Cincinnati, Ohio’s Benjamin Davis knows how to bury his unabashedly catchy hooks in your head alarmingly well without making you feel all gross and icky afterward. As Bad Veins (the name of his project with drummer Jake Bonta), he issued a 2009 full-length debut deemed “Criminally overlooked” by ABC’s Amplified blog, and 2012 latest The Mess We’ve Made is a vintage, multi-instrumental collection of tracks pulling from influences like The Killers and Tears for Fears. St. Pete’s Jensen Surf Co. opens with their acclaimed brand of lo-fi, riff-heavy surf rock, as does Death Starsky with their own two-piece experimental hip hop. $10/$12
Wendy Dingwall will be on hand to discuss her research of Celtic legends and lore, read an excerpt from her latest mystery and to autograph books. Free
This group will focus on being authentic to your self and how to put that into action with the clothes hair and makeup you choose. This will be lots of fun and always very informative. You will learn new ways to apply makeup to camouflage areas that need it and emphasis your best features. How to wear clothes that fit and flatter your shape and much, much more. This group will be all about having fun! Next meeting will be Wed May 22 7:00 PM RSVP as space fills up very quickly ! Wine will be served. 10
Just a few years into his comedic career, Oni is one of the fastest rising performers coming up in the South Florida comedy scene, winning several contests including South Florida's Fresh New Faces, where he was given the opportunity to perform at the world famous Melrose Improv in Los Angeles, California. He was a finalist for the Las Vegas Lucky 21 contest, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival as well as the South Beach Comedy Festival. Oni is a member of the “Miami Comics”, which consists of six culturally diverse South Florida comics. With Matt Fernandez & William Sloan $10 Adv, $13 Door
Attend a live literary event where where writers and well-known local personalities share experiences and works through storytelling, fiction and other longer forms of writing. No poetry! Come read your finest prose or simply enjoy the work of talented local wordsmiths. Doors at 7 p.m. Event starts at 8 p.m. Featured readers and storytellers this month: Jeff Strand, author (jeffstrand.wordpress.com) and Beth Adele Long, author/actress. Hosted by CL contributor Tiffany Razzano.
Chef Virginia Willis closes out the season of chefs on May 22 and 23. Chef Virginia was recently a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped. She is the author of three cookbooks and was recently named by the Chicago Tribune as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know." Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin have partnered together to bring eight Celebrity and Top Chefs this Spring to join the quest of making Tampa Bay area a Culinary Destination. Brandon Foundation and its charities will receive 15% of the proceeds from each seat sold. 80.00
The T-Rex makes a comeback at Lowry Park Zoo. Take a trip to the land before time with a lifelike exhibit of 22 different life-size dinosaurs. Animatronic versions of the prehistoric creatures will call the zooParents magazine onetime No. 1 zoo home for a period of time much shorter than an era of civilization, so don't wait to long to catch it. If daytime hours are a no go, If daytime hours are a no go, Lowry Park Zoo invites you to have a DINO-mite time after dark at Dino Nites, a unique evening experience in the DinoQuest2 exhibit with access to other amenities like free Zoo rides. If daytime hours are a no go, Lowry Park Zoo invites you to have a DINO-mite time after dark at Dino Nites, a unique evening experience in the DinoQuest2 exhibit with access to other amenities like free Zoo rides. Dino Nites admission is $9.95 per person which includes DinoQuest, free rides and select areas of the Zoo. —Kelsey Sunderland Admission varies; visit www.lowryparkzoo.com
Tony’s Beginning Computer Series Part 2: Wednesdays, May 15, 22 & 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Learn the basics about email, searching the internet and other computer applications. Registration required, please call 727-724-1525 x4112 to register before the first class.
The city of St. Petersburg's Office of Arts & International Relations, in partnership with the city's Transportation and Parking Management Department, seeks an Artist or Artist Team to develop an overarching theme for the entire length of Central Avenue and which, under the guidance of the selected Artist or Artist Team, will be utilized in an initial series of ten (10) artistic site specific transit stops on or near Central Avenue between 4th Street and 34th Street. The Central Avenue Art in Transit Project is part of the Central Avenue Transit Corridor and Revitalization Plans. It identifies Central Avenue as a main transit thoroughfare linking our City of the Arts and its artist districts with business entities, historic neighborhoods and all communities bay to beach. This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in the city of St. Petersburg and the surrounding region. The Artist or Artist Team should be prepared to work closely with the Office of Arts & International Relations and city and project representatives. Deadline is May 31.
This May Island Gallery West is featuring SHIRLEY DEAN's original acrylic paintings in an exhibit entitled "Coastal Views." Stop by the gallery for a refreshing visual visit to some Anna Maria Island landmarks as seen through Ms. Dean's discerning eye. Shirley is now a popular and award-winning Bradenton artist, well known for her soothing large format acrylic landscapes. Runs through May 31. Gallery hours are 10 AM-5 PM, Mon.-Sat. Visit www.islandgallerywest.com, Facebook or call 941-778-6648. Free
Susan McKay, Tim Gibbons and Lorraine Potocki band together to showcase various mediums of art. New artwork from the arists using pastels, acrylic paintings, watercolor and pen and ink media will be shown in the form of innovative and fresh work from the three well-know artists. Light refreshments will be available at the May 7 opening. —Kelsey Sunderland