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World Cup

Catch a friendly

Like a tune-up before the World Cup later this monty, there are international "friendly" matches all over, including at Raymond James Stadium. Japan will take on Zambia at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Raymond James Stadium. Prices start around $30. At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, England will play Honduras at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Tickets start at $55.70. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. men's team will play its final warm-up game against Nigeria at EverBank Field Jacksonville. Prices start at $38.60. And looking ahead, the 2012 Olympic champion U.S. women's national team will take on France at Raymond James Stadium at 7:30 p.m. June 14. Tickets start at $28.25.

Concert

LeAnn Rimes She arrives at the Hard Rock Cafe supporting last year's Spitfire. Her label botched the promotion of the album, which is a shame, because songs like the tile cut and a Jeff Beck-featuring cover of Buddy and Julie Miller's Gasoline & Matches are some of the best things the Rimes camp has ever released. See her Friday at 9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $55. (813) 627-7757.

Art

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists This sumptuous and historic exhibition opens on Saturday with Contemporary Chinese art, one of the most dynamic categories for collectors and museums right now, in the first major museum survey of some of the most successful artists. The exhibition is at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza (downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River) and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, through May 18. A special $20 combination ticket is available at both museums and on their websites.

Film

A Good Short Life Tampa native and journalist Dudley Clendinen, a compassionate writer on gay rights, aging and terminal illness, is the subject of a documentary being screened free of charge 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Theatre. Stewart Lippe's A Good Short Life chronicles Clendinen's final personal chapter, working on a memoir about living and dying with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). Clendinen, 67, died of ALS in 2012, nearly a year after Tampa Bay Times book critic Colette Bancroft profiled the author and art collector, whose career included journalism for the Times and the New York Times. A Good Short Life will be introduced by Kim Hanna, president of Florida's chapter of the ALS Association.

Theme park

Star Wars Weekends Luke Skywalker himself is making his first appearance at Disney Hollywood Studios' annual Star Wars Weekends. Mark Hamill will be there Friday through Sunday, and visitors can spot him in the "Legends of the Force" motorcade and in a featured talk show, though he won't be signing autographs. He'll be joined by Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and others. Park admission is $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. disneyworld.com.

Shopping

White Elephant Sale This a rare opportunity to shop for Lowry Park Zoo's unique and collectible items, including seasonal and holiday decor or props from ZooBoo and Wild Wonderland. Fixtures, merchandising supplies and trade items will also be sold. Prices range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; passholder exclusive shopping starts at 8 a.m. Free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.

Take the kids

Fireworks Never mind the daily threat of summer thunderstorms, the Tampa Attractions Association is going for it anyway, with fireworks on Saturday nights through the end of August. There also will be food trucks and live music, all in the Channelside area of downtown Tampa, perfect for a cheap date night or family outing. This week's theme is veterans' appreciation night and next week will have loads of classic cars. The festivities start about 6 p.m., with fireworks at 9. For a schedule see funintampabay.com.

Comedy

Henry Cho This Asian with a Southern accent is a staple on the Blue Collar Radio network, where he is known for clean comedy, and he has opened for singers Vince Gill, Martina McBride and Amy Grant. See him this weekend at Side Splitters in Tampa. $10-$14. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Baseball

Weezer After a 2012 power-popped, nerd-worthy set at the Mahaffey Theater, Weezer is returning to St. Petersburg to play the outfield of our favorite little air-conditioned baseball stadium. The Rays' play on the diamond has been depressing to watch of late, but maybe songs like Beverly Hills, My Name Is Jonas and Surf Wax America will be enough to dig them out of the dumps and back on track to win their first World Series title (if Only In Dreams, right?). Recent tours have found the 20-year-old outfit playing the entirety of their classic albums, but we'll definitely settle for frontman Rivers Cuomo leading his band through a few cuts from their 1996 cult favorite Pinkerton this time around. The concert is Saturday after the Rays take on the Seattle Mariners (first pitch at 4:10 p.m.) at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Plan your weekend

