Plan your weekend
Enjoy Arts & Tastes St. Pete Foodies will be in paradise as a host of celebrity chefs descend on the 'Burg for this-three day food festival with more than a dozen celebrity chefs, notable regional artists and some of Tampa Bay's own gastronomic stars. The guest list includes four-time James Beard Award winner Todd English, bestselling author and Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone, and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The celebs will hobnob with more than 5,000 people at cooking demos, tastings, dinners and late-night parties. Tickets can be bought individually or as packages ranging from $145 for the Grand Tasting and Battle of the 'Burg to $700 for all events and three demonstrations. For tickets and information on other packages, go to enjoyartsandtastes.com. Remaining tickets also will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Cigar Heritage Party Even if you don't smoke, this sounds like one not to miss. There will be local food, liquor tastings, music by Acho Brother, cigar-rolling demonstrations and a silent auction. Upgrade to a VIP ticket for a pre-party selection of craft beer and food from Tampa Bay Brewing Company. The party is at 7:30 Friday at Ybor City Museum State Park, 1818 E Ninth Ave., Ybor City. $45-$85. (813) 247-1434.
The Ink Life Tour Tattoo and Music Festival More than 200 of the world's top tattoo artists, including Amy Nicoletto from LA Ink, plus Texas rockers Drowning Pool (9 p.m. Friday) will be buzzing all over the Florida State Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday. Visitors can volunteer to be a canvas for a free tattoo on Sunday. Tickets are $20-$35 and can be purchased at inklifetour.com or at the Florida State Fairgrounds Special Event Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.
The Book of Mormon One of the hottest — and raunchiest — shows of the year, The Book of Mormon has opened at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa for a two-week run. Assume you're out of luck? Truth is, there are tickets available for each show, just not many. Your best chances for good seats to the multiple Tony Award-winning musical are middle of next week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And if you're willing to take your chances, the Straz is doing a lottery in which a limited number of tickets will be available before each performance for just $25. Normally tickets are $69-$153.50. Go to strazcenter.org for details or call (813) 229-7827.
Courtney Campbell Trail On Saturday, come to a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration for the Courtney Campbell Trail, which will offer cyclists, walkers and joggers waterfront views from as high as 45 feet above Tampa Bay. Wear your sneakers or bring your bike to give it a try after the opening. The ceremony is free at 9 a.m. at Ben T. Davis Beach, 7650 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 289-5488.
Let's Dance A dizzied spin on the Florida Orchestra's Pops program will boogie into Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater this weekend. The shindig blends movement and music, much of the latter arranged by inventive conductor Jeff Tyzik. Dance forms featured will include tango, waltz, cha-cha and mambo, all accompanied by an array of sexy tunes, from rock and R&B to Broadway and movie hits. St. Pete's own "Big Mike" Lynche of American Idol fame, saxophonist Valerie Gillespie and a host of award-winning hoofers will belt the songs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]