Plan your weekend
Rays Turn Back the Clock Night Saturday's Rays-Astros 4:10 p.m. game is Turn Back the Clock Night at Tropicana Field, and both teams will wear retro uniforms for the game. Following the game, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame R&B group The O'Jays (Love Train) will perform at Tropicana Field as the second act in the 2014 Summer Concert Series. Since the Rays, are still a fairly young team, in 2012 they opted for a made-up retro jersey inspired by the 1979 San Diego Padres, with bubbly lowercase letters, a pinwheel sunburst and a 1979 city of St. Petersburg seal on the sleeve. During the Turn Back the Clock games, the team plays retro walk-up songs, post grainy photos on the big screen and the visiting teams wear throwback jerseys. The O'Jays concert is free with the purchase of a ticket to Saturday's game, but you can pay $11 for a on-field wrist pass at raysbaseball.com/concerts for better access.
Goo Goo Dolls You know what's fun? Going to a big summer concert without breaking the bank. Friday's show with Johnny Rzeznik and company as well as Daughtry and Plain White T's at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa aims to please a wide demographic with tickets priced at $25-$69. The show starts at 6:45 p.m. at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446.
[email protected] 10th Birthday Celebration St. Petersburg's foremost revolving door for artists and thinkers turns 10 years old and we were wondering what we ever did without it. The [email protected] is a nonprofit enterprise that runs on grants, ticket sales, donations, volunteers and the nearly 500 paying members amassed over the past decade. They have come to see everyone from Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko to John Hope Franklin, Ralph Nader, Shakespeare plays, paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, poetry slams, gospel brunches. You name it. Celebrate it's 10th at 6:20 p.m. Saturday at the studio, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Admission is free, and there will be cake. Call (727) 895-6620 or visit thestudioat620.org.
Comedy show Forget dinner and a movie, take your date to a comedy club. This weekend has some interesting choices including Jessimae Peluso and Carly Aquilino from MTV's comedy show Girl Code. They'll be at the Improv in Ybor City Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $20; (813) 864-4000, improvtampa.com. Then there's Josh Blue, the winner of Last Comic Standing on NBC who stood out as the comedian with cerebral palsy. He works the audience's discomfort in such an endearing way ("I hope you laugh hard. This is my Make-a-Wish.") that he easily captured the hearts of the country. He performs Friday and Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $16.50-$18.50 advance, $18.50-$20.50 day of show. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Take the kids
Dive-In Movies School's out but kids can still use their noodles — to float while they watch a movie. This popular series returns to the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, with its huge Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring noodles, floaties and chairs to watch the movie on the big screen. This Friday is Disney's Monsters University, but alert! June 27 is Frozen, so expect a full pool. Others in the lineup include Cars 2 (July 11), The Lego Movie (July 18) and Nut Job (July 25). Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset. It's $4 at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9264.
Uncork the Cure The Krewe of Zingaro's 10th annual island-themed event includes food and wine tastings, live music by Ray Gurka and Bill Logan and an auction. Benefits local pediatric cancer research. $50 advance, $60 at the door. The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 229-6028. 4-7 p.m. Sunday.
Belt it out
Sing-Along Mary Poppins Hope you have practically perfect pitch for this sing-along version of the classic Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, at the historic Tampa Theatre. Words will appear on screen for favorites like A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. And as you're crooning the lullaby Stay Awake, know that it was Andrews' favorite in the movie. If you go: You're invited to dress up like characters in the movie for a costume parade before both screenings, at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12, $10 children/seniors/members. The theater is at 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.
Summer Beer Olympics The idea is to get up to five friends together to form a jock or cheerleader-themed team to compete in events like corn hole, flip cup, beer pong and other beer-worthy contests. We're sure you'll only do it because it benefits the charities of Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside. But please, if you're going for the gold, have a designated driver. It's $20 advance, $25 day of event (includes five drinks) from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday along Main Street in Dunedin. (727) 238-7384.
Brain from Planet Arous The wacky B-movie tells the tale of the alien Gor possessing the body of a scientist while another alien takes over a dog in an attempt to stop Gor from destroying Earth. Star Joyce Meadows will be available for a meet and greet and autographs. There are also other short horror/sci-fi films, a dealers room, prizes and giveaways. $8. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 963-0578. 1-5 p.m. Sunday.