Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: The oldest and largest fair of its kind in the Southeast, there will be more than 115 specialized dealers from across the country selling rare and out-of-print books starting at 11 a.m. at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. $6; 11 and younger get in free.
Emmure: The metalcore outfit will perform alongside Volumes, Thy Art Is Murder, Gideon, Sworn In and The Rival Within at 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$25....
Katt Williams: If Williams actually shows up this time, unlike his last-minute cancelation last year at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the audience could be in for one funny night. Show is at 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $48.75-$128.75. (813) 974-3004.
Country in the Park: The city of Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music by country hit maker Mark Chesnutt. It's at 10 a.m. at England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895....
Universal Orlando announced Wednesday it is extending its Mardi Gras celebration by an extra week for a newly added show by Robin Thicke on June 7.
Thicke had canceled his Feb. 22 appearance at the theme park, disappointing Blurred Lines fans. Now they will not only get the R&B hit master, but they will get an extra helping of the park's bayou bash featuring a Mardi Gras parade, a French Quarter courtyard with Cajun cuisine and other bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street....
After missing a year, Taste of Pinellas is coming back to St. Petersburg with a ton of live music in tow, including Pat Benatar and the Blues Brothers — yes, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi themselves — headlining May 9-10 at an all new venue, Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg. As always, there will be food from various local restaurants, fireworks, a family zone and more. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the gate and $75 for VIP. They will be available starting at noon Friday via Ticketmaster, the Mahaffey Theater box office, All Children's Hospital and all local Rally stores. In addition to Benatar and her husband, Neil Giraldo, entertainment also includes Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Loverboy, and KC and the Sunshine Band....
1 Country in the Park: Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music by country hitmaker Mark Chesnutt (It's a Little Too Late, Let It Rain) an arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show, tree and plant sale and children's activities. No coolers allowed. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday at England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-0895. ...
Joe Popp: Tampa's former pop-punk king returns for a two-set acoustic show as part of the BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series at 7 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 248-4969. newworldbrewery.net.
Agent Orange: This California punk rock band has been making hits since 1979. Show is 8 p.m. at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 258-4829....
Cult Classics @ Dalí: The St. Petersburg Salvation Army benefits today from the cult classic film festival. Bring a canned good or a $5 donation for admission to a screening of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Costumes are encouraged. Food trucks and a cash bar on site. It's 6:30 p.m. at the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.
The Patriot Tour: Bestsel ling author Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor), Taya Kyle (widow of Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper) and other veterans share stories of valor and survival at 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre. $63.50-$76.10....
Richard Gere was popping up all over the area this weekend, so keep an eye out for our favorite American Gigolo. Rays manager Joe Maddon on Sunday tweeted a picture of himself and Gere taken in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field before a spring training game. Even though Gere was in a Yankees cap, Maddon tweeted, "Very cool to be photographed this morning with an Officer and a Gentleman." On Saturday Gere was snapped visiting Ollivanders wand shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando theme park. His oily lawer in Chicago would probably end up in Slytherin but which wand would choose actor Gere, the wizard of female crushes? Gere, who has a 14 year old son, is a frequent visitor at Universal....
Celeb-scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson fills Carl Sagan’s role in a fancy-pants exploration of the Big Bang and the scientific mysteries of the universe in Sunday's premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at 9 p.m. on Fox and Monday on the National Geographic Channel (and 10 other Fox platforms for an unprecedented roll-out) But don't think this is some drab bit of homework.
Produced by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, who is a science geek on the side, it will have a mix of real images and high-tech special effects with contributions from Matrix and Spider-Man 2 cinematographer Bill Pope, Star Trek series producer Brannon Braga and The Avengers composer Alan Silvestri....
Seven years after his controversial exit, Isaiah Washington is heading back to Grey’s Anatomy for a one-time guest appearance with one of the other original cast members, Sandra Oh, who is set to bid farewell to the series at the end of its current 10th season.
As longtime fans know, Oh’s Dr. Cristina Yang was involved with Dr. Preston Burke (Washington); they were engaged at one point. “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."...
Gasparilla Music Festival: The popular downtown music festival will have cuisine from the region's top restaurants and four stages of music with headliners the Flaming Lips today and Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $30-$150.
Florida Strawberry Festival: For the final weekend of the festival, today's featured performers are Jerrod Niemann (7:30 p.m., $20-$25), Dustin Lynch (3:30 p.m., $15-$20), and Caroline Kole (1 p.m., free). The festival opens at 10 a.m. at Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. (813) 752-9194....
Once again, fortune favors the bald as Rays manager Joe Maddon, coaches, players and front office staff will shave their heads to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. Fans can join in as well, and all proceeds benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for A Cure.
At the Sunday Rays-Red Sox game on March 16, the players will line up for shearing at 10:45 a.m., prior to the spring training game at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte....
Busch Gardens has announced a deal that gives visitors a free Adventure Island Fun Card with the purchase of a Busch Gardens Fun Card, a $47 value. The Busch Gardens Fun Card with Adventure Island is $92 for adults and $87 children. You get unlimited access to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island all season long with no blackout dates. The Busch Garden visit dates are valid until Dec. 31 and Adventure Island visit dates are valid through Oct. 12. Purchase at AdventureIsland.com, at the Adventure Island or Busch Gardens front gates or by calling 1-888-800-5447. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...
Nude Nite: This three-night, 21-and-older sensual art event has grown in popularity and moved to a bigger warehouse this year with burlesque performances, live art by body painters, aerialists, pole dancers, explicit photography, live music and a cast of adult-themed strolling characters. It's at 6 p.m. at VF Warehouse, 1601 N 39th St., Tampa. $20-$25. (321) 229-8110.
Beer and Cheese Pairing: Try Florida Beer Co. varieties paired with different styles of cheeses from around the world at this Tampa Bay Beer Week sampling at 1 p.m. at Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. ...
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Gasparilla Music Festival
Six thousand fans came to GMF in 2012; that figure swelled to 9,700 in 2013. This year, the festival will expand to two days, Saturday and Sunday, bringing in more than 40 artists, including its biggest headliner yet, the Flaming Lips. The vibe is great, there's food from nearly 20 of Tampa's best-known eateries, and children are welcome throughout the day, particularly at a kids' fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, there will be a Yoga Rhythm Lounge, a yoga and dance session in Kiley Garden. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Advance tickets are $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or $60 for the weekend. More info and a full schedule is at gasparillamusicfestival.com. ...