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On this week's radar: An Oscar winner, three Monkees, and plenty of Memorial Day fun

Memorial Day: Celebrate today with a ceremony at Bay Pines VA Medical Center National Cemetery in St. Petersburg (10 a.m.) or an all-day party at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater ($5) to kick off summer, which we're pretty sure started when it hit 90 degrees two weeks ago. For more events and deals for military folks, see our list at under Quick Links.

Al Pacino: An intimate evening with the legendary actor, complete with staged readings and a Q&A session at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $99. (727) 791-7400.

The Cake Boss: Buddy Valastro offers a melange of stories about this TLC series and his Italian family, plus a Q&A session and baking demos at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $29.25. (813) 229-7827.

The Monkees: Well, three of them anyway. Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork do a 45th anniversary tour of the 1960s pop/rock group. Be a "Daydream Believer" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400.

Brews Brothers Beerfest: It's "Mission Beer" for this Blues Brothers themed tasting featuring craft beers from around the world and bites from bay area restaurants. Blues Brothers attire encouraged, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Theatre. $45-$70. (813) 274-8982.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: American Stage's new production is a bittersweet comedy about two ordinary people who consider falling in love at middle age. Previews start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and it opens at 8 p.m. Friday at 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $29. (727) 823-7529.

Gavin DeGraw: Remember local kid Billy Norris, who used to do kid movie reviews for the Times? Now he's got a gig touring with dreamy singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw. See them both at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ritz Ybor. $24.50. (813) 247-2555.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Catch a sea breeze and watch the perfect beach movie: Shark Tale. Concessions for sale, but no alcohol, please. Movie starts at dusk Friday at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. Free.

On this week's radar: An Oscar winner, three Monkees, and plenty of Memorial Day fun 05/27/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 9:43pm]
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