Beach Drive: The Weekender 9/5-9/8


It’s the weekend again, and the start of another month! September kicks off with some awesome DTSP events – as always. The highlights include – Thursday: reduced museum admission across St. Pete, the Royal Palm Market, and the Rays vs the Blue Jays. Friday: Colin Mochrie at the Mahaffey, the SHINE preview party, and First Friday. Saturday: pilates at the Chihuly, the Brocante Market, and the ART Festival at Jannus Live. Sunday: brunch and yoga at the Dali, yoga at Green Bench Brewing, and the September Soiree Bridal Show at the Birchwood. Find these events and more below. Have a fantastic weekend, St. Pete!

THURSDAY 9/5

Fine Art after 5PM: reduced admission to The Dali Museum, MFA & Imagine Museum

Fine art can be pricey. Thursdays after 5PM, visit the Dali for just $10, the Imagine Museum for $5, and the MFA for $10. Have a glass of wine and stroll the museums for the perfect Happy Hour.

More Dali Museum information can be found here.

Museum of Fine Arts information can be found here.

Imagine Museum information can be found here.

Royal Palm Market

Enjoy live music, food, shopping and craft cocktails every Thursday at 6PM under the royal palms of St. Pete! This weekly night market is located right next to Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails and features local artists, boutiques, handmade goods, leather goods, wood burning, clothing & accessories, specialty dog treat vendors, soaps, candles and so much more! Bring the whole family including your pets to this free, weekly event.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Blue Jays, 7:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend! Come see them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants. Tickets here.

FRIDAY 9/6

Yoga for Lunch at Station House

Unwind and renew with a mid-day Yoga break! A soulful exploration of the body and mind will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to embrace the rest of your day, and the weekend ahead.  In the heart of downtown St. Pete, join us for a 45 minutes flow that will get your blood pumping, body moving and soul squealing for joy! Starts at 12pm.

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Spend your Friday evening playing in clay at the Morean Center for Clay! Be prepared to get dirty for two hours from 7-9PM. of wheel throwing and hand building. Bring a towel, your favorite beverage, and a group of friends or a date for a fun get-together. You’ll get to select your favorite piece at the end of the night and they will bisque and glaze it for you to bring home. Purchase your tickets for $25 online today.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club

It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7PM-11PM, locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Blue Jays, 7:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend! Come see them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants. Tickets here.

Art Show at the Vinoy

Admire the works of local artists in the Vinoy lobby from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Free admission – just head inside the hotel. Check the Facebook page for this week’s featured artist!

Colin Mochrie Presents Hyprov at the Mahaffey Theater

From the minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci comes a brand new, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, side-splitting show. Hypnosis and Improv come together as two masters of their crafts unite for a totally unique comedy experience, HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis.

How it Works: Twenty random volunteers from the audience will be put under hypnosis by Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci (the process of which is a show in its own right), their inhibitions evaporated and their minds no longer their own. The contestants are methodically and hysterically whittled down until the five best are left on stage when one of the world’s leading improvisers enters! Co-Creator Colin Mochrie takes the stage to improvise with the top five while they are still under hypnosis, turning the show into an improv extravaganza!

Show starts at 8PM and tickets can be purchased online here ($35.50-55.50)

SHINE Preview Party and Fundraiser

Since 2015, the SHINE Mural Festival has welcomed 70 of the worlds most prolific mural artists to St. Pete. These artists have transformed many of our walls into works of art, making our city a melting pot of creative energy from around the world. This year, SHINE celebrates its 5th anniversary – and it’s gonna be BIG! This Saturday, check out exclusive SHINE artist announcements, event calendar release, fundraiser items from some of your favorite St. Pete businesses and live entertainment from St. Pete’s DJ Trippy Squad. Also serving up local favorites: NahDogs. Ticket includes one free Green Bench beer! This event happens at Station House St. Pete and runs from 7PM to 10PM. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door until sold out. Buy them here.

First Friday St. Pete

Celebrate every First Friday of the month in St. Pete with a free block party complete with live music and dancing! The action goes down between 2nd and 3rd streets on Central Ave. from 5:30PM to 10PM.

