Sprouts Grand Opening, a Harry Potter Orchestra Concert, & Forbidden Broadway

Sprouts Grand Opening, a Harry Potter Orchestra Concert, & Forbidden Broadway

I was very busy last week.  I saw an Orchestra perform while watching a Harry Potter movie, took in a Broadway show, and attended the grand opening of a new business in Tampa.  I did it all for personal fun, but then I figured that it was the perfect thing to be sharing on the my blog to showcase the awesomeness and growth of Tampa, Florida.

Last Sunday, my husband and I drove to Orlando (about an hour and 50 minutes from where we live) to attend a concert of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 

dr phillips center for the performing arts
At first glance, the exterior reminded me just a little of the Sydney Opera House. Taking in a performance there is on my bucket list!

I purchased the tickets to listen to the Orchestra perform excerpts from the Harry Potter score as I knew this would be a slam dunk in the gift department for my hubby since he is increasingly difficult to buy for (I took him to see the Florida Orchestra perform songs from the James Bond movies a couple of years ago and he still gushes about it!)   We ended up getting even more than we bargained for because (apparently, I can’t read descriptions) and the show was structured so that while screening the 1st movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on a large screen, the orchestra sat beneath and performed the music anytime it happened in the movie.  The most important thing, my husband loved it!

PRO TIP:  If you are planning to attend a show at the Dr. Phillips Center, pre-pay the $20-ish for Valet parking.  They send you a valet “ticket” with your show tickets and it makes parking so much easier! 

 

Forbidden Broadway at the Straz!

A few days later, I found myself back at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in historic, downtown Tampa with my Mom for the next show in our Season Ticket Holder package:  Forbidden Broadway!   Forbidden Broadway is a cabaret style show, old chum performed onsite at the Jaeb theater.  This is THE show to see if you are a Broadway aficionado with a working knowledge of Broadway shows past and present.  It’s a mix of spoofs, impressions, and jokes.  This cast did an excellent job of making us laugh from start to finish!

forbidden broadway
An excerpt from one of the numerous renditions of Forbidden Broadway.

PRO TIP:  Forbidden Broadway makes a great date night for parents because it gets out approximately an hour earlier than some of the larger productions at Morsani Hall and Ferguson.

Sprouts Farmer’s Market Grand Opening in Tampa!

My final adventure was perusing the new grocery store down the street from my house:  Sprouts Farmer’s Market.  They took over a huge space and will definitely be giving Whole Foods a run for the money in my part of town.  Over the course of a couple of days, their Grand Opening celebrations took place with a ribbon cutting, really impressive sales (like locally grown strawberries from Dover, Florida for $1 per container – yeah!) and a huge crowd of shoppers.  We weren’t quite due for a full shopping trip so we just grabbed a few essentials and I also nabbed a few Vegan brands that are generally harder to find like Follow Your Heart Vegan Eggs and Hilary’s Apple Maple Veggie Sausages.

sprouts farmers market passion statement
This is the Sprouts Passion statement from their About Us page. I enjoyed my first shopping experience and plan to return soon!

PRO TIP:  If a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies get you excited, then this is the place for you!  Their produce is plentiful, visibly fresh, and reasonably priced. 

 

I haven’t tasted the “eggs” or “sausages” yet and will be doing a follow up to this post about Vegan brands that I purchased and ate from Sprouts!  Yay health and sustainability.

 

What activities have my readers done in the last couple of weeks that were unique, interesting, or memorable?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments section. 

Nerdily,

Laura

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