With shows running all weekend, be sure to see the world premiere of Bill Leavengood's Lourdes of the Flies, a mashup of bully-geek Hollywood fare like Mean Girls and, of course, Lord of the Flies. The story follows a group of college prep girls who accidentally sink their cruise ship and struggle to create a new society on a volcanic island. What ensues when the nearest Mac store is an ocean away? Madness, I tells ya.
Friday night at 9:30 p.m.: Fetch yerself a real-life Gerard Butler a la 300 (but with less fluorescent blood) at The Gladiators for a Cure costume charity party at Mise En Place's ballroom. The event benefits the Ovarian Cancer Foundation, and awards will be given for most creative gladiator costumes (yes, togas are welcome).
The laughter might cause a trickle-down in your pants when comedy's master of Regan-omics hits the Straz this Saturday night. Brian Regan plays the big room, promising an evening chock full of delicious sarcasm and self-deprection.
First, it was bands, then bikes, then bowling. Now the PBR hipster empire conquers the world of fine art. Artists compete and show off their beer-inspired works at the The National PBR Art Show/Contest Saturday night at the Sake Bomb in downtown St. Pete.
Here's a last-minute dispatch from Beauvilles' Shawn Kyle, who informs us of a free weekly series at the Independent Bar in Seminole Height called Sunday School for Sinners. Hear live bluegrass every week; this week the series features CompanyMan. The Gainesville band rocks live acoustic revivalist music, mixing rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley, blues, bluegrass, old time fiddle and gritty Americana. They also have a Saturday night show at the St. Pete Independent. Open jam at 5 p.m.; show at 6:30.