Talk about an eclectic choice of music, we've got it all here for you this weekend, along with some fine comedy theatre, everything you always wanted to know about Gasparilla but were afraid to ask, a day to honor Black History Month, and some great selections from Oscar nominated films for you to see even if you're not voting.
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Friday, Feb. 15 7:30 p.m.
They are billed as an 'accoustic quartet and play a mix of old-time fiddle and banjo-based music that is a fine selection of country, blues, gospel and more. $24.50
Straz Center/Performing Arts 1010 N. MacInnes Place Tampa 33602 813-229-7827 strazcenter
GASPARILLA: A FAMILY TRADITION Saturday, Feb. 16 10 a.m.
You can finally learn what all of this Gasparilla thing is about -and if you're not from these parts you probably don't know - well, this is the history of the tradition, all the Krewes, the history of the mythical pirate himself and how all of this intertwines itself through many of the old families in Tampa.
$10 adults $7 seniors $5 children
Henry B. Plant Museum 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa 33602 813-254-1891 plantmuseum
BLACK HISTORY MONTH WEEKEND Saturday, Feb. 16 10 a.m.
The Glazer Children's Museum, in their own inimitable way, presents a program to honor the achievements and cultural contributions of famous African-Americans. $15 adults $12.50 kids.
Glazer Children's Museum 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza Tampa 33602 813-443-3861 glazermuseum
MOMOLOGUES 2: OFF TO SCHOOL Saturday, Feb. 16 3 p.m.
It's a secuel to The Momologues and it is hilarious as it presents a funny and true look at the elementary school years. $26 $10 military, seniors and students.
Stageworks Theatre 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa 33602 813-727-2708 stageworkstheatre
ANIMATED OSCAR SHORT FILMS Saturday, Feb. 16 7:30 p.m.
This begins the theatre's involvement in presenting 2013 Oscar nominated live and animated films as a prelude to their big live streaming Oscar night which we will tell you all about next week.$9
POPERA Saturday, Feb. 16 7:30 p.m.
The Florida Opera Festival presents an operatic journey of operas and Broadway music of everything from Mozart to Rogers and Hammerstein. $34.50
Straz Center Performing Arts 1010 N. MacInnes Place Tampa 33602 813-229-7827 strazcenter
BEAUTIFUL AFRICA: A NEW GENERATION Sunday, Feb. 17 5 p.m.
A beautiful documentary and a live performance by the famous Wototo Children's Chorus make this a wonderful evening and if you buy a VIP ticket you can come early at and rub shoulders with the great kids in the chorus. It's all to benefit the resporation and upkeep for the theatre. $25 $50 VIP
Tampa Theatre 711 N. Franklin St. Tampa 33602 813-274-8981 tampatheatre