SEA CHANGE: Blue Ocean Film Festival
We have a pretty watery weekend with the Blue Ocean Film Festival washing ashore. Founded in 2009, the film festival and conservation summit alternates each year between Monaco (because it's a pet project of Prince Albert II) and St. Petersburg. It's a four-day gathering of ocean-related films, photography, panels, art and speakers. This year's lineup offers more than 90 films from 24 countries, and scientific talks over in venues throughout the city of St. Petersburg. Thursday is opening night with a special screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary, Before the Flood, followed by an after-party at the Mahaffey Theater. Friday brings a climate change panel of scientists. The festival's winning film will be screened for free at 7 p.m. Sunday in North Straub Park. See the lineup at blueoceanfilmfestival.org. $12.50 and up, $6.25 for ages 4-10. Passes $135-$725. (727) 388-6682.
NEWSMAN: An Evening with Dan Rather
One of America's best known journalists, Dan Rather, will be sharing his insights on the current state of the media in St. Petersburg this week. His appearance is part of the Poynter Institute's speaker series and the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Rather has called Murrow his "north star" and will reflect on the life and career of Murrow and his own as anchor of the CBS Evening News. He currently hosts The Big Interview With Dan Rather on Mark Cuban's cable network, AXS TV. Reception is at 6 p.m. Friday, dinner and conversation at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $100 for the reception, dinner and talk at poynter.org.
HOLLYWOOD NIGHT: Reeve Carney, Kristian Nairn
Two musicians-turned-actors-turned-musicians are hitting Ybor City on Saturday night, and if you play your cards right, you can catch them both.
First up is Reeve Carney, top left, who originated the role of Peter Parker in U2's Broadway flop Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He also appeared as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful and Riff Raff in Fox's recent Rocky Horror Picture Show musical, and played Taylor Swift's boyfriend in the video for I Knew You Were Trouble. But he's also an indie-rock singer-songwriter, and he'll be performing at 7 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., alongside Kaleigh Baker and Kristopher James. $10 and up. (813) 241-8600. crowbarybor.com.
Afterward, head to the Ritz Ybor for a DJ set by Kristian Nairn, a.k.a. Hodor from Game of Thrones, left. Bran Stark's dearly departed manservant has been a DJ and producer since long before his GoT days, but that's not stopping the Ritz from capitalizing on the show's popularity, calling this event "Rave of Thrones." Doors open at 10 p.m. at 1503 E Seventh Ave. $15 and up. theritzybor.com.
Jay Cridlin, Times pop music/culture critic