What’s happening in Tampa Bay: David Sedaris, a vintage Florida party, Carl Hiaasen

The giant Webb’s City mermaid appears on Saturday, plus next week brings Hiaasen and Sedaris to town.
Published May 8
Updated May 8

WISE GUYS: David Sedaris, Carl Hiaasen

It’s a real treat for readers to discover their favorite authors are just as funny in person as they are on the page. This week offers two great examples. David Sedaris will bring his cheerfully misanthropic stories to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. And bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen, still a Miami Herald columnist, will give a talk as part of the Limelight speaker series of cultural and intellectual conversations at Tampa Theatre.

To see Sedaris read his own work reveals his autobiographical narrative. His most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection, Calypso, tackles middle age and mortality. An audience Q&A and a book signing follow. $35. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Hiaasen is a Florida native who has been writing about the Sunshine State since his father gave him a typewriter at age 6. He has been awarded three Pulitzer Prize nominations for observations and eye-opening reporting. His first novel, 1986’s Tourist Season, failed to frighten away the tourists, but the London Observer called him “America’s finest satirical novelist.” He has since published 14 novels. $55-$75. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8981. tampatheatre.org.

VINTAGE FLORIDA: Cocktails on the Courts

Celebrate vintage Florida at Cocktails on the Courts, a fundraising party for the St. Petersburg Museum of History with dancing under the stars, live music by the Black Honkeys, unlimited Florida cuisine and cocktails, a vintage fashion show, a live art demonstration, a charity auction and shuffleboard. St. Petersburg’s quirky past plays a part, of course. That includes Lorelei, the giant porcelain mermaid featured on the facade of the famous Webb’s City drugstore, and the stuffed, two-headed calf born in the 1920s that fans named Half & Half. Proceeds help the museum’s campaign to fund the renovation and raising of the painted porcelain Lorelei on the building’s exterior wall. $75. 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. (727) 822-2083. historystpete.org.

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