Weekend Top 10: Dark Matter, Cool Art, An SNL Alum, and Summer Glow

By: Cindy Stovall

Whether you’re into music, great art, shopping or laughing out loud, the coming weekend has some wonderful options for you all over Tampa Bay. Take a look and mark your calendars.


Dawoud Bey & Carrie May Weems: In Dialogue
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa

Courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art

This exhibit opens today and features a curated selection of work spanning forty years by two of today’s most consequential photo-based artists. Since 1977, Bey and Weems have artfully documented a turbulent period of social change and challenge – race, class, humanity, and systemic power structures at the core of their work. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Opens July 21st 
10am-5pm More Info

Gallery Talk: Interior Waterways and Climate Change with Carol Mickett and Mallory Dimmit Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs

Currency:Climate Change – Mickett/Stackhouse

Join artist Carol Mickett and conservationist Mallory Dimmitt, CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition, as they discuss the importance of the waterways in the interior of the state of Florida and how they are impacted by climate change. This gallery talk is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit, Balance of Water, featuring the collaborative works of artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse. Their work, focusing on the natural world, waterways, and the effects of Climate Change, has been exhibited and collected globally. They now make Tarpon Springs home – exhibiting at Leepa for the first time.
July 21st 6-7:30pm
Free admission RSVP here
This program will also be streamed live via Zoom. Join program

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Summer Glow at CMA
Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clea

Courtesy of Clearwater Marine Aquarium

It’s the last two weekends to enjoy this wonderfully family friendly experience during CMA’s “evening glow” hours. Live music, entertainment, festive food, family fun, and FREE boat tours (yes, free boat tours), are all part of the celebration. It’s the summer of peace, love & dolphins. Don’t miss out! This special program ends July 30th.
July 21st, 22nd & 23rd 4-8pm
Included w/ general admission More info


Courtesy of Creative Pinellas & Jason Hackenwerth

Dark Matter
The Gallery at Creative Pinellas, Largo

The opening reception of internationally renowned artist, Jason Hackenwerth’s immersive exhibit, Dark Matter, promises to be a remarkable celebration of his contemporary multi-genre, multi-media work. More than 50 large scale paintings, drawings and images grace the walls of one of the prettiest gallery spaces in Pinellas, creating a retrospective of 20 years of Hackenwerth’s work. The showstoppers will be two enormous sculptures featuring his signature medium….balloons! You really have to come and see for yourself.  
July 22nd 6-8pm
Free admission More Info

Jay Pharoah
Improv Comedy Theater, Tampa

SNL alum, Jay Pharoah brings his brash and irreverent comedy stylings to Tampa Bay on Friday night for two shows. Pharoah is currently a recurring cast member of A Million Little Things and Family Guy. He stars in Netflix’s upcoming romantic comedy, Resort to Love. He’s just plain hilarious.
July 22nd
7:45 & 10;15 pm Tickets & Info

***All of us at Registry Tampa Bay wanted to take this opportunity to wish journalist, editor extraordinaire and accomplished thespian, David Warner, a very happy and healthy 70th birthday! *** 


Dunedin Downtown Market
John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park, Dunedin

An exploration of all the great weekend markets throughout the Tampa Bay area might be quite a fun adventure. This week, we’re featuring the Dunedin Downtown Market. Summer hours are on Saturdays only through October. This market features vendors selling fresh produce, plants, farm fresh eggs, meats, cheese, baked goods, and other less perishable items. Grab a bite for lunch and listen to the live music performing on the main stage.
July 23rd 9am-1pm More info
(Time it right, and pop over to the wonderful Dunedin Fine Arts Center open until 2pm on Saturdays)

Fourth Saturday Block pARTy
Pinellas Arts Village, Pinellas Park

This little gem of an arts collective throws this monthly block pARTy just full of some of the coolest “gets” you can imagine. There is art by many local faves like Derek Donnelly, John Gascot, and Gianna Pergamo, and many more. Browse a huge selection of finely handcrafted items by artists and makers in 11 individual art studios and gallery spaces. Meet the artists, listen to DJ Kidpin and music by Jadget Cam. Craft Beer and drinks are available as well as Bright Ice hand-made ice cream.
July 24th 4-9pm More info

Sunshine and Summer Nights Tour Hosted by Reggae Rise Up
Spa Beach Park, St. Pete Pier

Reggae Rise up has organized another great show that will fill downtown St. Pete with amazing multi-genre music and island rhythms. The Sunshine and Summer Nights Tour, with shows nationwide, stops at Spa Beach Park for a one night only performance. Headliners Iration & Atmosphere are joined by special guests The Grouch w/ DJ Fresh and Passafire.
July 23rd Gates open at 5pm
VIP & general admission Tickets& info

Pure Prairie League, Firefall, and Orleans
Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

If a musical blast from the past, 70s style, is more your speed, then head to Ruth Eckerd Hall for a nostalgic soft-rock triple-header. Lean back in your seat, listen, and remember the soundtrack of your youth with songs like, You Are the Woman, Just Remember I Love You, Still the One, Dance With Me, Aimee, and Let Me Love You Tonight. I promise, you’ll know the words to every one.  *Fun Fact: I went to the same high school as members of Orleans and their mother was my elementary school chorus accompanist. July 23rd 7pm rutheckerdhall.com

Saturday & Sunday

PAVA Cool Art Show
The Coliseum, St. Pete

Courtesy of PAVA

It’s the 33rd anniversary of one of the Bay area’s favorites, and PAVA’s (Professional Association of Visual Artists) premiere event of the year. Over 64 member artists fill the historic Coliseum, near downtown, with one of the most interesting and varied collections of unique visual arts you could hope to see in one large room. Don’t bring all your sock drawer money, and if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
July 23rd & 24th
10am-5pm Sat – 10am-4pm Sun More info

Have fun and stay safe out there
‘til next week,

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