SATURDAY 9/7

Saturday Morning Market

Check out this week’s rendition of St. Pete’s favorite way to say good morning. It’s full of all of the goods – and eats – to make your Saturday morning sweet. Stop by Williams Park between 9AM and 1PM.

St. Pete Walking Mural Tour

Hear the inside stories of the making of more than 30 murals found in the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg. The four-block tour begins at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., each Saturday morning at 10AM and concludes at 11:30AM. Call 727-821-7391 or email gallery@FloridaCraftsmen.net to book a tour, which costs $19 for adults and $11 for children. A portion of the proceeds from the tours will be used to fund future murals.

Poolside Yoga and Brunch

If there weren’t enough yoga options for you already, here’s another: poolside yoga at the Hollander Hotel at 8:30 followed by brunch. Salute the sun with Allison Moonbeam Archer then cool off in the Hollander Hotel Downtown St Petersburg’s beautiful pool. All levels are welcome for this slow flow class and mats will be provided as needed. $5 Body Electric monthly and annual members; $10 pre-registered; $15 at the door.

Drag Brunch

Head to the Iberian Rooster’s SubCentral for a morning of food and entertainment! This weekly event starts at 11AM. Drag queens Adriana Sparkle, Nicole T. Lane, and Juno Vibranz bring the fun while you bring your appetite. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Blue Jays, 6:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend! Come see them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants. Tickets here.

Pilates at the Chihuly

Want to work out in the beautiful Chihuly garden? Now’s your chance! Join the Body Center St. Pete at 9:30AM to get your pilates on. Bring a pilates mat (or a thick yoga mat), $15 (or preregister here), and start your day off right! Attendees also will enjoy discounts to places like the Rawk Star Cafe (right next door to the museum).

Caddy’s on Central Silent Disco

Starting at 10PM, enjoy a (quiet) night of dancing at Caddy’s on Central! Headsets have access to three DJs, so pick and choose what you’re in the mood for as you go. Tickets are $10 and available until July 20th. Purchase them here.

Brocante Market

Explore 15,000 sq feet of vintage treasure finds at this monthly market in St. Pete! This true vendor-run market has an amazing variety and selection of vintage items unlike anywhere else. Grab your next vintage find the first weekend of each month from 9AM-7PM on Saturday and 9AM-5PM on Sunday at 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete.

That ART Festival at Jannus Live

That ART Festival is an all ages, family and pet-friendly event that will paint Jannus Live vibrant on Saturday, September 7 from 12 – 6PM. This free event is open to the public and will have a DJ supplying the tunes in the courtyard, ticket raffles, a live interactive piece for the artists and patrons to collab on, as well as a children’s creative corner with a free face painter. And, of course, a ton of art!

SUNDAY 9/8

Yoga at The Dali

Come with your yoga mat and get ready to be inspired! Join Lucky Cat Yoga at 10:30 AM every Sunday at The Dali Museum for yoga. Classes are held in the Raymond James Community Room or outside in the Avant-garden, both with incredible views of the waterfront. The cost to participate is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Member’s desk.

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at the Dali

Raise a glass to an artistic take on Sunday Fundays at Café Gala with Mimosas & Masterpieces! Enjoy a Catalan-inspired brunch, visit the galleries, stroll the grounds, contemplate the Avant-garden, browse the Museum Store and soak in all the brilliance of the world-famous Dali Museum. Enjoy this inspired brunch between 11AM to 4PM. Visit the Facebook event page here.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Blue Jays, 1:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend! Come see them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants. Tickets here.

Brocante Market

Explore 15,000 sq feet of vintage treasure finds at this monthly market in St. Pete! This true vendor-run market has an amazing variety and selection of vintage items unlike anywhere else. Grab your next vintage find the first weekend of each month from 9AM-7PM on Saturday and 9AM-5PM on Sunday at 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing

Do a little downward dog before you down a cold craft brew! Get your workout on in the Green Bench Brewing beer garden at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month led by The Body Electric Yoga Company. This one hour class is $5 for members in advance or $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register online.

September Soiree at the Birchwood Bridal Show

Head to The Grand Ballroom of The Birchwood on Sunday, September 8 from 12 PM – 2:30 PM for a bridal showcase featuring top wedding vendors in Tampa Bay. Meet event coordinators and enjoy a champagne welcome and door prizes. Register before September 1, 2019 to be entered to win a Two-Night Stay at The Birchwood! Tickets and more information here.

