ALTON BROWN: Eat Your Science
"I don't want to give too much away, but this time we're going to play a little game while we're at it," TV chef Alton Brown said of his new live show coming to Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. "Plus, you'll see things I've never been allowed to do on TV." His live show specializes in audience interaction, so expect to be called on while he infuses his two-hour concoction with songs, comedy, puppets and potentially dangerous food demonstrations. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $59.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
BOOK WORMS: Antiquarian Book Fair
The SunLit Festival continues this week with author talks and poetry readings. The three-week "literary smorgasbord," has been a good way to whet our appetites for the three-day Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, which gathers more than 100 specialty booksellers from across the United States. They'll be offering vintage books, maps, prints, postcards and other paper collectibles at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 for a weekend pass; $6 for Saturday or Sunday; children 12 and younger and students with ID free. SunLit also brings bestselling author Lisa Unger in a conversation about the intersection of art and story with award-winning artist Ya La'ford on Tuesday. They'll talk about the release of The Red Hunter, Unger's latest novel (click here to read a review), and a new exhibition of La'ford's work at 6 p.m. at Behar + Peteranecz Architecture, 2430 Terminal Drive S, St. Petersburg. RSVP at lisaunger.com/release-party. For a complete lineup of events see sunlitfestival.org.
EARTH FRIENDLY: Green Thumb Festival
While the weekend is filled with Earth Day events, you can really get into the dirt at the Green Thumb Festival at Walter Fuller Park. There will be loads of plants, garden art and accessories for sale. Bring questions to "Ask an Arborist'' and tools to be sharpened for a nominal fee, get soil and water tested and check out the garden club flower show. There will be free mulch, free butterfly plants (while supplies last) and 1,200 trees available for $5. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.