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Best things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: 'The Art of the Smiley Face,' cat show, Book Lovers Day

This piece by artist Carrie Kilgore is part of the “Smile: The Art of the Smiley Face” exhibit, which will open Friday at St. Petersburg's Mize Gallery. [Courtesy of Mize Gallery]
Published Aug. 8

GRIN: Art of the Smiley Face

More than an emoji, the new exhibit "Smile: The Art of the Smiley Face" challenged artists to incorporate the classic yellow smiley face within their art. More than 40 artists couldn't resist playing with a symbol ripe for subversion, including Robert Dennard III, whose work is at right, Daniel "R5" Barojas, Ashley Bates and Carrie Kilgore. The chirpy icon has been grinning since the summer of love, ranging from cheerful corporate symbol to acid fad, serial killer symbol and the overused millennial expression of joy in text. Multimedia artist Chad Mize's gallery exhibit openings are more party than arty, thanks to his love of pop culture, music and creating a fun scene, so don't miss Friday's opening from 6 to 10 p.m. The exhibit runs through Aug. 24. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., St. Petersburg.

READERS: Book Lovers Day

Celebrate storytelling and childhood literacy at the Glazer Children's Museum on Friday for Book Lovers Day. Tot Time is at 11 a.m. and it's all about letters. At noon, kids can visit with therapy dogs and read them stories. They can learn how to make their own books at noon and 2 p.m. There will be a SMALLab virtual reality storytelling experience at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m. it will be story time with Tampa writer Laurel MacQuarrie, author of the Seefus the Slug series of children's stories. And Saturday you can find a variety of books to buy for your little one at the Usborne Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Level 2 next to the Farm exhibit. Book pricing starts at $4.99, and proceeds benefit the museum. $15, $10 ages 1-12. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

PURR: Cat Show

Step away from the funny cat videos and spend some time this weekend with the real things at the TICA International Allbreed Cat Show. Hosted by the Skyway Cat Club, a TICA (the International Cat Association) chartered club, more than 25 breeds of cats will preen for the judges. Meet other cat lovers and take photos with your favorites. Breeds include round-faced Persians, blue-eyed Himalayans, giant Maine coon cats, leopardlike Bengals and the hairless Sphynx. Adoptable kittens and cats will be on site, as will vendors. Admission, good for both days, is $8, $3 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. (Get $1 off admission with a cat food donation to benefit rescue cats.) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 289-1989.



  1. Pieces of jewelry by Cindi Samaha, who will be a featured artist at the Tampa Museum of Art's Holiday Shopping Event. Courtesy of Cindi Samaha
    Plus, the Dunedin Arts and Crafts Festival, Tampa Bay Holiday Market and Booze and Boutiques shop hop.
  2. Julie Andrews will appear in conversation at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
    Julie Andrews pays a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, a St. Petersburg pool hosts aqua yoga and Sustainable Buzz takes over the Tampa Riverwalk.
  3. On Tuesday, the Straz Center will host the Super Scientific Circus. Times
    The Super Scientific Circus visits the Straz, plus Titus Andronicus perform at Crowbar and Vintage Trouble at Ruth Eckerd.
  4. There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
    Veterans Day, Julie Andrews talks about her practically perfect career and country stars line up for Q-105′s Guitar Pull.
  5. Two Disney employees and a former middle school assistant principal are among the 17 accused of possessing and sharing child porn. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged more than 600 felony counts of child pornography possession to the 17.
  6. 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 appears at Tampa Theatre, plus the Veterans Day Fall Fly in Treasure Island and AJR plays the Yuengling Center.
  7. This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo, shows a manhole cover surviving from communist times in Berlin, when Volkseigene Betriebe, or Publicly Owned Enterprises, manufactured manhole covers for East German streets. MARKUS SCHREIBER  |  AP
    Travelers, look closely for signs that the city was once split in half.
  8. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
  9. The Tampa Greek Festival will return to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend. Times (2002)
    Eat around the Tampa Greek Festival or check out standup performances from Cristela Alonzo at the Straz and Dane Cook at the Mahaffey.
  10. Journey will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 21, 2020. Erik Kabik Photography
    Plus, Lyle Lovett, ‘The Dollop,’ Tower of Power and more.