As we approach the icky center of August and gear up for back-to-school, the pool of weekend events has dried up a bit. Take the opportunity to relax, hit the beach, or try out that new restaurant you read about in Dish. Still, there are a few stand-outs this weekend, whether you’re the fun-lovin’ family type or your tastes are more grown-up.
Take a little trip up to Cypress Gardens Saturday for Safari Day, featuring exhibitors like Center for Birds of Prey, Roark’s Reptiles, Turtle & Tortoise Society, and the Parrot Club. There’ll also be live music and gator feeding, and tickets are $10. On Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m., head to Marion Square for India Fest, a free event with yoga, dancing, music, and food. Also on Sunday, check out the free First Day Festival at Liberty Square near the Aquarium. There will be games, boat rides, a food court, and everything to get your little ones excited about heading back to school.
Now for the grown-up stuff. The Village Playhouse is showing a decidedly not-for-kids play called The Little Dog Laughed — it’s “the story of a hot Hollywood actor who may be about to win the role of the century, if he can keep his sexuality under wraps.” Expect full-frontal male nudity. Comedian Todd Barry is performing at Theater 99 both Friday and Saturday nights ($15), and based on his track record on stuff like the Sarah Silverman Program, Pootie Tang, and Chapelle’s Show, we’re going to say go ahead and leave the kids at home for this one too. On Sunday, PURE Theater presents The Tryal of Major Stede Bonnet alias the Gentleman Pirate both inside and outside of the Historic Powder Magazine. Tickets are $8-$12.
Low on cash? Cinebarre is hosting a free screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on their outdoor inflatable screen. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Cook-out starts at 8:30 p.m., movie starts at 9 p.m.