Eat some greens, have some brunch, top it off with some “hattitude,” go global or go to The Prom.
TAMPA BAY COLLARD GREENS FESTIVAL in St. Pete
Get down to the Deuces in South St. Pete for this exuberant block party in and around the Woodson African American Museum. It’s a celebration of community, health and wellness — including that healthiest and most versatile of vegetables, collard greens. Headliner Gabrielle E. W. Carter, recently featured on the Netflix series High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, will do a cooking demo, and there’ll also be live music, a drum circle, a kids’ zone, food trucks and the hotly contested Collard Green Cook-Off. Plus, you can take home bunches of free, fresh collard greens provided by WP Rawl Farms. Sat. Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2240 9th Ave. S., St Petersburg, tbgcf.org.
BRUNCHED at The Mahaffey
Yummmmm…. Brunch! Unlimited brunch, that is, featuring bites by Tampa Bay area restaurants, bubbles and drink samples, and the chance to vote for your favorite Bloody Mary concoction, all while enjoying the breezy waterfront views at the Mahaffey. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Current Initiatives of Tampa Bay. Sat. Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m., Mahaffey Ballroom, 400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg, brunchedtampabay.com.
WINGS, WHEELS and WINE in Clearwater
Party down in an open-air airline hangar? Why not, when you’ve got wine and food, you’re free to wander among exotic cars, boats and planes, and it’s all for the benefit of a great organization: The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation and its programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sat. Feb. 19, 6-10 p.m., Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave. thearctbfoundation.org.
AN ANGEL FROM AUSCHWITZ at Stageworks
Tampa playwright Mark Leib offers a free reading of his play Angel of Auschwitz about the impact of the Holocaust on two contemporary American families. In Act One, a young Jewish man tries to persuade his father to divulge what he witnessed as an infiltrator into Central Europe in World War II. In Act Two, a fiery, uncompromising Auschwitz survivor visits a secular Jewish family and demands that they change their lives. Featuring Joshua Sussman, Ned Averill-Snell, Maggie Gamson and Evan Fineout. A post-reading discussion will be moderated by Hillsborough County Commissioner Harry Cohen. Sun. Feb. 20. 4 p.m ., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 East Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, stageworkstheatre.org.
THE PROM at the Straz
A rollicking musical in which a quartet of fading showbiz divas invade a high school to champion a lesbian student’s right to bring a girl as her date to the prom. The recent movie adaptation with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman got mixed reviews but the Broadway version was a smash, so even if you’ve seen the flick there’s good reason to see the show in person. Through Feb. 20, Straz Center, strazcenter.org.
ST PETERSBURG CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS at USF St. Pete
This annual free-admission confab brings together a distinguished array of diplomats, military, media, and academic experts to discuss international issues — and at this critical moment for our globe, it couldn’t be more timely. The 2022 conference, which began on Tuesday, continues Thursday and Friday from 9 am.-5 p.m. with discussions of climate change, corruption, migration policy and equality in a format allowing for a hybrid virtual and in-person experience. Through Feb. 18. See the schedule and register for livestreams at worldaffairsconference.org.
CROWNS at the Jaeb
Fierce females, rousing gospel music and fabulous hats — now that’s an evening! Adapted from the book of photography and oral history Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, the musical follows the story of a young Brooklyn woman transplanted to South Carolina following a family tragedy, where she meets a circle of women who share with her the importance and power of their crowns. Billed as “a celebration of song, dance and history – topped off with ‘hattitude’” — it’s directed by Bob Devin Jones, the much-beloved founder of The Studio@620, and the cast includes the much-cast (for good reasons) Andresia Moseley. Feb. 17-March 6, Jaeb Theatre at the Straz Center, strazcenter.org.
THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA plays Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
You’ll recognize Tchaikovsky’s passionate Piano Concerto #1 as soon as you hear the first few notes, thanks to its having popped up everywhere from Monty Python to Harold and Maude. Michael Francis conducts, with Conrad Tao at the piano, touted by New York Magazine as “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of music.” Also on the program: Stravinsky’s furious The Firebird (whose first notes will likely ring a bell if you’ve seen Disney’s Fantasia). Sat, Feb 19, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater; Sun. Feb 20, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall, the.floridaorchestra.org.
TIG NOTARO at Tampa Theatre
The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian, writer and actor shot to prominence with a now-legendary standup routine about her breast cancer diagnosis, and was the star and co-creator of the short-lived but wonderful semi-autobiographical Amazon Prime series One Mississippi. Sun. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., tampatheatre.org.
ReadOut Festival Of Lesbian Literature in Gulfport
The Gulfport Library LGBTQ Resource Center presents its fifth annual showcase of literature by, for and about lesbians in a unique hybrid event of live-streamed interactive Pods and pre-recorded author readings in strings of Pearls. Through the magic of Zoom, readers and participants can attend this free event from anywhere in the world. Feb. 18-20, Register at lgbtqgulfport.org/readout2022