5 Things To Do
I hope you’ve got good shoes and some protein bars, because this weekend is PACKED, folks. From Russian folk songs to graphic design to heavy metal, your bases are covered and then some. And with the snowbirds flying south, we’re just getting started on prime time for Pinellas arts events!
Souvenir: Folk Music From Russia–Friday, November 18
Soprano Elona Krasavtseva, named a National Treasure of Russia, will sing a variety of Russian folk tunes as much as 500 years old. They might tend towards the maudlin – even Russian wedding songs are also known as “crying songs.” But she’ll leaven them with a smattering of Italian, Spanish, and American folk songs as well, on a “musical world tour” guided by a pro.
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Tickets $15-20. More Info Here
The Studio@620, 621 1st Ave S, Saint Petersburg
Et Cultura Design Exhibition 2016–Friday, November 18– Sunday, November 20
With the goal of promoting awareness of design and culture, the local marketing agency Hype Group has put together a three-day event combining a marketplace and exhibition, and coinciding with the larger Et Cultura culture and interactive festival. The exhibit, showcasing graphic design artists, opens on Friday at 8 p.m. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, a Maker’s Market for independent crafsfolk will roll out on Baum Avenue, just around the corner from Green Bench.
8 p.m.-11 p.m.
FREE. More Info Here.
Green Bench Brewing Co, 1133 Baum Ave., St. Petersburg
Destroyer Fest 2016–Friday, November 18
Tampa Bay’s biggest legacy in popular music may be in the realm of heavy metal. Destroyer Fest gathers together rising Florida metal acts, with a focus on the slow and heavy doom and sludge styles all the rage these days, and puts them on a couple of big bills. This year’s highlight is Friday headliner Cough, Richmond-VA out-of-towners who hit the post-Black Sabbath sweet spot.
Fubar and the Local 662, Downtown St. Petersburg.
More Info Here
Planet Retro Records Grand Re-Opening Block Party–Saturday, November 19
Planet Retro is a St. Pete gem for fans of great music, a vinyl destination where obscure gems and the latest shiny hitmakers rub shoulders. The shop has now expanded from its Grand Central location into an even bigger store on MLK, and they’re celebrating with an all-day block party that’s sure to be a see-and-be-seen kind of thing for the entire Tampa Bay music community. Musicians include Shae Krispinsky, The Kevin K Band, and Kuraishi, and they’re even roping in nearby Coney Island Hot Dogs and Foolish Pride Tattoo to add their own events. And a keg!
FREE, More Info Here
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Planet Retro Records, 226 Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, St. Petersburg
Carousel Photography Showcase–Sunday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Carousel is a longstanding photographic slideshow series, this year folded into the Et Cultura festival. Ten photographers, including both professionals and amateurs, will present their work to a live audience. This year’s presenters include Tristan Wheelock, Kim Turner Smith, and local stalwart Todd Bates, along with a selection of work from journalism students at area elementary, middle, and high schools.
FREE. More info here.
Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave N., St. Petersburg
Bob Dylan and his Band, Saturday, November 19th, Ruth Eckerd Hall – The only thing keeping us from telling you to go to this is that it’s sold out. Nobel Prize bump! More Info Here