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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 tampabay.com/things-to-do 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 10:43pm]
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