Downtown After Hours

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday, March 23

Urban Restaurant Tour
Begins 5:30pm
Ferg’s Live
The Urban Restaurant Tour is Tampa’s Thursday night social bicycle ride to experience the best food and drink items from Tampa’s best urban restaurants. Urban Restaurant Tour.

Happy Hour Concert – Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music
Begins 6:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Let the music move you at happy hour with The Florida Orchestra. Start with free select drinks and snacks before an hour-long concert. Then linger in the lobby afterward to sip drinks and say hello to your favorite TFO musicians. Happy Hour Concert – Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This Off-Broadway hit is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they recognize themselves on stage. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!.

Mr. Gaga
Begins 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
A biographical study of celebrated Israeli dancer and choreographer Ohad Naharin. Naharin grew up on a kibbutz and didn’t begin dancing until the age of 22. His career has moved him from work with Martha Graham to creating his own prestigious troupe, to his vital partnership with his wife, Mari, a former leading dancer in the Alvin Ailey company. Mr. Gaga.

Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mick Dowd is hired once a year to disinter the bones in certain sections of the local cemetery to make way for the new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his wife, rumors surrounding his involvement in her sudden death seven years ago begin to resurface. Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara.

Momix Opus Cactus
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Opus Cactus takes audiences on a dynamic journey into the hidden landscape of the American Southwest, where bodies morph into splendid figures of the iconic setting. Soaring cacti, slithering lizards, snakes, and frolicking insects all come to life in this singular, unforgettable dance style. Momix Opus Cactus.

Latin Nights
Begins 9pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Meet new friends, experience Latin-inspired tapas and drink specials, and dance to the thrilling rhythms of a live salsa band and DJ. Latin Nights.

Friday, March 24

2017 Downtown Development Forum
Begins 7:30am
Tampa Convention Center
A half-day event that explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Participants hear from public and private leaders, and industry specialists who offer insight into local, regional and national trends in their field of expertise. 2017 Downtown Development Forum.

UT Women’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado Mesa
Begins 4pm
University of Tampa
The Spartans take the field to challenge the visiting Mavericks in a lacrosse showdown. UT Women’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado Mesa.

Fourth Friday
4pm to 9pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene. Nine museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. While visiting the venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments). Fourth Friday.

UT Baseball vs. Embry Riddle
Begins 6pm
The University of Tampa
The Spartans look to take down the Eagles in a baseball battle on the diamond. UT Baseball vs. Embry Riddle.

UT Softball vs. Barry
Begins 6pm
The University of Tampa
The Spartans fight to defend their turf in a softball showdown on the diamond. UT Softball vs Barry.

Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four Disney stories and plenty of your favorite characters! Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This Off-Broadway hit is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they recognize themselves on stage. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!.

it gets better
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
When several young people took their lives after being bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller created a YouTube video to give hope to LGBTQ teens. In the spirit of the viral video, this moving, inspiring musical production features the artists and young people of the Tampa Bay region. it gets better.

A Night at the Opera – The Florida Orchestra
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Music Director Michael Francis takes you on a glorious tour through the greatest hits of the opera house. Experience the drama and passion of timeless overtures, arias and scenes from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, and more. A Night at the Opera – The Florida Orchestra.

Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mick Dowd is hired once a year to disinter the bones in certain sections of the local cemetery to make way for the new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his wife, rumors surrounding his involvement in her sudden death seven years ago begin to resurface. Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara.

An Intimate Evening with Jon and Sister Mae
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
Jon and Sister Mae could not be more different, but both are quirky characters that will draw you into their compelling lives. Both characters struggle with betrayal, violence, and the baffling nature of love. Their stories will move you, challenge you, and make you think. An Intimate Evening with Jon and Sister Mae.

Brazil
10:30pm to 12:45am
Tampa Theatre
A vision of a future where totalitarianism is rooted in fundamental and hilarious incompetence. A series of minor mistakes and petty sabotages takes an extremely average functionary from normal life to nightmarish ruin. Brazil.

Saturday, March 25

Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Shows at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm
Amalie Arena
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four Disney stories and plenty of your favorite characters! Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment.

UT Tennis vs Barry
Begins 11am
University of Tampa
The Spartans grab their rackets and take the courts for a tennis throwdown. UT Tennis vs Barry.

