Concerts this weekend: Imagine Dragons brings the live power of Radioactive at 7 p.m. Friday with Grace VanderWaal opening at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre; Livenation.com. J. Cole brings his tour with openers includes Young Thug, Jaden Smith (son of movie star Will Smith) and EarthGang at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena. And American Football, the Illinois emo group who broke up in the wake of their cult-classic 1999 self-titled debut album, then reformed in 2014, play the Orpheum in Ybor City at 7 p.m. Friday.
Comedy: Comedians swinging through the Tampa Bay this week include Adam Ray, best known from his role in the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy comedy The Heat. His podcast About Last Night with Fun Size comedian Brad Williams is a mainstay on the iTunes Charts, bringing along celebrity friends including Bullock and comedians Jim Jefferies and Iliza Shlesinger. Friday through Sunday, he’ll be doing stand-up at the Improv. $12-$15. Best known from the Comedy Central prank show Crank Yankers and VH1’s That Metal Show, comedian Jim Florentine is known as a bitingly edgy comedian with a dark side and he’s performing Thursday through Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Fetish Con: Now in its 18th year, Fetish Con returns to the downtown Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront for four days of antics this weekend, bringing hundreds of bondage and fetish models, as well as vendors and exhibitors selling clothing, latex, corsets, shoes, rope and toys. It’s not all kink. There are also lectures, workshops and demonstrations, plus an erotic art show, private dungeon space and an exclusive Pervy Pool Party for pass holders. You must be 18 or older to attend. It opens with a Kinky Red Carpet at 7 p.m. today and runs through Sunday, with the third annual Fetish Awards, followed by a Fetish Ball and Bash After Party. 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $40 per day; $100 all access. (727) 894-5000. fetishcon.com.
St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday Art Walk: All of the galleries and studios extend their hours and many open new exhibitions for this popularly monthly art night. Find a map at stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk. Check out the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop’s blow out sale of beautiful hand blown glass art, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Discounts of the work by local artists are up to 75 percent off. 719 Central Ave. moreanartscenter.org.
Imagine Museum: If you haven’t been over to see the stunning collection of studio glass art at the Imagine Museum, maybe $5 admission would motivate you. That’s right, the museum is offering $5 admission to Pinellas County residents every day this month. What a great, affordable way to see priceless works of art and seek shelter from the August heat. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. imaginemuseum.com.
Perseid Meteor Shower: The annual summer meteor shower is easier to see if you can get away from the city’s light pollution. There will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where it’s $3 per vehicle. (352) 793-4781. Or you can go Stargazing in the Park with the Pasco Astronomers group, who will provide telescopes for viewing. 8-10 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 255-3083.
New restaurant to try: Alsace Bistro is bringing northeast France to Tierra Verde
50 Cent Sidewalk Sale: Saturday is a great time to add to your record collection at Daddy Kool Records’ 50 Cent Sidewalk Sale, when vinyl, CDs, posters, stickers and "goodies from the archive" will all be a mere 50 cents. While the rapper 50 Cent won’t be there for the occasion, DJ Kalani will be spinning all the jams, which is better, really. It happens from noon-6 p.m. at 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Clearwater Threshers: It’s Super Hero Night on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite hero and get your photo taken with members of "Costumers With a Cause." Stick around for post-game fireworks. On Monday at 7 p.m., bring your appetite for Feeding Frenzy Night, where a $14 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza and cheesesteaks. Antacids not included. $6-$10. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457.
Paddington 2: In case you missed the buzz when it hit the movie theaters in January, Paddington 2 became the best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes. Take a beach blanket to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach on Friday and see it for free after sunset, about 8 p.m., on a jumbo-sized screen. As the Hollywood Reporter observed: "Paddington 2 won’t save the world, but its existence makes everything just that tiny bit better and more, well, bearable."
Take the kids
Great Mess-Ploration: Get the last blast of summer from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Great Explorations Children’s Museum when they explore messy art and science including shaving cream art, shake painting, tie dye and sticky sand castles. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Included with admission. $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free.
Fright Night: Freefall Theatre probably is showing a trio of campy horror films in August hosted by Miss McGee, otherwise known as Freefall outreach coordinator Matthew McGee. He grew up watching Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and counts himself a huge fan of the Mistress of the Dark. "I’m also a horror fan and will be giving the audiences a lot of fun trivia as well," McGee said. "I will be there in drag to provide catty commentary during the films. Should be a lot of fun." The series starts Friday with Fright Night, then moves to Gremlins on Aug. 18 and Creepshow on Aug. 25. All shows start at 8 p.m. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
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