This Week in Entertainment: 2/24

Isabel Hanewicz, RHStoday Editor-in-Chief

Read up on this week’s biggest happenings in entertainment with this weekly breakdown by Isabel Hanewicz.

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Travis Tritt at the Mahaffey Theater

Country crooner and two-time Grammy winner Travis Tritt comes to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater (400 1st St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701) Wednesday. Tritt’s 27-year career includes forming his own label, Post Oak Recordings, in 2012 and released his album The Calm After… in 2013. Tickets can be bought here from $35.50 to $55.50 and the show is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25: An Invisible Thread at the Straz

Laura Schroff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Invisible Thread comes to the Straz Center Thursday night to bring her message of finding one’s invisible thread connections to the Tampa Bay Area. Schroff will talk about the importance of learning to help others as well as other concepts discussed in her novel. The event, which is hosted by the University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences, is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall.

Friday, Feb. 26: Kristin Chenoweth at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Broadway darling Kristin Chenoweth takes to the stage Thursday in Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall (1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, 33759) Friday night at 8 p.m. Chenoweth will sing iconic hits from her career, including those from Wicked and Glee. The evening also promises “new songs and some exciting surprises” for those who attend. Tickets range from $35 to a $150 dinner-and-a-show package. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, Feb. 27: Fiesta Day in Ybor City

Tampa’s Ybor City hosts the 69th annual Fiesta Day, commemorating the immigrants which settled in Ybor City in the early 1800s. The street festival, hosted by the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, is free to enter, although you’ll want to bring money to enjoy the cultural goods and cuisines celebrating the myriad of cultures. The festival takes place along Ybor City’s 7th Ave., which is closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, click here.

Sunday, Feb. 28: 88th Annual Academy Awards

No entertainment recap would be complete without mention of this Sunday’s Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock. Honoring the year’s best pictures, the Oscar’s 88th year is not without controversy, as last year’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has resurfaced after the almost all-white nomination list and the notable exclusion of Straight Outta Compton from the Best Picture nominee list. Actors such as husband-and-wife duo Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the Oscars because of its supposed lack of cultural diversity. Differences aside, the most talked about categories will be Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress and Best Picture. The Oscars air live on ABC, with the red carpet show starting at 7 p.m. EST and the ceremony starting at 8:30 p.m.