Plan your weekend
Gasparilla: Arr, mateys, it be that time again for the booze and the beads and that pirate costume buried in your treasure chest. Festivities include Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday in Curtis Hixon Park with The Voice winners the Swon Brothers ($20). On Saturday, events start at 10 a.m. with live music on stages at Curtis Hixon Park and at MacDill Park for the Pirate Fest, which runs until 6 p.m. The flotilla shows up at the Tampa Convention Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the parade of pirates along Bayshore Boulevard is from 2 to 5 p.m., from Bay to Bay Boulevard north into downtown Tampa. You can reserve a seat starting at $45 at gasparillatreasures.com.
Throwdown by the Bay: An overdue arena show by chart-topping, Grammy-winning country quartet Little Big Town, but it also has Chris Stapleton. The shaggy-dog songwriter shot practically out of nowhere to sweep last year's Country Music Association Awards, winning Male Vocalist and New Artist of the year along with Album of the Year for his confessional Traveller. Openers Maddie and Tae (Girl in a Country Song) round out what might constitute the best local country lineup of the year. Saturday's show at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, kicks off at 4 p.m. with free outdoor performances by American Young and Ashley Campbell. The indoor action starts at 7:30. Because it's Gasparilla day, expect traffic delays, parking issues and road closures; check amaliearena.com for updates. $16.74 and up via Ticketmaster or (813) 301-2500.
Dancing with the Stars: Pros from the TV show, including Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, bring a spangled spectacle that has been so popular with Tampa Bay audiences that there will be two 90-minute shows Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, at 5 and 8 p.m. The show promises to include choreography never seen on Dancing With the Stars, as well as some of the most memorable numbers from the show. $38.75-$78.75. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Florida Orchestra plays U2: Appreciate the breadth of the musicians' abilities as the Florida Orchestra pays tribute Friday to U2, the rock band that has won a record 22 Grammys. Brent Havens conducts as the orchestra performs hits including One, Beautiful Day, So Cruel, Pride, and Sunday, Bloody Sunday. On vocals, the concert features cover artist Brody Dolyniuk, who has led tribute bands to Elton John, Queen, the Who, and the Rolling Stones. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$65. (727) 892-5798. themahaffey.com.
Jim Jefferies: The Australian comedian behind the FX sitcom Legit comes to the Tampa Theatre on Friday with his Freedumb Tour. $39.50-$49.50. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. 8 p.m.
Take the kids
Dinosaurs in Motion: This traveling interactive dinosaur exhibit opening Saturday at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry uses gears and levers to let visitors take control of life-size metal skeletons, including a 44-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex. The exhibition runs through May 8 and is included with MOSI admission, $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.
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