5 Things to Do
It’s a bit of a rare quiet week in Pinellas County – by which I mean there are only two music festivals. Get outside and make the most of the moderate weather before this beautiful spring turns to summer in, roughly, two weeks.
Don’t Stop St. Pete Music and Arts Festival – Saturday, March 25th
Don’t Stop looks to be a meticulously curated snapshot of St. Pete’s vibrant music scene. Obvious highlights include local indie faves Luxury Mane, Set and Setting, and Permanent Makeup, but there are a couple dozen other sounds to discover. The event is also raising money for People for Protecting the Peace River, and there’s a Friday launch party at the Hollander Hotel.
$15, 3 p.m.-Midnight
420 22nd Street, St. Pete
Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale – Saturday, March 25th
This one-man show was the source material for Robert DeNiro’s 1993 directorial debut of the same title, a highly praised film which also helped launch Palminteri’s fim career. It’s a story tangentially about the New York mob, but at its heart it’s a coming of
age tale and an examination of racial prejudice – which, sadly, means it remains as relevant as ever. This revival of the original show may not come around again.
$55-$65, 8 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater
Pinellas Park 4th Saturday Art Walk – Saturday, March 25th
This monthly wander through the blossoming Pinellas Arts Village is usually pretty low-key, but this month’s has some extra pizzazz. It’s a coming-out party for muralist Derek Donnelly’s new COVE gallery, built of repurposed and seriously jazzed-up shipping containers. Donnelly’s weird animals and other fanciful images are part of the Pinellas County visual landscape, and this show includes a fresh installation – a.k.a. a mural inside a building – by the artist.
FREE, 1 to 9 p.m.
5600 block of Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park
Rock and Roll Swap Meet – Sunday, March 26th
If you didn’t get enough music on Saturday, there’s more Sunday – this time, with the chance to browse a clutch of local vendors selling records, art, and threads while you rock out. Nine bands, including Rebekah Pulley and Mondo Diablo. There will also, presumably, be some tasty local brews available.
$5, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Avenue South, St. Pete, Florida
Art in Bloom Opening – Thursday, March 30th
Art in Bloom, now in its 20th year, is an annual short-term exhibit that has flower arrangers crafting floral homages to works in the MFA collection. There are a variety of associated high-dollar dinners and soirees for dedicated patrons, but the networking and social club New Town Connections has a limited number of more-affordable tickets for the Thursday opening of this unconventional tradition.
$25 (Less for NTC members)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts, 25 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete
Dinosaur Jr. – Tuesday, March 28th – We’d have plenty of praise to heap on these geniuses, but apparently the show is sold out. Of course, you may have some options if you know where to look. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave, St. Pete
Collective Soles Dance Company – March 24th and 25th – Modern dance doesn’t have much of a profile in Pinellas, so this piece combining text, movement, and audience interaction is worth catching. $20, The Studio @620, 620 Central Ave, St. Pete. More Info Here.