Plan your weekend
Billy Joel: The Piano Man returns for a concert of huge piano-pop hits. Now 68, Joel on Friday will play Amalie Arena for the third time in five years, the latest chapter in his late-in-life love affair with Florida. Despite hinting at quitting the business for at least the past quarter-century, he is, by many metrics, as popular as ever. 8 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49.50-$149.50. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com
Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: We aren’t done with Gasparilla yet. On Saturday, the Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade brings illuminated floats, led by grand marshal USF President Judy Genshaft, rolling down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. And two of the parade’s most popular celebrities — Jerry Springer and Divorce Court’s Judge Lynn Toler — will be there again this year. The parade starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio Parkway. Free.
Read an interview with Jerry Springer at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Florida State Fair: The deep fryers are bubbling and the Ferris wheel is spinning as the Florida State Fair heads into its first weekend, running today through Feb. 19. Among the entertainment this weekend are Disney and Nickelodeon stars such as Calum Worthy from Austin & Ally and Addison Riecke from The Thundermans appearing on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. There’s also a Mini Monster Trucks show Friday and Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and more than 5,000 animals on exhibit. Find more in our complete guide to the state fair at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Rays Fan Fest: The free day of play in Tropicana Field returns to rev up fans for baseball season with Tampa Bay Rays players and coaches on hand. This year’s free activities include clubhouse tours, arcade games and a food tasting. Kids can run the bases, high-five players, have a story read to them and participate in interactive baseball activities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free admission. $20 per autograph at raysbaseball.com (buy early; popular players often sell out). Benefits the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Tampa Bay Lightning: On Saturday, the Lightning play the Kings and also retire Vinny Lecavalier’s No. 4 jersey in a special ceremony. Lecavalier will join Marty St. Louis’ No. 26 in the rafters, across from the Stanley Cup banner Lecavalier and St. Louis helped win in 2004. Ticket prices vary by game. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6600. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Florida Orchestra Pops: Music of Star Trek and Star Wars: Trekkies and Star Wars buffs join forces this weekend in the Florida Orchestra’s pops concert, The Music of Star Trek and Star Wars. This should bring back memories for music director Michael Francis, who played double bass with the London Symphony Orchestra on two Star Wars soundtracks, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, conducted by John Williams in the Abbey Road Studios. Starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: The festival opens with a Chocolate Fantasy theme this weekend with free samples, a fencing competition, fudge fling, whirlwind wedding war and a pie eating contest. The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. Available for an additional charge is Pig ‘N’ Swig ($15), Pub Crawl ($35), Royal High Tea ($20) and Henry’s Happy Hour ($20). Regular admission: $21.95, $17.95 seniors/students, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 983-0111. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Oscar Shorts at Tampa Theatre: The historic movie house is again presenting the Academy Awards nominated short subjects divided in three rotating sessions: animated, live action and documentary. The animated and Live Action features will be shown at various times Friday through Sunday. The documentary shorts run for three hours, with an intermission Saturday 2 p.m. and Monday at 6:30 p.m. $11. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.
Wish Farms Strawberry Picking Challenge: Teams will battle it out in a relay-style race through the strawberry field competing to win the title "Best Harvest Crew," in this fundraiser for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. Saturday’s family-friendly activities take place at Futch Farms in Plant City and are free to the public. In addition to the ace berry picking, there’s live entertainment, fun activities and a whole lot of strawberries. An onsite BBQ lunch, fresh strawberry shortcake and kid’s meals will be available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Parking and admission are free, and U-pick strawberries are $5 per quart if you want to get in on the action. 3536 Futch Loop, Plant City. wishfarms.com/spc.
Dalí/Duchamp: The new exhibition opening Saturday at the Dalí Museum is another exploration of Dalí’s relationships with other ground-breaking artists. This time it’s Marcel Duchamp. Named the "father of conceptual art," Duchamp was associated with many early 20th century movements, including Cubism, Dada and Surrealism. The exhibit features more than 50 works, including Dalí’s paintings and sculptures, Duchamp’s ready-mades and assemblages and the pair’s collaborations. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children 13-17, $10 children 6-12. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.
MUSE Art and Body Art Show: ARTpool’s titillating annual event on Saturday features a sexy runway show of body-painted models (male and female). There’s also video art and music, not to mention the fabulous spectacle of the attendees. You can find something provocative to wear to the event at ARTpool too, where there’s plenty of leather and lace and body jewelry for women and men. The event is for adults 18 and older and happens from 8 p.m. to midnight at 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20, $45 VIP at artpoolrules.com.
Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann: The Florida Holocaust Museum on Saturday opens a blockbuster exhibition on the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, one of the most dramatic espionage stories in modern history. It details the daring abduction in Argentina and the globally broadcast trial of Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the logistics to transport millions of Jews to concentration camps. The exhibit runs through July 15 at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, though it is closing at 3 p.m. Saturday for a sold-out gala that night. $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17, military/USF students/ages 6 and younger free. (727) 820-0100.
Read an interview with Avner Avraham, former Mossad agent and curator of the exhibition, at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
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