Do It Today: Party with LeBron James, Save the Arts and Centennial movie bash

Cleveland’s loss, Tampa Bay’s gain?


LeBron “King” James is in town with his new NBA sugar daddy, erm, basketball team the Miami Heat to face off against the Orlando Magic Friday night at the Forum. According to the Orlando Sentinel, tickets are selling like hotcakes and the game may very well sell out.

If you want a chance to whoop it up with James and you can’t hoop it up Friday, the sought-after star is making an appearance at the Venue in Feather Sound along with goodness knows who else from the NBA. Word is the Heat's other two kings, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might show up too.

How long will James and his entourage be there? That’s the question. Whether James will do the ol’ hi-bye thing or stick around, we can’t say.

We do know that Miami's DJ Irie is scheduled to spin. We’re also told that the event begins at 11:30 p.m. and LeBron is scheduled show up around midnight. The Venue is at 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater.  Admission is $30-$100.

Artists aren’t usually flush with cash.

Lucky for them, the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts has their backs and helps them get projects off the ground.

The organization hosts its 16th annual throwdown, Save the Arts, tonight to raise money to sustain their efforts and celebrate local businesses and individuals who have made a significant impact on the arts and cultural scene in Tampa Bay.

Award recipients will receive a commissioned work of art from Ybor City-based artist Joe Griffith, and performing will be one of Florida’s top modern dance companies, Moving Current (pictured), and Tampa-based Cuban band, Orquesta Infinidad. Lisette Campos of WFTS-Ch. 28’s Positively Tampa Bay emcees. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Ritz Theater, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $105, $75 for non-profits or artists. For information, visit 813-221-2787 or go to

St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks Centennial Celebration at North Straub Park; folk-pop songstress Rebekah Pulley performs at 6 p.m., and at 7:15 p.m., there’s a free screening of The Fantastic Four, the 2005 comic-inspired movie about irradiated astronauts, written by Beach Theatre owner Michael France (pictured, right).

France, who has also written comic-derived films, The Hulk (2003) and The Punisher (2004) in addition to action flicks Cliffhanger (1993) and GoldenEye (1995), will also be in attendance at the event.

Attendees who want to do it up a little more can come dressed as an astronaut or nosh beforehand with France at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House and get VIP seating in the park. VIP tickets are $25; reservations can be made at North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive S., St. Petersburg.

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