Plan your weekend
Willie Nelson Not that you needed proof of Nelson's unquestionable legacy in country music, but when the Country Music Association gave him its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award last fall, they actually renamed the thing in his honor. Future generations of country stars will now receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. See him perform Saturday with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real at 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Robin Williams Although he is better known to today's fans as the Oscar-winning movie star of Good Will Hunting and The Fisher King and the voice of the genie in Disney's Aladdin, he got his start as a manic comedian with boundless energy and lightning-fast improv skills. Joking that age has sapped his energy, his show Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall is billed as "an evening of sit-down" comedy and a chat with his old friend, fellow comedian, actor, writer and director David Steinberg. Don't expect him to stay in his chair long, he's still a spaz. Tickets are $59, $89, $125. 8 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Einstein on Food & Wine The annual MOSI fundraiser is bringing The Top Chef Season 5 fan favorite Fabio Viviani. The main event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, with wine, beer garden, samples from restaurants, a restaurant competition and live entertainment. Tickets are $80, with a discount for members. VIP tickets are $125, which include valet service and early access at 6 p.m. and the opportunity to rub elbows with Viviani in the VIP lounge. All at Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. The inaugural Annus Mirabilis dinner, which includes an intimate dinner, culinary demonstrations and a customized menu by Viviani, is Friday at a private home. Tickets are $200 per person or $350 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (813) 987-6000 or visit MOSI.org.
Video Games Live It's a concert of video-game music Friday that features the Florida Orchestra and the USF Chamber singers in music from Halo, Final Fantasy, Mario, Zelda, Warcraft, Super Smash Bros and other popular series. The production has video screens, razzle-dazzle sound and lighting, and interactive segments in which audience members play games while the orchestra performs the music. See it at 8 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $40, $50, with VIP tickets for $150. (727) 892-3337; floridaorchestra.org.
American masters on display One of the big art shows of the season opens Saturday at the Tampa Museum of Art and it is also one of the loveliest. To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection features 107 paintings in a survey of American art from the 1850s through the 1960s by some of the most important names in the genre, among them Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. It's also a personal show, from the collection of the late Duncan Phillips (1886-1966) who set out to assemble the best representation of the art of his time by Americans and Europeans, as well as earlier artists he considered important precursors. The exhibition is at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, through April 28. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and military (plus one guest), $5 students and free for children 6 and younger. Pay what you will every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. tampamuseum.org or (813) 274-8130.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]