Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 13-19

Chelsea Handler, Taking Back Sunday headlining the 97X Barbecue and Kinky Boots hits the Straz Center.
Taking Back Sunday will headline the 97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival at Coachman Park in Clearwater on May 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Natalie Escobedo.
Taking Back Sunday will headline the 97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival at Coachman Park in Clearwater on May 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Natalie Escobedo.
Published May 12
Updated May 13

Chelsea Handler: The brash comic is at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday for a night of conversation about her introspective memoir, Life Will Be the Death of Me. ($72-$92).

97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival: The alt-rock station takes over Clearwater’s Coachman Park on Saturday with Taking Back Sunday as headliner. $35 and up, though you can still find free tickets through Friday at 97xonline.com.

DATE NIGHT

Music: Sunny, throwback TV Girl plays Crowbar ($13-$15) on Tuesday. Wednesday brings Toad The Wet Sprocket to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre ($45-$75). Dan Rodriguez brings his groove-based, bluesy sound to Ybor’s The Attic on Thursday ($15-$20), the same night Mexican electro-industrial duo Hocico plays the Orpheum ($15). Indie-pop’s The Drums with Jonny Pierce plays the Orpheum Saturday ($18). WMNF has organized an Americana festival centered on popular act Have Gun, Will Travel featuring an array of local talents at Skipper’s Smokehouse on Saturday ($15).

Kinky Boots: The celebrated Broadway show with music by Cyndi Lauper hits the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Friday through Sunday. ($43 and up).

Kristin Chenoweth: The Tony and Emmy winner with the golden voice returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. $45 and up.

Comedy: It’s a good week for comedy fans with Larry the Cable Guy playing two shows Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($59.50-$69.50). Bill Bellamy will issue a booty call to the Improv at Centro Ybor Friday through Sunday ($25). And Side Splitters brings Billy Gardell, from Mike and Molly on Friday and Saturday ($30).

We Just Move On: The Songs of Kander and Ebb: A cabaret show featuring the music of the duo behind Chicago and Cabaret by Broadway talents Haley Swindal (granddaughter of George Steinbrenner returning home to Tampa) alongside Jana Robbins. Sunday at the Straz Center ($25).

St. Pete Opera: Puccini’s tragedy Suor Angelica and the comedy Gianni Schicchi are paired for three shows in the coming week. Friday and Sunday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg.($20 and up).

Tampa Bay Boat Show: With summer coming, you can see and compare numerous makes and models at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Field of Dreams night: The Clearwater Threshers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic baseball film and you can have your photo taken with Dwier Brown, the actor who played Kevin Costner’s father in the film. 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Field. $6-$10.

Jack Hanna Weekend: The internationally-known animal expert will be at Busch Gardens on Saturday and Sunday to share animal facts and his travel tales.

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