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Plan your weekend April 14-16: Easter, Sugar Sand Festival, Kinky Boots, Sugarhill Gang at Storm game

Plan your weekend

 

Easter

Fun egg hunts: Sunday is Easter, and this year brings loads of spring celebrations and egg hunts, including a Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt at Lifepoint Church, 8702 Hunters Lake Drive, Tampa, at 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Bring a basket and search for more than 3,000 glowing eggs before enjoying free food and inflatables. For more Easter events and egg hunts see tampabay.com/holiday.

 

Broadway

Kinky Boots: The Tony Award-winning musical, featuring songs by Cyndi Lauper, is inspired by true events. Charlie Price, struggling to save the family shoe factory, gets help in the unlikely form of performer Lola, who gives him an idea that changes both of their destinies. Starring Timothy Ware, an understudy in the original Broadway cast who now has the job full-time as Lola in 6-inch stilletos. The show runs through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com. For more stage events, see our weekend Stage Planner.

 

Take the kids

Sugar Sand Festival: Running over two weekends, the Clearwater Beach Sugar Sand Festival returns with seven master sculptors who will create their own artistic piece around this year's "FantaSea," theme. Expect lots of fanciful ocean images carved with ordinary tools. You can see the sand sculptors in action and not worry if it rains because it's all contained in a 21,000-square-foot tent. Free entertainment includes concerts from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, street performers roaming the area, free sand sculpting classes at 1 p.m. every day and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10, $8 55 and older, $6 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free, at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily from Friday through April 23. Skip the line by buying tickets in advance at sugarsandfestival.com.

 

Concert

Chris Brown: The singer 's blazing, almost unmatched talent as a singer-dancer is only part of why he's so famous. We all know the rest of the story — the arrests, the outbursts, the public feuds, the unceasing stream of negative press. Millions love him, and millions hate him, but he can still command a large audience Sunday at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G open at 7:30 p.m. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $26.20 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com. For more of this week's best live music, see our weekly Concert Planner, and check out this preview of 52 concerts to see this spring and summer in Tampa Bay.


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Sports

Storm game and Sugarhill Gang: For their season opener, the Tampa Bay Storm are taking it back to the oldest of old schools. The arena football team booked hip-hop pioneers the Sugarhill Gang, for a free post-game concert following Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Soul at Amalie Arena. Things haven't gone smoothly for the Gang since 1979's enduring classic Rapper's Delight. There were years of legal squabbles, but now with third wheel Henry "Hen Dogg" Williams filling in for the late Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, original members Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien have reclaimed the Sugarhill Gang name and hopefully some of their rightful acclaim. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $9.25. tampabaystorm.com.

 

Boats

Free Ferry Rides: This could be your last chance to ride the Cross-Bay Ferry, coming to the end of its six-month trial run of 50-minute trips between downtown St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center. This Sunday's free rides are first come, first served and cannot be reserved in advance. Your best bet is to go to the ticket office early and reserve a time. Ticket offices are next to the Tampa Convention Center and the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. The ferry runs 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. (727) 894-1052. See crossbayferry.com for departure times.

 

Cheap date

Free movies in the park: This week brings three ways to have a cheap date or family outing by spreading out a blanket in some popular parks. Watch the sun set, then see Zootopia Friday in Dunedin's Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Concessions will be on sale. At Largo Central Park, they will have themed activities starting at 7 p.m. Friday before showing Storks. 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. And see The Blind Side on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Tampa's Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., where there will be food trucks on site. Find more free and cheap things to do this week in our weekly 5 under $5 list.

 

Party

Under the Sea Mermaid Party: Get out your fashionable fins for this mermaid party at ARTpool to celebrate the gallery's ninth anniversary on Saturday. Expect a feast for the senses, with body art models, a runway show of the shop's fashions, video art, stage performances and live music by the Vultures. They'll have an aquatic-themed costume contest for adults and children. Meet the "real" mermaids splashing around in pools in the courtyard, including Sarah Weisenberger, the Jeweled Mermaid (pictured). 8 p.m. to midnight. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 

 

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend April 14-16: Easter, Sugar Sand Festival, Kinky Boots, Sugarhill Gang at Storm game 04/12/17 [Last modified: Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:28am]
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