Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Silence! the Musical opens, beers and cigars, Pinellas Comic & Maker Con, St. Petersburg Opera's Carmen and much more.

It puts the fun in your weekend evening:  Jobsite's new Halloween-y musical at the Jaeb Theater is for people who are ready for laughs, comparable to The Book of Mormon, says Jonathan Harrison (pictured above in the musical's cannibalistic starring role) in a recent Tampa Bay Times story. Silence! The Musical opens tonight and continues Thursdays-Sundays through next month. Visit jobsitetheater.org for details and visit CL's Halloween Guide for more creepy-fun happenings this weekend.

Mr. Subliminal is back: According to comedy contributor Michael Murillo, Kevin Nealon wasn't just a role player on Saturday Night Live. He was a Weekend Update anchor (a prestigious position), and played characters through nine seasons on the show. (In addition to his superbly nice-guy-douche Doug on Weeds.) Adds Murillo, "Nealon is still a recognizable figure, thanks to television clips, movie roles and, of course, stand-up comedy. Nealon's supremely comfortable on stage, sharing premises, stories and observations with the experience of a pop culture vet, and the likability of a trusted comedy presence." Showtime is Saturday at 8 p.m. $37.50-$52.50. 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Info: 727-822-3590 or mypalladium.org.

Stogies and beers Friday night: Ybor City Museum Society is all things Ybor this evening with the Cigar Heritage Party 2015. The event celebrates local heritage with premium cigars from Tabanero Cigars and Thompson Cigar Company, liquor tastings by Florida Cane Vodka, Sunshine Moonshine and Tamiami Gin; nosh and craft beer by Tampa Bay Brewing Company, and tunes by Acho Brother — all in lovely outdoor setting! Fri., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ybor Museum Garden. Tickets will be available at the door or click here to purchase.  Brews By the Bay at the Florida Aquarium invites you to partake of 100 brews, 25 area restaurants, live entertainment and free exhibits. $60. flaquarium.org.

Now you see ’em: Two Tampa art events are one-date-only deals, so show up and get a gander of some great local works before they’re gone. Five by Five takes over the Tampa Museum of Art again on Oct. 16, 8-11 p.m. The fourth annual one-night-only art exhibition offers a bustling night of music, dance, theater and spoken word performances. The name derives from the 5-by-5-inch pieces for sale for only $25 apiece (all proceeds go to the Arts Council of Hillsborough County). With no name next to the works, attendees don’t know which artist they’re purchasing. It’s a game of surprise that attracts art lovers throughout the bay, who flock to the event and buy up all the best pieces in the first hour — so, get there early. Admission is $10 (free for Museum members, fivebyfivetampabay.com). The Made in the Shade, Pop-Up Design Fest is Tampa Bay Design Week’s second annual arty block party and will feature installations, family-friendly activities, music, tours and an urban scavenger hunt. The event also includes installations conceived by teams of local designers, artists, engineers and contractors with the intention to demonstrate the power of design and the potential for Tampa’s new urban pathway, the 1.7-mile Selmon Greenway, which runs east-west through downtown Tampa and connects with the City’s Riverwalk and Meridian Trail. Vendors include The Nomad Studio: The Art Bus Project, Commune + Co. Coffee and more. Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. More info on the pop-up fest at tampabaydesignweek.com/a-moving-design-festival


Le geek c’est chic: Back at the Seminole campus of SPC, Pinellas Maker & Comic Con will entetain and inform with all sorts of exhibits, demos, vendors, food trucks and fun competitions — like the über-geeky character voice contest. Other activities include a comic book swap, cosplay, a live combat show and meet and greets with Top “Bondologist” Matt Sherman (pictured), Esteban Valdez from Echo Bridge Pictures LLC, who will be featured in the “Storytelling Through Words, Motion, and Art” panel discussion with Kathy Bryson and Sergio Cariello, and comic book writer Nicola Cuti, who’s known for his co-creation of E-Man (with artist Joe Staton). Ken Spivey Band will play a free concert. They’ve got “the coolest, geekiest, Doctor Who-themed, steampunk-flavored band you ever set ears on,” Pinellas County’s largest annual Comic Con for fans of comic books, gaming, sci-fi/fantasy, anime, costuming and the maker culture shouldn’t disappoint. Free admission but donations might earn you a discounted ticket to Legoland. Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. pcmcon.com

Asian whirl: If you're craving a Far East experience beyond sushi and pad Thai, Ringling International Art Festival is presenting first-rate acts from Pacific Rim nations through Sunday at The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Click here for more details or visit ringling.org.

If you miss Theo: Revisit the works of a beloved local for a limited time. Two masterworks by late, internationally known Tampa artist Theo Wujcik are on display at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. The installation is available for the public to view in the hotel’s lobby at no charge until Thursday, Oct. 22. The masterworks on display are titled "Balloon Dog" and "Times Square," and they are part of Wujcik’s final body of work, Blue Chip. Never before shown in Tampa Bay, these masterworks are rarely available for public viewing. The popup installation gives way to Tampa Bay Business for Culture & the Arts’ (TBBCA) Impact Awards, which will be held at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 22. At the event, Wujcik will posthumously receive the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel can be found at International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. The lobby, where the works are temporarily installed, is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Sexy Spaniards in French: The St. Petersburg Opera is staging one of opera’s liveliest and sauciest tales. Set in Spain by French composer Georges Bizet, Carmen is the composer’s final and most beloved work. Written in the genre of opéra comique, which is defined by musical numbers separated by dialogue, Carmen follows wide-eyed soldier Don José, who finds himself under the spell of temptress and Romani beauty. Bizet’s depiction of class struggles, the opera’s onstage death scene and his flawed female heroine broke new ground during the 19th century’s romantic era. Maestro Mark Sforzini conducts a fiery Spanish-flavored score that includes music non-opera lovers will recognize from movies like The Bad News Bears and a slew of TV shows and commercials. Jennifer Feinstein stars in the title role with Michael Morrow as Don José and Christopher Holloway as Escamillo, the Torreador. After party at the Hollandale in downtown St. Pete opening night. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 2 p.m. and Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., The Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $22-$67. stpeteopera.org

Pinellas Park Art Society Annual Open House: Enjoy live art demonstrations, chat with local artists and instructors, browse through two sunlit galleries, shop at our art exchange and bake sale. Family-friendly, indoor events, so rain or shine. Free admission and free parking. Handicap accessible bldg. Free. Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. 727-459-2326. pinellasart.com.

Avett Brothers at Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Second jazz fest for the N.C. roots rockers, balladeers, Gospel singers, punk hillbillies and purveyors of folksy and not-so-folky talents. Live, they’re unbeatable. 7:30 p.m. clearwaterjazz.com.

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