5 Things to Do

March 24 – 30

Itäó»s a bit of a rare quiet week in Pinellas County äóñ 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.

Donäó»t Stop St. Pete Music and Arts Festival äóñ Saturday, March 25th

Donäó»t Stop looks to be a meticulously curated snapshot of St. Peteäó»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 thereäó»s a Friday launch party at the Hollander Hotel.

$15, 3 p.m.-Midnight

420 22nd Street, St. Pete

More Info Here


Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale äóñ Saturday, March 25th

Chazz Palmantieri

This one-man show was the source material for Robert DeNiroäó»s 1993 directorial debut of the same title, a highly praised film which also helped launch Palminteriäó»s fim career. Itäó»s a story tangentially about the New York mob, but at its heart itäó»s a coming of

age tale and an examination of racial prejudice äóñ 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

Info and Tickets Here


Pinellas Park 4th Saturday Art Walk äóñ Saturday, March 25th

This monthly wander through the blossoming Pinellas Arts Village is usually pretty low-key, but this monthäó»s has some extra pizzazz. Itäó»s a coming-out party for muralist Derek Donnellyäó»s new COVE gallery, built of repurposed and seriously jazzed-up shipping containers. Donnellyäó»s weird animals and other fanciful images are part of the Pinellas County visual landscape, and this show includes a fresh installation äóñ a.k.a. a mural inside a building äóñ by the artist.

FREE, 1 to 9 p.m.

5600 block of Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park


Rock and Roll Swap Meet äóñ Sunday, March 26th

If you didnäó»t get enough music on Saturday, thereäó»s more Sunday äóñ 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

More Info Here


Art in Bloom Openingξ- 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. äóñ 8 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts, 25 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete

Tickets Here


Honorable Mentions:

Dinosaur Jr. – Tuesday, March 28th äóñ Weäó»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.Œæ$20, The Studio @620, 620 Central Ave, St. Pete. More Info Here.

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