Friday, February 23, 2018
Events

Things to Do Planner: Flavor Run, magicians Oz Pearlman, Piff the Magic Dragon, skatepark sneaker party

FLAVOR RUN: A new twist on eat and run

The untimed Flavor Run 5K at the Florida State Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Saturday puts a whole new twist on the popular color runs by adding fruit-flavored puffs of powder as runners follow the course. You'll be dashing through clouds of strawberry, blueberry, watermelon, banana, grape and orange. Afterward, there's live entertainment, health vendors, fruity finisher's medals and real fresh fruit at the finish line. $25-$60. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821. f lavorrun.com.

HAPPY 25TH: Celebrating THE Florida Holocaust Museum

A family-friendly performance featuring mentalist and magician Oz Pearlman on Sunday will help the Florida Holocaust Museum celebrate its 25th anniversary. The museum, which opened in 1992 and moved to its current 27,000-square-foot building in downtown St. Petersburg in 1998, came about because of St. Petersburg businessman and philanthropist Walter P. Loebenberg, an escapee from Nazi Germany who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He brought together a group of community leaders to create a living memorial, and it is now one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country. For Sunday's celebration, Pearlman, an America's Got Talent finalist, blends mentalism — basically reading your mind based on body language clues — and magic for two shows at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave N, St. Petersburg. The first is a private lunch reception and personal mentalist experience with Pearlman at 12:30 p.m. ($100, includes admission to public performance) and the second is a public performance at 2:30 p.m. ($25). Pearlman is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. His grandmother survived Auschwitz and his grandfather was a partisan fighter. Proceeds from his show benefit the museum's student education programs. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

SUGAR RUSH: Skater Aaron Herrington

Oregon-born skating phenom Aaron Herrington, 27, has been coming to the Skatepark of Tampa since he was a kid. He competed in the Tampa Am as a teen and the last two years at the legendary Tampa Pro. He's also put his name on witty retro skate decks for Polar Skate Co. called Donut Kingdom that feature doughnut-munching bears. So it's fitting that the party celebrating the release of his new sneaker, Converse Aaron Herrington, a low-top white canvas skater shoe, will be a day of free skating, doughnuts and coffee. Also, free sneakers for the first person in line and the top three winners of a trick jam contest. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 621-6793.

COMEDY: Piff the Magic Dragon

A grumpy but lovable comedian and magician, Piff the Magic Dragon (real name: John van der Put) was also a standout of Season 10 of NBC's America's Got Talent (coming in fifth to Oz Pearlman's third-place showing). Described as Larry David in a dragon suit, he comes with a trademark chihuahua named Mr. Piffles and performs amazing magic tricks Thursday through Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

 
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