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On the radar this week: Lightning watch party, hot artists at Taste of Pinellas, getting totally '80s awesome with Florida Orchestra

Lightning playoffs: Suit up in your Bolts Nation gear for a free watch party outside the St. Pete Times Forum as the Lightning takes on the Bruins in Boston at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Get there early; first 500 fans get a free fan pack. Tampa will also be hopping when Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals come to the Times Forum at 8 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, if available, are on sale at the box office and Ticketmaster (toll-free, 1-800-745-3000).

Girl Talk: The mashup maestro (real name Gregg Gillis) is one of the most in-demand DJs around. On Wednesday, be part of the action at 8 p.m. at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. $25–$30. (727) 565-0550.

Helen Keaney: This shopaholic and HSN host takes you inside the world of electronic retail to answer the question: "Are celebrities who sell their products on TV really that crazy?" Her show is at 8 p.m. Thursday at Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $10. (813) 864-4000.

Taste of Pinellas: The music gets equal billing with the food this year. It's Chris Isaak and Josh Turner on Friday, Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy on Saturday and Colbie Caillat and Third Eye Blind on Sunday. Plus more than 40 restaurants, a beer garden and a kids zone. Tickets are just $10 a day if you buy in advance, kids 12 and younger free (food extra).

Totally Awesome '80s: Who can resist the Florida Orchestra rocking out to Guns N' Roses? Madonna, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel songs also are on the set list at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20–$67. (727) 892-3337.

Night Hike for the Full Moon: All the better to hunt for night critters like owls and alligators in the sprawling Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg. Reservations required for the hike at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. $3 for adults, $1.50 for children. (727) 893-7326.

Hula Dog Yappy Hour: Wiggle Pookums the puggle into her best bikini for this pregame yappy hour with a canine beachwear contest, limbo and pooch pools at Bright House Field in Clearwater at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dogs and owners can run the bases after the game, Threshers vs. the Charlotte Stone Crabs. $5 dogs, $5–$9 people. (727) 467-4457.

On the radar this week: Lightning watch party, hot artists at Taste of Pinellas, getting totally '80s awesome with Florida Orchestra 05/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:54pm]
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