Happy Birthday, TMA!
(11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday)
The Tampa Museum of Art turns 5 on Friday, and we're all invited to the party! Come tour the museum overlooking Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Hillsborough River. While you're checking out the museum's own collection, make a mental note to come back in March for the Normal Rockwell traveling show. The party starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. There'll be kids' art activities, live music and tours of the collection. You can also get free samples from the in-house Sono Cafe. There's a parade at 2:30 and cake at 3. Can't make it during the day? Swing by after sunset, when the skin of the building becomes a canvas itself, awash in colored lights.
Florida State Fair
(daily for 10 days starting Friday)
The day someone figures out how to deep-fry a carnival ride, the state fair experience will be complete. In the meantime, you’ll have to mix things up in your own way. Start with an armband that lets you ride all day or all night for a single price. Stuff yourself with deep-fried everything. Show up for the free concerts – Charlie Daniels Band! The Fifth Dimension! Beatlemania Live! Take a somber tour of The Wall That Heals, a scaled-down replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., and view the Never Forget traveling museum that honors those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The state fair kicks off Thursday and runs through Feb. 16 at the fairgrounds at Interstate 4 and Orient Road. Members of the military (now and retired), first-responders will get in free with a valid ID on the first and last days.
(2:30 p.m. Friday)
Most days, if you hear classical music at the mall, it's being pumped through the speakers in the ceiling. On Friday, it'll be played live right in front of you. The Florida Orchestra will depart from its usual digs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and take its show on the road -- all the way to International Plaza and Bay Street. The orchestra will give a free performance for about an hour at 2:30 p.m. in the grand court area -- and eight-piece preview of the 2015-16 season. Music Director Michael Francis will speak after about his plans for the upcoming season. You'll have a chance before and after the show to pick up tickets for selected concerts at a 50 percent discount.
Tampa Bay Lightning
(5 p.m. Saturday)
Steve Stamkos and the guys host the L.A. Kings on the home ice at the Amalie Arena. The Anaheim Ducks fly in right behind them to play on Sunday. After 50-plus games the Lightning are still at the top of the rankings. If the jet lag has anything to say about it, they'll still be there after this weekend.
(3 p.m. Sunday)
The spoof all the spoofs that followed wish they could be. The latest installment of Tampa Theatre's Classic 80s movie series takes on the epitome of star-studded 1970s schlock -- the airline disaster movie. Panicky pilot Robert Hays takes the controls of a jumbo jet after Kareem Abdul-Jabar and the rest of the crew are incapacitated. Sight gags galore? Check. June Cleaver speaking jive? Um, check. Groan-worthy puns? Surely, you must be joking! It's the movie that made the world forget Leslie Nielsen once made his money playing bad guys. Paging Lt. Frank Drebin ...