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Take the Cross-Bay Ferry for free to these events in Tampa and St. Petersburg on Sunday

“Are you driving, or am I?"

You know the refrain. You and your partner swap it every time you head out on the weekend, to dinner, to a concert, to a parade. Someone has to bear the brunt of the steering wheel work.

But what if you didn't?

Our reporters Christopher Spata and Alexa Volland tried the Cross-Bay Ferry, the pilot program currently shuttling folks via water between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Much fuss was fussed when the ferry launched in November, but we wanted to test it away from the news conferences and fanfare. How much does it cost? How do you get around once you hit your destination? What is the time commitment? Is it fun, or a stuffy drag? Is it romantic? (Alexa would say yes — read on.)

I'm now motivated to hop on the ferry one of these weekends. Although, since I live in Dunedin, we'll still have to have the, "Are you driving, or am I?" conversation to get to the boat in the first place. Here's hoping for more transport options for those of us living in places other than St. Pete and Tampa.

The Cross-Bay Ferry is free first-come, first-served this Sunday for all passengers. Christopher scrounged up a handful of walking-distance events on both sides of the bay that will work with the ferry's schedule.


Forbidden Broadway: Dubbed the "funniest show in New York" by the New Yorker, the show spoofs characters, plots and showtunes of Broadway musicals. 2 p.m., David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $40.

Bestsellers on the Big Screen: The Lincoln Lawyer screening. Author Michael Connelly, who wrote the 2005 novel that's the basis, will hold a Q&A after a screening of the courtroom drama starring Matthew McConaughey. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $10, $8 members.

Tampa Indie Flea: This curated market supports local arts and culture with makers selling handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, screen printed T-shirts, vintage treasures, upcycled home goods, dry succulent gardens, artisanal jams and lots of other funky stuff, plus local food and drink. Noon to 5 p.m., Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free.


Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live: The intricate, often giant puppets of Dinosaur Zoo Live perform an entertaining and educational live show. 3 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. $20-$30.

The Open Road: This photography exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, explores the photographic road trip as a genre as it "traces the rise of road culture in America." Including works by Ed Ruscha, Inge Morath, Lee Friedlander and Joel Sternfeld. Open until 5 p.m., 255 Beach Drive NE. $17, $15 seniors, $10 college students and children.

Dangerous Gully: The latest by local playwright Joseph Alan Johnson is a tale of love and romance that pays homage to childhood fairy tales with a modern twist. 3 p.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. $25, $20 students and seniors.

Take the Cross-Bay Ferry for free to these events in Tampa and St. Petersburg on Sunday 02/16/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:03am]
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