UT Softball vs. Barry
Begins at Noon
The University of Tampa
The Spartans fight to defend their turf in a softball showdown on the diamond. UT Softball vs Barry.

UT Baseball vs. Embry Riddle
Begins 1pm
The University of Tampa
The Spartans look to take down the Eagles in a baseball battle on the diamond. UT Baseball vs. Embry Riddle.

Opera Tampa Gala 2017
Begins 5:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This historic evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, and progresses to the Centennial Celebration featuring Maestro Anton Coppola in a concert of his compositions and favorite works. Opera Tampa Gala 2017.

Copella Conducts: 100 Years Young
Begins 7pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Maestro Anton Coppola conducts a full orchestra, chorus and soloists in a concert of his compositions and favorite works. Sponsored by Opera Tampa, this historic event pays homage to Maestro Coppola’s illustrious career and his status as opera’s oldest working conductor and composer. Copella Conducts: 100 Years Young.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This Off-Broadway hit is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they recognize themselves on stage. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!.

An Intimate Evening with Jon and Sister Mae
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
Jon and Sister Mae could not be more different, but both are quirky characters that will draw you into their compelling lives. Both characters struggle with betrayal, violence, and the baffling nature of love. Their stories will move you, challenge you, and make you think. An Intimate Evening with Jon and Sister Mae.

Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mick Dowd is hired once a year to disinter the bones in certain sections of the local cemetery to make way for the new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his wife, rumors surrounding his involvement in her sudden death seven years ago begin to resurface. Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara.

UT Men’s Lacrosse vs. Rollins
Begins 8pm
The University of Tampa
The Spartans take on the Tars in a lacrosse matchup. UT Men’s Lacrosse vs. Rollins.

Sunday, March 26

Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Shows at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm
Amalie Arena
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four Disney stories and plenty of your favorite characters! Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
3pm to 5pm
Tampa Theatre
Steven Spielberg’s classic timeless story of a lost and magical visitor continues to captivate viewers of all ages. The audience doesn’t need to speak ET’s language to empathize with his fear and loneliness, and to want to help him in his struggle to get back to where he belongs. Sometimes the aliens aren’t the real monsters. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara
Begins 4pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mick Dowd is hired once a year to disinter the bones in certain sections of the local cemetery to make way for the new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his wife, rumors surrounding his involvement in her sudden death seven years ago begin to resurface. Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara.

Yoga in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In operation since 2010, Yoga in the Park is a free riverside yoga session led by an instructor from Yoga Downtown Tampa. Yoga in the Park.

Shevonne
Begins 5:15pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Tampa-based Shevonne is best known for her Season 6 appearance on America’s Got Talent. The 22-year-old received great reviews from the judges. The singer, song writer, self taught musician plays guitar, drums and piano. Shevonne.

DRUMLine Live
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Big-band sound meets marching-band style in this nonstop musical extravaganza of swinging tunes, popping percussion, and high-stepping dance. Created by the executive band consultant for the movie Drumline, this sensational show brings the historically black college and university marching band tradition to the stage for a rousing, rollicking, riveting explosion of musical energy. DRUMLine Live.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This Off-Broadway hit is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they recognize themselves on stage. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!.

Nightlife & Music

Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events

Gasp! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival 2017
March 31
Tampa Museum of Art
Gasp! – created in 2014 by Creative Loafing in collaboration with the Tampa Museum of Art – is the only festival during Gasparilla Arts Month (aka March) that focuses primarily on the performing arts, showcasing multiple genres that collide and surprise. Gasp!

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 & Culture Spotlight

Amalie Arena
Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment – March 24 to 26
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – March 27
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings – March 30
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – April 1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars – April 2
Arijit Singh Live in Concert – April 8
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres – April 9
The Chainsmokers – April 14
Tampa Bay Storm vs Philadelphia Soul – April 15
Tampa Bay Storm vs Cleveland Gladiators – April 22
Neil Diamond – April 23
Red Hot Chili Peppers – April 27
98ROCKFEST – April 28
Eric Church – May 4
Shawn Mendes Illuminate Tour – July 25

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography – Through December
Linda Connor: Gravity – Through March 31
The Physicians Photography Show – Begins March 24
The Boomer List, Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders – April 28 to June 16
Academy of the Holy Names: Defining Womanhood – May 13 to June 16
International Photography Competition 2017 – June 23 to August 18

The John F. Germany Public Library
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Burgert Brothers Walking Tour of Tampa – March 25
Finding Female Ancestors – March 25
Mini Makers: Edible Cars – March 29
Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall – April 4
Tampa in the Trenches: WWI 100th Anniversary – April 8
Movies @ the Library: Deepwater Horizon – April 14

Glazer Children’s Museum
Make it Monday – Weekly
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
#GCMParents Series – March 23
Sunshine Sunday – March 26
Member Morning – April 2
Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Free Tuesday – April 4
Egg Hunt – April 15
Home School Days: Lego Challenge Day – April 19
Education is Key Breakfast – April 27
Check the Museum’s website for a full list of weekday programming.

