Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Plan your weekend June 17-19: New coaster opens at Busch Gardens, Father's Day, The Fray at the Rays

Plan your weekend

Dance fever

Maks and Val Live on Tour: Our Way: Brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, stars of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, bring a theatrical dance tour that is based on their lives to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. The hunky Ukrainian brothers overcame their immigrant struggles thanks to dance and the arts (and even did a guest spot on Fuller House). 8 p.m. Friday, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $41.75-$81.75. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Theme park

Cobra's Curse opens: Busch Gardens' much-anticipated spinning roller coaster opens Friday, with cars that turn riders around and twirl freely, along with an exotic snake exhibit in the queue. Busch Gardens calls Cobra's Curse a family coaster, but more than a few parents might balk at the signature spinning feature, making it a potentially wild ride based on weight distribution. You may want to avoid lunch before trying this. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa Admission: $99, $79 children, 2 and younger free. Florida resident deals available online. Toll-free (888) 800-5447. buschgardens.com.

Rays concert

Tampa Bay Rays and The Fray: Saturday brings the Tampa Bay Rays' popular Turn Back the Clock Night with players in "vintage" uniforms and a post-game concert, the first in the Summer Concert Series. The Rays play the Giants at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, and after the game the Grammy-winning foursome The Fray (How to Save a Life, Over My Head) takes the field. The concert is free with game admission (which starts at $25) but if you want to get closer, field access passes are available at raysbaseball.com/concerts.

Party

Beerfest: Hoppy Gilmore: Break out your most outlandish golf attire for Tampa Theatre's annual movie-themed BeerFest fundraiser on Saturday, this time celebrating bad golf outfits and craft beer with "Hoppy Gilmore." There will be craft beer samplings, food from area restaurants, live music, themed food and a screening of Adam Sandler's golf farce Happy Gilmore. For the first time, BeerFest expands out onto N Franklin Street, where two interactive chipping and putting games will be set up. There is no cost to compete, and players are encouraged to bring their own putters. All the silliness benefits the historic Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. Tickets are $40-$50; VIP $65-$75 at tampatheatre.org. (813) 274-8982.

Holiday

Father's Day: Sunday is Father's Day, and dads get in free this weekend at MOSI, the Florida Aquarium and other attraction. We have a list of them and some ideas for how to pamper the old man on our holiday page at TampaBay.com/holiday.

Burger time

Bud and Burgers: The free event hosted by alt-rock station 97X at 4 p.m. Saturday features rising rockers X Ambassadors headlining. And then there's the burgers from some of the bay's best restaurants and tons of Budweiser. It's free, but you have to have tickets from drops listed at 97xonline.com. It's held at Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. Free, $30 VIP. (813) 221-9797.

Shopping

Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party: Local makers, artisans and vintage sellers will convene Saturday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum for the bay area's chapter of the worldwide celebration known as the Etsy Craft Party. Besides a ton of handmade and vintage items for sale, there will be craft demonstrations and make-and-take projects. Get there early: The first 100 through the door get a swag bag from Tampa makers Dark Cycle, known for their fun, animals-on-bicycle designs. A raffle benefits another great local cause, NOMADstudio's The Art Bus Project — Art for All. The party runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 914-7449.

Stage

The Light in the Piazza: Freefall Theatre opens its next-to-last show of the season with the romantic musical that earned 11 Tony nominations in 2005, winning six (including for score and orchestration). Set in the summer of 1953, a mother takes her teenage daughter to Florence, hoping the girl with a mind of a child can find robust experiences. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. It runs through July 17 at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Previews start at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. $20-$48. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.

Art

Experience Cuba: The St. Petersburg Museum of History has scored a big coup with its new show with photographs by acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher, and also work by notable contemporary Cuban artists Ibrahim Miranda and Los Carpinteros, a collective. Butcher, famous and beloved for his large-scale black-and-white photographs of the Florida landscape, was commissioned by the United Nations to create a photographic portfolio of Cuba's natural beauty. The exhibit opens today and runs through Sept. 30 at the museum at 335 Second Ave. NE. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15, $12 seniors and $9 military, youths 6 to 17 and students with ID. (727) 894-1052. spmoh.org.

Roll with it

Astro Skate anniversary: You can celebrate on wheels for the 35th anniversary of the original Astro Skate location. Kids can make company owner Chris Maganias a birthday card and get in for $3.50 on Friday. That card will be entered into a contest to win $135. Bring an old photo of the original location for a chance to win $50. All former employees and their families get free admission, pizza and a drink. Offer good at all four Astro Skate locations (Bradenton, Orlando, Tarpon Springs and Pinellas Park). See astroskatingcenter.com.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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