On the Radar: Munny show at SPoT, Deft in St. Pete and I Before E in Tampa

70 artists, who knit, drew, painted, colored and otherwise altered the Munny men for art’s sake. You can get your munny-grubbing hands on one of the original works at the one-night-only show, or you can just go for the free Red Bull, free drinks (21 and up, of course), and a “ripping bowl session.”  (Pictured: Van Gogh Munny by P$YNNER) 7-11 p.m. Sat., Feb. 27, Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, skateparkoftampa.com; Urban Outfitters exhibit on display through March 31.

After the break: Deft and I Before E:

C. Emerson Fine Arts continues its 2010 season with Deft, comprised of works by nine diverse artists (Clayton Chandler, Chiézo, Patrick Francisco, [image-1]Freak Friends, Rocky Grimes, Patrick Maxcy, PLASEEBO, and John Revisky) in a wide range of media. Robots and monsters lurk behind thin swirling lines in Chiézo’s drawings; custom toys that glow with an ominous light are PLASEEBO’s specialty; Francisco’s signature chimp acts out a variety of expressive and charming adventures; and they’ll all make you stop and stare. Opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26; on display through April 17, C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, c-emersonfinearts.com.

Four local artists — Jason Fondren, Rich Frederick, Jon Rodriguez, Trinity Rivard — put I Before E for their new show, which debuts at the West Tampa Center for the Arts this weekend. Inspired by variations on the theme of creating art for personal fulfillment (“I”) versus everyone else (“E”), the quartet produced paintings that “hold a mirror to society as seen through the artist’s eyes.” (Pictured: “Johnny” by Jason Fondren, on view at I Before E at the West Tampa Center for the Arts) Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26; on display through March 19, West Tampa Center for the Arts, 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-453-4381.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendar for. This weekend brings a big-ass variety of wicked art shows, including Munny: Change is Everything at the Skatepark of Tampa; Deft at St. Petersburg's C. Emerson Fine Arts Center; and I Before E at the West Tampa Center for the Arts.

Tampa Bay’s got a few offbeat art venues, but the Skatepark of Tampa might just be the oddest (and most interesting) of the bunch. This weekend’s Munny: Change is Everything show is the latest installment in SPoT’s Skate and Create series, and it’s not just locals who got in on the act: indie megamart Urban Outfitters in Ybor will showcase the exhibit’s best Munnys for a month. The 4- and 7-inch vinyl figures, originally created by Kid Robot, have been modified by

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