Weekend Top 10: Picasso & Einstein Chat, Anime, Ringo, and Free Museum Day

Cindy Stovall

This weekend in Tampa Bay is so packed, I gave you a bonus. Once again, something for absolutely everyone. Read on and see for yourself – then get out there. Enjoy!


Kevin Hart: Reality Check
Amalie Arena, Tampa

Comedian Kevin Hart

Funny things come in small packages too, apparently, as Kevin Hart makes his way to the Bay area with his irreverent, outrageous and in your face observations about life and other things. This is a phone-free evening (see website for details), but that just might be a good thing.
September 15th 7pm Tickets and information

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harding
Opening Night – Powerstories Theatre, Tampa

Powerstories Theatre

Looking for another great local venue for live staged productions? Add Powerstories Theater to your list. Offering programming since 2000, Powerstories places special emphasis on telling stories by and for women and girls. Enter Steel Magnolias – the ultimate women’s tale of life, loss, and friendship will move you and cause you to make a lunch date with your bestie. Better yet, bring her with you.  
September 15th through October 2nd
Thursdays-Saturdays: 8p – Sunday: 2pm matinees Tickets and information


Opening Reception: LRMA Fall 2022 Exhibitions
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs

Courtesy of Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Celebrate Fall by stopping by Leepa-Rattner’s opening reception for, not one, but three new exhibitions. If you haven’t been, this is a great opportunity to discover a wonderful museum – a jewel of Tarpon Springs.
AlA: Visioning Structure – Edward C Hoffman, Jr.
Building Legacies: Architecture and Design
Structure of Prints: The Dorothy Mitchell Collection
September 16th 6-8pm RSVP by September 13th

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – Adapted for the Stage by Marsha Norman
Stageworks Theatre, Tampa

From the website

Brought to life at Stageworks, is the classic Alice Walker tale of black sisters in the deep south in the early 20th century. The powerful score of jazz, Gospel, and R&B, added for the stage production, works to create a complex tapestry of beauty, sorrow, and triumph. Rising star, Erica Sutherlin directs a cast of some of our best regional talent including Dallis Williams as Celie and Krista Ellen Hayes as Nettie. It’s simply a don’t miss, and tickets are going fast.
Runs through October 25th Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 3pm & 8pm, Sunday matinees 3pm
Tickets and information

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr

Legend status is enjoyed (and deserved) by ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, and he’s coming to town with his All-Starr Band for the first time since 2014. After over 30 years together, Starr and the gang will play tracks from their 20th Album, What’s My Name. But count on the classics too, like It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph, and With a Little Help from My Friends. Experience a little bit of music history – it will make you happy. September 16th 7:30pm Tickets and information


Free Museum Day!
Museums Throughout Tampa Bay

Once a year, Smithsonian Magazine hosts this nationwide event that makes art, culture, and history accessible to everyone. It’s a celebration of curiosity, so make your plans now, and bring the whole family. Going early is probably a good idea…
Here’s a list of participating museums throughout Tampa Bay:
The James Museum, The Tampa Museum of Art, The Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Imagine Museum, The Dalí Museum, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Henry B. Plant Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Tampa Bay History Center, Cracker Country, Ybor City Museum State Park, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
September 17th – Hours vary per venue – More overall information with reservation links

Anime St. Pete
The Coliseum, St. Pete

If you have a family member obsessed with Anime (a Japanese style of film and TV animation), as I do, it makes your Top 10. It also has the distinction of being the first such event to be held in the Tampa Bay Area. A genre-specific “comic-con” like event, Anime St. Pete invites you to dress up as your favorite character, compete in a lip sync battle, fan art contest, and meet some of the voice actors of your favorite anime icons.
September 16th (10am-6pm) & 17th (10am-5pm)
One & two day passes available. Tickets and information

Madeira Beach Nautical Flea Market
ROC Park/Recreation Complex, Madeira Beach

Need a new sextant? Have I got the place for you! It’s a flea market totally related to all things nautical, not naughty. What a great concept for a community full of boat enthusiasts. Find every type of equipment, fishing gear, nautical antiques, scuba gear, jet skis – even jewelry. Over 100 vendors will make all your sea faring dreams come true. Music and food too, so bring the fam.
September 17th & 18th Admission is FREE. 9am-6pm More information

Eric Deggans

Pinellas Remembers 1st Annual Gala
USF St. Pete, USC Ballroom, St. Pete

Local hero, author, and NPR media critic, Eric Deggans, is the scheduled guest speaker for this evening of unity, enlightenment, and remembrance. The event is hosted by Equal Justice Initiative – Community Remembrance Project Coalition. EJI shines a light on how moving forward into a better reality also means coming to terms with, and learning from the past.
September 17th 5:30-8pm Tickets and information

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa

Stock Photo: Steve Martin

Think of Steve Martin, and images emerge of arrows through the head, The Jerk, banjo playing, and overall silliness. But the truth is, Martin is an art collecting, playwrighting intellectual. Picasso at the Lapin Agile (a comedy, to be clear), imagines a turn of the century (1904) conversation between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Just as they are about to break through every boundary of art and science, they are interrupted by an apparently time traveling, hip swiveling singer from Memphis (by way of Tupelo).
September 17th – October 9th 8pm and 4pm matinees
Tickets and information

Sunday – Bonus

Sunday Jazz Project Featuring James Suggs & Friends
Independent Bar, St. Pete

Courtesy of Independent

Not everyone is watching football this weekend. Sundays, listening to great Jazz at Independent on Central has become a true tradition in the ‘Burg, and the sound that escapes James Suggs’ trumpet make you want to come back again and again. It’s that beautiful and that memorable. Add Sandi Grecco on drums and Mark Moultrup on keyboard, and you have the makings of a magical, musical afternoon. $15 bar spend suggested to support the musicians.
September 18th 4pm More information

Have fun and stay safe out there!

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