Top things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay: Gasp! festival, comic Jay Mohr

Published March 14 2018
Updated March 14 2018

COMEDY: Jay Mohr

Comedian Jay Mohr, who played the oily agent who fired rival Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, returns to his standup roots with shows Thursday through Saturday at the Improv at Centro Ybor. The Saturday Night Live alum has had numerous television and film credits and these days is also the host of the popular podcast, Mohr Stories, where he interviews a wide range of guests from Charlie Sheen to Anthony Bourdain to Perez Hilton. He draws more than 1 million listeners each month. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30. (813) 864-4000. For showtimes, visit

FRINGE: Gasp! 2018

The multidisciplinary performing arts festival called Gasp! at the Tampa Museum of Art returns Friday with an eclectic showcase of theater, dance, poetry, improv and visual art, with artists performing in and around the museum. Performance artist Brian Feldman, last seen squeezing oranges for 140 hours, has a spot called Four Hour Gasp he describes as "a performance that may literally take your breath away." Performances outside include a promised world premiere of a dance-theater collaboration performed on a grassy slope above the Tampa Riverwalk. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. General admission $25 advance, $30 day of. Upgrade to VIP ($55 advance, $60 day of) for complimentary drinks, appetizers and exclusive programming in a VIP room. (813) 274-8130.

PARK PLACE: Country and Chili Blaze

This is the biggest weekend of the year in Pinellas Park, bringing the Chili Blaze cookoff on Friday and a free concert and festival for Country in the Park on Saturday, both at England Brothers Bandshell Park. For $10 you can taste all the entries at the Pinellas Park Firefighters’ annual chili cook-off with live entertainment, children’s activities, beer and fireworks. Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6-11 p.m. Friday. At the annual Country in the Park festival and trade show, Grammy-winning country band Diamond Rio (Meet in the Middle, One More Day) performs a free show at 8 p.m. There will also be monster truck rides, a video game truck, arts and crafts show, car show, tree and plant sale, children’s activities and public works vehicles on display. 8 a.m. to
9 p.m. Saturday. 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 544-4777.

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