Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Beer, outdoor fun, Lewis Black, Tampa Am, St. Pete artists in Polk County and more.


Attend a comedy show this weekend:
Michael Murillo's Laugh Tract offers enough comedy shows to keep you laughing all weekend. Top picks include the world's most lovable curmudgeon, Lewis Black, whose rants will shake the rafters of Ruth Eckerd Hall's giant oyster shell Saturday night (8 p.m. $28.75-$125. rutheckerdhall.com). Last Comic Standing invades the Capitol Theatre, featuring the finalists from this year's show — Ian Bagg, Michael Palascak, Dominique, Andy Erikson, and winner Clayton English. See them 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater ($40-$125.atthecap.com). Friday through Sunday you can see the exquisitely raunchy Sommore at the Tampa Improv. (Showtimes are Friday at 8  and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa (Ybor City). improvtampa.com or 813-864-4000.)  Bianca Del Rio's Rolodex of Hate stars a winner of RuPaul's Drag Race and should offer big laughs. Showtime is Sunday at 8 p.m. $40.95-$83.75. 1010 N. MacInnes Place in Tampa. Info: strazcenter.org or 813-229-7827.

Big Tampa Beerfest Brew lovers can sample from a selection of 250-plus craft beers. The weekend-long event features local restaurant food pairings and a block party. Click here for more info.


St. Pete art: November's Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown St. Pete has an unusual number of events and openings this month, including Exposure: The Intimacy of Art at the Morean Center for Clay, the opening of Zulu Painter's new solo show at Gallerie 909, Bloom's Taking Shape,  Prelude and Fugue: A solo exhibition by Gabriela Valencia at the St. Pete Opera Annex and more.  Click here for a rundown.

Chaka Khan gonna rock you:
 The soul superstar who belted out one of the funkiest earworms of the 1980s, "Feel For You," and has graced us with other choice R&B gems and recently busted some moves on Dancing with the Stars. See her will headline the Mahaffey Friday night. (Read an interview with Ms. K here.) In Tampa, DieAlps! will headline New World Brewery Saturday night. Find out about these and other music events in Ear Buds.

Plays about women: Two shows open this weekend that offer distinctive, artful female expression. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is a a must see not only because the cast includes rapper Dynasty (pictured, left) and other local talents but because it's the premiere production of Tampa's newest performing arts theater, The Space. The show takes audiences into the worlds of seven women with poetry, drama, music, and dance. The Space is at 2106 W. Main St., Tampa. At USF, 9 Parts of Desire introduces us to Iraqi women. Click here to read more.

Fresh air fun: If Ribfest is too much hubbub for you, bring the pups to Dogtoberfest in Dunedin on Saturday, but leave them and home to get a cultural infusion at SerbFest taking place both Saturday and Sunday. 

Aquatic nom noms:
The 28th Annual Sponge Docks Seafood Festival takes over Tarpon Springs' main destination Fri., Nov. 13, noon-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Chow down on fresh, local seafood, peruse an arts and crafts show with 60 artists selling their works, live music, a People's Choice contest, retail shops and bring the kids for family-friendly activities. Free. tarponarts.org.

Natural Florida: Visit and explore Egmont Key at Discover the Island 2015  Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event features historical re-enactors, birds of prey, walking tours, historic lighthouse, silent auctions each day and folk music. Click here for details.

Amateur hours: One of the biggest sports events in the Bay area, the Skatepark of Tampa's annual Tampa Am brings in the best amateur skaters from around the world for competitions, art and music shows, parties and more. On Friday, the Tampa Am Old Man Bowl Jam summons the elder skatesmen. Celebrate the  SPoT's birthday at the  23 Year Anniversary Party and  Converse Concrete Jam, and Sunday is the Boards For Bros Build Day In Honor of Matt Woods. More details on the SPoT's website.

A reason to visit Polk County: Insert meth joke here. No, really, Tampa Bay artists are invading the Polk Museum of Art for the Art Crawl, the third annual free outdoor arts festival and juried arts competition highlights 40 emerging  visual artists. Expect food trucks and live music from MrENC & Josh Bump Galletta, DieAlps!, Meat Goats and Fount. Click here for event details.


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