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Top 10 Tampa Bay events for the week of May 3-9

Performing arts dominate this week’s top events, including the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Music Fest and comedian Craig Robinson.
Shelia E. performs during the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Music Festival Sunday in Curtis Hixon Park.
Shelia E. performs during the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Music Festival Sunday in Curtis Hixon Park. [ CAROLYN KASTER | AP Photo ]
Published May 3
Updated May 4

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival: Music Fest 2021: The 21st annual festival features entertainment by Joyce Irby and Klymaxx with Guitar G. Force (Saturday) and Sheila E. with Jonathan McReynolds (Sunday). Tickets are available for virtual and live viewing. Live tickets are sold in pairs to allow for social distancing. Masks are required and temperatures will be screened. Everyone entering is required to fill out a health survey, which will be e-mailed in advance. $20-$70. 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Kansas: The group will perform fan favorites from the past four decades, including classics like Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son. Masks are required and the audience will be limited to 50 percent capacity. $72.75-$128.75. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Tempt your taste buds at the Beer and Burger Throwdown in Safety Harbor Saturday.
Tempt your taste buds at the Beer and Burger Throwdown in Safety Harbor Saturday.

Beer and Burger Throwdown: Chefs fire up their grills for this multi-category burger and craft beer competition with free samples, live music, comedy shows, dance performances and more than 30 vendors. Promoters say this is Safety Harbor’s first large festival since shutting down because of COVID-19 in 2020. Benefits the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and Safety Harbor Chamber Foundation. $10. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor. 727-332-8270.

Afrodisiac Live Presents: Vibe Fest 2021: This indoor festival celebrates the urban entertainment scene with a variety of performances across jazz, R&B and spoken word. Performers include Marlon Boone, Yoshi, C-Renā, Malcolm Lang, Nasja Mone, Jus Henry, Telicia Da Poet, Cienna Alida, Jroc Jones and Vallery Valentine. $25-$35. 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Round Up/Avalon Event Center, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-810-5189.

Craig Robinson, shown here in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, will perform at Improv Comedy Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. [Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures]
Craig Robinson, shown here in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, will perform at Improv Comedy Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. [Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures]

Craig Robinson: The actor, best known for NBC’s The Office and movies including Hot Tub Time Machine and This Is the End, brings his standup comedy show to the Improv in Ybor City for a four-night run starting Thursday. Tickets must be purchased in tables of two or four. Masks or face shields are required at all times when not eating or drinking. 21 and older only. $108 for two, $216 for four. 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

The Wendy House: A son and his dead father’s partner butt heads as they return to his home and face old friends, memories and the truth. Contains material fit for mature audiences only. Recommended for ages 17 and older. Seating is limited to 20 people, so tickets must be purchased in advance. The show is also being live streamed. Call to purchase live stream and in-person tickets. $28. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. LAB Theater Project, 812 E Henderson Ave., Tampa. 813-586-4272.

Helen Keaney: Originally from New York, the Home Shopping Network host has performed comedy on HBO, Comedy Central and Caroline & Friends and was in the movie Tooth Fairy 2. $20. 9:30-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ’s, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-5653.

Bella Voce 2021: Volare: Capt. Mark Sforzini invites 80 guests to board this operatic simulation of a Pan Am flight. Guests are socially distanced and seated as if on board a private jet. The on-board flight crew brings gourmet snacks and drinks to your seat and tray table to enjoy during this live, multimedia flight simulation event that virtually hops to five opera houses around the world. $300. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Opera Central, Preis Hall, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Swan Lake: Next Generation Ballet tells the story of a beautiful woman trapped in a swan’s body by an evil spell. This performance was originally scheduled for spring of 2020. Socially distanced seating is sold in pods of two. $85.50. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Snoopy the Musical brings all our favorite Charles M. Schulz characters to life through music, song and dance at Stageworks Theatre Saturday and Sunday. (AP Photo/United Feature Syndicate)
Snoopy the Musical brings all our favorite Charles M. Schulz characters to life through music, song and dance at Stageworks Theatre Saturday and Sunday. (AP Photo/United Feature Syndicate)

Snoopy the Musical: Think Tank Theatre presents the musical based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz. The show features more than 15 songs presented by three-dimensional performers depicting the strip’s favorite characters. $30, $20 students. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-374-2416.