Virtual events for the week of April 20-26

Online activities to peruse while you’re at home.
Students can participate in the global production of a zombie film.  Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens.
Students can participate in the global production of a zombie film. Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens.
Published April 20, 2020

This week brings us a movie production opportunity for kids and loads of theater and music for adults. See if we’ve found something for you.

Largest Zombie Movie: Kids in grades K through 12 can take part in filming the world’s largest zombie movie. Professional filmmakers guide students in this worldwide project that originated in Florida. Sign up at to get a portion of the script. Free.

Equality Live: This virtual variety show to benefit Equality Florida features eight hours of live entertainment, celebrity guests, information about Equality Florida, awards and a silent auction. All donations will be matched by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. For details, see Equality Live’s Facebook page or click here: Donations appreciated. 1-8 p.m. Sunday. (813) 870-3735.

Dead and Company: Former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann rebroadcast video footage from a different concert every Saturday night during national social distancing. Watch it at Free. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Virtual Indie Bookstore Day: Wordier Than Thou presents a celebration in which area indie booksellers talk about their bookselling journeys and how readers can support them during social distancing. Free. 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

How We Move — A Virtual Gallery Experience: The virtual grand opening for an exhibit exploring the past, present and future of transportation in Tampa. Find it at Free. 5-10 p.m. Friday. (813) 229-3411.

National Theatre Wednesdays: Join St. Petersburg-based Freefall Theatre every Wednesday on Zoom for a chat about select offerings from National Theatre at Home. Artistic director Eric Davis and the Freefall team will discuss each play a week after it’s released on YouTube. The viewing schedule is as follows: Treasure Island (available to stream through Thursday) and Twelfth Night (available to stream Thursday through April 30). All films will be streamed on National Theatre’s YouTube page. Wednesday discussions take place on Zoom with Meeting ID 673-670-982. Password: 6099. Free. Viewings anytime daily, discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday. (917) 806-6541.

Tampa Virtual Cocktails and Connections: A digitally driven social hour in which you meet 10 entrepreneurs from your area and 10 more from across the country. Sign up at and get instructions on how to meet virtually. $15. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Shine Mural Festival: A virtual tour of more than 90 murals created from 2015 to 2018. Click on any mural on the map for detailed information including photos, audio descriptions and artist information. For the virtual map, go to Free. Anytime daily.

Romp ‘n Roll: Toddlers can join Rompy the dog and his circus friends for stretches and other light movement. Requires two chairs, three pillows and four stuffed animals. Tune in at Romp 'n Roll’s Facebook page. Free. Anytime daily.

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ZooTampa Videos: ZooTampa offers videos of animal medical treatments, rescue efforts and comical activities. Go to ZooTampa’s Facebook page. Free. Anytime daily.

‘Thunderdome’ with Chelsea Hooker: Jobsite Theater and the Florida Bjorkestra combine to bring us Chelsea Hooker singing Thunderdome. Listen by looking up “Thunderdome w/Chelsea Hooker, Jobsite Theater and the Florida Bjorkestra” on YouTube or clicking here: Free. Anytime daily.

Shakespearean MadLib: Jobsite Theater’s Roxanne Faye presents Tongue in Your Tail Tales. See it at Free. Anytime daily.

Melody Craven Sings Sara Lee: Melody Craven and Stageworks bring a bit of virtual theater with Sara Lee. See it at Free. Anytime daily.

Kaboom Percussion: Listen in as the percussion duo performs popular Disney melodies on an upright xylophone made from plastic bottles. Find it at Kaboom Percussion’s YouTube page. Free. Anytime daily.

Community Sing-along: The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is putting together a giant community sing-along. Record your portion and submit it to be compiled into the group performance. For instructions, go to the Straz’s Facebook page or click here: Free. Anytime daily.