Our cup runneth over this weekend. So much is going on, I had to fudge the numbers a little. See what I mean:
1-4. Visual arts goodness: See what's cooking in the imaginations of scholars with big ideas about our arts landscape at free Creative Time Summit screenings. The event takes place in Sweden, but USF CAM and the Museum of Fine Arts are co-presenting local installations and presentation in tandem with simulcasts from the event. Click here for more info.
Tampa has the cool happs Friday night. At 8 p.m., Quaid hosts its regular artist interview series, Between Two Quaids, with Anthony Record interviewing Justin Nelson about the show. Click here for David Morris' review of the shows at both Quaid and Tempus Projects.
Art lovers, head over to the Museum of Fine Arts when works by two of the art world's famed Florida residents, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist will begin their run.
The Interwebs have been overrun with photos and videos of critters, and the pop culture experts at Bluelucy have co-opted this cute and universally loved bit of zeitgeist to present their own spin on our favorite pets. Cats & Dogs opens with a reception Saturday night at the downtown Burg gallery on Central Avenue. Surprise: Popular dog-portraitist Robert Phelps is painting a feline, we're told.
5. Campy play and cabaret: Head over to the Straz's Shimberg Playhouse for a doubly delish night of campy entertainment. You can see Jobsite's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at 8 p.m. and one of its stars Zachary Hines, teams up again with his partner in cabaret crime, Colleen Cherry, to put on VAMP — A Cabaret with Bite afterward at 10 p.m. The duo, who perform as Coco & Homo, has been described by CL as "Tampa Bay's Sonny and Cher of adorable perversion" and always put on a show chock full of laughs and demented whimsy. If you miss them tonight, catch them after tomorrow's Jobsite play too. Ticket is discounted if you attend both vampire spectacles.
Another favorite cabaret duo gets the glitter ball spinning this weekend to the Flamingo Resort. See Scott & Patti's All New Disco Show Saturday and Sunday night.
6. Cult classics and a local B flick: Camp abounds at local theaters too. See Satan's Children, an obscure B horror flick filmed in Tampa Bay Saturday night at Tampa Theatre. The film stars local theater favorites of today who will reminisce in a Q&A after the show. In Clearwater, the Capitol Theatre brings its Cult Classics Double Feature series with a double feature of psychedelic proportions — The Big Lebowski and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
7-8. The Burg and Gulfport are hopping Saturday. CL's Crafts and Drafts is taking over the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club Saturday afternoon.
Folks can venture a few miles south to celebrate O'Maddy's 25th Anniversary. The beloved watering hole, restaurant and karaoke spot is throwing a big shindig with a fashion show and more.
9. Book lovers rejoice: Saturday is the first ever Florida Bookstore Day. Celebrate at Haslam's, Inkwood Books (which has the biggest slate of daytime activities) and an after party at Venture Compound, which offers a lit Mad Libs game and other wordy-nerdy fun.
10. That voice. Those stare-downs and pregnant pauses. That sass. Wanda Sykes is a master at comedic timing and delivery and puts on a terrific live show. This Sunday she headlines the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, which is a hike for most of our readers, but well worth it. Showtime is 7 p.m. so you won't be out too late. 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. VanWezel.org or 941-953-3368. Gilbert Gottfried and other impressive stand-up talent can be found this weekend. Check out who's headlining locally in Michael Murillo's Laugh Tract.
Honorable mentions: the Hyperbolic Chamber Music show is at Venture Compound and more great live music shows can be found in Ear Buds.