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CLEARWATER - Clearwater’s Blast Friday, May 27, features musical entertainment by Here Come the Mummies and lots of family-friendly fun from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Cleveland Street.

Food trucks and vendors will be selling a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Craft vendors also will be on hand offering a variety of goods. The Capitol Theatre will be open to the public starting at 5:30 p.m. The Grand Lobby bar is open as well as the downstairs restrooms for public use.

Due to overwhelming demand, Here Come The Mummies return to Clearwater for the first time since their sold-out show at the Capitol Theatre in October. The band will play on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street stage located at Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street. Special guests Noah Gutrhie and Ari & The Alibis will open the show.
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ST. PETERSBURG - As many as 200 Corvettes will be on display Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park during the 23rd annual “Corvettes @ the Pier” car show hosted by the Suncoast Corvette Association.

The iconic muscle cars will range from stock and modified to full custom and “race prepared.”

Admission is free. Live entertainment will be provided, and vendors will be showing, demonstrating and selling products and services.
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PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party is Saturday, June 4, 2 p.m., in downtown Palm Harbor on Florida Avenue.

The event will feature live performances by Lightning Jack, Trinity 7 and Trop Rock Junkies. There will be a Parrot Head costume contest at 8 p.m. along with a raffle.
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PALM HARBOR - Children of all ages are invited to Art in the Park, set for Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor.

Guests will have an opportunity to see the sanctuary’s primates as well as original chimpanzee art created by great apes. There will be art classes, art vendors, a silent auction, games for kids, face-painting and a petting zoo. In addition to the primates at the sanctuary, there are turtles, tropical birds, alligators, goats and geese.

This fundraiser will benefit the primates and other animals.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Salsa on the Docks will take place Saturday, May 28, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Sponge Docks, on Dodecanese Boulevard between Athens and Roosevelt streets in Tarpon Springs.

The free event will feature Latin music with Orquesta Infinidad as well as dancing and outdoor dining opportunities.

From the heart of Tampa’s historic Ybor City, Orquesta Infinidad has been performing salsa, merengue, cumbia, Latin jazz, and an array of other Latin musical genres for more than two decades. The band will play from 7 to 10 p.m. To better enjoy the evening, a free dance lesson will be offered by instructor Jairo Garcia from 6 to 7 p.m.
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TREASURE ISLAND - Rock Around the Clock, Treasure Island’s favorite street party, will take place Sunday, May 29, at the clock tower in downtown Treasure Island.

The event will feature performances by Railway Kings and Motel Funk.

During Rock Around the Clock, downtown Treasure Island restaurants will offer a full menu and outdoor dining as well as businesses and vendors selling their goods and services.
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GULFPORT - Gulfport’s fourth Gecko Queen will be crowned at this year’s Gecko Ball on Saturday, Aug. 27 - and event organizers have put out a call for aspiring Gecko Queens.

This is a gender-neutral opportunity for adults of any age, 21 and older. What’s important is that the candidate can represent Gulfport “with flair,” according to a press release. Candidates who submitted an expression of interest in previous years are welcome to re-apply.

The Gecko Queen’s costuming should reflect this year’s theme of “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea,” so candidates should consider if this is a theme with which they can work. The costumed Gecko Queen represents Gulfport throughout the year at events including GeckoFest and Gecko Crawl, St. Pete Pride Parade, Gulfport July 4th Parade and more.
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Entertainment Calender
• Friday, May 27, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
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Blast Friday with Here come The Mummies
Blast Friday with Here come The Mummies, Friday, May 27, 5:30 p.m., on the 400 block with the stage located at Osceola and Cleveland in front of the Capitol Theatre.

In honor of its 100th anniversary, Morton Plant Hospital will present Clearwater’s Blast Friday, in partnership with Bright House Networks. This family-friendly food and craft vendor festival runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and will feature a free live concert on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage featuring Here Come the Mummies with special guest Noah Guthrie.

Food trucks and vendors will be selling a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages.
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Dream Child
“Dream Child,” an original play written and performed by Roxanne Fay, will be presented Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

“Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland” journeys through the surreal worlds of memory, sin and absolution within the mind of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s original muse and inspiration for his timeless stories.

It is 1932 and the very grown up Alice is having a new adventure; she is coming to America. Though on the surface her trip is to attend the centennial celebrations surrounding Carroll’s 100th birthday, her true purpose is much more personal, more frightening and more visceral. Is she merely entertaining old memories? Is she seeking absolution for the past? And from whom?

Roxanne Fay is a 2015 Hawthornden Writing Fellow and has presented numerous original works at The Studio@620 and the Dali Museum.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

For information, visit www.studio620.org or call 727-895-6620.
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Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
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R. Kelly
R. Kelly, Friday, May 27, 8 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $65. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.amaliearena.com.

