Top events this weekend: Rascal Flatts, #MomTruths comedy, Metrocon, swimsuit bar crawl

LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Estefania Vargas (left), 20, is seen dressed as Braixen from Pokemon during the Metrocon anime convention at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Estefania Vargas (left), 20, is seen dressed as Braixen from Pokemon during the Metrocon anime convention at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Published July 19

Music

Concerts: Country band Rascal Flatts boot scoots through Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday ($21-$85.75). Saturday, rock-reggae-hip-hop fusion band Slightly Stoopid perform at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg ($25-$40.98), while legendary rockers Chicago and Reo Speedwagon co-headline at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($29.50-$129.50).

Comedy

The Fun Show with Cat and Nat: Best known for their viral #MomTruths videos and very funny weekly Facebook Live shows, Cat and Nat take the stage Sunday for the Fun Show at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. With seven kids between them, the duo are notorious for talking about the things moms are thinking but never saying, like "Children to their mother are as close as it would be to have an actual stalker." 7 p.m. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50-$49.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

BeerFest

Hop Gun: Tampa Theatre’s annual movie-themed fundraiser, BeerFest, has produced parties with tongue-in-cheek themes like Barley’s Angels, the Brews Brothers and Hoppy Gilmore. This year it’s "Hop Gun," and partygoers are encouraged to dress up in the Top Gun theme. You’ll hear lots of cries of "I feel the need … the need for mead." It will be a Mach 2 evening of craft beers and local brewers, plus snacks and samples from local restaurants, including Ava, Roux and Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe. Though the theme may be silly, funds benefit the ongoing preservation and educational programs at the historic movie palace. A limited-capacity premium sampling begins at 7 p.m. Saturday ($65-$70), and the "grand sampling" begins at 8. ($40-$45). 711 Franklin St., Tampa. tampatheatre.org.

Party

Swimsuit bar crawl: With the heat getting more relentless as summer yawns on, a bar crawl could be miserable. So on Saturday Ybor City is cooling things off with a bar crawl called Sun, Swimsuits and Suds. Put on your swimsuit and check in at Crowbar at 1:30 p.m. The crawl will hit Ybor area pubs and restaurants with water fun along the way, including squirt guns, kiddie pools and splash zones. An after-party back at Crowbar at 6:30 p.m. will have a summer-themed costume contest and music by the Bangarang Band and Rising Down. 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $25-$30 (includes free drink, towel and swag), $10 after-party only. (813) 482-2312. eventbrite.com.

Anime

Metrocon: The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. But the event covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by anime, from video games to pop music to games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh. There will also be a human anime chess match, a fire show along the Riverwalk and loads of panels. Voice actors scheduled to appear include J Michael Tatum (Samurai 7), Jamie Marchi (Borderlands 2, Smite) and Jason Marsden (Hocus Pocus, Lion King 2). It opens Thursday at noon and runs through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $30-$40 single-day pass. metroconventions.com.

Runway

Trashion Fashion: The ability to look at a soda can tab and see the potential for haute couture is an art. That artistic vision will be celebrated Saturday at ArtPool Gallery’s Trashion Fashion show. This year’s show should be a blockbuster, as more than 30 designers transform unusual materials into wildly imaginative head-to-toe looks that they’ll dress more than 40 models in. The runway starts at 10 p.m., but doors open at 8 p.m., giving you plenty of time to shop the gallery’s funky finds. A post-runway show party rages on until midnight. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20, $45 for a seat next to the runway, $10 youths 10-18. artpoolgallery.com.

Film

Silent movie: As part of its Summer Classic Movie Series, the historic Tampa Theatre goes back to its roots to feature the 1923 silent film Safety Last, accompanied by music performed on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Silent-film comedy genius Harold Lloyd hanging from a skyscraper by the hands of a giant clock remains one of the most iconic images of American cinema. For this screening, nationally renowned theater organist Steven Ball, who scored and played last summer’s sold-out screening of Metropolis, will be on the keyboards. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $7 members. (813) 274-8982.

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