Downtown After Hours

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thursday, April 4

Pick up the Pieces: Mosaic Art by Maria Ortiz-Haynes
On Display Thursday and Friday
John F. Germany Public Library
Local Ybor City mosaic artist Maria Ortiz-Haynes brings a vibrancy and complexity to her unique mosaic artwork. She uses hand-cut pieces of glass of different sizes and bright, bold colors that blend to create an overall fluid, painted effect. Ortiz-Haynes was inspired after a trip to Cuba in 2013 and became a self taught mosaicist. Pick up the Pieces: Mosaic Art by Maria Ortiz-Haynes

Barre in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In conjunction with the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to bring this free community fitness class to Tampa’s Downtown! Barre in the Park

Lector Monthly Book Club
Begins 6:30pm
Lector Wine Shoppe & Social Club
SJ Sindu will host the second monthly book club meetup. Participants will be discussing Where the Dead Sit Talking. Lector Monthly Book Club

Rock the Park
6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features Vetnough, Gloria West and The Gents, and Mouth Council. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. Rock the Park

Piff the Magic Dragon
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
50% Comedian. 50% Magician. 100% Dragon. After earning national acclaim as the standout star of America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit, and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you have to see to believe. Piff the Magic Dragon

Michio Kaku
Begins 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He is an internationally lauded authority in Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete, and an expert at the prediction trends affecting business, medicine, finance, and our way of life, based on the latest research in science. Michio Kaku

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
Shows Thursday through Sunday
Jobsite Theater
The unholy drought is over. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns (now [revised]) after a (much too long) 14-year absence. The original Bad Boys of Abridgment squished all 37 plays plus a few sonnets to boot into a time-lapse performance. This season, Jobsite dusts off the Chuck Taylors, dons the doublets and delivers a fair number of pratfalls, terrible puns, mis-readings and madcap capers for this chaotic, comprehensive dash through The Bard’s greatest hits. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield

Storm Large
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This artist lives up to her name. Musician, actor, playwright, author and singer, Storm Large gathered a huge following during her stint on Rock Star: Supernova and reigned supreme as a dazzling guest vocalist with Pink Martini. Her refreshing mix of slightly twisted titillation and beauty makes Storm Large a natural for the cabaret stage: you love her, you’re kind of scared of her and you never take your eyes off of her. Storm Large

Friday, April 5

A Solo Exhibition by Fine Art Photographer Lisa Fitch
Begins 8am
TECO Public Art Gallery
Photographer Lisa Fitch presents “Illuminating Tranquility”, Collecting Stories from Experience. The natural world can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s a place of inspiration and awe. For others, it’s an escape. A Solo Exhibition by Fine Art Photographer Lisa Fitch

Tourney Town
Friday and Sunday
Tampa Convention Center
Tip-off your weekend with a trip to Tourney Town presented by Capital One, celebrating the best in women’s college basketball. Tourney Town is a festival jam packed with special appearances, autograph signings, interactive games, giveaways, basketball contests, a professional development series and more. Tourney Town

Live Music at Sparkman Wharf
Begins 6pm
Sparkman Wharf
Grab a drink and a find a nice place to sit as the live music lays down a soundtrack for your weekend. If you have not visited Sparkman Wharf yet, this is a great excuse to make the trip! Live Music at Sparkman Wharf

NCAA Women’s Final Four Special
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
Downtown Tampa is excited be the home of the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the third time in the history of the championship. Semifinal action will take place on Friday, followed by the national championship game on Sunday. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special

Friday Concerts in the Park
Begins 7pm
Water Works Park
With a full schedule of live music planned, concert-goers can enjoy a weekly variety of music to satisfy all tastes from pop to jazz to blues to classic rock. The family-friendly concert series is now in its 32nd year and claims the title of Tampa’s longest running concert series, always local and always free. Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform live. Friday Concerts in the Park

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Two of Tampa’s favorite things – ballet and drag – merge in The Trocks, the world-famous all-male comic ballet company. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo give new meaning to men in tights and go where no man has gone before: on pointe. Their hilarious spoofs of famous ballets like Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Nutcracker are done with impressive classical technique. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Transit (2019)
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Tampa Theatre
In Paris, Georg (Franz Rogowski) is asked to take two pieces of correspondence to a writer named Weidel. When Georg gets to the hotel, he finds a bathroom covered in the blood of the man he was supposed to meet, who has committed suicide. In a panic he flees to Marseille, hoping to use that port city to transit further to Mexico, claiming the name of the dead Weidel and relying on a visa from the Mexican embassy. But a chance meeting with Weidel’s wife, and the death of his traveling companion, set him on a new path entirely. Transit (2019)

