Do It This Weekend: Mother's Day 2010 events, 600 Block Party, Hyde Park Chalk Walk, Animated Wonderland at the Studio, Samarpana Indian dance showcase and more

Chalk isn’t just an artistic outlet for kids playing hopscotch anymore: it’s a medium for some fine looking art at next weekend’s three-day festival in Hyde Park. Chalk Walk is a free (if dusty) weekend of art and music hosted by the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts showcasing local pavement-as-canvas and plein air artists. The fest also features live music by Chris McCarty, CL Americana faves Have Gun, Will Travel and 10th Concession; children’s activities like chalk art, face painting and a bounce house; an open-air market; an “Accessible Art” chalk drawing experience for physically-challenged artists; and a “Chalk Tail” party on Friday. The People’s Choice Award and prize-winning artists are announced on Sunday. (Pictured: Chalk Walk featured artist Elio Lopez) May 7-9, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Hyde Park Village, 742 S. Village Circle, Tampa, free, --Katie Machol

[image-1]What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Indian dance? (And, no, I'm not talking about feathered headdresses and rain sticks.) You probably think of flashy Bollywood films, but there's so much more to Indian dance than what you might've seen in those (sometimes cheesy) Indian musicals. Learn about the history, culture and evolution of dance at Saturday's  Samarpana: An Offering of Dance, a classical program presented by students of Shreyas School of Indian Dance (pictured, photo by Christiana Paula). This exhibition blends Indian classical and western musical styles to create a "multicultural musical tapestry while maintaining the vibrancy of the Indian dance." Witness the creativity, humor, seriousness, and passion expressed through the dances -- some dating back more than 4000 years. 6 p.m. Sat., May 8, Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Hwy., Tampa, $10-$20; contact Supriya Ketkar at 813-454-6898 for tickets and info.

[image-2]You may not have heard of DIY filmmaker Helen Hill, but you can get to know her a little better this Sunday when The Studio@620 screens Animated Wonderland, a retrospective of 10 shorts, in honor of her mission to bring the art filmmaking to the people. Using low-budget processes (Super 8, hand-processing, and drawing on film), Hill tried to show the world that "“you don’t need to keep up with the latest technology to make a good film, you just need a good idea." Three years ago, Hill's life was cut short by a random act of violence, but today's fundraiser ensures that her work -- and legacy -- continue. Proceeds go toward completing Hill's final unfinished film, for which she received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. 7 p.m. Sun., May 9, The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, pay-what-you-can admission, --Franki Weddington

[image-3]NYC, Detroit … St. Pete? So our sweet hipster haven might not be on the national hip-hop map, but the bboys, DJs and graf artists at Saturday’s Urban Elements are blazing their own path next Saturday. They’re dropping the five founding elements of hip-hop (MCing, DJing, breaking, graffiti writing and knowledge) on Central Ave to commemorate its first legal graffiti wall. See 10 artists from Florida and NYC transform the block, while New York’s DJ Slim Rockwell and ReVibeLists hit the decks. The fumes might get you high, but the breakdancers in the open cypher will keep you there — highlights include bboys and girls from Full Circle, Potent Globe Krewe and the Flying Fandango Brothers. (”Dare” by Center, an Urban Elements participating graf artist) Noon-5 p.m. Sat., May 8, 2401 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

One thing we love about Tampa is not just its continued push for fine art on a national scale (thanks, TMA!), but its devotion to exposing talented locals, too. Cafe Hey is at the forefront of venues hosting multidisciplinary bashes: this weekend's Rough Draft Polish is a block party that offers an exhibit of works by Bradley Paul Valentine, Eli Cannon and April Childers; music comes courtesy of Gracieli Scremin, the Gentlemen Callers, the Vera Violets, and DJ Fuego. The best part about keeping it local? This night of creative collaboration is totally gratis. Check out for more info. Sat., May 8, 7 p.m., Cafe Hey, Tampa, free.

