Weekend Top 10: Dad’s Day, Juneteenth & Big Games
Food! Fathers! Freedom! Plus… theater, art, music, history and the Stanley Cup.
RAYS @ YANKEES
When facing the juggernaut that is this year’s New York Yankees, the Rays have to play their best, which they didn’t do in losing 2-0 Tuesday. Let’s hope the team will make some headway against the AL East leaders in the remaining two games this week at Yankee Stadium before the juggernaut rolls into the Trop June 20-22. 6/15-16, 7:05 p.m. TV: Bally Sports Sun. Radio: WGES 680, WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM. raysbaseball.com.
Wednesday & Saturday
THE STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Tampa Bay Lightning meet the Colorado Avalanche at Denver’s Ball Arena, and what can we say but… GO BOLTS!!! (And if all goes well, we can three-peat that!) 6/15 & 6/18, 8 p.m., ABC (check local listings) and ESPN+, nhl.com/lightning.
ANN WILSON at the Hard Rock
One of the great rock ‘n roll wails, Ann Wilson’s voice helped Heart soar into superstardom with indelible hits like “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man” and “Barracuda.” The singer/songwriter has gone on to a successful solo career. 6/16, 8 p.m., Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, 5223 Orient Road, seminolehardrocktampa.com.
TAMPA BAY RESTAURANT WEEK
During Creative Loafing’s 16th annual Tampa Bay Restaurant Week, participating Tampa Bay area restaurants offer multiple-course prix fixe menus and exclusive pricing on specific brands of whiskey, wine, and vodka. To take advantage of the offers, just ask for the Tampa Bay Restaurant Week menu. (A portion of the proceeds will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay.) The “week” kicks off Thursday June 16 with “Friday-Eve Live,” a wine tasting and music showcase at the Epicurean sponsored by Prescription Vineyards. tampabayrestaurantweek.com.
KEITH URBAN at Mid-Florida Amp
He’s not nearly as ubiquitous as his wife; this show is part of the Grammy-winning country star’s first tour in four years, whereas there seems to be a law that Nicole Kidman has to be in EVERYTHING. But Keith Urban’s absence has only made the hearts of the Aussie heartthrob’s fans grow fonder. 6/17, 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N., Tampa, livenation.com.
FATHER’S DAY CARS
Is Father an autophile? Well, he’s in luck this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, admission to the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park is just $5 for dads ($8-$12 for non-dads). The collection of vintage cars, many of them very rare, ranges from 1770 to 1982. (6/17-18, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 6/19, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park, tbauto.org.) Plus, there are auto shows on Father’s Day on both sides of the bay at MacDinton’s (6/19, 3 p.m., 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa) and 3 Daughters Brewing (6/19, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg).
Friday – July 30
HELEN FRANKENTHALER & HEATHER GWEN MARTIN at USF CAM
The USF Contemporary Art Museum’s new exhibition, The Lyrical Moment: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction by Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin, features elegant, hand-processed prints by pioneering artist Helen Frankenthaler and digitally informed, pop-inflected canvases and gouaches by Los Angeles painter Heather Gwen Martin. Born of a substantial gift of prints to USF CAM by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the exhibition brings together outstanding works on paper by a modern master with lyrical paintings by an accomplished contemporary artist whose colorful efforts invoke computational algorithms and 21st-century screen culture. Opening reception and gallery conversation, 6/17, 6:30-9 p.m. USFCAM Curator-at-Large Christian Viveros-Fauné and exhibiting artist Heather Gwen Martin will tour visitors through the galleries while leading a conversation about the exhibition. USF Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. CAM101, Tampa, cam.usf.edu.
THIRD SATURDAYS at PINEWOOD
This new monthly tradition highlights the many attractions at Largo’s Pinewood Cultural Park. At the Florida Botanical Gardens (7 a.m.-5 p.m.), enjoy in-person programming for adults and kids, including classes on orchid care and activities from the Growing Up Wild Curriculum. At Creative Pinellas (Noon-5 p.m.), experience the sixth annual 2022 Emerging Artist exhibition of work from the 10 exceptional artists chosen for this year’s Emerging Artist Grant and discover poignant stories from the pandemic in The Things They Left Behind exhibition. At Heritage Village (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.), experience a typical store from the 1900s and learn about early sailing days in Pinellas County. Free event, free parking. 12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo, creativepinellas.org.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when a Union general arrived in Galveston, Texas, the most remote state of the Confederacy, to lead troops in the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. Though not recognized as a federal holiday until 2021, Juneteenth has been celebrated for decades, evolving into a joyous celebration of Black culture. The Tampa Bay Times’s TBT Weekend has a comprehensive list of events, which include (on Saturday) a Juneteenth Business Expo in “The Deuces,” 9th Ave. S.-Fairfield & 22nd St. S. in St. Pete; a Gulfport Juneteenth with speakers, soul food and entertainment at the Gulfport Rec Center; A Juneteenth Celebration featuring spoken word and soul at the Palladium, sponsored by WMNF; and likely Saturday’s biggest bash of all, the Tampa Bay Juneteenth Festival at Raymond James Stadium. Finally, if you were fortunate enough to snag a ticket, on Sunday The First Ladies Society is hosting a gala outdoor concert and lawn party called the Jazzy Juneteenth Jubilee at the Mahaffey to benefit the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
THREE RAVE-REVIEWED SHOWS
This weekend’s your last chance to see three plays at area theaters that have been winning accolades all over: A Skeptic and a Bruja at freeFall, the world premiere of a play co-produced with Sarasota’s Urbanite Theatre that’s been acclaimed as an “eerily convincing” twist on the haunted-house story (6/16-18, 7 p.m., 6/19, 2 p.m., freefalltheatre.com); The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Tampa Rep, a tense drama by John Patrick Shanley of Doubt and Moonstruck fame that has drawn high praise for the performances of its three-person cast (6/16-18, 7:30 p.m.; 6/19, 3 p.m., tamparep.org); and the Tony-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Stageworks, starring Matthew McGee and Heather Krueger in a production called “hilarious” by Broadway World (6/17, 8 p.m.; 6/18, 3 & 8 p.m.; 6/19, 3 p.m., stageworkstheatre.org).