Accio wallet! Demand appears to be high for the Florida Orchestra bringing the music of Harry Potter to life because now a second show has been added.
We were already picking out our finest dress robes for the Sept. 29 performance of John Williams' score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, accompanied by a live screening of the film. Now a second show has been added at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa....
Give Day Tampa Bay returns for the fourth year Tuesday, giving 500 nonprofits across the region a platform to raise funds for their causes — a platform that for some has been a boot camp on how to use social media as a force for good.
The online giving challenge at giveday.org, presented by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, aims to make it easy to find your favorite cause and give it a boost. New this year is the ability to give as little as $5 and to send a pledge in advance so the online donation will count toward the leaderboard, though not for hourly contests. ...
Didn't you just know this was coming? The title of this episode, A Line Drawn in Concrete, comes from Debbie’s boast, “We have complete control of this game… There isn’t a line drawn in the sand. There is a line drawn in concrete.”
As sure as the Titanic, boastful brags of having the game in hand are a sure way to come tumbling down on Survivor. Debbie's cockiness appears to have been her undoing. But she wasn't the only one who was paid a visit by karma. Michaela's temper undid what could have been a sweet reward, and Sarah's kindness handed her powerful game move....
BROADWAY WONDER: Aaron Tveit
The handsome star of Grease: Live! and Les Misérables, Aaron Tveit brings the best of his on-stage charm and voice to Ferguson Hall at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. His career is like a theater kid fantasy, from playing in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, to originating the role of Frank Abagnale Jr. in the Catch Me If You Can musical to playing Danny Zuko in Grease: Live! on Fox. The show promises to be full of popular rock covers with some Broadway mixed in at 7 p.m. Sunday. 1010 N MacInnnes Place, Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org....
1Blast Friday: You get a free concert at this downtown Clearwater block party. This month brings the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the quintessential American band on such barn-burners as Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up. Co-founder Kim Wilson still spearheads the group. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. 400 block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater.
2Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: It's free for spectators to watch paddlers from around the globe compete in the waters of Garrison Channel. This event features 400-meter sprints on a fully buoyed course. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 569-1030. ...
Attention bargain hunters, the deadline is coming up if you want to buy unlimited access to Tampa's Museum of Science Industry for the price of one day's admission, the same day Busch Garden's Fun Card deal for a free Adventure Island pass also ends.
MOSI's Pay for a Day deal is only available through April 30, the hands-on museum has announced. For the price of one admission — $26.95 for adults, $25.95 for seniors, and $20.95 for children 3-12 — you can get unlimited admission through Dec. 31. ...
In Star Wars Land, you'll be able to fly Han Solo's Millennium Falcon. You can drop by the Cantina for a drink with a droid. The attraction, coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando in 2019, is being designed to take you out of the theme park and into the Star Wars universe.
And you can thank Harry Potter for that.
Thanks to the success of Universal Orlando's worlds inspired by J.K. Rowling's books, park visitors are now beyond whirling Dumbo rides or flying over Neverland with animatronic characters below, said theme park expert Dennis L. Speigel, president of the analysis firm International Theme Park Services. Parkgoers are now getting entire fantasy lands....
Well that didn’t take long. A newsworthy episode last week had even non-Survivor fans tuning in to see Jeff Varner as he cruelly outed Zeke Smith as transgender — like it was some kind of evidence he’s sneaky. In a touching show of decency and solidarity Zeke’s tribemates offered him comfort and support … and then almost ousted him this week because he’s sneaky....
Plan your weekend
Hairspray: There's a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. today, and then the American Stage in the Park production starts at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through May 14 at Demens Landing Park, St. Petersburg. Artistic staff are planning a concert-like experience. An adaptation of a 1988 John Waters cult classic, the first park production chosen by producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte, Hairspray falls in line with the season's theme, "In Search of America," covering issues like race and body image with a lighthearted touch. $18 and up. Opening night Gala Under the Stars 6 p.m. Friday, $200. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org....
On Earth Day, an unprecedented outpouring of science advocates will march on Washington, D.C., and fill the streets of more than 500 cities across the world — including St. Petersburg's Poynter Park.
Today's March for Science has picked up steam since January on social media, where scientists likened it to the Women's March as a way for the scientific community to push back from political attacks....
Busch Gardens has set a deadline of April 30 for its 2017 Fun Card deal that includes a free pass to the Adventure Island water park.
At buschgardenstampa.com, you can buy a 2017 Fun Card, which allows unlimited admission to the Tampa theme park through Dec. 31, for $99 and get a free pass to the adjacent water park, open through October. The Fun Card doesn't include free parking and discounts on food and shopping that come with park's annual pass, which costs $168 for a full year from the date of purchase....
ALTON BROWN: Eat Your Science
"I don't want to give too much away, but this time we're going to play a little game while we're at it," TV chef Alton Brown said of his new live show coming to Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. "Plus, you'll see things I've never been allowed to do on TV." His live show specializes in audience interaction, so expect to be called on while he infuses his two-hour concoction with songs, comedy, puppets and potentially dangerous food demonstrations. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $59.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org....
1Taste of Science: It's no coincidence that this series of talks in local watering holes is coming on the heels of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. (and a local march at Poynter Park, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday). Scientists are pushing hard for more science literacy among laymen and you can hear some of the area's best researchers talk about their work. Monday through April 28, hear talks on climate science, cancer and the bioscience of beer at local coffee shops and pubs. Reserve a spot at tasteofscience.org/tampa. $5....
On Good Friday, the elephants at Busch Gardens in Tampa got into the Easter spirit with an enrichment exercise that can only be called adorable.
Coconuts and brightly colored Easter eggs — made of edible mache and filled with fruit — were set out for the herd.
The pachyderm egg hunt engages the elephants to help stimulate their minds, sense of smell and foraging ability, a Busch Gardens spokeswoman said....
Forget trudging through a half-marathon or sprinting in a standard 5K on a path through a park, the Rugged Maniac coming to Dade City on April 22 will draw some 5,000 people to crawl through the mud, jump over a burning wood pile and careen down an 80-foot slide.
The race, which has made a stop at the Little Everglades Ranch every year since 2011, has grown in popularity along with other nontraditional fitness events. And it doesn't hurt that billionaire Mark Cuban from the hit show Shark Tank has lent his support and his cash to a 5K that is embedded with more than two dozen obstacles....