Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Plan your weekend: Tampa Pride, Disney on Ice, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Drumline Live

Plan your weekend

Parade

Tampa Pride: Even though Tampa's modestly sized Pride parade and festival is affectionately known in the community as the "baby pride," this year's event is expected by organizers to top last year's crowd of 30,000. Things get started Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor parking lot at E Eighth and Ninth Avenues between 14th and 15th Street when vendors open at 10 a.m. At noon there will be a Pulse nightclub tribute ceremony at Centro Ybor with shooting survivors and Orlando first responders. At 1 p.m. the parade begins at Nuccio Parkway and Seventh Avenue. It's followed by a concert by Steve Grand at 4 p.m., hailed as the first openly gay country singer to taste mainstream success when his video for the song All American Boy went viral. New this year: The marching bands from Plant High School and at least one other local school will be the first school marching bands to participate in the parade.

Chorus

It Gets Better: A great prelude to the Pride parade comes on Friday night when a community chorus, made up of students from Tampa's Patel Conservatory, will join the traveling cast from the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus. The show caps a week of community outreach by the cast, which visited students at local high schools. Possibly the world's only musical adapted for the stage from a viral YouTube video, it sprung from nationally syndicated sex advice columnist Dan Savage, whose video to let gay teens know that life does get better after high school reached million. And soon similar videos were posted to share stories and support. The show is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Take the kids

Disney on Ice: The Disney show coming to the rink at Amalie Arena this weekend is called Worlds of Enchantment, so you get everything on the rink, from wheels to waves to Frozen (of course) because that ice queen's preschool popularity just won't stop. Seven shows Friday through Sunday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $18-$100. (813) 301-2500. disneyonice.com.

Band fans

Drumline Live: Created by the executive band consultant for the movie Drumline, Drumline Live is a highly percussive, high-stepping show that brings the historically black college and university marching band tradition to the big Carol Morsani Hall stage at Tampa's Straz Center on Sunday. The rousing, rollicking explosion of musical energy, this stage show is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29-$55. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Value night

Downtown Tampa's Fourth Fridays: Venues around downtown Tampa offer extended hours Friday with free, special or added value admission deals or special programming. You can also find deals at restaurants and free Pirate Water Taxi rides. New this month is U2Charist, a night of U2 music and communion to support the social and artistic fabric of Tampa, at 7 p.m. at the Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave. At the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts photographer Chris Buck will discuss his book Uneasy: Portraits From 1986-2016. It includes Buck's portraits of celebrities, including Joaquin Phoenix, Lena Dunham and the late Dennis Hopper. Admission is pay what you can, 6-8 p.m. at 400 N Ashley Drive, Cube 200. fourthfridaytampa.com.

Shopping

Rock and Roll Swap Meet: Really more of an indie market than a swap meet, this event Sunday at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg will not only have nine bands performing, including Car Bomb Driver, Pretty Voices and Mondo Diablo, but there will also be vendors selling vinyl, CDs, books and memorabilia. There's a $5 cover charge for the event from 2-7 p.m.

Free food

Greek Independence Day: Are you willing to humiliate yourself for free food? In honor of Greek Independence Day, wear a toga to a local Little Greek restaurant on Saturday and get a free gyro and a free piece of baklava while supplies last. Find locations at littlegreekfreshgrill.com.

Orchestra

A Night at the Opera: The Florida Orchestra pops concert this weekend will have a selections of arias and overtures by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner and more. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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