Out and about

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 7, 2008

7 Today

Control: Based on the memoir Touching from a Distance by Deborah Curtis, Anton Corbijn's film Control tells the story of Ian Curtis and the group Joy Division. The group was a product of England's post-Sex Pistols punk explosion. It gained popularity with the help of front man Ian Curtis. 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $6-$8. Call 274-8286.

The Florida Orchestra: Stefan Sanderling conducts Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade on a program that features orchestra principal horn James Wilson in the world premiere of David Rogers' Horn Concerto. 8 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $26-$54. Call 229-7827.

Eddie Griffin: From the movie John Q to the HBO special Voodoo Child, comedian Eddie Griffin has made a name for himself. The professional jester also has been credited with co-writing and producing the film My Baby's Daddy. This weekend, he'll bring his humor to Tampa. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday; Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa; $30. Call 864-4000 or visit improvtampa.com.

8 Saturday

Apollo Beach art festival: Take in the visual, performing and culinary arts this weekend in Apollo Beach. Artists and food vendors will abound at the Manatee Festival of the Arts. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (13 and older); free for kids 12 and under. Admission includes parking and a free shuttle to the TECO manatee viewing area. Apollo Beach Community Events Center, 302 Noonan Branch Road. Information: 645-1366.

Wine and art: Sample local wines and view the work of Colombian artist Tito Quintero today and Sunday at Keel and Curley Wineries, 5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 748-0441 or keelandcurleywinery.com.

Walking with the mayor: Pam Iorio invites Tampa residents to join her at Al Lopez Park for a 4-mile fitness walk featuring free health screenings and more. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa; free. Call 274-8615.

Wild Splash '08: The popular bash hosted by WLLD-FM 98.7 returns this year with a list of some of the hottest acts on the radio airwaves: Wyclef Jean, Beenie Man, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Baby Bash, Trina, Treal, J Holiday, Grind Mode and more. 4 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Call 287-8844.

Jonas Brothers: New Jersey siblings Joseph, Nicholas and Kevin released their debut album in 2006 and now bring their Look Me In The Eyes Tour to Tampa. 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa; $32.75-$52.75. Call 287-8844.

9 Sunday

African Children's Choir: The African Children's Choir features children ages 7 through 11, each of whom has lost one or both parents to poverty and disease. Despite their tribulations, the children join their voices in a show full of joyful African melodies and dance. 7 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $15.50-$35.50. Call 229-7827.

Blue Man Group: The blue gang brings itsHow To Be A Megastar Tour 2.1 to Tampa for a night of family fun and amusement. Here's the scenario: After downloading a tongue-in-cheek how-to manual on becoming a rock star, musicians in Blue Man Group are joined by an eight-piece band. Without speaking, they use their instruments to teach audience members how to become megastars. 7:30 p.m., St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa; $52.25-$87.75. Call 287-8844.

11 Tuesday

Ani Difranco: The artist is known for her songs that incorporate emotional issues, compassion and anger. Tonight, Ani Difranco stops in Tampa. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $35. Call 287-8844.

13 Thursday

Jesse Cook: Over the course of a dozen years and numerous best-selling albums, flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook has explored the outer limits of popular music. He has been known to blend African percussion, Cajun accordion, classical cello and pop vocals with his rumba flamenco style. 8 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $29.50. Call 229-7827.

Bunco in Brandon: Roll the dice to raise money for scholarships at the Brandon Jr. Woman's Club Bunco for Education. Social hour at 6 p.m., bunco at 7 p.m. Center Place, 619 Vondenburg Drive, Brandon. Tickets are $20. Call 681-4208.