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While it feels like the whole world has come to a halt as wave after wave of cancellations have been announced in response to warnings against large crowd gatherings, there are still a few things this weekend that are still planning to move ahead.
Walt Disney World, for example, has announced it will close through the end of month, as has Universal Orlando Resort. But both theme parks are open this weekend, with Flo Rida and Sugar Ray performing at Universal’s Mardi Gras event. The closure begins at the end of business on Sunday.
Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld and Legoland are open through March 15 and will close through the end of the month. And ZooTampa at Lowry Park said it is monitoring the situation but is still planning to remain open this weekend.
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As we’ve seen, everything can change by the minute. But as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, here are a handful of weekend events that have not yet been canceled or postponed:
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are still scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, despite Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol closing down shows until April 2. The Red Elvises are set on taking the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. Crowbar in Ybor City has a full weekend of events, including Fre$h P on Friday, Aurelio Voltaire on Saturday and the club’s weekly Ol’ Dirty Sundays party with Dash Speaks on Sunday. At the Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, Gloria West and the Gents are playing at 8 p.m. Friday, while Chuck Magid Band is performing at 11 p.m. Saturday. The Ritz Ybor’s free weekend EDM shows are still on as planned, with Arcaze playing Friday night and Kyle Kinch on Saturday.
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival, a time-travel festival of mimes, madrigals and jousting isn’t letting some modern plague keep it down. On its Facebook page Friday afternoon organizers said they were following “best practices” for preventing the spread of illness, including increasing the number of hand-sanitizing stations, increasing employee training and cleaning regimens. “We have emphasized to participants to remain extra diligent about adhering to some simple health and hygiene practices such as washing hands frequently, avoiding facial contact, covering a cough or sneeze ... and avoiding contact with people who are ill.” The festival runs weekends through March 29. This weekend’s theme is Shamrocks and Shenanigans. $22.95, $18.95 senior, $14.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. MOSI, 11315 N 46th St., Tampa. (813) 983-0111. bayarearenfest.com
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In the world of comedy, Jay Pharoah is still scheduled to perform Friday and Saturday nights at the Improv in Ybor City. Ian Edwards is still performing Friday through Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa.
St. Petersburg’s Freefall Theatre is sticking with its weekend performances of the play Lone Star Spirits. At the Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater, there are two performances Saturday of The Best of Times, a celebration of songs by composer Jerry Herman. The West Coast Players’ weekend performances of Four Weddings and an Elvis are still on in Clearwater.
With the exception of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and the Dali Museum (which normally closes during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which has been canceled), most museums in Tampa Bay are open during normal hours. The Ringling Museum has canceled its events, performances and programs, but is still open.
FOOD AND DRINK
Cigar City Brewing’s annual Hunahpu’s Day has been canceled, but a handful of Tampa Bay Beer Week events are still on tap for all the out-of-town beer fans in the area this weekend. Among them: 7venth Sun’s annual Hangover Day parties in Tampa and Dunedin, and Six Ten Brewing’s Sour Power and Tie Dye party in Tampa. Check out their website for details.
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