Date night

  1. Next Generation Ballet brings 'Summer Fantasy' to the Straz

    Stage

    Want to give ballet a twirl? Check out the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet on Friday when it presents Summer Fantasy, featuring more than 200 ballet students from around the world led by siblings Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet. The dancers, chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 …

    Jeffrey Cirio and Hannah Beach practice Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Fantasy, which opens Friday at the Straz with more than 200 dancers.
  2. Exhibit shows off works of one teacher's nine student artists

    Visual Arts

    Student works

    Rose Marie Prins is a much-admired professional artist and it's no surprise that she's also a good teacher. Paintings by nine of her students at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg are on view at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, …

    detail of a painting of an artichoke by Colette Bancroft at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus.
credit: Gallery 221
  3. Nuance Galleries opens show of 15 Cuban artists

    Visual Arts

    In 2013, Robert Rowen of Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, purchased a collection of several hundred works by 20th century Cuban artists. The art had previously been lent by a collector to the Meridian International Center, which works with the State Department on cultural exchanges and traveling …

    This painting by Alfredo Cecilio Rodríguez Cedeno is a landscape with surrealist influences.
  4. SoundCheck: Johnnyswim among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Johnnyswim

    Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20. (813) 229-7827.

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  5. Nitally's super spicy soup to be featured on Travel Channel show

    Events

    Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine in St. Petersburg, infamous for its super spicy Inferno Soup, will be featured in the Aug. 5 episode of the Travel Channel show Food Paradise. The show is like a culinary documentary. Each week it follows a theme, like the best breakfast, and finds restaurants all over the country that …

    The monster bowl of soup that must be finished by customers at Nitally's that take the Inferno Soup challenge. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  6. Catch off-color laughs at Jobsite's 'A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments'

    Stage

    The funniest stuff is usually the stuff you know you shouldn't be laughing at. That's the promise of April Bender's collection of comic scenes called A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments, the latest side project from Jobsite Theater. Topics including hot dogs, boobs, drunken conversations, cat …

    A Night of Inappro-priately Funny Moments will feature a range of topics from hot dogs to phone sex. Tickets are $5 at the door, or free for Jobsite season ticket holders.
  7. Rays give out Hulk-like Balfour figure for Comic Con night July 25

    Kids

    The Tampa Bay Rays are hosting their first salute to Tampa Bay Comic Con on Friday, and with a special ticket package you can have a figurine of Grant Balfour raging like the Hulk, splitting the seams on his baseball uniform. The 7:10 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox features special Press Level tickets and the …

  8. Plan your weekend July 18-20

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    American Idol Live The original stateside reality-television singing competition takes its turn as American Idol Live brings Season 13 finalists to get up close and personal with fans. Sam Woolf, Jessica Meuse, C.J. Harris, and more will be there, and so will winner Caleb …

  9. SoundCheck: American Idol Live, the Fray, Aaron Lewis among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    American Idol Live

    With C.J. Harris, Sam Woolf, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson

    American Idol champ Caleb Johnson and show finalists perform Friday.
  10. Free Cool Art Show brings media mix to St. Petersburg's Coliseum

    Visual Arts

    Outdoor art shows go on hiatus in these parts for good reason. It. Is. Hot. But the Cool Art Show is celebrating its 26th year Saturday and Sunday because it beats the heat by going inside to the air-conditioned Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The show, organized by the Professional Association of …