Do It This Weekend: Annie, Caribbean carnival, Tony Gaud and more

The Postcard Souvenir Project is all about mail art, one of the misfit children of visual art’s conceptual turn in the 1960s. It's just what it sounds like: images, text and sometimes even three-dimensional objects “exhibited via postal delivery. (The genre’s best-known practitioners may be Ray Johnson, who had a penchant for mailing postcards that seemed to announce his death, and On Kawara, who sent telegrams to remind recipients that he was still alive.) On Saturday, St. Petersburg’s ARTpool debuts PSPS ’09: Postcard Souvenir Project, an exhibition of mail art postcards solicited via a worldwide call earlier this year. Inclusive of local artists as well as those from farther afield, the exhibit may make visitors yearn to take up the playful practice themselves — or at least collect a few of the affordably priced pieces. Sat., June 13, 6 p.m.-midnight, ARTpool, 919 First Ave N., St. Petersburg, $10, 727-324-3878, (Megan Voeller)

[image-1]Future rock stars of Tampa Bay, listen up: the Homemade Music Symposium is offering a wealth of free seminars, workshops and live music showcases designed to make you a better musician, performer and self-promoter. Highlights include networking sessions with area professionals, workshops on alternative media promotion, marketing, touring and band management, DIY music recording, and web design, a meet-and-greet with local music critics, a discussion with 107 year-old “Wurlitzer wizard” Rosa Rio, performances by Rise of Saturn, Ascending to Avalon and more. In all, an utterly exhaustive list of all the tools you need to launch yourself into superstardom. Just don’t forget about the little people who got you there — I’ll settle for a shout-out in the liner notes of your first major studio release. June 13-14, 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 1-8 p.m. Sun., at Ybor City Museum State Park, Tre Amici, REAXSpace, Mermaid Slipper, Arnold Martinez Gallery, New World Brewery, Arts on 9th, The Roosevelt, and Crowbar. Visit for the full schedule. (Franki Weddington)

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Lotsa drinking to do this weekend, whether your grog is brew or wine. SudsFest, a beer tasting fundraiser for The Florida Aquarium, pours it on with 30-plus craft beers from around the world, tastes by 12 Bay area restaurants, live music and access to the Aquarium’s exhibits. Or if wine pleases your palate, Crewe of Zingaro’s fifth annual Uncork the Cure offers wines from regions all around the world, appetizers and a silent auction. Proceeds support St. Joseph's Children's Cancer Center. SudsFest, Sat., June 13, 7-11 p.m., The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $50 in advance/$60 at the door, 813-273-4568,; and Uncork the Cure, Sun., June 14, 4-7 p.m., The Tampa Club,101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 4200, Tampa, $50 in advance/$60 at the door,, 813-508-2133. (Taylor Eason)

It’s a hard-knock life for everyone but Daddy Warbucks right now, but little orphan Annie is here to remind us that maybe tomorrow we’ll find a new job, or move out of our parent’s house, or … well, at least there’ll be a sun. Everyone’s favorite plucky redhead is currently celebrating her 30th anniversary tour with director Martin Charnin, who brought the original, Tony-winning production to the Great White Way in 1977. Annie’s bright outlook proved irresistible for audiences across the world — everyone loves to root for her in her quest to find her parents. Along the way, she encounters everyone from Sandy, a spunky pup who becomes her faithful companion, to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who aids her in her search. Along the way she spreads hope and cheer among her fellow orphan girls and the homeless who’ve been disenfranchised by the Great Depression, and even icy businessman, Oliver Warbucks. The endlessly cheery musical is a perfect pick-me-up for anyone down on his luck — you can bet your bottom dollar on that. June 12-14, 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun., Carol Morsani Hall at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $38.50-$72.50, 813-229-7827, (Franki Weddington)

Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the islands at the val that features a costume parade, authentic cuisine and popular performing artists like Sean Paul, Gilberto Santa Rosa and soca queen Alison Hinds. Also on stage are Auturo Sandoval, DJ Ibis, Neauva Saka, steel band Tamboo Bamboo, and traditional dancing by Paulette Rolle of Alesnik and Dancers. See the full schedule of performers and events at Noon-10 p.m. Sat, 10 a.m-10 p.m. Sun., June 13-14, Vinoy Park, 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, $10 a day or $15 for both days.

The blue-collar Jedi of humor is ready to split your side with his uncompromising honesty at LOL: An Evening with Tony Gaud. Be part of the guinea pig audience when Gaud debuts new material for his next comedic venture. 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., June 12-20, Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $5; free for Jobsite season ticket holders, 813-229-7827,

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