Lauded as an R&B legend, R. Kelly is one of the most successful artists of all time with over 40 million albums sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and eight Soul Train Awards.

His chart-topping hits range from “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Callin” to Grammy Award winning “I Believe I Can Fly” and everything in between. Currently he is touring in support of his 13th studio album, “The Buffet,” which was released in Dec. 2015 on RCA Records.

The album contains the summer hit “Backyard Party” and the tour is one of R. Kelly’s most highly produced tours to date. He’ll be accompanied by a live band and backup dancers while performing songs his fans have never seen live.
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• Saturday, May 28, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
 ... Read More 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented by Tampa Ballet Theatre; Saturday, May 28, 2:30 and 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

The Tampa Ballet Theatre is closing its season with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with two shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, focuses on three parallel stories – the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest with a meddling Puck, Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the trickster fairies, and a group of rough craftsmen staging a not so good production of Pyramus and Thisby for the wedding of the lovers.

Watch these three stories intertwine in the most hilarious and bizarre ways. Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for this unforgettable story.
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Joe Walsh and Bad Company
Joe Walsh and Bad Company, Saturday, May 28, 7 p.m., at the Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets start at $20. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.

Walsh is co-headlining the tour with Bad Company, featuring Paul Rodgers, Rich Robinson and Simon Kirke. Considering the potential set lists, an evening with Walsh and Bad Company really will be “One Hell of a Night.” Fans can expect to hear songs such as “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far,” “Funk 49,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” from Walsh; and “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin Love,” “Bad Company,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy,” from Bad Company plus many more.
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Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
Salsa on the Docks
Salsa on the Docks will take place Saturday, May 28, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Sponge Docks, on Dodecanese Boulevard between Athens and Roosevelt streets in Tarpon Springs. The free event will feature Latin music with Orquesta Infinidad as well as dancing and outdoor dining opportunities.

From the heart of Tampa’s historic Ybor City, Orquesta Infinidad has been performing salsa, merengue, cumbia, Latin jazz, and an array of other Latin musical genres for more than two decades. The band will play from 7 to 10 p.m. To better enjoy the evening, a free dance lesson will be offered by instructor Jairo Garcia from 6 to 7 p.m.

To reserve a table for dinner, contact participating restaurants Costa’s, Hellas, Mama’s, or Mykonos.

For information, visit www.tarponarts.org.
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• Sunday, May 29, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
 ... Read More 
Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
Rock Around the Clock
Rock Around the Clock, Treasure Island’s favorite street party, will take place Sunday, May 29, at the clock tower in downtown Treasure Island. The event will feature performances by Railway Kings and Motel Funk.

During Rock Around the Clock, downtown Treasure Island restaurants will offer a full menu and outdoor dining as well as businesses and vendors selling their goods and services.

During Rock Around the Clock 107th Avenue will be closed on Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m. to midnight, from First Street East to Gulf Boulevard. East and westbound traffic can use 108th Avenue, 106th Avenue and 104th Avenue as alternate routes.

Parking will be available at the Treasure Island City Hall, located at 120 108th Ave.; and at the Treasure Community Center and Park, at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Cost for event parking in TI Park is $10 from noon to 11 p.m.

The music schedule is as follows:

• Railway Kings – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Motel Funk – 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.

• Railway Kings and Motel Funk – 9:15 to 10:30 p.m.

For information, visit www.mytreasureisland.com or call 727-547-4575, ext. 237.
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• Wednesday, June 1, 2016
A Tale of Two Cities
“A Tale of Two Cities,” adapted from Charles Dickens by Everett Quinton, presented by American Stage Theatre, June 1 through June 26, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Flamenco guitarist Gladius
Flamenco guitarist Gladius will perform Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. The concert is free and open to the public.

More than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer, listeners have called Gladius “a miracle in the making” by prevailing over a crippling case of nerve damage which greatly hindered the dexterity of both his hands and could have easily ended his career.

Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros, and others, this musical/mad-scientist fuses the elements of the greats into a refreshing formula – evoking the Spanish spirit, yet producing distinctly unorthodox compositions. After nine years, four surgeries, 7,000 hours of physical therapy and countless prayers later, Gladius perseveres, relentlessly touring, recording, inspiring audiences of all ages, and winning numerous composition awards.

The concert is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Safety Harbor Library.

For information, call 727-724-1525.

For information on Gladius, visit www.GladiusMusic.com.
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• Thursday, June 2, 2016
A Tale of Two Cities
“A Tale of Two Cities,” adapted from Charles Dickens by Everett Quinton, presented by American Stage Theatre, June 1 through June 26, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $57. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
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