Friday, December 15, 2017
Events

Plan your weekend Nov. 11-13: Tracy Morgan, RibFest, Times Festival of Reading, Veterans Day

Plan your weekend

Comedy

Tracy Morgan: We are happy to see the comic return for a performance at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Warning: Cellphones are not allowed — if you bring one, it will be locked up in a pouch before you enter, then unlocked after the show. $35 and up. (727) 822-5665. themahaffey.com.

Books

Times Festival of Reading: A slew of award-winning and bestselling authors are here for free talks and book signings Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. Among them are Michael Connelly, whose Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide; Brad Meltzer, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate and 10 other thrillers; and Alex Prud'homme, Julia Child's great-nephew and the co-author of her autobiography. See the full lineup at tbtim.es/18md

Barbecue music

RibFest: This year's Ribfest once again brings three days of classic rock and country, along with more than a dozen "ribbers" from around the country smoking up a storm in Vinoy Park. Gates open at 11 a.m. daily. Friday's headliner is Huey Lewis and the News, on Saturday, it's the Doobie Brothers with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and on Sunday, it's Chris Young (6:30 p.m.) with Parmalee and Clare Dunn. Sales of advance tickets end today. After that it's $30 Friday, $35 Saturday and Sunday at the gate. For the full schedule, including details on parking and shuttles, see ribfest.org.

Classical

Florida Orchestra Songs of the Sea: The orchestra this weekend performs Four Sea Interludes by Benjamin Britten, Sea Pictures by Edward Elgar and La Mer by Claude Debussy. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street S, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

Film

Blue Ocean Film Festival: The film festival and conservation summit is a four-day gathering of ocean-related films, photography, panels, art and speakers. This year's lineup offers more than 90 films from 24 countries, and scientific talks in venues throughout St. Petersburg. Today is opening night with a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary, Before the Flood. The festival's winning film will be screened for free at 7 p.m. Sunday in North Straub Park. See the lineup at blueoceanfilmfestival.org. $12.50 and up, $6.25 for ages 4-10. Passes $135-$725. (727) 388-6682.

Take the kids

Treasure Island Kite Festival: The sky over Treasure Island will be filled with colorful kites. The weekend show features tricks, precision flying, huge patriotic-themed kites, games, kite-making classes and a lighted night fly. Bring your own kite to join the fun or vendors will be on site selling kites and supplies 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd.

Heroes

Veterans Boat Parade: Friday is Veterans Day and on Saturday, Madeira Beach holds its annual boat parade starting at 11 a.m. honoring veterans with decorated boats winding north to the canal off Redington Drive and ending at John's Pass. Free, $25 boat entry. American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach. (727) 212-0543.

DJ

Kristian Nairn: Musician-turned-actor Kristian Nairn, better known as Hodor from Game of Thrones, will be at the Ritz Ybor on Saturday for a DJ set. Nairn has been a DJ and producer since long before his GoT days, but that's not stopping the Ritz from capitalizing on the show's popularity, calling this event "Rave of Thrones." Doors open at 10 p.m. at 1503 E Seventh Ave. $15 and up. theritzybor.com.

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