Plan your weekend
Watch parties: Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle on Saturday; guess how excited we are to put on a fancy hat and drink champagne cocktails at 6 a.m.? With royal wedding excitement at a fever pitch, watch parties are planned at St. Petersburg’s Hawthorne Bottle Shop ( $25). Reservations required. (727) 800-2810. 2921 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Also, royal brunches at Jack’s London Grill in St. Petersburg, 1050 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; The Pub at International Plaza, the London Heights British Pub, 7701 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa.
David Koechner: We loved to hate him as The Office boor Todd Packer and as the weirdly bi-curious Champ Kind from the Anchorman films. David Koechner currently stars on the CBS comedy Superior Donuts, and he’s bringing his stand-up comedy show to the Improv at Centro Ybor this weekend. Koechner, an alum of Chicago’s famous Second City comedy troupe, is a master at improv and uses audience interaction in his standup sets to create wildly different riffs at every show. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. $20. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Take the kids
Bubble Guppies Live: Let the kids to see their favorite TV stars in person, even if they happen to be fictional animated characters. Saturday brings Bubble Guppies Live to the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall. Based on Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning preschool series, the show can’t go on when one of the band members goes missing. 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday. $18.75-$83.75. strazcenter.org.
Bike to Work Day: If you’re too nervous to face Tampa streets on your own, seven neighborhood meet-up locations have been set up in South Tampa, Ybor and Tampa Heights for a Friday morning ride with experienced cyclists. Leaving at about 7:10 a.m., they will then head to Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa for a rally with exhibits, coffee and bagels. See bikewalktampabay.org for a map. Also that day, meet in the parking garage at University Mall for a free continental breakfast and coffee before riding your bicycle to work, 7-9 a.m. Then, return to the mall after work for happy hour specials at Studio Movie Grill, 4-7 p.m., 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free.
Dalí Museum: Friday is National Museum Day, not to be confused with Free Museum Day, which happens in September. Not as many local institutions participate in this day, except for the Dalí Museum, which will offer $10 admission for all Florida residents at the door; not available online. That’s half price to get into a great museum that currently has a Dalí/Duchamp exhibit, which explores the relationship and collaborations between the surrealist and the "father of conceptual art." This will likely be a popular day to come, so get there early. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg.
Saturday Morning Market: Downtown St. Pete’s hugely popular market is on a mission to end the use of plastic bags by encouraging shoppers to bring reusable bags. They’ve joined the Bay Before Bags initiative to educate marketgoers about the harmful effects plastic bags have on our oceans. Branded, reusable bags will be available for sale, and organizers plan to continue the campaign. Visit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 101 First St. S.
CinemaSTEM: Best in Show Tampa Theatre is making science, technology, engineering and math the star of its new CinemaSTEM movie series. The historic movie house will pair popular films with experts talking about some of the science that pops up in the film. It kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. with Best in Show, the 2000 mockumentary comedy starring Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch and a host of colorful characters sending up the dog show scene. After the screening, Jay Stutz, assistant curator of zoological operations at Busch Gardens, will discuss the psychology of dog training and offer tips to try at home. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $10, $8 ages 2-12, $7 members, 1 and younger free. (813) 274-8982.
Fiesta Maxima: The annual spring Latin music show organized by Spanish station 92.5 Maxima. Salsa singer Victor Manuelle headlines this year’s event at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. A 16-time Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee, Manuelle has more No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Tropical Songs chart (28) than any other singer in history, including Marc Anthony and Gilberto Santa Rosa. $15 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com. Downtown St. Pete’s
Florida Orchestra: It’s last call for the Florida Orchestra’s masterworks season. And why not close out the 50th season with two passionate cannon blasts, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, better known as the "Pastoral." Spanish pianist Javier Perianes will perform the turbulent and challenging concerto, with orchestra music director Michael Francis conducting. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
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