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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Nov. 9

Eric Andre appears at Tampa Theatre, plus the Veterans Day Fall Fly in Treasure Island and AJR plays the Yuengling Center.
Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. [JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Invision/AP]
Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. [JORDAN STRAUSS | Invision/AP]
Published Nov. 8, 2019

Eric Andre: The comedian who created Adult Swim’s hit series The Eric Andre Show and the network’s new late-night comedy Mostly 4 Millennials, brings his Legalize Everything tour. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Veterans Day Fall Fly: This family-oriented event features kite flying, kite games, stunt kite lessons, demos, bubbles and all things that decorate the sky for Veterans Day weekend. There’s no formal competition, but novice kite flyers can also learn what one is like. Free. 10 a.m. Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 367-1961.

AJR: The chart-topping New York City trio performs on a world tour in support of their third studio album, Neotheater. $32.50 and up. 8 p.m. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

Tampa Bay Veg Fest: Now in its 10th year, a plant-based celebration offering healthy living and eco-friendly vendors, speakers, cooking demos, exhibits by nonprofits, a children’s area, live music and animal adoptions. Free. 10 a.m. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E Harrison St., Tampa. (813) 841-4258.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: More than 50 authors are scheduled to attend, including Dave Barry (humor writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist), Meg Cabot (author of The Princess Diaries) R.L. Stine (Revenge of the Invisible Boy author). Food trucks, a book market and author signings are also planned. Free. 10 a.m. University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. (727) 421-4141.

Creative Clay Fest: Formerly known as Folkfest St. Pete, this event embraces original art and live music to support the artistic work of people with disabilities. A food court, art vendors and a family area complete the highlights. Free. 11 a.m. Creative Clay, 1846 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-0515.

Rapper’s Delight 40th Anniversary Tour: The legends of hip-hop, Sugarhill Gang and Furious 5, appear with special guest DJ C Styles. $12. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Kettle Krush: The fourth annual 5K and 1-mile runs benefits the Salvation Army to feed the homeless. $20 and up. 8 a.m. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (813) 784-2266.

Unclaimed Clothing Sale: This annual PARC fundraiser sells thousands of freshly cleaned clothing items, unclaimed by customers and donated by Sun Country Cleaners. Look forward to designer label business suits, dresses, men’s dress shirts, sweaters, blouses, ties, trousers, linens and bedspreads. $5 per item. 8 a.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 3451 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 345-9111.

Rides by the River Car Show: See collector cars, hot rods, imports, classics and more than 100 of Tampa Bay’s greatest sets of wheels on the south and west lawns, plus the adjacent parking lots. In addition, local dealers and automotive vendors show off their latest vehicles and products. Free coffee and doughnuts while supplies last. Free. 8 a.m. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-3725.

Test Drive Fundraiser: Take a spin in a new Ford vehicle and the Lady Hurricanes Basketball Programs earns $20. The benefit features more than 30 vendors, live entertainment and food trucks. Free. 9 a.m. Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor. (727) 692-6590.

Heroes Weekend: Watch the Veterans Day parade down Beach Boulevard (11 a.m.), followed by the opening ceremonies (noon) and the eighth annual VETSports Beach Volleyball Gulfport Open. Free. 9 a.m. Gulfport Beach Park, 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. (727) 893-1118.

Ranch Roundup: A day of food trucks, vendors, poker, car shows, crafts, music, and tours of the ranch. Benefits Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches. Donations are encouraged. Free. 10 a.m. Safety Harbor Youth Ranch, 3180 Enterprise Road E. (727) 725-4761.

Veterans Boat Parade: The event, now in its 23rd year, is the only veterans boat parade in the country. Viewing areas include the American Legion Post 273, ROC Park, the Elks Lodge and the Johns Pass Boardwalk. Free. 10 a.m. American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach. (727) 398-5680.

Veterans Day Parade: The City of Brooksville’s annual parade honoring veterans and military service members begins and ends at City Hall. A concert goes down afterward. Free. 10 a.m. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. (352) 540-3810.

