Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks for things to do in Tampa and St. Petersburg, from Billy Gardell returning to stand-up to a “Historic” year for Pride in St. Pete.
AT THE MOVIES
When his handler is killed on the frontlines in Afghanistan, a troubled military dog is shipped back to the U.S. and taken in by the soldier’s family. That’s where the healing (and a mystery) begins in “Max.”
Billy Gardell, star of TV’s “Mike & Molly,” returns to his stand-up comedy roots with a performance at The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $32.50 to $42.50.
Friday to Sunday
The three-day St. Pete Pride festival and parade featuring a performance by “Glee”’s Alex Newell is expected to draw 250,000 people, the most ever, partially due to the Supreme Court being poised to make a historic decision on gay marriage.
A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
It will be a stage filled with musical riches as Skipper’s Smokehouse holds a benefit concert to help longtime local musician Steve Connelly, who has hit a rough patch.
Saturday and Sunday
The Rays turn back the clock Saturday at Tropicana Field with “retro” uniforms and retro headbands for fans (while supplies last). On Sunday, they’ll give away retro tin lunchboxes to kids 14-and-under and the game will be followed by a performance by Kidz Bop. Both games are against the Boston Red Sox. Tickets are $21 to $160.
GO TO THE LIGHT
“Zoominations,” the Chinese lantern festival at Lowry Park Zoo featuring elaborate, illuminated creations, from dragons to pandas, is coming to an end on Sunday after a three-month run. The festival opens nightly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.95 to $24.95.
EVERYBODY CUT LOOSE
Prepare for high-energy dance moves with a little sibling rivalry on the side as Derek and Julianne Hough bring their “Move Live on Tour” to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets run from $38 to $150.
I’M SO DIZZY
At Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classic, James Stewart and Kim Novak try to stay upright in “Vertigo,” an Alfred Hitchcock thriller that spins out of control. Tickets for the theater’s Summer Classics Series are $10.
How can you resist a story about love and friendship wrapped up in an ABBA soundtrack? The Broadway hit “Mamma Mia!” is at the Straz Center through the weekend. Tickets are $25 to $65.50.
FEEL THAT FIRE
Country star Dierks Bentley, who has hit the charts with hits such as “Every Mile a Memory,” “Feel that Fire” and “Am I the Only One?” plays the MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Tickets run from $31.25 to $56.
ON THE CHEAP
National Sunglasses Day: Wear your wacky shades to PDQ and your lunch or dinner will be half price; 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday; half-price meals; visit http://www.eatpdq.com/ for Tampa Bay area locations
Military Mondays: All military receive free admission with valid military ID and everyone can enjoy half-price hamburgers and chicken tender baskets from 6 to 8 p.m. as the Tampa Yankees take on the St. Lucie Mets; 7 p.m. game time Monday; free for military, all others pay $4 to $6; Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa; (813) 673-3055
Kids get crafty: Kids can get creative for just a few dollars with craft project sessions at Michael’s. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August, stores will host themed crafts for just a few dollars per participant. After five sessions kids can choose a prize; 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday; $4 to $5; http://michaels.com to sign up at your favorite location