Thursday, June 21, 2018
Events

Plan your weekend June 8-10: Lari White remembered, ZooTampa attraction, Risk Live podcast, Sound of Music, Ink Mania

Attractions

Roaring Springs opens: On Saturday, ZooTampa at Lowry Park opens the gates on its biggest expansion in 10 years. Roaring Springs, a ride and realm set up like an Old Florida town, features a new water raft ride and a food stand selling more sophisticated food such (conch fritters, fish tacos, bourbon iced tea served with sprigs of mint). The ride is made for families, so it’s not very big or scary. But it does make a dramatic splash as the raft makes a three-story plunge that pushes out a shower of water. The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. daily and the ride is included with admission. $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. The Zooper Pass gives you unlimited admission for the rest of the year for the cost of one-day admission. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. Zootampa.org.

 

Broadway

The Sound of Music: The musical directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien last came through town in 2015. O’Brien’s vision heightens the tension of pre-war Austria, like when three huge Nazi banners drop from the top of the curtain at the concert hall scene. We still get My Favorite Things and Edelweiss, but it’s also dealing with a very dark force. It runs through Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

 

In memoriam

Lari White celebration: The country singer (That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)) and actor (from the final scene in Cast Away) will receive a memorial celebration from her hometown of Dunedin on Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. with the dedication of the Lari White Music Pavilion along the Pinellas Trail, between Main and Scotland streets. Afterward, the Dunedin History Museum, 349 Main St., will open a new exhibit of photos and memorabilia from her career. That will be followed by an evening of food, drinks and music at Blur, 325 Main St. For details, search for "Lari White celebration" on Facebook.

 

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Storytelling

Risk Live: For the storytelling podcast Risk, people have told tales of accidentally discovering their mother’s heroin addiction or confronting their rapist years later at a BDSM club. Or they’ve told embarrassing stories of soiling their pants during a date or a comically bad audition for a TV commercial. These are just some of "true tales boldly told" that Kevin Allison a member of MTV comedy show The State, encourages people to share, and Risk Live is coming to Ybor City. 8-11 p.m. Friday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (828) 773-9481. $20.

 

Film talk

The Blind Side: All summer long, Tampa Theatre is showing classic Hollywood movies and Sunday features not only a screening of 2009’s The Blind Side, but also actor Quinton Aaron, who played Big Mike in the film. He sticks around for a Q&A on the film, based on the true story of NFL player Michael Oher’s life and adapted from a book by Michael Lewis. Proceeds benefit the Quinton Aaron Foundation to prevent bullying. 3 p.m. Sunday. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $7 members. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

 

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Party

Beers on the Pier: Or rather, near where the Pier will be? Explore the city of St. Petersburg’s heritage at this fundraiser for the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Beers on the Pier as you sample more than 70 beers from 24 American breweries throughout the museum galleries of the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Plus, as if that’s not enough, there’s live music and a mummy. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $35 advance, $45 day of. Proceeds benefit the museum. 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1052. spmoh.com.

 

Baseball

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays’ Pride Night has always stood out for the Rays’ support of the local LGBTQ community, such as when the night raised more than $300,000 in 2016 for the Pulse Victims Fund. Show your support — and your pride — Friday when the Rays play the Mariners at 7:10 p.m. Get a lower-level ticket and a Pride hat for $30. A portion of the proceeds benefits area LGBTQ nonprofits (use promo code Pride4.) It’s also 7-Eleven Friday, and fans can purchase an upper-level seat for $7.11. Upgrade to a lower-level ticket for an additional $7. Also this week: All fans get a free Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez bobblehead for Saturday’s 4:10 p.m. game; and Sunday’s 1 p.m. game is Family Fun Day. Cars with four or more people get free parking and there are special events for kids during the game. Ages 14 and younger get a free boogie board. raysbaseball.com.

 

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Soccer

Tampa Bay Rowdies: Get your kick on and get pumped for the World Cup by seeing our USL team in person on the St. Pete waterfront vs. Nashville SC. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $23.50-$80, $11 student/military. (727) 222-2000.

 

Tattoo art

Ink Mania: The tattoo and art convention returns to the Coliseum in St. Petersburg this weekend. You can get inked by award-winning tattoo artists from around the world, get a body piercing, attend seminars and enter a tattoo contest. There’s also a bike show, graffiti wall and a dance competition. An art auction benefits Miracle 4 Michael, which assists single parents of disabled children. 2-11 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25, $60 three days. (813) 310-3877. inkmaniaexpo.com.

 

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