Monday, April 23, 2018
Events

Plan your weekend Feb. 22-24

Plan your weekend

Rock on

Concerts We've got one of the biggest music weekends we've seen in a while with bombastic British trio Muse playing the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; $32.25-$62.25. The always-a-party Zac Brown Band lights up the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday at 7 p.m.; $31.50-$67.50. On Saturday, reggae singer and rapper Matisyahu, who put the party in Purim, performs at 8 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre, with a Purim after-party. The concert is $38.50-$58.50 and Purim party tickets are $22 and must be purchased with a concert ticket at tampatheatre.org. For info, call (813) 274-8981.

Art

Electronics Alive VII This art show is alive. And it's electric. In it are 27 short films (ranging from a few minutes to about 15 minutes each) and 16 multimedia and digital works that could keep a family entertained and art lovers engaged for several hours. Several have won Academy Awards for Best Animated Short, including the 2012 winner The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The exhibition is at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, on the University of Tampa campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Party

Floyd's fete Want to wish Floyd "Money" Mayweather a happy birthday? Do it Sunday when the superstar boxer celebrates his 36th at the Kennedy in Tampa. The Floyd Mayweather Birthday Bash runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday at the club, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. Ladies get in free before 11 p.m., but for everyone else, it's $20, or $50 for VIP. For info, see wearevybenation.com.

Classical

Violins We've got two violin virtuosos in town this week. Joshua Bell, who gave his first full recital at age 12 and is considered a rock star in the classical musical world. His latest CD for Sony Classical has him conducting and playing concertmaster with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and 7. He performs with pianist Sam Haywood, at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $50-$100. The quirky virtuoso Hilary Hahn is one of the world's great violinists, a former child prodigy who made her debut at age 11 with the Baltimore Symphony, signed a major record deal at 16 and has put out 14 albums (including a pair of Grammy winners). On Wednesday, the violinist performs with pianist Cory Smythe at Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $45. (813) 229-7827 or 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.

Ybor culture

Fiesta Day This free, family-oriented street festival in Ybor City celebrates the cuisine, culture and heritage of the Latin immigrants who settled in Ybor City from Spain, Cuba and Italy. La Setima (or Seventh Avenue) is closed to traffic for the day, and exhibits, cafe areas and entertainment are set up from 15th to 20th streets. The "gourmet street food" of Ybor restaurants is featured along with exhibits by cultural destinations and arts and crafts vendors. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Take the kids

$5 Day at the Zoo It's just $5 Sunday to get into the Lowry Park Zoo. It's normally $24.95 for adults, so that savings draws a crowd. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]

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