Collective Soles Arts Group brings together Broadway and ballet for Napoli & Willy Wonka, a bizarre mash-up that nevertheless has us intrigued: it begins "with Act III of the classical Napoli ballet, followed by a full-length madcap, musical tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory." May 8-9, 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., USF College of Visual & Performing Arts Theatre I, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, $10-$25.

Guest speakers at this year's Bridge Builders 2010 are Leigh Anne and Collins Tuohy (subjects of the best-selling book and Oscar-winning film, The Blinde Side). They share the story of adopting homeless teen Michael Oher, who went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens. Proceeds provide Metropolitan Ministries' emergency shelter, education and employment programs for local homeless families, teens and children. Sat., May 8, 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, $35 and up.

Fresh seafood, fine arts, local crafts, an alligator show, visits from the Weeki Wachee mermaids, and live music by Eden Brent and Nick Moss & the Flip Tops. We personally can't think of a more Floridian way to celebrate spring than the Cotee River Seafood and Blues Fest. May 7-9, 5-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Sims Park, New Port Richey, free.

[image-4]I guess it’s only right that we celebrate the women who gave us breath (and bail money), and if your mom is into marine life, the orchestra, tea, hats and roses (sorry, biker moms), then there’s something for you to do in Tampa Bay this Mother’s Day weekend. First up, moms get free admission to The Florida Aquarium all weekend with one paid admission (if your idea of a relaxing day is to go to the aquarium by yourself, may I suggest dressing a bottle of wine as a baby?) Next up is Pops in the Park. As The Florida Orchestra plays, you can set up shop on a comfy blanket and enjoy the park’s refreshments (sorry, can’t bring your own).

Now for the girly stuff: Take your mom to the Florida International Museum for tea and treats at All About Hats. Not only do you talk about the history of le chapeau, but you get a tour of Cut! Costume and the Cinema, which offers info the evolution of hats. Wear your biggest, most bedazzled headgear, and tea and strumpets – I mean crumpets – are provided by the Hooker Tea Company. St. Pete’s Craftsman House throws a doozie this weekend, with the debut of the fourth annual Invitational Teapot Show on Saturday, for which artists across the country combined form and function for a tea-riffic (har har!) display of craftsmanship in clay and glass. See the ‘pots and enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. Finally, who needs a dozen roses when you can have a day’s worth of flowery fun? USF’s Botanical Gardens presents Rose Day, which includes free admission to the Gardens, primo roses for sale, a rose display, and workshops on — you guessed it — roses, with the Rose Society.

(Pictured: The “Dancing Teapot” by Susan Filley, on display for the Mother’s Day weekend debut of the Invitational Teapot Show at the Craftsman House) Free aquarium admission for moms (with purchase of ticket), May 8-9, The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa,; Pops in the Park, 7:30 p.m. Sun., May 9, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, $2, $1 kids 10 and under,; All About Hats, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., May 8, Florida International Museum, 244 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, $15 (reservations required),; Invitational Teapot Show, opening reception 5-8:30 p.m. Sat., May 8, Mother’s Day Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sun., May 9, The Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, reservations required,; Rose Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 8, Botanical Gardens, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, free, --Lily Reisman

The 600 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg was recently dubbed the city’s new arts district. Between redevelopment and revivals, a collection of more than 30 new businesses – including art and design studios, music outlets, film studios, galleries, boutiques, and a public journalism organization – have opened up … and business is boomin’. To celebrate the creative “neighborhood” and the grand opening of the newly renovated Crislip Arcade, there’s going to be a banging 600 Block Party this weekend. Attendees can dance to the sounds of Loungecat, Fall on Purpose and DJ Mega, stroll the sidewalk and pop into galleries for the Art Walk, and watch the fashion show that features designs from boutiques on the block. Also on the agenda is the BLUELUCY Gallery’s presentation of Compute This: An exhibit of paintings, prints and products (pictured). It’s innovative and progressive. It’s colorful and soulful. It’s becoming one of the hottest spots in town … and it’s a freaking party. So go. 6-11 p.m. Sat., May 8, between Sixth St. and Seventh Ave., St. Petersburg, free,—Lily Reisman

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