dR Daily 7/19-21: Your Weekend Top Ten
To the Moon, everybody! And when you’re not celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 this weekend, there’s a plethora of A&E fun at your disposal.
- The Moon: This had to be #1, right? There are all kinds of moon-related events in the offing at local museums and libraries, but the most intriguing from my perspective is the rebroadcast on CBSN, CBS News’s digital streaming service, of the network’s original coverage of the landing as anchored by Walter Cronkite, starting at 4:17 p.m. Saturday — the exact moment 50 years ago when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
- Nerdier Than Thou Literary Con. Word nerds get their own con on Saturday and Sunday when the fine folks at Wordier Than Thou present two days of panels and presentations at Clearwater’s Emerald City Comics on subjects ranging from UFOs to Horror Fiction to Strange But True Florida with a whole bunch of great local writers. wordierthanthou.com.
- Class Acts. Two must-hear musical events this weekend for fans of classical music: the Premium Blend Trio in the Museum of Fine Arts’ Marly Music Series on Sunday afternoon, and the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival today and Saturday at USF. The components of Premium Blend are indeed premium: St. Petersburg Opera Maestro Mark Sforzini, clarinetist Brian Moorhead and pianist Justin Havard, who will show the development of composition style through the 19th and 20th century and perform Baroque and classical music. The Rebecca Penneys festival, a tuition-free showcase for talented collegiate pianists from all over the world, was founded by its namesake, an acclaimed pianist, and continues with concerts and classes through Aug. 5. mfastpete.org, rebeccapenneyspianofestival.org.
- Girls Rock St. Pete! Oh yes they do, and they’ll rock Jannus Live on Saturday night. “EIGHT GRRRL POWERED BANDS ARE READY TO MELT FACES!” says the promo copy, and it’s all about raising money for Girls Rock Camp, a grassroots non-profit run by local female volunteers who teach girls to rock n’ roll and believe in themselves. jannuslive.com.
- Trashion Fashion. The annual “Recycled Runway” event returns to ArtPool, the Grand Central District’s most unique boutique, on Saturday night. Tampa Bay’s top designers will show looks they’ve created from recycled, unorthodox and eco-friendly materials. artpoolrules.com.
- The Rays are back in town. After a brutal series with the Yankees, our boys return for some redemption from the Chicago White Sox this weekend. And on Sunday night, they change out of their uniforms into designer duds for Rays on the Runway, an annual fundraiser for the Children’s Dream Fund. They’ll hit the runway at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront with children who’ve been helped by the Fund to realize their wildest dreams despite having to contend with life-threatening illness. childrensdreamfund.org.
- The Rowdies’ Throwback Night. They’re Tampa Bay’s winning-est team at the moment, and Saturday night’s match against Saint Louis FC is a celebration of Rowdies soccer past and present, with tickets only $19.75 in honor of the team’s inaugural 1975 season. rowdiessoccer.com.
- Go to a play — or four. Jobsite’s doing Constellations, an exploration of the many directions two lives can take, starring the talented Giles Davies and Georgia Mallory Guy. And LAB Theater Project is doing LAB Laughs, a night of three comic one-acts by David Mamet, Doug Wright and Owen Robertson at Stageworks. jobsitetheater.org, labtheaterproject.com.
- Go to a musical — or three. Local stages are alive with the sound of music this weekend, as three much-talked-about productions enliven freeFall (Pippin — tickets going fast), American Stage (Fun Home — see our preview) and the Palladium Side Door Cabaret (Drilled! The Musical — see our preview on that one, too). freefalltheatre.com, americanstage.org, my palladium.org.
- Go to an art exhibition — or eight. You really do need to get out and see some art this weekend. I mean, look at all this great stuff: Florida CraftArt’s whimsical Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets (FloridaCraftArt.org); the Tampa Museum of Art’s engrossing photo show, Tableau and Transformation (tampamuseum.org); the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts’ equally compelling Contemporary Performance, (fmopa.org); the Dalí’s Goya — Visions and Inventions (thedali.org); the creative pairing of artists Babette Herschberger and Ry McCullough in Tongue and Groove at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas (creativepinellas.org); the imaginative glass art in the Imagine Museum’s Pivot (imaginemuseum.com); the Museum of Fine Arts’ mind-bending Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (mfastpete.org), and the Morean Arts Center’s playful Paint By Numbers Popup Show (moreanartscenter.org).