, $15-35 children 3-12; younger free at



Etsy Craft Party: For fans of Etsy, the online marketplace for makers, artists and vintage sellers, clever crafts and bargains have been wracking up sales for 13 years. So many Etsy sellers are from the Tampa Bay area, that there are enough to warrant an Etsy Craft Party that fills the St. Petersburg Coliseum each year. The event presented by the Tampa Bay Etsy Crew returns this Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to the many, and I mean many, fabulous vendors, there will be demonstrations and make-and-take projects, as well as a raffle benefiting Friends of Strays Animal Shelter. It’s free to attend. 535 Fourth Ave. N.



Museum bargains: With the addition of two Tampa Bay museums this year, we have even more opportunities to experience a broad range of incredible artwork. And what better way to spend a sweltering summer day than in the refuge of culture and air conditioning? But visiting every exhibition that piques your interest could get awfully expensive. We have rounded up the many deals and special days where you can visit most museums for $10 or less. Such as, the Dalí Museum is $10 from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is $5 from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and the Tampa Museum of Art offers pay-as-you-can admission from 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and Fourth Friday.

FIND OUT MORE: Read here where we show you how to get into 14 Tampa Bay museums for $10 or less.



Clearwater Threshers: Hot dogs and hip-hop? You can have a cheap dinner and see some future Rays in action when the Clearwater Threshers play Tampa Bay’s Florida State League team, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, on Friday (6:15 p.m.), which is 25-cent hot dog night. The first 1,000 fans also get a free neon Threshers cap. On Saturday night, stick around after the 6:15 game to see if you can still Bust a Move with a concert by old-school hip-hop acts Rob Base and Young MC. It Takes Two, after all. At Sunday afternoon’s game (1 p.m.), your pup can join you at the park for $6 as part of the Threshers’ Dog Days of Summer promotion during every Sunday home game. $6-$10. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457.


Family fun

Dunedin Orange Festival: This old-fashioned festival celebrates the fruit that made Florida famous with local food vendors, live music, a beer brew-off contest, fun zone, free orange juice samples and craft beer and wine for sale. Benefits the Dunedin Historical Museum and the Dunedin Chamber Foundation. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Edgewater Park, 51 Main St., Dunedin. Free, $20 beer brew-off. (727) 736-1176.MORE THINGS TO DO

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