Friday, February 23, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 27

R. Kelly: Kick off the freakin' weekend when the R & B singer, who's been churning hits like Ignition and Bump n' Grind since the '90s, embarks on The Buffet tour. 8 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $65-$105. (813) 301-2500.

Brandy Clark: A Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter. 7 p.m., Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 443-8403.

Blast Friday: Here Come the Mummies: The family-friendly food and craft vendor festival featuring a free live concert celebrates its 100th anniversary. The first 100 people get free Morton Plant Hospital bags. 5:30 p.m., 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free; $25-$45 VIP. (727) 464-7200.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG). 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.

Laughing Stock: A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once to avoid paying royalties. Through May 29. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $20, $10 students and military. (727) 791-7400.

Rewind: A Different Kind of Movie Series: Bloodsport: A series favorite films audiences say they watch, rewind, and watch again over and over. This portion features Bloodsport, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. In the film, an American Soldier trained in martial arts enters the Kumite, a battle to death. 10:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $7. (813) 274-8982.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Don't Fry Day: Learn how to have fun in the sun while protecting your skin. Activities include dressing a paper doll in sun safe clothes, making UV reactive bracelets, making sun safe visors and sun safe relay races. Included with admission. 10:30 a.m., Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free. (727) 821-8992.

Clarification

The buffet at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post following the Treasure Island Memorial Day Parade on Monday is $10.

TO WATCH

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, 10 p.m., Food Network. Does Guy Fieri ever stop eating? Not on tonight's edition, which is all about grilled, smoked and fried meat — including wild boar sausage.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Start planning your weekend at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Blast Friday: The Romantics: The family-friendly food and craft vendor festival featuring a free live concert and a beer garden. 5:30 p.m., 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 464-7200. Pasco C...
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The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

ST. PETERSBURG — The composer sat in semi-darkness, his hand drifting like a slow pendulum at his side. On the Mahaffey Theater stage, the violins led a creaking and mysterious journey through a cypress swamp, the inspiration for the first movement.T...
Published: 02/23/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 24

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Pirates and Pets: A time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $21.95...
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‘Annihilation’ is strange, beautiful biological mystery

‘Annihilation’ is strange, beautiful biological mystery

Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a bracing blend of cerebral sci-fi and grindhouse terror, a genre movie that’s more, maybe too much for some viewers.Based on Tallahassee author Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation on the surface is a dead-ducks missi...
Published: 02/22/18
Review: John Dufresne gives an entertaining short course in ‘Flash! Writing the Very Short Story’

Review: John Dufresne gives an entertaining short course in ‘Flash! Writing the Very Short Story’

Don’t tell John Dufresne you don’t have time to read.In fact, don’t tell him you don’t have time to write. Instead, spend a little time with his new book, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story. You’ll find a treasure trove of stories you can read in th...
Published: 02/22/18
Plan your weekend: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Plan your weekend: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Extreme Monster Energy Supercross Championship: The action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing returns to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Each track in the 16-city series is different, so competitors will ride between 15 and 20 laps around t...
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

Can you feel it? The air is gradually thickening with humidity and the layers of clothes are getting thinner. Spring has almost sprung and with it brings a bumper crop of festivals in Florida’s theme parks full of food, wine, concerts and parades. Th...
Published: 02/21/18
An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

ST. PETERSBURG — After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony."This piec...
Published: 02/21/18
Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

Toni Dove: Embodied MachinesIf you were feeling like your art viewing experiences haven’t been high-tech enough lately, the "Embodied Machines" exhibition opening at the Ringling Museum on Sunday will fill that void. It’s the first survey exhibition ...
Published: 02/21/18
Top things to do this weekend: Supercross Championship, Olate Dogs, Gasparilla Distance Classic

Top things to do this weekend: Supercross Championship, Olate Dogs, Gasparilla Distance Classic

BIKE RACE: Monster Energy Supercross ChampionshipThe action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship return to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Motorcyclists will race at more than 60 mph and fly off ju...
Published: 02/21/18