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Weekend Planner

Our insiders help you plan your weekend: dining, movies, music, arts, stage, things to do, shopping, and outdoors:

  1. Interview: Kenny G comes to Clearwater, the perfect sax solo always on his mind

    Music & Concerts

    Thinking of picking up the saxophone? Great! Wonderful! Kenny G 100 percent supports your decision!

    Just don't ask him for lessons.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA’s Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  2. Plan your weekend: 'Hairspray' in the park, Mainsail art fest, Neil Diamond, Earth Day

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Stage

    Hairspray: There's a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. today, and then the American Stage in the Park production starts at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through May 14 at Demens Landing Park, St. Petersburg. Artistic staff are planning a concert-like experience. …

  3. March for Science heads to Washington, St. Petersburg and around the globe

    Events

    On Earth Day, an unprecedented outpouring of science advocates will march on Washington, D.C., and fill the streets of more than 500 cities across the world — including St. Petersburg's Poynter Park.

    Cancer researcher Sinéad Aherne is the coordinator of Taste for Science, an annual festival that features local scientists who will speak at coffee shops and pubs about their research and the importance of science to the community. JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times
  4. Dining Planner: Florida Blueberry Festival, Seafood and Sweets, Taste of Ybor

    Food & Dining

    BERRY GOOD: FESTIVAL TIME

    Blueberry season is in full swing, with this year's Florida Blueberry Festival making it official. First, there's the festival kick-off event on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saxon Manor. The Victorian Epicurean Tasting benefits the Brooksville Vision Foundation and offers …

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  5. Art Planner: Three artists to see as Mainsail Art Festival returns to Vinoy Park

    Visual Arts

    While art festivals have begun to regularly sprout up in St. Petersburg, none can boast the longevity of Mainsail. The show Saturday and Sunday at Vinoy Park (701 Bay Shore Drive NE ) will mark the juried festival's 42nd year showcasing the cream of the crop of local and national artists working in fine …

    Lilian Delgado’s oil paintings will be on display at the Mainsail Art Festival on April 22-23, 2017.
  6. Movie Planner: 'Colossal,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Born in China,' 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise'

    Movies

    INDIE FLICKS

    COLOSSAL

    Two types of movies we've seen too many times merge to imaginative effect in Colossal (R). One is monster-stompers like Godzilla, the other any indie dramedy featuring a washout returning home. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo shows they have more …

    Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway in Colossal.
  7. Things To Do Planner: Alton Brown, Antiquarian Book Fair and SunLit Fest, Green Thumb Festival

    Events

    ALTON BROWN: Eat Your Science

    "I don't want to give too much away, but this time we're going to play a little game while we're at it," TV chef Alton Brown said of his new live show coming to Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. "Plus, you'll see things I've never been allowed …

    FOR FUTURE FILE USE A patron walks by the garden baskets at the Colorfield Farms booth Saturday at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Petersburg.
  8. Stage Planner: Rocktopia at the Straz, Ella Fitzgerald Florida Orchestra tribute, opera 'couples therapy'

    Stage

    MIX IT UP: ROCKTOPIA

    Arrangers with a classical flair have loved toying with rock music since the inception of the genre. George Martin's orchestration of Beatles songs (In My Life and Eleanor Rigby) comes to mind. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released an Elvis album. There are even …

    Rocktopia