Ukrainian AutumnFest: Down Ukranian beer and classic eats like borsch, potato pancakes and pierogi, or check out the arts and crafts, church tours, vendors, children’s bounce house and games. Cathy and the Lorelei Band provide the tunes. $3, free for 12 and younger. Noon. Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 430 90th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 465-8455.

Dunedin Wines the Blues: Live bands on four stages and wine from vineyards around the country invade the downtown core. Free, food and drink additional; VIP $135, $250 two. Noon. Main Street, Dunedin. (813) 922-1264.

Kiddies Carnival: A celebration of Caribbean culture with music, food, a dance battle, entertainment, art and a traditional costume parade. Benefits Shriners Children Hospital and the Kiddies Carnival. $10. 3 p.m. University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 386-6687.

Taste of IRB: Grub on bites from area restaurants during this sampling with raffles, live music and dancing. Price TBA. 3 p.m. Chic-a-Si Park, 271 Fourth Ave., Indian Rocks Beach. (816) 215-0161.

Sing with Eric Whitacre: The Grammy-winning composer leads an afternoon of singing his exquisite music, talking about his composition process and answering your questions. $75, $50 students. 3 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Red, White and Brew: Indulge in food trucks and pours of from local breweries, in addition to live music and games. The beer tasting benefits the Stano Foundation. Free, food and drink additional). 4 p.m. Westshore Plaza Mall, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. (727) 674-1464.

Twenty-Four Hands: Don’t miss the opening reception of this group printmaking exhibition. On display through Nov. 30. Free. 5 p.m. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Private Signs and Runes: Another opening reception but for Clare Dygert’s work that searches for hidden meanings in nature. On display through Nov. 30. Free. 5 p.m. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Ties, Tiaras and Tennis Shoes: A playful gala in which guests pair their favorite tennis shoes with bright ties or bedazzled tiaras and formal wear. A three-course dinner, drinks, speakers, a silent auction, dancing and entertainment are part of the fun. Benefits the mental health of youth, first responders and veterans. $150 and up. 6 p.m. Sheraton Riverwalk Tampa, 200 N Ashley Drive. (813) 991-7073.

Skatepark Anniversary Party: The Skatepark of Tampa observes its anniversary with a Concrete Jam for a $10,000 prize purse. The party is held in conjunction with Tampa Am. $10. 7 p.m. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.

Casting Crowns, Hillsong Worship and Elevation Worship: Three of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music unite for the first time on this tour. $29.50 and up. 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story: A critically acclaimed theater show about two young boys from Queens, New York, who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo. Using video projection, lighting and a live band, the concert in Ferguson Hall spotlights hits like Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Homeward Bound. $39 and up. 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

The Hooters: In their first Tampa Bay area appearance in 25 years, the multiplatinum-selling band dominated MTV with songs that include And We Danced and 500 Miles. $39 and up. 8 p.m. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

The Surreal and the Fantastic, Part II: View work from visiting Seattle artists Jamie Randall, Mark Clarson and John Miller. There’s also a glassblowing demonstration, live music and a cash bar. Free. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 421-4141.

Tampa Greek Festival: Shop the traditional market at this three-day Greek festival with food, live Bouzouki music, dancing, a children’s zone, church tours and choir performances. Runs through Sunday. $2. 11 a.m. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 571-0658.

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival: Explore the historic village as you feast on local, fresh seafood. Live music and more than 60 art and craft vendors are also in store. No cover. 10 a.m. 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 322-5217.

St. Raphael Fall Festival: The 11th annual waterfront celebration showcases fair food, midway rides, live music, Bingo and other games. Benefits St. Raphael Catholic School. Free, $1 and up ride tickets and wristbands. Noon. St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7989.

Shuffleboard For Veterans: Indoor shuffleboard hangout Shuffle lets veterans play on its four courts for free all Veterans Day weekend. Runs through Monday. Free. 2612 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 450-3797.

