Plan your weekend
Kellie Pickler She has grown into a smarter, more mature artist than the one you remember from American Idol, and Kellie Pickler has released three albums, with a fourth, The Woman I Am, co-written with husband Kyle Jacobs, due out Nov. 12. Each has been a plucky, girl-strong pleasure, with some cuts, such as the playfully acidic Best Days of Your Life, co-written by close pal Taylor Swift. She performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29-$55. (727) 791-7400.
Art on Tap You get a nice bonus if you buy a ticket to Art on Tap, a craft beer fest at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg: free museum membership. The museum has paired Florida craft beers with food by Urban Brew and Barbecue, and will also feature live music in the newly renovated galleries. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. $60, $45 members. 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.
Oktoberfest Tampa Tampa's waterfront Curtis Hixon Park will be transformed into a giant beer garden featuring traditional schuplatt dancing, Alphorn performances and keg tappings, 4 to 11 p.m. today at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $10, $25-$65 VIP, $100 three days, active/retired military free with ID. Also 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 397-8722.
A Streetcar Named Desire Ballerinas, an original jazz-inspired score, no dialogue. The Scottish Ballet's performance of A Streetcar Named Desire will be nothing like the Tennessee Williams play or even the 1951 film adaptation. While Streetcar is a classical ballet — dancers will be on pointe — but it has a contemporary edge. See it at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$75. (813) 229-7827. On Saturday, Oxford Exchange is hosting a discussion about the ballet led by Chris Hampson. It starts at 10 a.m. at 2420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free.
Larry the Cable Guy Nebraska-born comic Dan Whitney had a number of different characters in his act, one of which was a redneck called Larry the Cable Guy. That character grew increasingly popular and was often featured on the Tampa morning zoo radio show, The Ron and Ron Show, starring Ron Bennington and Ron Diaz. Jeff Foxworthy's Blue Collar Comedy Tour in 2003 put Larry the Cable Guy in living rooms and the act still sells tickets by the pickup-truck load on the comedy circuit, including two shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $49.75-$100. rutheckerdhall.com.
India.Arie The singer has used her largely successful acoustic-driven soul to deliver messages about womanhood, race, politics and relationships in a striking, honest fashion. After a four-year break between LPs, she arrives at the Palladium with a refreshed attitude and a new album, Songversation, that finds her exploring expanded instrumentation and co-writing with ace songwriter (and new bandmate) David Ryan Harris on highlights Life I Know and Break The Shell. See her Saturday at 7:30 p.m, Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. (727) 822-3590.
Take the kids
Streetcar Fest Clang! Clang! Clang! Trolley fares are plunging to just a quarter on Saturday for Tampa's annual Streetcar Fest. To celebrate the 11th anniversary of the streetcar line, you can take the kids for a fun and cheap day riding Tampa's historic streetcars until 2 a.m. There will be live performances by the high-stepping Distinguished Men of Brass, Green Sunshine and the Commoners. Catch the trolley at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]