Plan your weekend
Russell Brand The vegan comedian and former heroin addict, who describes his flamboyant fashion sense as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka," feeds off being outrageous. His "Messiah Complex" tour that lands in Tampa on Friday touches on everyone from Jesus Christ to Gandhi to Adolf Hitler. He had to cancel some tour dates in the Middle East this summer because of safety concerns. He says the act looks at "the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability" — but with Brand, you never really know what you're going to get. The comic performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $35-$67.
Miranda Lambert With Dierks Bentley, The Cadillac Three and the Randy Rogers Band. The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is Tampa Bay's country music mecca on Friday. Lambert, the reigning CMA female vocalist of the year, is the 29-year-old Texan who brings malicious tales of jealous, vindictive romance (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), firearms (Gunpowder & Lead) and even arson (Kerosene) to the shed where she'll be supported by 37-year-old ladykiller Bentley. The show is at 7 p.m., 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25-$67. (813) 740-2446.
Skipper's 33rd Birthday Party The Skipperdome is a "little bit older and none the wiser," so that calls for a free daylong celebration Saturday from noon to midnight. Some of Skipper's favorites will be taking the stage, including Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (boogie-woogie blues and comedy), Gumbo Boogie Band (zydeco), Daniel B. Marshall (pop-rock), the Applebutter Express (ukulele funk) and the indie folk of Poetry 'N' Lotion before the jam band Cope wraps things up. Skipper's is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free.
Raise your glass
Tampa Theatre's Winefest The celebration this weekend is titled "Rebel Without a Cork." On Friday, sample fine wines with dinner from Mise En Place on the theater's historic stage. On Saturday, there's a tasting of wine and food from eight Tampa restaurants while Rebel Without a Cause plays on the big screen. Sunday brings a wine brunch. Tickets are $42-$88; $50-$100 tastings. See tampatheatrewinefest.org.
Fashion Week The last of Tampa Bay Fashion Week wraps up this weekend, including the unveiling of the Shops at Channelside's pop-up fashion shop. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. There's also a Designer Runway Show and Fashion Boutique with Kimberly Hendrix, Sandra Hagen, Rhonda Shear and more at 6 p.m. Friday. $40 advance, $65 at the door; $85 advance, $125 at the door (VIP). Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. And fashion bloggers will be all over town for the Blogger Brilliance Conference to discuss social media, branding and other topics. It's 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Karma pop-up shop at Channelside, 615 Channelside Drive #108, Tampa. $40. For complete info on Fashion Week Tampa Bay events, see fashionweektampabay.com.
Take the kids
Glazer Children's Museum Birthday Party This hands-on museum is turning 3. Like any toddler's birthday, that calls for dancing, games and cake. It's a free day of play Sunday in Curtis Hixon Park where there will be an outdoor dance party with the Baby Loves Disco DJ. Fit Kids Playground will have activities for the children, and there will be food trucks, vendors and, of course, birthday cake. On the other side of the park you can watch the amateur Ashley Whippet disc-throwing competition for dogs . If you want to get out of the sun, head to the museum where admission is free. It runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Visit glazermuseum.org or call (813) 443-3861 to learn more.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]