Plan your weekend
You can take in a live concert in Tampa Saturday while riding the TECO Line Streetcar in the monthly rolling concert series of bands selected by the Gasparilla Music Festival. This month it's Bath Salt Zombies, whose members turn out in Victorian clothes and play the mandolin, banjo, upright bass (and there's a cowbell in there, too). They perform in black-light makeup and paint for added effect. Check them out on the streetcar from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The fare is $2.50 one way, $5 all day. See a map of trolley stops at tecolinestreetcar.org).
Mary J. Blige For more than 20 years, Blige has lived up to her regal nickname, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, while also expanding her empire into a fragrance line (My Life, originally sold through St. Petersburg's HSN) and acting (she'll play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, in NBC's upcoming musical The Wiz). But when she performs in Tampa on Sunday, her iconic, Grammy-winning catalog will be the main focus, proving why she's one of the great soul voices. Keyshia Cole opens the show at 7 p.m. at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $50.15 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com.
Music and art
Folkfest St. Pete: The annual folk art and music street festival now occupies three days on Central Avenue with continuous music (Have Gun Will Travel, Keith Jones and Rebekah Pulley among them), food trucks, a beer garden, a VIP area and a family area with children's activities. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Green Bench Brewing is hosting a kickoff party Friday night, and the festival will be set up on Baum Avenue on the two large lots across from the folk art gallery Creative Clay, between 11th and 13th Streets. Parking is free in Tropicana Field's Lot 6. The event is free, too, but to help cover the cost a donation of $5 is requested to benefit Creative Clay, an art program that helps people with disabilities at 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The kickoff party is 7-11 p.m. Friday and the festival is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. folkfeststpete.org.
Carlos Mencia: The comedian is best known for his four seasons as host of Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, a show that broke comic ground on issues of race, immigration and ethnicity. But the Honduras-born stand-up comic suffered a devastating career blow back in 2007 when joke-stealing allegations surfaced and fellow comedians started piling on. He has said he went to therapy after the allegations threatened to torpedo his livelihood. In 2011, a visibly thinner Mencia put out a new Comedy Central special called New Territory, and he believes he has evolved as a human being and as a comedian — and even gotten funnier. He performs at the Improv in Centro Ybor with shows today through Sunday at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $25 at tampa.improv.com. (813) 864-4000.
Take the kids
Kites over Treasure Island The annual Veterans Day Fall Fly on Treasure Island features a sky filled with red, white and blue kites of all shapes and sizes to honor veterans. But the best part for amateurs at this weekend-long show is you can bring your own kite or buy one from the vendors set up on the beach and learn some tricks of your own. Check out the precision flying and lighted night fly on Saturday. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday behind the Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.
Alternative Christmas Market: Hyde Park's annual Alternative Christmas Market is back for its tenth year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Harnish Activities Center at Hyde Park United Methodist, browse gifts such as jewelry, hand-woven baskets and nativity scenes crafted locally and globally. Proceeds benefit missions. 500 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 253-5388. hydeparkumc.org/christmasmarket.
Tampa Bay Home Show: Get your honey-do list ready. The largest home show on Florida's West Coast brings home improvement experts, along with 600 exhibits on home improvement, entertaining and landscaping. Entertainment includes the Tricky Dogs Show at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, "Mr. Green Thumb" Stan DeFreitas at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as seminars, demonstrations, giveaways and do-it-yourself ideas. Free. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, [email protected] tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.