Monday, January 22, 2018
Events

Things to do

12 Today

Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series: This monthly summer lunch and concert party in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square will have food for sale from downtown eateries, accompanied by live music in the park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Boulevard and Morgan Street, Tampa. Free.

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and stories about the old movie house's secrets, art and architecture, benefiting Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations, 11:30 a.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $5 adults, $2 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/1 and younger free. Call (813) 274-8982.

Brews and Bites: This celebration features food trucks, a beer garden, craft beers, a mojito bar, summer cocktails, local musicians and a 360-degree waterfront bar, 6-10 p.m. at Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St. Free admission, menu prices vary. Call (813) 373-1193.

Forever Plaid: This toe-tapping, side-slapping evening of music and comedy features tunes like Three Coins in the Fountain, Rags to Riches and Cry, 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Sunday and Thursday at Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Brian Davis: In addition to the country star's performance, there will be a bikini contest with a $1,000 prize for first place, 7 p.m. at the Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301. $5 21 and up, $15 men 18-20, $10 women 18-20. Call (813) 987-2855.

The Travelogues: Speakers share audio and visual presentations of the faraway places they've visited. Today, Meredith Watt discusses what it was like to live and work in New York for three years, and Gina Moccio talks about her successes and failures as she tried to relocate to New York. It's 7-9 p.m. at Cafe Hey, 1540 N Franklin St. $3. Call (909) 333-6731.

Bastille Day Wine Tasting: It's a "French Revolution" with a tasting of 10 different Champagnes, sparkling wines, Bordeaux, Burgundy and reds from the Rhone Valley, 7-9 p.m. at Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd. $10. Call (813) 879-2931.

The Lonesome West: Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics, 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28. Also 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Pauly Shore: The comedian performs his standup routine, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $22. Also 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: Based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, a close-knit immigrant family deals with the hardships of assimilating into a new culture, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $26, $22 seniors, $10 students. Also 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 727-2708.

Matt Pond: The indie rock singer plays with Matrimony and the Pauses, 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $10-$12. Call (813) 248-4969.

Hot Summer Nights Poolside Party: Get poolside for this 21-and-older-only party with music by Hot 101.5 and guest DJs, a full bar and complimentary liquor samples for the first 500 guests, 9 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. Free. Call (813) 627-7625.

13 Saturday

Plant Sale to Benefit Agriculture Program: Support students in the agricultural program and find a variety of herbs, vegetables, flowers and other plants at budget prices, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lavoy Exceptional Center, 4410 W Main St. Free admission. Call (813) 872-5285.

Christmas in July: Get a holiday portrait taken of the entire family, including your pets, with proceeds benefiting the Animal Coalition of Tampa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lucky Dog Daycare and Resort, 1116 W Fig St. $15 (two pets and five people), $20 (larger groups). Call (727) 584-5040.

Sensory Friendly Films: AMC Theatres and the Autism Society have joined together to present this special series of films in an environment friendly to those affected by autism and other sensory issues, featuring Despicable Me 2 in this installment. This event is also being held at Veterans 24 in Tampa, Tri-City 8 in Largo and Regency 20 in Brandon. 10 a.m. at Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road. $8, $7 ages 2-12 (price varies by theater). Call toll-free 1-888-262-4386.

Optimal Wellness: A Day of Personal and Planetary Healing: Learn about meditation, yoga, organic gardening, organic wines and foods with keynote speaker Dr. J.E. Williams, known for his pioneering work in integrative medicine, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Roosevelt 2.0, 1812 N 15th St. $10 advance, $15 day of. Call (813) 248-1904.

Holistic Health Expo: There will be holistic exhibitors, speakers, interactive demonstrations, massage, nutritional supplements and aura photography, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore, 4400 W Cypress St. $10. Call (541) 482-3722, ext 1.

PAC Lite Summer Variety Series: This week's performer is award-winning songwriter Lisa Palas, whose songs have been recorded by country stars including Reba McEntire, Alabama, L and the Oak Ridge Boys, performing "Life, Love and the Music Business," 2:30 and 7 p.m. at Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center. $10. Call (813) 642-0606.

Lemuria: The indie punk Buffalo, N.Y., band, that just released the new album The Distance is So Big will be joined by local bands Feral Babies and DieAlps!, 7 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $8 advance, $11 day of. Call (813) 241-8600.

Micah Schnabel: The artist is best known as a member of the alternative rock group Two Cow Garage, 7 p.m. at Yeoman's Road Restaurant, 236 E Davis Blvd. Free; cost of food and drink varies. Call (813) 251-2748.

Lil Wayne: The rapper tours off his new album I Am Not a Human Being II, with T.I. and Tyga opening, 7 p.m. at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $25-$89.75. Call (813) 740-2446.

14 Sunday

Summer Brunch Series: Latin Brunch: Frank de la Grana's paella and other dishes are served family style with Spain's Castillo de Monseran wine, 11 a.m. at Bernini Restaurant, 1702 E Seventh Ave. $35. Call (813) 248-0099.

The Cuban Sandwich: Walking Tour and Opening Reception: This walking tour reveals the history of famous, infamous and not-so-famous artists who have lived and created in Ybor from 1886 to the present, with the tour ending at King Corona with a reception for a giant diorama about Ybor City by numerous artists, noon-3 p.m. at King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar, 1523 E Seventh Ave. $15, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Call toll-free 1-888-248-3812.

Summer Classic Movie Series: All summer long, Tampa Theatre will show classic Hollywood movies, this week featuring American Graffiti, the tale of the last-minute antics and relationship woes of two buddies bound for prestigious colleges in 1962, 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

Camille Dupree & Broken Fetters: The Tampa folk band celebrates its CD release at a party with performances by the Sutherland Trio and Caleb Hyers Band, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $5-$8. Call (813) 248-9500.

15 Monday

Tim Gibbons Exhibition: The one-man art show "Future, Past and Present" features 25 works in acrylics, pen and ink, 10:30 a.m. at Bamboozle Cafe, 516 N Tampa St., Tampa. Free; food and drink available for sale. Call (813) 223-7320.

Capital Cities: Radio station 93.3-FLZ hosts an acoustic performance by the band. Register to win free tickets or watch it stream live, noon at RP Funding Performance Theatre, 4002 W Gandy Blvd. Call (813) 832-1000.

16 Tuesday

The Appleseed Cast: The postrock band, touring off new release Illumination Ritual, plays with the Life and Times and Muscle Worship, 7 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $10-$13. Call (813) 241-8600.

17 Wednesday

Dave Matthews Band: The band that has performed here nearly every year and released a bootleg of a Tampa concert plays, 7 p.m. at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $40.50-$75. Call (813) 740-2446.

18 Thursday

Karen Brown Book Discussion and Signing: Local author Karen Brown will discuss her psychological suspense thriller The Longings of Wayward Girls, then sign books, 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.

Lavell Crawford: The comic who gained national exposure on NBC's Last Comic Standing, has been on Chelsea Lately and had a recurring role on Breaking Bad performs, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $22-$25. Call (813) 864-4000.

The Beach Boys: The band that symbolizes summer (but the version featuring Mike Love, not Brian Wilson) performs, 8:30 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. $69. Call (813) 627-7625.

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