Sunday, June 24, 2018
Events

Broadway farce, beauty contestants, wheelchair veterans, zoo on tap in July

1 May the farce be with you

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum comes to the Carrollwood Cultural Center,4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, July 12-21. The play set in ancient Rome, which opened on Broadway in 1962 and was made into a motion picture in 1966, is the story of a crafty slave who struggles to win — for his master — the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan in exchange for his freedom. Tickets cost $18-24. For more information, call (813) 269-1310 or visit carrollwoodcenter.org.

2 A hit and lots of misses

Forty-seven high-heeled misses will sashay into St. Petersburg on July 6 for the Miss Florida pageant, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at the Mahaffey Theater. You can get tickets to the pageant for $85 but if you just want to see the beauties and don't really care who wins, you can get tickets for the three preliminary events leading up to the crowning — July 9, 10 and 11 — for $40. Tickets at (727) 893-7832 or themahaffey.com.

3 Veterans Wheelchair Games

More than 500 veterans from across the United States and Great Britain will compete July 13-18 at nine venues, including the Tampa Convention Center and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The games, open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition, include 18 different events, from swimming, basketball, table tennis and archery to wheelchair slalom, which is a timed obstacle course. Admission is free. For details, visit va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/index.asp.

4 Not exactly 'My Fair Lady'

If a show dealing with sex, abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide doesn't send you running for the exit sign, you might want to catch Spring Awakening, the winner of eight Tony awards — including best musical. The rock musical that draws parallels between the youth of the late 19th century (when the original play was written) and the youth of today opens July 19 and runs through Aug. 8 at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $37-$44. For details, visit freefalltheatre.com.

5Lions and tigers and bears, six bucks

Get into Lowry Park Zoo, 101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, for $6 on July 21. There's no catch, but get there early because $6 Day at the Zoo is bound to draw crowds. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.lowryparkzoo.com for details.

Patti Ewald

 
Comments
See Datz pastry chef Alicia Wolding on Netflix’s Sugar Rush

See Datz pastry chef Alicia Wolding on Netflix’s Sugar Rush

When Alicia Wolding joined Datz as the new executive pastry chef last year her hair was rainbow — pretty much the whole ROY G BIV spectrum in cascading tresses. More recently, it’s bright purple, somewhere between iris and lilac. This is the color yo...
Published: 06/22/18
St. Petersburg couple drive a minivan, volunteer at church and were CIA spies

St. Petersburg couple drive a minivan, volunteer at church and were CIA spies

What's it like to start a family when you're working for the CIA? Jihi and Andrew Bustamante know.
Published: 06/22/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 23

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 23

St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride’s popular parade has moved to downtown St. Petersburg’s scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at...
Published: 06/22/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

Summer Classic Movie Series: See 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $7 members. (813) 274-8982; tampatheatre.org.St. Pete Pride Festival: The daytime festival covers Central Avenue’s Grand Central Distr...
Published: 06/22/18
Review: Look inside the tent of a Gibsonton-based sideshow in Tessa Fontaine’s memoir ‘The Electric Woman’

Review: Look inside the tent of a Gibsonton-based sideshow in Tessa Fontaine’s memoir ‘The Electric Woman’

Grief can unhinge us, disconnect us from our daily lives, make us do things we’ve never done. Grief made Tessa Fontaine run away and join the circus.To be more exact, the sideshow: World of Wonders, the last traditional traveling sideshow in the coun...
Published: 06/21/18
Luke Bryan talks love, acceptance and his growing depth before Tampa stop

Luke Bryan talks love, acceptance and his growing depth before Tampa stop

It’s been awhile since Luke Bryan crashed our party. The country music superstar who has racked up awards hasn’t blessed us ’round these parts in awhile. Bryan last played Tampa back in 2015. "We played many multiple nights at the (MidFlorida Credit ...
Published: 06/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 22

Daryl Hall and John Oates with Train : The legendary number-one selling duo and Train perform full sets and a joint set. Kandace Springs opens. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$125. (813) 301-2500; amaliearena.com.St. Pete ...
Published: 06/21/18
Three movies are in the works about Hulk Hogan and Gawker. Will they remember who’s the victim?

Three movies are in the works about Hulk Hogan and Gawker. Will they remember who’s the victim?

Sonny BunchAccording to Vulture, there are three separate movies in the works about the downfall of the New York-based gossip blog Gawker.One is based on the book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue; it will be a...
Published: 06/21/18
Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Last year’s St. Pete Pride went smoothly, despite some behind-the-scenes drama involving the decision to relocate the parade to the downtown waterfront, rather than the Grand Central District, where it had traditionally been held. After all, the Gran...
Published: 06/21/18
Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Pińa Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Pińa Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

"Hooray, it’s summer!" exclaimed no Floridians. But if it’s summer proper and not just the usual year-round weather, you might as well embrace the heat and humidity with a trip to the beach, accompanied by some suitably refreshing beers. While you’r...
Published: 06/21/18