Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 11-14: Run, walk, march, enjoy!
Events honoring the men and women who’ve served our country are taking place on both sides of the bay this weekend, from Veterans Memorial Park in Hillsborough on Thursday (11 a.m., 3602 U.S. 301 N.) to Treasure Island on Sunday, where a parade departs from Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis (10315 Paradise Blvd.) at 11 a.m. Also, WFLA News Channel 8 has a handy list of Veterans Day discounts, from Applebee’s to Walgreens. (U.S. flag photo by Jnn13 / Wikimedia Commons)
The Arts Annual is a wonderful opportunity to check out the talents of some of Pinellas County’s most accomplished performing, visual and literary artists, all recipients of grants from Creative Pinellas, the county’s non-profit local arts agency (where, full disclosure, I’m president of the board). This year’s approach has changed a bit from previous annuals: Rather than one big indoor bash, there will be outdoor performances Saturday and Sunday in the garden adjacent to CP’s gallery, where you’ll be able to browse the exhibition of visual arts grantees. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 13-14. Performances in a range of genres (dance, hip-hop, musical theater, live painting, literary readings, Latin jazz and ukulele, to name a few) from 1-4 and 5-8 p.m. on Saturday; 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Galleries open both days. Click here for tickets and other info. Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road. Largo.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the city’s arts districts — Central Arts, EDGE, Grand Central, Uptown, Warehouse and Waterfront — join forces again for this monthly showcase of the many and varied offerings at more than 45 studios and galleries by some 200 artists of all disciplines. Choose one or two districts to stroll through (stopping along the way for dinner at a local restaurant), or hop on to the free Downtown Looper, which runs every 15 minutes, to see the Waterfront galleries. Sat., Nov. 13, 5-9 p.m. View a list of participating galleries and a downloadable map here.
Enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise and help feed the hungry: You can do all that this weekend with the return of St. Pete Run Fest, which donates 20 cents for each mile you run to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s food programs. The 10K and 5K races take place Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday, and if you haven’t registered yet (there’s no race-day registration), there’s an opportunity to do so on Friday during the opening day of the race expo outside the Mahaffey. Nov. 12-14, stpeterunfest.org.
You’ll be artin’ good in the neighborhood at the MIZE Gallery’s latest themed show, Neighborhood, for which Chad Mize invited 36 artists to create artworks inspired by Tampa Bay neighborhoods. ’Hoods range from Sulphur Springs to Pinellas Park to some you may not have heard of before (Skyland?), and the list might just include a ’hood you call your own. Opening reception Fri. Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m. Exhibit runs Nov. 12-28. MIZE, 689 Dr MLK Jr St N. Unit C, St. Petersburg, chadmize.com.
The Neil Simon “revival” continues! American Stage’s version of The Odd Couple is an awkward marriage; the setting has been moved to the present, with multicultural casting that makes perfect sense (loved the poker players!), but Simon’s script hasn’t been updated, so there’s a confusing disconnect. (American Stage, continues through Nov. 21.) This weekend Gulfport Community Players brings us another of Simon’s favorite odd couples: the bickering former vaudevillians of The Sunshine Boys. Two terrific local actors, Dean Wick and Ron Zeitz, play the “boys.” Patrick Brafford directs. Nov. 11-21, Catherine Hickman Theater, Gulfport, gulfportcommunityplayers.org.
Skin Hungry and Jekyll closing Sunday
Two intriguing local shows close at Tampa theaters on Sunday, so getcher tickets and get ‘em quick: Jobsite’s acclaimed production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, with Giles Davies as the doc and four actors as Mr. Hyde, and LAB Theater Project’s original comedy about a May/December relationship, Skin Hungry, starring Roz Potenza. (You can also view the play on-demand through Nov. 21.)
Sweet baby Jesus! Will Sweet Baby James ever lose his touch? Mellowing like a fine bourbon, the mega-famous folkie comes to the Amalie with Jackson Browne as the opener. Two icons of ’70s folk/pop who just get better with age — a fine autumnal combination. Thurs., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.
Speaking of autumnal combinations, what could be better than barns and beer? Especially when your tickets benefit the community giving programs of Old McMicky’s Farm Foundation. Classic rock by Stormbringer, a ceremony honoring Tampa Bay recipients of the Purple Heart, ciders, seltzers, craft beers, wine and spirits. Plus barn games, beer pong and a mechanical bull! Fri., Nov. 12, 6-10:30 p.m., Old McMicky’s Farm, 9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa, 813-920-1948, oldmcmickys.com.