Do It This Weekend: Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop, coastal clean up, Fences, Hippie Hop, Grapefather, and more

The dog days of summer are finally behind us, but its still plenty warm enough to enjoy being on the water. To ensure we can enjoy it for years to come, join the International Coastal Clean Up by taking a couple hours out of your day at the shore to pick up trash and debris -- last year's Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful volunteers collected 51,945 pounds -- protecting wildlife and beautifying the beach. The event occurs at various Hillsborough county waterways; visit khcbonline.org for a list of locations and to register. Sat., Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.


At Hippie Hop, cool cats get entrance to FMoPA's exhibits (like Burk Uzzle's Woodstock and Other Americana), along with a psychedelic light show, 60s-inspired music by Ted Lukas, free trolley rides, and dinner and drink specials at more than 20 Channelside hotspots like Fly Bar, Malio's Prime, Taps, Cafe Hey, Splitsville, Mise En Place and more. Visit woodstocktampabay.com for more info.  Sat, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, $15.


August Wilson’s best play, Fences, is about Troy Maxson, an African-American rubbish collector whose bitterness and sense of[image-1] lost opportunities make him a problematic husband and father. Set in Pittsburgh in 1957, it’s also about a time when new opportunities for black citizens were slowly becoming real, but the indignities of the past were too raw to be forgotten. As in all Wilson’s plays, the language is poetic, the characters are indelible, and the metaphors — including, in this case, the trumpet carried by Troy’s brain-damaged brother Gabriel — are brilliant. What happens to a dream deferred? Wilson’s answer is riveting. (Pictured: Evander Duck, Jr., Travus Leroux and Jayne Trinette in Fences) Sept. 25-Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. matinee Sat.-Sun; Previews Sept. 19-20 and 23-24, 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Weds.-Thurs., American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg, $26-$45, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to curtain; Sun., Sept. 20 and Tues., Sept. 29 are "pay what you can" admission, americanstage.org. – Mark Leib


Each year, Tampa Theatre hosts a film-themed food and wine bash, and this eighth annual event honors Martin Scorsese with The Grapefather. Costumes are encouraged at this occasion featuring small plates from restaurants including SideBern’s, The NoHo Bistro, The Rack and Seven 17 South as well as wine tastings from seven Italian boutique wineries. A huge, unique silent auction rounds out the experience. Sat., Sept. 19, 7-10 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa, $50 grand tasting, $85 VIP, 813-274-8981, tampatheatre.org. – Taylor Eason


[image-2]The [email protected]’s Emerging Artist Series continues with The Pagan Prosperity: The Art of Johnnie Thomas III, a collection of traditional and digital drawings and paintings, which portray the artist's take on “all the crippling systems and the reality of our failing world and the lives ensnared in between.” They includes everything from a picture of radiant sunflowers that slowly fade to black, to more politically-charged images, like that of a skull, whose clenched teeth grind against an Obama-signed health care bill. Continues through Sept. 26, The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, free, 727-895-6620, studio620.org. – Franki Weddington

HCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Series presents Danny Hoch’s (pictured) critically acclaimed one-man show, Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop — with a twist. Accompanying lone actor Curtis Belz’s eight monologue characterizations – which include Flip, a good ol’ boy from the Midwest who has come to identify with urban hip-hoppers; Bronx, a sidewalk vendor who gets pinched for selling without a license; and Sam, a prison guard with an anger management problem (evidenced by his beating a prisoner nearly to death) —are musician Matt Wetherington and choreographer/dancer DeMario Henry. Wetherington’s original score includes mixing on stage and live guitar; Henry shows off fresh hip-hop moves and dance, and his hip-hop troupe, the VYB Dance Company, kicks off the show. Sept. 17-19, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Hillsborough Community College – Ybor Campus, Performing Arts Building, Corner of Palm Avenue and 14th St., Ybor City,  $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free for HCC students, faculty and staff, 813-253-7695. – Lily Reisman

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