MUSEUMS

Straighten Up The World at the Museum of Fine Arts

This exhibition brings together works from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts that display the prowess and innovation stemming from self-taught artistic practices from the American south. Purvis Young used cast-off materials to capture scenes and portraits of people he saw in his inner-city Overtown neighborhood of Miami, noting “I paint them all kinds of ways…some people protesting, some happy, some white, some are black, green or purple. People that think like me. Different kinds of people trying to straighten up the world.” These artists face severe socio-political inequalities, including poverty and systemic racism, and yet created transformational artworks from materials that could easily be overlooked.  A number of their works call for change, as seen explicitly in Ned Cartledge’s Freedom is Not Free (1995). Others portray family life and religious imagery, and many, as in the work of Lonnie Holley, embody the shrewd repurposing of materials and modes of improvisation. This exhibit runs through September 9th.

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami at the Museum of Fine Arts

The “Above the Fold” exhibition demonstrates the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami. Paper is transformed into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political, and aesthetic ideas. Visionary master folders—such as Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (USA), Sipho Mabona (Switzerland/South Africa), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), and Richard Sweeney (UK)—push the boundaries of paper as a medium for creating bold and sophisticated works. The exhibition celebrates these artists who are redefining a traditional Japanese craft as a modern global genre and inventing unexpected forms of artistic expression. This exhibit runs through September 29th.

Before Dali: Goya – Visions and Inventions

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of the most important Spanish artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, celebrated for his revolutionary paintings, drawings and engravings. Goya’s life and works deeply influenced Salvador Dali in his early years, and are considered by many scholars to be the basis for “modern” art, bridging Classicism and Romanticism. Before Dali: Goya – Visions & Inventions, sponsored by Tampa International Airport,  features two alternating suites of first-edition prints, published in Goya’s lifetime, alongside three significant paintings representing unique themes of Goya’s works. The works are on loan from the Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, home of one of the most substantial collections of Goya. This exhibit runs through November 3rd.

“Flavors of Spain: Photos by Chef Chuck Bandel”

The Dalí Museum presents an exhibition featuring food photography and behind-the-scenes looks at restaurant life by Café Gala Chef Chuck Bandel. Bandel’s trips to northern Spain in the summers of 2017 and 2018 allowed him to study in Catalonia at Chef Paco Pérez’s 2 Michelin star restaurant, Miramar, and in the outskirts of the Basque town of San Sebastian at the Restaurante Martin Berasategui. Find this exhibit in the Raymond James Community Room.

Imagined Realities – Virtual Reality at the Imagine Museum

Check out the newest addition to the Imagine Museum: virtual reality exhibits. With five fun, educational options (Google Tilt Brush, Google Earth VR, The Body VR, Apollo 11 VR, and Overview VR), visitors can create stunning 3D artwork, explore the solar system, or visit studio glass hotspots. Make 20 minute reservations online or at the front desk. The Apollo 11 exhibit is available at a reduced $5 price for the month of July and all other exhibits are available for $10 each. This runs from 5PM to 7:40PM on Thursdays and 10:30AM to 4:30PM on Saturdays.

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts – Open September 7th

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts” is an original exhibition of The Florida Holocaust Museum. The focus of most Civil Rights history is written about places like Alabama and Mississippi, as if few challenges occurred elsewhere. Tampa Bay remained racially segregated at the dawn of the Civil Rights era and many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown vs. the Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under “Jim Crow” every aspect of African American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and their surrounding cities was segregated. Restricted covenants were in place that segregated residential neighborhoods. African American children had to attend segregated schools that were under-funded and often in disrepair. Blacks could only be cared for at “Black only” hospitals, and other public and private establishments like restaurants and beaches were often segregated – if blacks were allowed in at all. The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay may have had characteristics similar to other areas of the South but its stories are its own. This exhibition will illuminate our region’s struggle with racial equality and shine a light on the local leaders who changed our cities.

About the author

Gina Marks

Gina Marks

Gina is a student at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, with a love of all things writing and St. Pete-themed. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, she moved with her family to Florida in 2009 and has been in love ever since. When she's not studying or working, she spends her time reading, writing, and working on her fashion blog, ellisfashionco.com.


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