Plan your weekend
St. Pete Pride Already one of the largest celebrations of gay pride in the country, St. Pete Pride is getting even bigger in a year of firsts. The biggest change is a first-ever night parade on Saturday, now with VIP bleacher seats and with St. Petersburg's mayor in attendance for the first time. Pride has also expanded to four days instead of three, with a kickoff party today and a concert on Friday by Mary Lambert, the Seattle singer-songwriter whose work on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gay-rights anthem Same Love soared to the top of the charts. It ends with a festival on Sunday. Get tickets and schedule at stpetepride.com
The Sugar Bean Sisters Stageworks Theatre's latest production, an absurd Southern gothic comedy set in the fictional swamp town of Sugar Bean, Fla., is about three women desperate to escape the drudgery of their lives. One wants to be taken away by aliens. One wants to find a good Mormon husband and get to the celestial kingdom, not "one of those lower kingdoms." And the other just wants out of her troubled, small-town existence. The show runs through June 29 at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. $26-$35, (813)374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org.
Early Independence Day fun We're a week away from July 4, but it turns out some people just can't wait to blow stuff up. New Port Richey is having its Main Street Blast this weekend with live music Friday and Saturday and a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St. It's free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with lots of kids games and activities. The Carrollwood Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Drive, Tampa, is also having an early Independence Day celebration with a family-themed pool party from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday followed by fireworks. Tickets are $20 at the door. And if all you want is fireworks, you can get a jump on that too. Light Up Channelside continues its weekly free summer fireworks series on Saturday, when Tampa's Channel District comes alive with live music, food trucks and a fireworks finale. It all starts at 5 p.m.; fireworks at 9.
Beerfest In celebration of the groundbreaking of Tampa Bay Brewing Company's new location, the Bad Ass Beerfest showcases craft beers by 20 area breweries, barbecued food and live music by the Black Honkeys. It all benefits the Wounded Warriors of Tampa and South Tampa. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. $35 advance, $50 at the door. 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa. (414) 708-9466.
Take the kids
Dive-In Movie Can you sing and swim at the same time? The Dive In Movie on Friday is Disney's freakishly popular Frozen, so get ready for a pool overflowing with kids belting out Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? It's at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, with huge Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to watch the movie on the big screen. $4. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset.
Shawn and Marlon Wayans The youngest brothers in the most successful family in comedy bring their standup to Tampa this weekend. Though the pair have written and acted in numerous hits such as the Scary Movie franchise, Little Man and White Chicks, they don't share the same stage on their stand-up tour. Each comes with his own act Friday through Sunday at the Improv in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $35 regular; $40 VIP (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Bananas Music 37th Anniversary
Free local brews, deep discounts on vinyl, plus good Florida music? It looks like Bananas Music is trying to sabotage your Saturday plans. The St. Petersburg institution was named one of Rolling Stone's 25 Best Record Stores back in 2010, and while sales will be happening at both of Bananas' locations, the party goes down at Bananas' 22nd Avenue retail store, where Fort Lauderdale psych-shoegaze outfit Sweet Bronco will help the store celebrate 37 years along with the Vultures and St. Pete's self-proclaimed "Tarantino psychedelia" quintet Archaic Interest. Music starts at 4 p.m., but the store opens at 10 a.m. if you want to get an early jump on adding more tunes to your collection. Bananas Music, 2887 22nd Ave. N. Free. (727) 327-4616.
The Big ticket: Herb Snitzer and St. Pete Pride You can revisit the famous Pride parades of years past through the photos of Herb Snitzer at Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For several years, he has documented the event, and a collection of about two dozen photos will be on view along with vintage photos of jazz greats and celebrities, all in his signature black and white prints. Snitzer, who is famous for portraits, especially his intimate ones of jazz musicians, also has a long history of advocacy and action for social causes. He was involved in the civil rights movement early on, for example. He isn't a didactic photographer, though; a lot of heart that comes through the camera lens. Nuance Galleries is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. nuancegalleries.com or (813) 875-0511.
Katy Perry As the pop princess closes in on her 30th birthday on Oct. 25 — and prepares to play the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday — she's revealing a milder, tamer side. The vavoomish cleavage shots have buttoned up; her pastor parents can read magazines again. Katy Perry, with opening act Capitol Cities, performs 7 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25.25-$124.50. (813) 301-2500.