dR Daily 10/24-27: Your Creepy Crawly Weekend Top 10
A week before All Hallow’s Eve, creepy creatures are already out in full force. That includes zombie wannabes dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the streets of St. Pete, an annual tradition which has, unfortunately, suffered a grisly schism. (Read Jay Cridlin’s account of the controversy, which manages to be at once laughable and sad, here.) But you don’t have to learn any dance moves; just enjoy a weekend that covers the gamut from Lady Macbeth to doggies in costume.
- Thrice to Mine. What do you get when the scary-good actor/playwright Roxanne Fay puts her own spin on the scary-bad anti-heroine Lady Macbeth? You get Fay’s one-woman show Thrice to Mine, in which she plays Gruadth, daughter of the Thane of Fife, said to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s lethal Lady. Fri.-Sat. 10/25-26, 8 p.m., studio620.org.
- Read No More: Gulfport Murder House. Macbeth also inspired the immersive theatrical experience Sleep No More in NYC, in which theatergoers wander through an old hotel encountering short scenes evocative of the play. Wordier Than Thou’s Read No More follows in its spooky footsteps with scary plays performed in the rooms of a possibly haunted house in Gulfport. Thurs.-Sat. 10/24-26, 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m.; Sun. 10/27, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 p.m. 3009 54th St. S, Gulfport, 516-906-2140, facebook.com/wordierthanthou.
- Diavolo Dance Theater: Architecture in Motion. Daredevil dancers brave giant wheels, poles and teeter-totters when this physically gifted troupe hits the stage (you may have seen them on America’s Got Talent). In their return to the Straz they partner with USF’s School of Theatre and Dance and local veterans to create a work around healing through movement. Fri. 10/25, 7:30 p.m., Straz Center, strazcenter.org.
- Tampa City Ballet: If I Cry. The diaries of the indomitable Mexican artist Frida Kahlo inspired this production by Tampa City Ballet, whose motto is “Building Bridges | Creating Bonds | Inspiring Hope Through Dance.” If you miss the performances this weekend at HCC. look for it at the Palladium Nov. 8. Fri. Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 26, 3 p.m. Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa, 813-558-0800. tampacityballet.org.
- Florida Orchestra: One Giant Leap! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with the Florida Orchestra — and bring the kids! Intergalactic tunes (Holst’s The Planets, John Williams’ E.T.), lunar film footage, an “instrument petting zoo” and cheap tickets ($8 and up in advance, $10 and up at the door, ages 3 and younger free) make for family-friendly fun for you and your future astronauts. Sun. 10/27, 2 p.m., Straz Center. (Also 11/3 at the Palladium in St. Petersburg). 727-892-3337, floridaorchestra.org.
- Phantasmagoria: Reckoning. This show does not appear to be kid-friendly (at least for kids 8 and under). But for fans of theatrical horror incorporating puppetry, projections, dance and storytelling in a “whimsical macabre” style, this troupe sounds like just the thing. Sat. 10/26, 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., 813-274-8286, tampatheatre.org.
- Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival.This pre-Ween event, new this year, brings something for kids and grownups both to Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete. Friday night is geared toward the older crowd, with a haunted house and “spooky signature cocktails,” and Saturday is a family affair with Halloween movie screenings, a kid-friendly haunted house and more. Tickets are inexpensive ($8 adults, $5 kids) and 100 percent of the proceeds go the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer Fund. Fri. 10/25, 6-10 p.m.; Sat. 10/26, 1-5 p.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg, 727-822-5353, stadiumofscreams.com.
- Wag-O-Ween & Howl-O-Ween. You gotta get your pets into the act this season, right? Here are two events where they’ll fit right in. Wag-O-Ween is all about the doggies: adoptions, raffles, a costume contest and more, all for the benefit of CASA. Sat. 10/26, 10 a.m., Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place, 727-392-0665. Howl-O-Ween welcomes pets for a PAWrade, costume contest, adoptions, shopping and food in the festive family-friendly environs of Green Bench Brewing Co. Sat. 10/26, Noon-4 p.m. 133 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-798-5499.
- Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race. Races for runners at all levels over Memorial Causeway, Sand Key and Belleair Bridge raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clearwater For Youth and its mission to make sure no child is turned away from a sports program due to financial concerns. Sat. 10/26, start & finish at Coachman Park, Clearwater. Half Marathon at 7 a.m., 5K at 7:30 a.m. and Kids’ Dash at 8:45 a.m. the3bridgerace.com.
- SPIFFS 45th Annual International Folk Fair. A multi-cultural smorgasbord of culture, crafts, foods, and entertainment representing countries and ethnicities from all over the world. There’s a Great Parade of Nations, a new-citizen swearing-in ceremony and lots more. Sat. 10/26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10/27, Noon-6 p.m. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-552-1896, spiffs.org.