WORLD CUP

Catch a friendly Like a tune-up before the World Cup later this monty, there are international "friendly" matches all over, including at Raymond James Stadium. Japan will take on Zambia at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Raymond James Stadium. Prices start around $30. At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, England will play Honduras at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Tickets start at $55.70. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. men's team will play its final warm-up game against Nigeria at EverBank Field Jacksonville. Prices start at $38.60. And looking ahead, the 2012 Olympic champion U.S. women's national team will take on France at Raymond James Stadium at 7:30 p.m. June 14. Tickets start at $28.25.

concert

LeAnn Rimes She arrives at the Hard Rock Cafe supporting last year's Spitfire. Her label botched the promotion of the album, which is a shame, because songs like the tile cut and a Jeff Beck-featuring cover of Buddy and Julie Miller's Gasoline & Matches are some of the best things the Rimes camp has ever released. See her Friday at 9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $55. (813) 627-7757.

ART

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists This sumptuous and historic exhibition opens on Saturday with Contemporary Chinese art, one of the most dynamic categories for collectors and museums right now, in the first major museum survey of some of the most successful artists. The exhibition is at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza (downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River) and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, through May 18. A special $20 combination ticket is available at both museums and on their websites.

FILM

A Good Short Life Tampa native and journalist Dudley Clendinen, a compassionate writer on gay rights, aging and terminal illness, is the subject of a documentary being screened free of charge 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Theatre. Stewart Lippe's A Good Short Life chronicles Clendinen's final personal chapter, working on a memoir about living and dying with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). Clendinen, 67, died of ALS in 2012, nearly a year after Tampa Bay Times book critic Colette Bancroft profiled the author and art collector, whose career included journalism for the Times and the New York Times. A Good Short Life will be introduced by Kim Hanna, president of Florida's chapter of the ALS Association.

THEME PARK

Star Wars Weekends Luke Skywalker himself is making his first appearance at Disney Hollywood Studios' annual Star Wars Weekends. Mark Hamill will be there Friday through Sunday, and visitors can spot him in the "Legends of the Force" motorcade and in a featured talk show, though he won't be signing autographs. He'll be joined by Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and others. Park admission is $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. disneyworld.com.

SHOPPING

Star Wars Weekends Luke Skywalker himself is making his first appearance at Disney Hollywood Studios' annual Star Wars Weekends. Mark Hamill will be there Friday through Sunday, and visitors can spot him in the "Legends of the Force" motorcade and in a featured talk show, though he won't be signing autographs. He'll be joined by Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and others. Park admission is $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. disneyworld.com.

TAKE THE KIDS

Fireworks Never mind the daily threat of summer thunderstorms, the Tampa Attractions Association is going for it anyway, with fireworks on Saturday nights through the end of August. There also will be food trucks and live music, all in the Channelside area of downtown Tampa, perfect for a cheap date night or family outing. This week's theme is veterans' appreciation night and next week will have loads of classic cars. The festivities start about 6 p.m., with fireworks at 9. For a schedule see funintampabay.com.

Comedy

Henry Cho This Asian with a Southern accent is a staple on the Blue Collar Radio network, where he is known for clean comedy, and he has opened for singers Vince Gill, Martina McBride and Amy Grant. See him this weekend at Side Splitters in Tampa. $10-$14. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Baseball

Weezer After a 2012 power-popped, nerd-worthy set at the Mahaffey Theater, Weezer is returning to St. Petersburg to play the outfield of our favorite little air-conditioned baseball stadium. The Rays' play on the diamond has been depressing to watch of late, but maybe songs like Beverly Hills, My Name Is Jonas and Surf Wax America will be enough to dig them out of the dumps and back on track to win their first World Series title (if Only In Dreams, right?). Recent tours have found the 20-year-old outfit playing the entirety of their classic albums, but we'll definitely settle for frontman Rivers Cuomo leading his band through a few cuts from their 1996 cult favorite Pinkerton this time around. The concert is Saturday after the Rays take on the Seattle Mariners (first pitch at 4:10 p.m.) at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Plan your weekend June 6-8 06/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:49pm]
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