Weekend Top 10: American Idiot, Blue Nudes, Emma’s Revolution – Plus Fashion, Cars & Football!

This weekend is loaded with great theater, art, music, hot cars, and football! Swoon. I’m giving you absolutely no excuse to stay home this weekend in Tampa Bay!


Blue Nudes lll – Figurative Works by Carrie Jadus
Soft Water Gallery, Warehouse Arts District, St. Pete

Blue Nude #9 – Carrie Jadus

Soft Water Gallery is back after some summer renovations with a fresh new look, an air-conditioned space, and two exciting new shows to usher in the new gallery era. The first, Blue Nudes lll, is a return to this intimate subject matter for Jadus, which features figurative paintings of nude subjects against the stark contrast of the now signature blue background. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue. Runs through October 1st. Also new, regular gallery hours!
Opening reception September 8th 6-9pm Free and open to the public
More information

12th Annual St. Pete Arts & Fashion Week – Neon Nights
Opening Night Soiree
Sundial, St. Pete

Courtesy of St. Pete Arts & Fashion Week

Each year, for more than a decade, we anticipate the glamour and beauty of Arts & Fashion Week. There are a host of events around the ‘Burg between Thursday and Saturday, but tonight is opening night at Sundial and the party is on. This VIP event features a stunning fashion show by
Jackie Z. Style & Co. Come dressed in neon attire, mingle with artists and fashionistas, and walk the hot pink carpet like the star you are!
September 8th – 7-10pm Tickets, More information and full schedule


Tampa Bay Auto Show
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa

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This 3-day auto extravaganza features over 350 of the hottest new cars, trucks, SUVs as well as the newest industry innovations offered by auto vendors from around the country. Car enthusiasts aren’t the only ones who love it – bring the whole family for a fun and fascinating day. September 9th – 11th (hours vary) Tickets and information

Emma’s Revolution 20th Anniversary Celebration and Double CD Release Concert
Unitarian Universalist Church, St. Pete

Emma’s Revolution – Website Image

Known for fearless, truth-telling lyrics and melodies you can’t resist singing, Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O. “The powers that be can control the media, but it’s hard to stop a good song. Pat’s songs will be sung well into the 22nd Century.” – Pete Seeger (All Things Considered – NPR)
September 9th 7pm Tickets and information

American Idiot – Music and Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong – Book by Michael Mayer American Stage Theatre Company, St. Pete

Courtesy of American Idiot

The two-time Tony winning ode to punk rock is the first show of the “This is America” season at American Stage. It’s a bold, yet perfect choice where the coming of age and activist themes are as relevant today as they were two decades ago. The music, of course is timeless. Directed by Gavin Hawk. Runs through October 2nd.
Read my Arts Guide Feature on American Idiot here.
Opens September 9th 8pm (showtimes vary w/ 2 weekend matinees)
Tickets and information


Tampa Bay Women’s Expo
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

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Ladies day out has never been quite so literal! The Women’s Expo, presented by the Tampa Bay Times, is a one-day event featuring exhibits, interactive booths, and a wide array of educational opportunities. Every conceivable interest is covered, so grab your girlfriends and make a day of it! You sure deserve it. September 10th 10am-3pm Free admission Reservations and information

Courtesy of The Studio @620

In Loving Color – New Work by Nick Davis
The Studio @620, St. Pete

Nick Davis is one of the most exciting digital artists to emerge on the Tampa Bay arts scene in recent years. His work sells out at many of the shows that feature it. Focusing on Black culture, experience, and imagery, Davis’s style invites you in with vivid color, clean lines, and, most of all, mindful insight. 620 is the perfect venue to exhibit this new work. See you at the opening reception.
Opens September 10th – October 30th, 2022  More information

In the Abstract – Works by Steph Gimson & Kenneth Charles Lichtenberger
Soft Water Gallery, St. Pete

Blue Loop – Steph Gimson

As eluded to above, the second of the exhibits opening in the updated space at Soft Water Gallery this weekend, and a feature of the Second Saturday ArtWalk, is the opening reception for a collection of abstract paintings by Steph Gimson, and sculpture by Kenneth Charles Lichtenberger. The photo tells a story, but there’s nothing like seeing beautiful art up close and personal. If you miss the receptions, Soft Water Gallery will now have regular hour of operation.
September 10th – 6-9pm More information

Douglas S. Hall (L) & Michael Foley (R)

Sea Wall by Simon Stephens
Travelogue: An Autobiography in 7 Little Dances by Michael Foley
Performed by Douglas S. Hall and Michael Foley
freefall Theatre Company, St. Pete

These two solo works created for theater and dance, will be performed this Saturday as part of the expanded program offerings at freeFall. You can attend, either attend as a single event, or as part of your $29/month subscription. Jump on that. It’s a phenomenal deal.
September 7th – 7pm Tickets and information


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season Opener vs The Dallas Cowboys
On Big Screens All Over Tampa Bay

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Tom Brady returns for his 150th NFL season, which is probably why he plays in Ponce DeLeon’s backyard. If you’re like me, you are always so excited when NFL football gets underway. It’s ok to love art AND sports too, you know. The season opener is away from “Champa” Bay, but it’s the BIG nationally televised Sunday Night Football game, so make the most of this, the eagerly anticipated first game of the season. Here are a few highly rated Sports Bars from around the Bay:

Press Box Sports Emporium – West Tampa: Hosting Tampa Bay Sports fans for over 40 years, Press Box always has a drink special going – like $2.25 domestic draft pints. Such a deal!

Eddie’s Bar & Grill – Dunedin: North County has great sports fans too – and they’re thirsty! Eddie’s boasts multiple screens to enjoy lots of games from around the league.

Localz Sports Bar & Grill – Largo: Famous for their Buffalo Mac n Cheese, Localz has over 50 screens, three full liquor bars, and an 11:30 – 6pm Happy Hour. That’s a pretty good happy hour…

Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill – St. Pete: For over 30 years, Ferg’s has been one the better known sports venues in Tampa Bay. It is huge with indoor and outdoor seating, yet it has so many cool nooks and crannies that you and your friends can gather in for a watch party and chow down on some of the best wings in the ‘Burg. Go Bucs!!

Have fun and stay safe out there!

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