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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. A sign outside the new Rise of the Resistance ride at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge shows the virtual queue closed on opening day, Dec. 5. Luis Santana
    Disney’s newest ‘Star Wars’-themed ride saw its virtual queue filled by 8:30 a.m. on opening day, with no other ride options available. The park’s scheduled open time was 9 a.m.
  2. Michael McDonald, right, will rejoin the Doobie Brothers for a 50th anniversary tour that'll hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on June 10. Clay Patrick McBride
    Seats for Lyle Lovett, Chicago with Rick Springfield and more are up for grabs.
  3. Jessica and Tommy Garvin pose for a selfie outside of the Tropicana Field Wednesday evening after they were notified that their wedding ring lost at Enchant Christmas was found. Photo courtesy of Jessica and Tommy Garvin
    After thinking it was gone forever, the Garvins are thrilled to have their sentiment of love returned.
  4. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge new attraction, Rise of the Resistance, at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The stakes are high for Rise of the Resistance after Disney got mixed reviews for opening its new Star Wars land before its marquee attraction was open.
  5. Disney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance — including a face-off with Kylo Ren — when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
    Glitches stopped the ride for most of the morning, but once aboard, the fans found a treat.
  6. Jessica Garvin, 26, lost her wedding ring on Black Friday within 15 minutes of a family trip to Enchant Christmas St. Petersburg. She and husband Tommy Garvin spent the restr of the night searching for it, but never found it. Photo Courtesy of Jessica Garvin
    The ring, a 14-karat gold band with a torn-paper edge and stones set into an engraving, is not your typical wedding ring. And to Jessica Garvin, it’s much more.
  7. The St. Pete Beach holiday boat parade will return on Dec. 7 with a visit by Santa at the Merry Pier. Tampa Bay Times (2015)
    Boat parades, snow festivals, a free Family Day at the museum and more top the list of free and cheap fun.
  8. Guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens on Dec. 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Walt Disney World
    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens at Disney, the Globetrotters show off their tricks and bluegrass and ukulele music rule the day.
  9. Lil Bub waits in the arms of owner Mike Bridavsky to meet and greet fans during CatCon 2017 in Pasadena, Calif in August 2017. RICHARD VOGEL  |  AP
    The cat died peacefully in her sleep Sunday after battling a rare bone infection.
  10. Snowfest returns to Straub Park on Saturday, giving Florida kids a chance to play in the snow. Tampa Bay Times (2013)
    You can play in snow or catch the Harlem Globetrotters, plus lighted boat parades begin and Tony Bennett and Trisha Yearwood perform.