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Weekend Top Ten 9/24-27: Ghost hunts, Sunscreen, Ailey dance and more

"Wade in the Water" by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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I toldja the fall events season was kicking in. It’s a busy weekend, and especially so on Thursday — which is, yes, today!

Give kids a chance: Grab a delicious drink for a good cause at The Thorn Collection’s 7th Annual Lemonade Stand to Fight Childhood Cancer. All proceeds go to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, or you can make a donation here. Thurs. 9/24, 4-6 p.m., 598 Indian Rocks Rd. N., Belleair Bluffs.

Lights! Camera! Sunscreen! It’s the 15th year of the Sunscreen Film Festival, and they’re all set with their usual enjoyably eclectic lineup of indie films, ranging from an award-winner about “three lads from Dundee” who make a high-stakes gamble on the concert promotion biz (Schemers) to documentaries about Chernobyl and Flannery O’Connor to a wide array of shorts programs with themes like “Did My Pulse Rate Just Go Up?” and “Looking for Love,” plus workshops with industry professionals on subjects like marketing and producing. Screenings will be held at Sundial AMC 12 in downtown St. Pete, with all theaters operating at reduced capacity to maintain social distance. 9/24-27, with films and opening night festivities beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Schedule and tickets at sunscreenfilmfestival.com.

Golden boy: Impresario, piano man and writer Paul Wilborn was the deserving winner of the 2019 Gold Medal for Fiction in the annual Florida Book Awards for his Ybor City story collection Cigar City: Tales from a 1980s Creative Ghetto. To celebrate the new Gold Medal edition of the book, Tombolo Books is hosting Wilborn for an evening of music and conversation. Thurs. 9/24, 6:30 p.m. Register via this Google Form and a Zoom link will be sent to you by the bookstore.

Overcoming challenges: In this month’s episode of Beauty and the ‘Burg, the online interview series presented by Cindy Stovall and Creative Pinellas, three powerfully talented men talk about the challenges they’ve overcome in their lives and careers: The Studio @620’s Bob Devin Jones, whose most recent challenge was beating COVID; multi-talented theater and film artist Cranstan Cumberbatch; and self-taught visual artist Fred Woodson “Rootman,” who will be creating a piece in real time for a 50/50 auction during the show. Thurs. 9/24, 7 p.m., facebook.com/creative pinellas.

Follow the trail: Innovocative Theatre and LAB Theater project are collaborating on a production of the beguiling one-person play Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger, with LAB’s Owen Robertson starring as a librarian whose discovery of a 113- years overdue book leads him on a globe-trotting search for answers. The play itself is highly worth discovering (as I wrote a few years ago in a review of another production), which you can do one of two ways: See it in person at LAB’s Ybor City location (812 E. Henderson Ave., Tampa) or view it online on Innovocative’s YouTube channel. Details here; reservations required. 9/24-27, Thurs-Sat at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3.

Celebrate Creative Clay: How do you honor an organization that’s been helping people with disabilities find their inner artist for a quarter of a century? With a 25th Anniversary Celebration, of course, and — given the times  — make it virtual. The on-line gala includes performances by Rebekah Pulley, Dean Johanesen, The Urban Gypsies and more; video footage from member artists, staff and founders; and a silent auction in which you can place bids right now. The fun begins on Facebook Live at 7:30 p.m. on Fri. 9/25.

Sa-SHAY! It’s Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Digital Edition, and that means a wealth of panels, workshops and, natch, fashion shows, all free and online. Read more in our dR Daily preview, and register here. Thurs-Sat., 9/24-26, fashionweektampabay.com.

You look like you’ve seen a ghost: And you very well might see a ghost Saturday night during the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt, organized by Spirits of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Paranormal Investigation. The evening’s in two parts, first an outdoor one-hour investigation at Mirror Lake (7-8 p.m.) followed by a closed but live-streamed event at Albert Whitted Airport (8:30-9:30). The Mirror Lake area doesn’t seem all that spooky, but the site has hosted the native Tocobaga tribe and the Rough Riders, it was the center of downtown during the 1920s, and in recent decades, say the ghost hunters, there have been numerous deaths at the park from drug deals gone wrong, suicides, and murders. The site is also the spot of a reported ghostly presence who walks through the lake trying to find her way home. The events are free, but WLGH is asking for donations to Preserve the ‘Burg. Sat. 9/26, 7-9:30 p.m.

Snitzer’s visions: The Studio@620 is hosting a months-long celebration of a local legend, photographer Herb Snitzer. This weekend’s your last chance to catch the first of the three shows devoted to his work, Visions of Social Justice, which focuses on his photos of the Civil Rights movement. Look for a curated group exhibition in October paying homage to Snitzer as an influencer and in November there’ll be a survey of his iconic images of jazz greats. Exhibits will be made available for viewing by appointment to small groups. Follow the ‘find tickets’ link in SignUpGenius to register for a viewing time. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Dance revelations: The incomparable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been generously sharing its work online through its Ailey All Access program for the past five months, bringing their art to more than 10 million people in 121 countries to date. Right now, find an excerpt on their site from one of the company’s most transcendent works, the “Wade in the Water” section from Revelations, filmed at multiple outdoor locations and performed with exuberance and grace. Ailey All Access.

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