Late Nite Catechism
Shows Friday through Sunday
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Part catechism class, part stand-up routine, this interactive comedy is one of the longest-running shows in U.S. theater history. You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles. Late Nite Catechism

The Mousetrap
Shows Friday through Sunday
Stageworks Theatre
The best-selling murder-mystery writer of all time, Agatha Christie’s play has been mesmerizing audiences for 66 years in London. It is the longest running show of any kind, anywhere. A clever, suspenseful 1950’s whodunit, in which everyone becomes a suspect and hidden identities and motives are revealed. Monkswell Manor welcomes five strangers in the midst of a snowstorm and on the heels of a murder in town. The second victim is found in the Manor and everyone becomes a suspect. The riveting plot will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the performance. The Mousetrap

The Florida Orchestra – Ragtime, Blues and All That Jazz
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Fan favorite Byron Stripling is back! He showcases ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, along with blues legends B.B. King and Muddy Waters, capping it off with an all-out jam session. He is joined by keyboardist Bobby Floyd of the Ray Charles and Count Basie Bands. Jeff Tyzik conducts. The Florida Orchestra – Ragtime, Blues and All That Jazz

The Matrix (1999)
10:30pm to 12:45am
Tampa Theatre
The Matrix still holds up as both a fascinating Western evolution of a style of martial arts movies that Hong Kong action cinema and wuxia films had been exploring for decades, and a fun experiment in propelling a blockbuster action movie with, of all things, gnosticism and postmodern philosophy. The Matrix (1999)

Saturday, April 6

Fight for Air Climb
Begins 8am
Bank of America Plaza
Participants and teams will raise funds as they climb up the 42 floors of the Bank of America Plaza to support the American lung Association’s mission. Join the fight for healthy lungs and clean air. Fight for Air Climb

Senior Fitness Walk
Begins 10am
Armature Works
Lace up those walking shoes and get ready for a fun program with fellow Tampa seniors. This senior fitness walking program gives participants a chance to get out and get fit! Walkers will meet at the tables in front of the market facing the Riverwalk entrance. Senior Fitness Walk

Art Spot
11am to 2pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Let your imagination run free as the Museum’s art facilitators introduce exhibition-specific methods of art making filled with fun and creativity for you and yours. Art Spot

Wow in the World Pop Up Party
Begins 1pm
Tampa Theatre
Launched in May 2017, Wow in the World is a podcast for curious kids and their grown-ups that leads listeners on a journey away from their screens, inside their brain, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation. This pop up party brings the insanely popular program out in the world where they combine STEM-themed interactive games and foley-infused comedy skits between science-themed songs. Wow in the World Pop Up Party

Late Nite Catechism
Shows at 2pm and 7pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Part catechism class, part stand-up routine, this interactive comedy is one of the longest-running shows in U.S. theater history. You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles. Late Nite Catechism

NCAA Women’s Final Four – Concert/Watch Party
Begins 5:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The celebration of women’s basketball continues Saturday evening with a free event open for all. This must-see event includes live music, fireworks and a celebration of the great game of basketball. Grab your friends and family, head to the park and enjoy the festivities with the rest of women’s basketball nation. NCAA Women’s Final Four – Concert/Watch Party

TASTE @ The Straz – Formerly known as Best of Tampa Bay
Begins 6pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Tampa’s best party is back with a new name and a new look, but the same “eat, drink, party” spirit! This is an all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasting more than 50 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, as well as wine, liquor, and craft beer tastings. Also, enjoy full open bars and five live bands. Since its inception 34 years ago, this signature fundraising event has generated more than $2.5 million for arts education programs. TASTE @ The Straz

Live Music at Sparkman Wharf
Begins 6pm
Sparkman Wharf
Grab a drink and a find a nice place to sit as the live music lays down a soundtrack for your weekend. If you have not visited Sparkman Wharf yet, this is a great excuse to make the trip! Live Music at Sparkman Wharf

In the Mood
Begins 8pm
Tampa Theatre
This event is the rescheduled showing of the originally-scheduled February 9 show. Celebrating its 25th anniversary tour this year, In the Mood aspires to promote the memory of this most significant time in American history and continues to inspire across the generations. This big, retro event will hold audiences enthralled with its period costumes, fine vocal and orchestral arrangements, choreography by Broadway veteran Alex Sanchez, and sheer American pizzazz! In the Mood

