There's a ridiculous number of worthwhile events to attend tonight. Whoopi goes head-to-head with the women of Shine wrestling. Who'll win? Tough to say. Let's say we list what's going on chronologically by county, and let you decide.
Three art shows lead our A&E recommendations in Tampa tonight. Pyramid Inc. in Tampa is a nonprofit that gives adults with developmental disabilities a new voice through art by nurturing skills and providing guidance to various art forms. See the fruits of their labor, which deserve Exposure
, the name of Pyramid's exhibition featuring the works of its student artists. The show is exceptional in that offers an expansive view of different art forms, with an interesting focus on folk art. During the event visitors will have the chance to purchase original artwork, prints and handmade jewelry. Tickets for the Harley-Davidson raffle will be available for a minimum donation of $10; all proceeds will go to Pyramid. Fri., Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at 508 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-931-3986. pyramidinc.org.
MOSI is hosting Food Truck Madness: MythBusters After Dark!
, starting at 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to try food from the area's coolest food trucks and enjoy games and music. This event will be the Bay area’s first chance to see MythBusters
at night. Guests can also conquer MOSI’s Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip Line in the dark. MOSI’s standard exhibit galleries will also be open at a discounted rate of $5. Additional fees apply for MythBusters, Sky Trail attractions, and IMAX movies. Read an interview with one of the cable show's stars here.
World-renowned artist Alex Kanevsky's new one-man exhibition Painting in a Foreign Language
will be opening this week as a part of Scarfone/Hartley Gallery’s ongoing discussion featuring contemporary artists. The exhibition opens with a reception tonight, and offers visitors a chance to view several of the artist's paintings, drawings and prints from private collections as well as new paintings for the show. The show will be preceding Kanevsky's next solo exhibition at the J. Cacciola Gallery in New York City. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Exhibition runs through March 28.
One of the season's most intriguing installation shows parks at USF's Centre Gallery — See America First
. Artists Sam Robinson and Jackie Flavio have created interactive mixed-media installations that conjure iconic national parks. They re-create nature vistas using wood, plaster, chicken wire, and other materials. Painted backdrops, three-dimensional scenery and thematic props invite revisits to four locales: a Yosemite campsite, a scenic lookout point over volcanic Hawaii, a glacial valley on the Alaskan frontier and the edge of the Grand Canyon. Each destination will comprise an amusement park-like area in the foreground, posterized backdrops that reference the persuasive impact of WPA propaganda, and a selection of props to "outfit" patrons for the experiences of wilderness. Overall, the show gives a unique historic and cultural perspective of America's romanticized need to escape the daily grind. The closing reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. centregallery.usf.edu.
Ybor’s favorite female wrestlers are back, with new champion Ivelisse Velez defending the belt against veteran Mercedes Martinez. But the real draw of Shine 17
will be the three-round, eight-team elimination scrum for the first-ever Shine Tag Team Championship, with superhero-crossover team-ups including the goth-punk duo of MsChif and Christina von Eerie, and Leva and Mia Yim as the high-flying Lucha Sisters. Shine’s ring at Orpheum is way too small to contain that much action (especially since for some reason a few teams get THREE wrestlers), so guard your beer. Or just drink it quickly. Fri., Feb. 28th; doors, 8 p.m.; bell time, 9 p.m. General admission is $15. Front row $30, VIP $50. The Orpheum is at 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. facebook.com/groups/SHINEWrestling.
If you want to make a night of it, head to New World Brewery for Drag the River
with the Tim Version and Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves. facebook.com/newworldbrewery
Get to know the roving talents behind Gypsy Stage Repertory Company,
a very diverse group of men and women who love to perform. Director Lil Barcaski will speak on the Gypsy Stage Repertory, The Improv-ables and Showcase Arts Foundation. There will be a scene from their current production, The Odd Couple.
Complimentary wine, beer and snacks will be served. 5:30 p.m. 1714 County Road 1, Suite 2 (in the Braemoor Plaza), Dunedin. facebook.com/GypsyStageRep.
Theater lovers, there's more. It's the final weekend to see Shipwrecked!
Read Mark E. Leib's review here
Born Caryn Elaine Johnson, Whoopi Goldberg
is not only the calm, cool, collected matriarch on The View
, but the author of a children’s book series, a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, a champion against AIDS and the star of several movies; most notably, The Color Purple
Whatever crazy trajectory the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winner's career has followed, she will always be a funny lady first. Whoopi most recently paid tribute to comedy’s first funny lady in the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
. Catch her going back to her stand-up roots tonight at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $59-$125. rutheckerdhall.com.
The Scott & Patti Show — Love Will Keep Us Together
, the popular cabaret show performed by the ever so gifted Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel, debuts at American Stage for one night only. Read a fun Q&A with McGee and Daniel in character as Scott and Patti here
Attention skateboarders: The Bends bar/nightclub/hipster hangout will host its Drunk'n'High Ollie Contest
at 9 p.m. Of course, I cannot vouch for the safety of this event for competitors or spectators. Rules are as follows: Must be 21 and older to enter; every time you ollie a board and roll away planted on your board you get shot of Sailor Jerry; most boards ollied wins. Winner receives bar tab. Early arrival recommended. The Bends is at 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, facebook.com/thebendsbar.
In addition The Bright Light Social Hour
headlines the State Theatre and The PANGAEA PROJECT No.46
will be going down at the Venture Compound.
Geri X + DieAlps!
headline Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19, Holiday.