King of the Beach: The fishing tournament promises a festival and weigh-in. Also expect food, marine and art vendors, a boat showcase, an area for kids and live tunes. Free. 2 p.m. ROC Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. (727) 216-6601.

Deep Field: A Cosmic Experience: Grammy winner Eric Whitacre leads this Florida Orchestra Masterworks program, with Hubble Telescope graphics projected on the big screen and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay singing in the aisles. Whitacre also conducts his Lux Aurumque and Equus, plus Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Copland’s Quiet City. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Damon Williams: A comic whose credits, including BET’s ComicView and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, date back to 1994. $15 and up. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Tampa Am: This annual bowl jam’s Rage Club Party features an open bar, DJ entertainment and the video premiere of Swear. $10. 6 p.m. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.

Jay Mohr: The actor, comedian and sports radio host, who nabbed roles on TV and in movies like Jerry Maguire, goes back to his standup roots. $30. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Riverhawk Music Festival: Now in its 19th year, the four-day festival features a lineup of more than 20 bands on multiple stages. There are craft exhibitors, food, drinks, children’s activities and camping. Runs through Sunday. $15 and up, free for 12 and younger. 11 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (863) 984-8445.

Doug Canney: This comedian, originally from North Carolina, has appeared on WB’s One Tree Hill, HBO and the award-winning short film Lonely Ben. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


Radio Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime: The early holiday flicks continue. This one follows a disc jockey (Keshia Knight Pulliam) who discovers the true meaning of Christmas while broadcasting from the town of Bethlehem, Pa.


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  1. Alicia Keys will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Sept. 20. [Milan Zrnic]
    Big names are coming to the area. Get your seat.
  2. The food is art at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, including this cookie that looks like a painter's palette. [Walt Disney World]
    The 39-day celebration of art, entertainment and food kicked off Jan. 17.
  3. Treasure Island will host a grand opening for its new dog park at Roselli Park on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Tom Germond]
    Play with pups in Treasure Island or party in Kenneth City, plus get some new ideas to spruce up the house.
  4. Pompei Monster Factory will feature an "Alice in Wonderland"-themed ride during the Fourth Saturday Art Walk at the Pinellas Art Village on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Michelle Schultz]
    Plus, a book sale at the Largo library and a shabby chic and home decor show in Wesley Chapel.
  5. Carrie Fisher plays Princess Leia Organa in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." [LucasFilm]
    The Florida Orchestra performs as a ‘Star Wars’ film plays, NPR’s Ira Glass tells stories, an Anne Frank exhibit opens and more.
  6. Walt Disney Imagineering unveiled the Epcot Experience, which opened Oct. 1, 2019, inside Epcot at Walt Disney World. Located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, it is the first in-depth look at the historic transformation already underway at Epcot. A 360-degree film presentation features upcoming attractions in development and projection-mapping technology highlights an artfully designed model of the park. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World (David Roark, photographer) [DAVID ROARK  |  Walt Disney World]
    Three new films debuted in Epcot on Jan. 17, marking the first of many new attractions to come.
  7. Next month the Pirate Water Taxi will debut a 100-passenger vessel and two smaller taxis as part of an expansion of the company's routes and coverage of Tampa's waterfront. (Yacht StarShip) [Yacht StarShip]
    The service, owned by the operator of Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises, is investing $1.6 million in three new vessels and adding a long-desired stop near the Florida Aquarium.
  8. Jan. 21• Arts & Entertainment
    The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship sails toward the Tampa Convention Center during the annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in Hillsborough Bay sailing north to Seddon Channel on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Hundreds of boats join the flotilla. [Tampa Bay Times (2019)]
    The best parking places, bathroom stops, meeting points, after parties and places to catch beads.
  9. The crowd lining Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa celebrates during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in 2019. [Times (2019)]
    Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades lead this week’s bill of worthwhile events.
  10. Yacht StarShip, a dining and water taxi company, has added the Lost Pearl pirate ship to its fleet just in time for Gasparilla. [Yacht StarShip]
    After years entertaining tourists in Virginia Beach, the Lost Pearl is settling into its new Tampa Bay home.