Arts Give Us a Home Team Advantage. Check Out These Tampa Bay Alternatives on Super Bowl Sunday.
Though the U.S. seems to shut down the day of the “Big Game,” some of us care more about the arts than sport. Here are six things you can do around the Tampa Bay area this Sunday that don’t involve chicken wings, cheerleaders or Tom Brady.
Yoga at the Dali
Start your day in zen with some breathing techniques, downward facing dog and everyone’s favorite pose (read: my favorite) Shavasana with hosts Lucky Cat Yoga Studio in the surrealist space of the Dali Museum. Asheville’s Michael Johnson will be the guest instructor of all-levels vinyasa style yoga.
Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg; 10:30 a.m.; $10 members and $15 non-members. Explore the other galleries on the same day for only an additional $10; Visit thedali.org
Star Wars and the Power of Costume
If you a true Star Wars geek/nerd/fan you’ve probably already seen this traveling exhibit currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, but no judgment if you haven’t. More than 60 costumes are on display, including the sketches and stories that led to such iconic creations. So yeah, you can see Princess Leia’s bikini, plus all the other iconic pieces, in the flesh. Fyi, for all of you cosplayers, costumes are allowed but please leave your lightsabers and the like at home.
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; $10 Members, $25 Non-Members; Visit mfastpete.org
Dressing the Best: The Story of Ann Lowe, America’s First African American Fashion Designer
In celebration of the start of Black History month, decorative arts historian Margaret Powell will hold a lecture discussing the first noted African American fashion designer Ann Lowe at the University of Tampa’s Plant Museum. Lowe started her career in the 1920s in Tampa and moved on to design a little ivory something that Jackie O wore when she married JFK in 1953. Not too shabby. In conjunction, three of Lowe’s dresses will be on display in the museum’s current exhibit Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition.
Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa; 1 p.m.; $10 with admission to museum; Museum open noon to 5 p.m.; Visit plantmuseum.com
Good Morning Vietnam and The Square
The newly restored Tampa Theatre is showing an afternoon matinee of the late great Robin Williams’s classic Good Morning Vietnaas part of their Totally ’80s series. The critically acclaimed dramedy garnered one of Williams’s four Oscar nominations portraying real-life Armed Forces Radio Service DJ Adrian Cronauer.
Stick around, for the only area showing of Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and winner of the Palme d’Or at 2017’s Cannes Film Festival. The theatre’s brand new seats should prove comfy enough for a double feature.
Good Morning Vietnam, 3 p.m.; $10; The Square, 6 p.m. $11; Discounts for members, military and seniors; Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St, Tampa; Visit tampatheatre.org
St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival
Fest season is pretty much all year round here, but seafood and good music is a combo no one can deny. Crab claws, please! Many area musicians will be providing jams while you nosh and check out art vendors including bluesman RJ Howson, the funky soul of The Black Honkeys Band and local rock favorites The Greg Billings Band. Local art, local seafood, local sounds. What more can you want on a Sunday?
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 398 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach; Free admission; Visit seafoodfestivals.com
If the Bard is more your taste, Jobsite Theatre’s production of The Tempest is getting pretty noticeable attention. Directed by local theater legend David M. Jenkins, this production reimagines Prospero as a woman, played forcefully by Roxanne Fay, who was awarded our Professional Artist Fellowship in 2017. The dramedy, way before it’s time, is a magical production where a woman can be anything and no one even mentions football. Sounds like a perfect world.
4 p.m.; Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa; $29.50; Visit jobsitetheater.org