Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Plan your weekend June 3-5: Darius Rucker, Grilled Cheese Festival, Weird Al Yankovic

Plan your weekend

Parody

The Realish Housewives of South Tampa: The actual Real Housewives from Bravo lend themselves to self-parody. But alums of Chicago's famed Second City improv troupe found ample material locally for a traveling show that sends up the famous ladies. The parody at Tampa's Straz Center tells the story of the vaguely foreign baroness Rovanka, shady Claudia Louise, neck model Desiree, tycoon Brooke and everyman Gwen with hometown flair set in Tampa's ritzy enclave. There will be no shortage of brawls, booze and Botox. It runs through Sunday in the Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Concert

Darius Rucker: No longer merely half of Hootie and the Blowfish, the country superstar of hits including Wagon Wheel and Homegrown Honey plays MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday with the Dan + Shay and Michael Ray opening. 7 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$$44.75. (813) 740-2446. megaticket.com

Comedy

"Weird Al" Yankovic: Kicking off the second leg of his gargantuan Mandatory World Tour, "Weird Al" Yankovic hits the stage at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Friday. Yankovic has been the world's most beloved song parodist for going on 40 years, perhaps now more than ever. His 2014 album Mandatory Fun, which tweaked Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Robin Thicke, was the first No. 1 album of his career, and this tour might be the biggest of his career, with gigs at venues like the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall. 8 p.m. Friday, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $37.50-$67.50. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com

Take the kids

Tampa Railfair and Model Train Show: Plenty of train history available at this event, with more than 350 dealers from across the country. Show includes model items in all gauges, railroad antiques, "rail buff" collectibles, working layouts and clinics. $8 (good for both days), 11 and younger free. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 949-7197. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Food

St. Pete Grilled Cheese Festival: You'll find 20 food trucks at Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill serving up gourmet grilled cheese and desserts at a benefit for Wheels 4 Purple Hearts, a Sarasota-based charity that provides custom wheelchairs for wounded veterans. The day will also include a festival with arts and crafts vendors and entertainment by the Black Honkeys and Shovonne and the Bad Boys. The pet-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard next to Ferg's at 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Opera

La Bohème: One of the most romantic operas ever pits hungry artists against a callous world and each other. The St. Petersburg Opera Company performs Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème this weekend. Set in Paris in 1837, the opera stars Kyle Tomlin as the poet Rodolfo. He has played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet with the Virginia Opera and the Toledo Opera. Danielle Talamantes plays his neighbor Mimi, a seamstress. In her debut season last year, Talamantes played Frasquita in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. She will reprise the role of Frasquita at the Met in January. The opera starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday , 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 823-2040. stpeteopera.org.

Benefits

The Runway: The Broadway-inspired fashion show benefits the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival with a theater-themed fundraiser on Saturday to celebrate the festival's third year. Expect designs inspired by hits like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Memphis, Chicago and Wicked. Some of Tampa Bay's rising artists will top off the night's imaginative ensembles with hair and makeup. There will also be a live performance by Broadway actress Jayne Trinette of The Lion King. The event will be hosted by comedian Pat Gagne and actor Mollyana Ward. There will be food, drinks and a whole lot of dancing and mingling in honor of the annual educational and entertainment event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at CL Space, 1911 N 13th St., Tampa. $30; $40 VIP. 18 and up. (813) 786-1915. tampabaytheatrefestival.com.

Books

Golden Legacy: Subtitled Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books, this new exhibit opening Saturday at the Tampa Bay History Center celebrates the Little Golden Books that since 1942 have been a beloved staple of children's literature. The exhibition includes art from The Poky Little Puppy, the all-time bestselling hardcover children's book in English, and well-known contributors through the years, including Margaret Wise Brown and Richard Scarry. The show opens Saturday at the center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, and continues through Aug. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.95; $10.95 seniors, youths 13 to 17 and students with ID; $7.95 kids 4 to 12. (813) 228-0097. tampabayhistorycenter.org.

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