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Things to Do Planner: Carlos Mencia, Folkfest St. Pete, Treasure Island kite festival

SKY'S THE LIMIT: 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 show is you can bring your own kite or buy one from the vendors on the beach to learn some tricks of your own. Check out the precision flying and the after-party when people add lights to their rigs for a night fly Saturday. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday behind the Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.

RUSTIC REVELRY: Folkfest St. Pete

The annual folk art and music street festival Folkfest St. Pete seems to grow every year, now occupying three days on Central Avenue in front of the folk art gallery Creative Clay with continuous music (Have Gun Will Travel, Keith Johns 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 will host a kickoff party Friday night, and the festival will be set up on Baum Avenue on the two large lots across from Creative Clay between 11th and 13th streets. Parking is free in Tropicana Field's Lot 6. The event is free to attend 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.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

MORE MINDFUL: Carlos Mencia

Comedian Carlos Mencia 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 standup comic suffered a devastating career blow back in 2007 when joke-stealing allegations surfaced and fellow comedians started piling on. The hate-Mencia drums were beating so loud that in 2010 the Wall Street Journal called Mencia one of the three most hated standups in the profession, alongside Dane Cook and Jay Leno. He has said he went to therapy after the allegations of joke stealing surfaced and threatened to torpedo his livelihood. In 2011, a visibly thinner Mencia put out a new Comedy Central special called New Territory, and he said he has evolved as a human being and a comedian. You can find out this weekend when he performs at the Improv in Centro Ybor with shows today through Sunday at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $25 at (813) 864-4000.

Things to Do Planner: Carlos Mencia, Folkfest St. Pete, Treasure Island kite festival 11/04/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 11:32am]
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