Sunday, April 7

Wellness at the Wharf
Begins 10am
Sparkman Wharf
Get your heart rate up and burn more fat in less time with HIIT, Harbour Island Athletic Club’s high-intensity interval training. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water. Classes are free of charge and located on the lawn. Wellness at the Wharf

Beauty and the Beast
Shows at 12pm and 4pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Step into a tale as old as time, a classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. Beauty and the Beast

In the Mood
Begins 2pm
Tampa Theatre
This event is the rescheduled showing of the originally-scheduled February 9 show. Celebrating its 25th anniversary tour this year, In the Mood aspires to promote the memory of this most significant time in American history and continues to inspire across the generations. This big, retro event will hold audiences enthralled with its period costumes, fine vocal and orchestral arrangements, choreography by Broadway veteran Alex Sanchez, and sheer American pizzazz! In the Mood

Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater
2pm to 2:30pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Step back in time and enjoy the single-character performances that bring turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life. Each character is based on actual hotel staff and guests. From the reminiscences of Henry Plant himself to the letters of a Spanish-American War soldier, you will learn more about the time period through each character’s particular vantage point. Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater

Late Nite Catechism
Shows at 2pm and 7pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Part catechism class, part stand-up routine, this interactive comedy is one of the longest-running shows in U.S. theater history. You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles. Late Nite Catechism

Public Art Stroll
Begins 5pm
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
Join the City of Tampa, Art Programs Division for a tour of the City’s Public Art. Along the walk, you’ll see gorgeous sculptures, a colorful glass installation, and murals that enhance the experience of the riverfront. There is no charge for this event, but RSVPs are required. Act quickly, because only 20 slots are open. Public Art Stroll

NCAA Women’s Final Four Special
Begins 6pm
Amalie Arena
Downtown Tampa is excited be the home of the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the third time in the history of the championship. Semifinal action will take place on Friday, followed by the national championship game on Sunday. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special

Yoga in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In operation since 2010, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to continue it’s Sunday Yoga in the Park tradition with our newest addition, seasoned yoga instructors from Lucky Cat Yoga. Yoga in the Park

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Begins 6:30pm
Tampa Theatre
The story of two young sisters who move with their father to an odd house in the country after their mother is hospitalized. There, they meet with spirits of the forest and conduct their own Campbellian hero’s-journey-in-miniature. The lives of all kids are filled with drama and adventure every day, a fact which might slip beneath the notice of adults as they move through their grown-up world. Their emotions are just as intense; their problems just as serious. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Nightlife & Music

Many of Downtown’s pubs, restaurants, and bars feature live music.
Check out this week’s line up! Be sure to check with each location to confirm.

Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events

23rd Annual Downtown Development Forum
Friday, April 12

Armature Works
This half-day event focuses on the exploration of innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Each year, hundreds of downtown stakeholders, urban planners, developers, real estate professionals, property owners, public officials, non-profit organizations, arts and entertainment professionals, and those interested in improving downtown attend this informative and exciting event. 23rd Annual Downtown Development Forum

Activities on the Water

Yacht Starship Captain Larry’s Water Taxi eBoats Tampa
Olde World Sailing Line Urban Kai Paddleboarding American Victory Ship
FL Aquarium’s Wild Dolphin Cruise Tampa Bay Fun Boat
Riverwalk Boating Company Pirate Water Taxi Kraken Cycle Boats

Arts and Culture Spotlight

Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals – March 30
NCAA Women’s Final Four – April 5 and 7
KISS – April 11
2CELLOS – April 13
98ROCKFEST – April 14
Mercy Me – May 5
Millennium Tour – May 11
Ariana Grande – May 28
Luis Miguel – June 25
Hugh Jackman – July 5
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – July 7
Shawn Mendes – July 27
Queen + Adam Lambert – August 18
Hope 2019 – September 7
The Who – September 22
The Chainsmokers – October 25
Elton John – November 4

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the collection of BNY Mellon – Through April 15
Lost and Found in America – Through April 22
Olivia Parker: Vanishing in Plain Sight – April 19 to August 31

Glazer Children’s Museum
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
The Pigeon Comes to Tampa!: A Mo Willems Exhibit – Through May 12
Story Time with Elephant & Piggie – Through March 31
Sunshine Sunday – March 31
Positive Parenting Program – April 1 to 29
Children’s Board Free Tuesday – April 2
Member Morning – April 7
Cooking with SaltBlock – April 10
Girl Scouts Workshop: Create-a-Coaster – April 13
Developmental Checkups – April 16
Story Time with Elephant & Piggie – April 19 to 28
Egg Hunt – April 20
Fourth Friday Drop-off Camp – April 26

Check the Museum’s website for a full list of weekday programming.

