Do This: Weekend Top 10

Outdoor concerts, classic punk rock, the Gnome Biergarten, tiki fun and mind-blowing arts.

4th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival: More than 20,000 attend this annual festival and contest, which offers a yummy exploration of the best traditional and nontraditional Cuban sandwiches in Florida and beyond. The event kicks off today with the World's Largest Cuban Sandwich Contest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. HCC Ybor & Don Vicente Parking Lot. The Cuban Sandwich Festival, City2City Showdown and Awards is Sunday, 10:30 a.m -6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park in Ybor. Visit thecubansandwichfestival.com for more info.

More Ybor specialness: Linger in Ybor for some exceptional art and good Mother Earth karma. The Gnome Biergarten at the Ybor Daily Market will offer a feel-good time local craft beer, music, food, and artisan vendors. A portion of the donated proceeds will go to Tampa Eden Project’s rooftop gardens. 3-7 p.m. Stick around for  Pop! — a "modular, multi-sensory arts experience," takes its inspiration from sights, sounds, and art of the 1960s with works by favorites like Michelle Sawyer, Rebecca Ki, Zoe Griego, Jeremy Rivera and Carlos Pons. The event will feature the creation of live pop art paintings, dancing, as well as live music and performance art. All food and drink sales will go to the Tampa Eden Project, a local community gardening initiative which installs gardens throughout low-income areas of Tampa Bay. Free. Sat., March 21, 8 p.m.-midnight. Ybor Daily Market, 1920 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. 727-656-0892.


Tampa has great art — and the scene is growing:  AvATARIum is a multimedia art show that will explore the interactions between a player and their avatar in the realm of video games. It's at the first public show of the new Ybor arts space MF Arts Ybor. Free. Sat., 7-11 p.m. MF Arts Ybor, 1616 E. Second Ave, Tampa. 813-956-4679. deonblackwell.com

Concerts not to miss:
It's almost unfair how much good live music there is to choose from. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers will host the first-ever Parade and Concert for Fair Food with performances by Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, and Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics. The Black Lips are headlining the Spring Fling, a throwback day of Tasty Beer Cocktails, Seasonal Beers, live music, games & more at Curtis Hixon Waterfront ParkAgnostic Front headlines the Skatepark of Tampa Pro Party at the Orpheum. See Leilani's Ear Buds for more. 

Ye olde shopping spree: If you’ve started spring cleaning and are ready for some new old junk to fill your home, head to The Sunshine City Antiques & Collectibles Show, the Coliseum’s big vintage sale event, with 100 exhibitors selling all manner of art, jewelry, pottery and more. You can shop for sterling silver, bronzes, Japanese antiques, furniture, linens, Floridiana and more. If during that aforementioned cleaning frenzy, a certain family heirloom popped up, bring it to the event’s two-day Antiques Appraisal Fair Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $5 per item. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; $7; allmanpromotions.com.

WMNF’S Tiki Tropical Heatwave Party: Celebrate with local vendors, a costume contest, The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show, tasty nosh and mai tai beer by Darwin Brewer Leslie Shore. 6 p.m. Sunday at Geraldson Community Farm, Bradenton. wmnf.org.

Well sprung: LINES Ballet, Alonso King’s renowned San Francisco-based ballet company, has been putting his eloquent artistic vision into motion since 1982. King recently paid a visit to the University of South Florida School of Dance, teaching workshops and classes. He has choreographed a portion of DanceUSF’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert that will run through March 28. The performance also includes a work by Robert Moses, founder of Robert Moses KIN; an original ballet choreographed by faculty members Paula Nunez, Andee Scott and Jeanne Travers; and original works choreographed by some of USF’s most talented dance students. Expect an eclectic, moving experience, and read an interview with living dance legend King at cltampa.com/arts. March 21, 26-28 at 8 p.m., March 22 at 3 p.m., Theatre 1, USF Tampa Campus. $15 general admission. theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu. (Text by Melanie Wiesen)

How random!  See what/who emerges when Bloom Art Center presents The 1st Annual SHOW ART Community Showcase Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Come out and see what these artists concoct without the limitations of theme and pedigree, all in a lively ambiance with DJs spinning into the night and works in all media. Artists may come between noon and 6 p.m. on March 21 to display their work. Hanging or label supplies and helpful volunteers will be on hand to assist those who need it. Each exhibiting artist gets one free show admission. All other guests pay $5 at the door, and a donation bar will be available. A convivial, unpretentious atmosphere can usually be found at Bloom, where regulars/muralists Derek Donnelly, Sebastian Coolidge and and many others should be showing up with new works. Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center, 910 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. facebook.com/BloomUnderground

My Bearded Lady Zine Release and Cash O’Riley Celebrate the release of a collaborative art diary zine. Free. Sun., 9 p.m.-midnight. The Hub, 719 N. Franklin St., Tampa. 813-229-1553. 


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