Plan your weekend
Frozen Four Semifinal games are today with the final on Saturday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $160-$600. Free fan events at the arena include open practices 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Frozen Fest fan festival with games and entertainment 2:30-8:30 p.m. today and 4-8 p.m. Saturday, and an open skate on the ice 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday. There are also free autograph sessions 4-5 p.m. Friday at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., followed by an award presentation 5-6:30 p.m. See amaliearena.com.
Ralph Macchio and The Karate Kid: Fans of The Karate Kid — the real one, not Hilary Swank or Jaden Smith — get their crane kicks Saturday when Ralph Macchio comes to town. Macchio became a teen heartthrob in 1984 playing Daniel LaRusso, a bullied kid fighting back. He'll visit Tampa Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. screening of The Karate Kid, followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are $46.50. Saturday's appearance is Macchio's first in a theatrical format after dabbling in the Karate Kid Q&A routine at a film festival and pop culture convention.
Don Giovanni: Opera Tampa wraps up its season this weekend with Don Giovanni, which pairs Mozart and one of opera's great villains. It should be a fitting finale, with baritone Carlos Alvarez in the title role. Alvarez, who is from Spain, has had a major international career. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1996 with Placido Domingo directing and has returned to the Met several times. Alvarez won a Latin Grammy Award in 2001 and Spain's Premio Nacional de Musica in 2003. The opera starts at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50-$109.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org. Read our interview with Alvarez at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Tampa Bay Blues Festival: Hailed by none other than the Blues Foundation in Memphis as one of the best blues festivals in America, it continues to offer great music in the 22nd year, which runs today through Sunday in St. Petersburg. This year's headliners include Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Friday, Aaron Neville and J.J. Grey and Mofro on Saturday, and Walter Trout on Sunday. If the weather's good, some 30,000 fans might pack Vinoy Park. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30-$40 per day ($150-$200 VIP), or $95 for the weekend ($450 VIP), with late-night after-parties ($20 apiece) at the Palladium on Friday and Saturday. tampabaybluesfest.com.
The Impressionists: A group of about 40 prints by some of the big names from the 19th and early 20th century artists will be on view and for sale at Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor beginning Saturday and continuing through April 30. Among the names are Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Mary Cassatt. They come from a dealer with whom the gallery has worked for many years, who acquired them over time through Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses and private collectors. All are authenticated, created during the artists' lifetimes and are part of the original printings. The opening reception is Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. (727) 725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.
Florida Orchestra Pops: Broadway fans get a treat this week with the latest installment of the Florida Orchestra pops series bringing in Broadway stars to lend their pipes to a show called And the Tony Goes To. The orchestra's principal guest conductor, Stuart Malina, is a Tony winner for orchestration in 2003 for the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out. He will team up with Tony nominee Christiane Noll and Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro for a salute to Broadway shows and songs. Shows are 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45 at floridaorchestra.org.
Festa Italiana: Centennial Park in Ybor City is home to the annual Festa Italiana, a celebration of all things Italian, on Sunday. But before you say ciao to Sunday's festivities, Festa Saturday in the park is a free preview event from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a bocce ball tournament and a homemade wine competition. From 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Centennial Park will be filled with Italian cuisine from area restaurants and caterers, live entertainment and children's activities such as the grape-stomping competition. Admission is $5 advance, $10 day of, 11 and younger free at Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-3316.
Old Florida Soiree: The historic shuffleboard courts at Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg — built in the 1920s and featured in the movie Cocoon — are the perfect spot for Saturday's Old Florida Soiree. Partygoers in vintage clothes will sip on craft beers and cocktails, play shuffleboard and croquet and hear live music by surf rock band the Vultures from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. At the fundraiser for Pathfinder Outdoor Education scholarships, tickets are $40 advance at universe.com/pathfinderoutdooreducation, $50 at the door at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. (727) 328-0300.
Take the kids
Screen on the Green: This outdoor movie series returns to Tampa's Water Works Park on three Saturdays in April, starting with Disney's Big Hero 6 this week, followed by Jumanji (April 16) and the Clearwater-filmed Dolphin Tale 2 (April 23). The free movies are shown on a large screen under the stars at 8 p.m., weather permitting. There will be food trucks on site and the park has a splash pad for the kids to play in until 10 p.m. at 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.