Henry B. Plant Museum
Upstairs/Downstairs – Through April 14
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Music in the Museum – April 18
Curator Talk – April 28

Jobsite Theater
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] – March 15 to April 17

The John F. Germany Public Library
Exploration Club – Tuesdays
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Learning Circle – Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Through April 18
Staying Safe Using Social Media – April 6
Finding Female Ancestors – April 8
Sewing at the Library – April 10
Movies @ the Library: Venom – April 12
Riverwalking Book Discussion – April 13
Messy Mondays – April 15
Book Discussion: The Maximum Security Book Club – April 17
Movies @ the Library: Operation Finale – April 19
All Day – Holiday Closing – April 21
Wake Up, Brother Bear – April 24
STEAM Club – April 25

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie – Through April 7
Aspirin & Elephants – Benefit Staged Reading by the Impromptu Players – April 12 and 13
Daniel Giron – April 20
Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria – May 30 to June 16

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – March 28 to 31
The Florida Orchestra – Brahms’ Piano Concerto – March 29
Tap Dogs – March 29 to 31
Live & Local – Carlos Peñas – March 30
On the Edge – March 30
Wild Seas, Secret Shores with Thomas Peschak, photographer – April 2
The Swingles – April 3
Piff the Magic Dragon: The Lucky Dragon Tour – April 4
Storm Large – April 4
Late Nite Catechism – April 5 to 7
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – April 5
The Florida Orchestra – Ragtime, Blues, and All That Jazz – April 5
TASTE @ The Straz – Formerly known as Best of Tampa Bay – April 6
Open Rehearsal – La Boheme – April 9 to 18
Dear Even Hansen – April 9 to 14
Spamilton: An American Parody – April 9 to May 12
Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret – April 11 to 14
Live & Local – Danielle Mohr – April 12
The Florida Orchestra – Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 – April 12
Live & Local – Taylor Reed – April 13
2Cellos – Let There be Cello Tour – April 13
Simply Three – April 24
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – July 9 to 14

Tampa Bay History Center

11th Annual Duckwall Lecture: Alexander Hamilton – April 3
AP Trivia Review – April 4
Sensory-Friendly Saturday – April 6
Florida Conversations: Florida’s Craft Beer History – April 11
Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story – April 13 and 20

20Tap Talks: Night Swim Porter – April 18
Downtown Tampa Walking Tour – April 20
Walk Tampa: Central Avenue Black History Tour – April 27
History Adventure Camp: Swashbuckling Summer – June 10 to 14
History Adventure Camp: American Girl© – June 24 to 28

Tampa Museum of Art

The Classical World: Selections from the Permanent Collection – Ongoing
The Classical World in Focus: Animals in Ancient Art – Ongoing
Monday Meditation at the Museum – Mondays
Teen Open Studio – Tuesdays
Art on the House – Fridays
Art Spot – Saturdays
Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations – Through May 27
Ancient and Modern Glass from the Collection – Through August 19
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution – April 11 to August 11
Echoing Forms: American Abstraction – April 13 to August 18
Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection – June 20 to October 6

Tampa Theatre
Michio Kaku – April 4
WOW in the World – April 6
In the Mood – April 6 and 7
My Neighbor Totoro – April 7
Preview Screening: Les Misérables – April 8
An Evening with Rick Bragg – April 9
Debate Night: Tampa Mayor – April 11
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – April 13
The LEGO Movie – April 14
Dolphin Tale – April 21
Jenna Hager – April 23
Sing-Along Frozen – April 27 and 28
Jenna Hager – May 2
Carl Hiaasen – May 14
Joe Jackson: Four Decades Tour – May 25
Laura Ingraham & Raymond Arroyo – June 1
Platon – June 6
SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque – September 28

Outside is In - Public Space

First Wednesday, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
Rock the Park
First Thursday, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

– Free Weekly Community Fitness Classes at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park –

VKNG Drip – Monday, 6pm to 7pm
Zumba in the Park  – Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm
Bamboozle Fit Club Boot Camp – Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm
Yoga in the Park – Sunday, 5pm to 6pm
– Free Seasonal Programs –
Do the Local Motion – First and third Friday, noon to 1pm (October to May). Walking tours take off from Poe Plaza, Jackson and Franklin streets.

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