Plan your weekend
America's Most Wanted Tour Lil Wayne, who has long been in the running for the title of Best Rapper Alive, brings along T.I., Tyga, G-Eazy and Hit-Boy to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. The show is Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$89.75 at livenation.com. (813) 740-2446. Following the show, T.I. is slated to appear at an after-party at Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Tickets are $25-$100; ladies free until 11 p.m. For info see ticlubskyejuly13.eventbrite.com.
Tampa Bay Rays The team has a lot of special events planned for this weekend's series against the Houston Astros. Saturday is Disco Night and a "Halfway to Gasparilla" party, so expect to see lots of bell bottoms and eye patches throughout Tropicana Field. Sunday brings one of our favorite giveaways of the year: Kids 14 and younger get a free DJ Kitty confetti globe. But the biggest draws of the weekend will be a pair of free postgame concerts on Saturday (KC and the Sunshine Band) and Sunday (Call Me Maybe's Carly Rae Jepsen). For ticket info, see raysbaseball.com.
National Veterans Wheelchair Games More than 600 wheelchair athletes will be competing and the Tampa Convention Center is the hub location for most events in six days of competitions for paralyzed U.S. war veterans. Opening ceremonies are 6 p.m. Saturday, and competition kicks off Sunday with hand-cycling races down Bayshore Boulevard at 7:30 a.m. and basketball games at 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the convention center. Events include waterskiing competitions, weightlifting, softball, swimming, table tennis and more. For a complete schedule of events, go to wheelchairgames.va.gov. It's free for spectators. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.
Funny bits A handful of big-name comics have gigs in the Tampa Bay area this week. Kathy Griffin brings her chatty gossip to Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday, her eighth stop at the Clearwater venue. Tickets are $52.50-$100. Get the dude-centric humor of Pauly Shore at the Improv Friday through Sunday, or worse, Jamie Kennedy of Malibu's Most Wanted fame, at Side Splitters in Carrollwood Friday and Saturday. Tickets to Kennedy's show are $20-$27 and Shore's are $22.
Visual art Cuban videos and a conceptual collection deliver much to ponder at USF's Contemporary Art Museum. Occupying, Building, Thinking: Poetic and Discursive Perspectives on Contemporary Cuban Video Art is a long, clunky title for a show that is thoughtful and entertaining. It takes an hour and 20 minutes to see all 22 videos but the time flies. In the exhibition Paul Robinson: Form of Absence, the artist pays homage to Joze Plecnik (1872-1957), a Slovene architect who created buildings, parks and plazas that have defined the capital city of Ljubljana much as Antoni Gaudí did in Barcelona. Almost every component was created by Graphicstudio, the USF atelier that began decades ago with printmaking collaborations and has evolved into a cutting-edge incubator for artistic experimentation. The exhibitions are at the USF Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, through Aug. 3.
The Lonesome West Part of a trio of plays by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Martin McDonagh set in the small town of Leenane in rural Ireland, where two brothers living alone in their father's house after his death erupt into violent disputes over the most mundane topics. Only the local priest is willing to jump in and help. The Jobsite Theater production is at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 4. Tickets start at $28. (813) 229-7827.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]