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Five for your radar: Opening night for 'Rent,' Grapefruit Legacy Fest, free family movies in Tampa

What's that racket coming from Demens Landing in downtown St. Petersburg? It's as if a Broadway musical broke out. Actually, that's pretty much the case. Friday is opening night for American Stage's production of Rent. The show runs until May 8, but go before the weather turns too warm. Price: $11 advance (at the American Stage box office), $13 at the gate Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday, $14 advance, $16 at the gate Friday-Saturday. Reserved chair seating $27, premium blanket seating $21. (727) 823-7529.

The Tampa Museum of Art has free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Sounds like a good time to check out the Degas exhibit. Also, in the same park, the Friday Extra Concert Series featuring Lois Greco, Al "Coffee" McDaniel. 7 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-7723.

The first grapefruit ever cultivated in Florida was in Safety Harbor in the 1840s by Odet Philippe, whose plantation is now the site of Philippe Park. To commemorate the grapefruit's history, the city of Safety Harbor and the Safety Harbor Chamber present the inaugural Grapefruit Legacy Fest. The action starts Friday on Main Street between Bayshore Boulevard and Eighth Avenue in Safety Harbor.

Bring blankets or chairs to watch Family Movies in the Park in Tampa. This free outdoor movie series on a three-story inflatable screen. Friday features the movie Spy Kids. Baybridge Park, 10020 Bridgeton Drive, Tampa.

When it came time for the Beach Boys to announce their 50th anniversary tour, rumors swirled. Would Brian Wilson make this the year he rejoined America's Band? Modern-day frontman Mike Love still teeters around the subject, but for now, we know it won't happen Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He and Bruce Johnson will have to hold strong tackling the California teen dream — cruising around in cars, catching waves and chasing girls — with harmonic gusto and good vibrations. $45-$78. (727) 791-7400.

Five for your radar: Opening night for 'Rent,' Grapefruit Legacy Fest, free family movies in Tampa 04/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 5:01pm]

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