This first weekend of February is crazy busy, so I’m making another adjustment in my Weekend Top Ten: I’m listing by genre. Which means that I can pack a lot more under the “Top Ten” rubric, and you get a lot more choices! Going in alphabetical order, we start with A, which can only stand for…
ARTWALK, ART OPENINGS, ARTFEST
2/7: Glitch opens at MIZE Gallery. Chad Mize is a whiz at coming up with pithy exhibition themes, and Glitch carries on the tradition. Follow the link to read more about the origins of the word (John Glenn!?) and the list of artists participating, which includes such luminaries as Frank Strunk III, Carrie Jadus, Saumitra Chandratreya, Bask, and Mize himself. Opening reception 6-10 p.m., 689 Dr. MLK Jr. St., St. Petersburg.
2/7-8: Gulfport Fine Arts Festival. Gulfport is well-known for its twice-monthly artwalks on Beach Boulevard, but this event is different: A once-a-year juried show of fine arts and crafts down by the water in Veteran’s Park. Read more in my dRTB Live interview with gallery owner Brenda McMahon, a leader in the town’s visual arts scene. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Veteran’s Park, 5350 31st Ave. S.
2/8: Hessam Abrishami show opens at Syd Entel. An Iranian artist now based in the U.S. whose work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world, Abrishami creates vibrantly colorful figurative paintings and evocative bronzes. Reception with the artist 5-8 p.m.; exhibition continues through 3/7. Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727- 725-1808, sydentelgalleries.com.
2/8: St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk. Whether you’re strolling, motoring or taking the free trolley, you’ll find art gallery action in all of St. Pete’s downtown districts, from Waterfront to Warehouse. To name just a few of the exhibitions to choose from: Luminaries of Glass at Duncan McClellan Gallery; Valentwe’en 2020: Jeepers, Creepers, Where’d You Get Those Peepers?, hosted and judged by Dr. Paul Bearer II (!), at ArtLofts; Adrift, featuring works by LeeAnna Repass, Benjamin Dimmitt and Jan Richardson at ARTicles; Elegant Expressions, featuring work by Shasta Gordon at Creative Clay. Find a map of participating galleries, studios, trolley stops and parking at stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk. Studios and galleries stay open late and welcome visitors from 5-9 pm.
2/8: Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade. What, you didn’t get enough beads and pirates at the daytime parade a few weekends ago? Then the night, er, Knight parade is for you. Watch for a famous pro wrestler and Jerry Springer, plus floats. 7 p.m., E. Seventh Ave. and N. 14th St., Ybor City, Tampa. krewesantyago.org.
2/7-9: Opera Tampa presents George Bizet’s Carmen. Prepare for a heated Habeñera, a torrid Toreador Song and a stage full of Spanish spitfire as the Straz comes alive with the saga of one of opera’s most inflammatory tragic heroines. 2/7-8, 8 p.m.; 2/9, 2 p.m. strazcenter.org.
2/8-9: Florida Orchestra: Music of Bond… James Bond. Dum dada dum, da-da-da dum dada dum! The next James Bond flick isn’t due out till April, but you can get your Bond fix (if not your Bond-girl fix, or your Daniel Craig fix, or even your dry-martini fix, shaken not stirred or is it the other way around) with this program of classic themes from the movie series conducted by our own dashing Brit, Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis. 2/8: 2 & 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; 2/9: 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, floridaorchestra.org.
2/9: Hollywood Awards Night at Tampa Theatre. You know which “Hollywood Awards” they’re talking about. And if you don’t have your own Oscar watch party planned, Tampa Theatre’s venerable celebration, now in its 21st year, will provide the red carpet, catty commentary and big-screen fun you crave. 6:30 p.m., 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa, tampatheatre.org.
2/8: pARTy of the STrAnGE at the MFA. Taking a cue from its current (and fabulous) exhibition The Art of the Stage, the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society is throwing a fundraiser for the museum called pARTy of the STrAnGE (see what they did there?), billed as “a celebration of the dramatic” with “edgy entertainment, flamboyant food, dramatic drinks, and entertainment surprises” and emceed by that master of fun Matthew McGee. 6:46-9:16 p.m., Marly Room and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, stuartsociety.donorshops.com.
2/7: Billy Joel at Amalie Arena. He didn’t start the fire, he’s the piano man, and even though he’s in a New York state of mind, the tireless troubador is back in Tampa. 8 p.m., Amalie Arena, Tampa, amaliearena.com.
2/7-8: Lucinda Williams at the Cap. The great, gravelly-voiced singer/songwriter comes to town for a two-night stand with her band Buick 6. 8 p.m., Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, rutheckerdhall.com.
2/9: Arlo Guthrie at the Cap. He won’t be eating at Alice’s Restaurant (because it’s in Stockbridge, MA, not Clearwater — you can visit it). But expect a big ol’ good-time massacree nevertheless. 7 p.m., Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, rutheckerdhall.com.
2/8: Rays Fan Fest. Though the Tampa Bay Rays may have traded away your favorite players (Travis! Avi! Tommy Pham!), and there’s that pesky Montreal thing hanging over our heads, the annual Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field is still a surefire fun time for baseball fans of all ages, and it’s free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, mlb.com/rays.
2/6: Florida State Fair opening day. You may go for the livestock, the rides or the giraffe (yes, there’s a giraffe), but the Tampa Bay Times knows it’s all about the food, or, as Times reporter Gabrielle Calise so eloquently puts it, “new horrifying ways to dip, dunk, sugar-coat and deep-fry.” Continues through 2/17, Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Hwy 301 N., Tampa.
2/7: Morningside opens at Stageworks. A group of women in Atlanta — played by some of the funniest actors ever to grace local stages, including Karla Hartley, Jonelle Meyer, Kari Goetz, Susan Haldeman, Emily Belvo and Jaime Giangrande-Holcom — gather for the worst baby shower ever. Through 2/23, Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 151, Tampa, stageworkstheatre.org.