Sunday, May 27, 2018
Events

Single on Valentine's Day? Here are 5 ways to spend the night

So you're single. Who cares? There's nothing wrong with taking a break from relationships and going solo for a while.

Except ... next Thursday is Valentine's Day. The streets are about to overflow with hearts and flowers and cherubs and ooey-gooey pink things. Couples everywhere will be flaunting their love for all to see.

And that can make a single guy or gal feel like committing a Valentine's Day massacre.

But that doesn't mean you have to spend Feb. 14 living like a recluse. Call all your single friends and head to one of these spots, where we're confident you won't see much V-Day love in the air.

Who you lookin' at, punk? Sure, plenty of couples might hit the State Fair on Valentine's Day. It's cute, right? But we bet none of them will swing by the Entertainment Hall for this unlikely concert by gutteral Gainesville ska-punks Less Than Jake. Although, hey, if you consider Best Wishes to Your Black Lung "your song," more power to you. Tickets are $10-$15. Dress code is mosh pit casual. floridastatefair.com.

Sweets for my damn self: Downtown Tampa's hipster haven, Cafe Hey, brings back its Anti-Valentine's Day cupcakes for those craving sweets without the emotional baggage. This year's flavors include Eat Dirt, a chocolate fudge brownie with sour gummy worms; and It's Not You, It's Me, a corn cake with banana fondant. The going rate is four cupcakes for $4 and 10 cupcakes for $12. Check the shop's Facebook page for a full listing of flavors. cafehey.com.

I'll make my own bag, thank you: No designer purse this year from that asshole? For $30, you can knit your own bag and show him. Arrive at Knit 'n Knibble, 4027 S Dale Mabry Highway, just before 6 p.m. on Valentine's Day and prepare to get your knit on. (The class fee doesn't include materials.) If you're not down with the Pinwheel Bag design or are looking for a pretty much boy free zone, you can sit in the shop's cafe to knit whatever you want. knitnknibble.com.

Valentine's Day movie go boom! While all those other lames rush out to see whatever movie Nicholas Sparks collaborated with Kleenex to release this time, you can watch things blow up for no reason during Bruce Willis's latest installment of crazy, A Good Day To Die Hard. Sure, you'll see couples in the lobby, but then you'll enter the theater and be free to watch the fireworks. See Page 48 for show times.

We'll take potent potables for $1,000: Gather some pals for some heavy British fare — $5 bangers and mash, plus $3 craft pints! — during Trivia Night at PJ Dolan's Irish Pub, 2836 E Bearrs Ave. in Tampa. Teams can win gift certificates for $50, $30 and $20 gift certificates. The best part? You won't have to spend that dough on anyone but yourself. pjdolans.com.

Comments
With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

TAMPA — Behind the construction walls near the carousel at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, hammers, saws and power drills made a racket in the blazing Friday heat. A raft full of 100-pound water jugs took test trips on the new Roaring Springs ride set ...
Published: 05/25/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

Sacred Art Tour of the Tibetan Monks: Eight Dalai Lama-sanctioned monks from India are creating a sand mandala of the Green Tara, a female representation of the Buddha of Compassion. During opening ceremonies, the monks will chant, play long Tibetan ...
Published: 05/25/18
Veterans get in free at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and more with Memorial Day deals

Veterans get in free at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and more with Memorial Day deals

Memorial Day is a time to say "thank you" to our veterans. The following is a list of free offers for them to enjoy. Some even last all summer.• Busch Gardens and SeaWorld are offering U.S. veterans and up to three guests get free admission to the th...
Published: 05/25/18
Professional wrestlers are telling their stories through comic books

Professional wrestlers are telling their stories through comic books

Due to its salacious scripted story lines mixed with choreographed violence, professional wrestling is often referred to as a kind of soap opera. But Palm Harbor’s John Crowther sees it differently. Professional wrestling, he said, is a comic book st...
Published: 05/25/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival: In addition to cocktails, music headliners today are Everclear and Fastball. 11 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $20-$30 single day; $35, $40 at door (if available) for two-day tickets; VIP $100-$225. ...
Published: 05/25/18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 26

97X Barbecue, Music and Arts Festival: Alt-rock station 97X expands the annual Memorial Day weekend music festival to show love to all arts with a display by local artists and a music line-up including The Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah and the Lion,...
Published: 05/25/18
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

It’s where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.It’s where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the program’s biggest road games.It’s where folks showed up in...
Published: 05/24/18
Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

TAMPA — The Ballet Nacional de Cuba performed Giselle, its signature ballet, on Wednesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Fifty-four dancers charmed a packed house, culminating in about two hours an effort that took more tha...
Published: 05/24/18
Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

Lakeland’s a little out of the way, but I’m always eager to check out the bar scene there when passing through or attending an event. Every place I’ve visited just seems so pleasant.I regret missing the boat on the city’s first brewery, Lakeland Brew...
Published: 05/24/18
tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

The saga of Barley Mow Brewing Company and its eventual offshoot/successor Sea Drift Ales & Lagers is a complicated one. The most interesting part is how the latter came to be as a result of brewery-distributor tensions, in which Barley Mow pulled an...
Published: 05/24/18