Henry B. Plant Museum
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Menus: The Epicurean Experience – March 17 to December 23

Patel Conservatory
On the Edge – April 15
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – April 21 to 30
Broadway Star of the Future Awards Showcase – June 4

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
An Intimate Evening with Jon and Sister Mae – March 23 to 26
Impromptu Players – Doublewide, Texas – April 7 and 8
Avenue Q – May 4 to 21
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – June 2 to 18

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara – Through April 9
Open Rehearsal – Tosca – March 23
Happy Hour Concert – Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music – March 23
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live! – March 23 to 26
Momix Opus Cactus – March 23
A Night at the Opera – The Florida Orchestra – March 24
It gets better – March 24
Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young – March 25
Opera Tampa Gala 2017 – March 25
DRUMLine Live – March 26
Shevonne – March 26
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science – April 21

Tampa Bay History Center
Finding Fairyland: Rediscovering Tampa’s Lost Themepark – March 18 to May 21
Girl Scout Workshop: Life in Ybor City – March 25
Tampa Bay’s Waterfront – Its History and Development – April 5

Tampa Museum of Art
Sky – Ongoing
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
Art on the House – Fridays
Art Spot – Saturdays
Kiss and Tell by Wolfgang Flad – Through December 10
Antiquities Circle Lecture – March 23
Athletic Figure Drawing: The Naturally Sculpted Body – March 26
GASP! – March 31
Isthmian Games Family Day – April 1
Pride & Passion – April 29

Tampa Theatre
Mr. Gaga – March 23
Brazil – March 24
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – March 26
Space Jam – April 2
Look to the Sky – April 8
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – April 9
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – April 16
Pete’s Dragon – April 23
The Princess Bride – April 30
Beerfest 2017: Barley’s Angels – June 24

University of Tampa
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado Mesa – March 24
Baseball vs. Embry Riddle – March 24
Softball vs. Barry – March 24
Tampa vs Barry – March 25
Softball vs. Barry – March 25
Baseball vs. Embry Riddle – March 25
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Rollins – March 25
Behive: The 60’s Musical – March 23 to 26
Virtual Graduate Information Session – March 28
Reading with Michelle Boisseau – March 28
Tampa vs Saint Leo – March 29
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Lynn – April 1
Softball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic – April 7
Softball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic – April 8
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Florida Southern – April 8
PNC Bank Concert Artist Series – Alexander Frey, pianist – April 9
Tampa vs Eckerd – April 11
Trio De Minaret – April 11
Baseball vs. Lynn – April 14
Baseball vs. Lynn – April 15
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Florida Tech – April 15
All Graduate Programs Information Session – April 20
Blood Guilt: Orestes on Trial – April 20
Blood Guilt: Orestes on Trial – April 21
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Saint Leo – April 22
Blood Guilt: Orestes on Trial – April 22
Blood Guilt: Orestes on Trial – April 23
Spring Dance Happening – April 26
Spring Dance Happening – April 27
“Aaah…Men!” A Musical Revue – April 28
Softball vs. Florida Southern – April 28
“Aaah…Men!” A Musical Revue – April 28
Spring Dance Happening – April 28
Softball vs. Florida Southern – April 29

Outside is In - Public Space

First Wednesdays, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
Rock the Park
First Thursdays, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
– Free Weekly Community Fitness Classes at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park –
Powered by Athleta
Zumba in the Park  – Tuesdays, 6pm to 7pm
Bamboozle Fit Club Boot Camp – Wednesdays, 6pm to 7pm
Yoga in the Park – Sundays, 5pm to 6pm
– Free Seasonal Programs –
Do the Local Motion – First and third Fridays, noon to 1pm (October to May). Walking tours take off from Poe Plaza, Jackson and Franklin streets.

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