Friday, December 15, 2017
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On your radar: Check out the New York Guitar Cats or O.A.R., or hit Rock the Vote in Ybor City

Summer Jazz Series: With New York Guitar Cats: This series features Tampa Bay's best jazz musicians. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. at Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. $10, includes museum admission. (727) 896-2667.

Rock the Vote: This event will have volunteers registering people to vote beginning at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 there's a secret musical event. It's at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 442-5227.

Rays Summer Concert Series: With O.A.R.: The rockers (This Town, That Was a Crazy Game of Poker) released their seventh album, King, last year. Concert follows the Rays game against the Oakland Athletics, which starts at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The first 10,000 fans get a collectible T-shirt. Included with Rays ticket, which start at $19. (888) 326-7297.

Date night

Frank Caliendo: George W. Bush may not be here next week for the RNC, but a comedian known for his impression of him will be. Caliendo, a longtime MADtv member and Fox NFL Sunday commentator, performs a 21-and-up-only show at 8 p.m. and an 18-and-up-only show at 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $34–$39. (813) 864-4000.

To watch

HGTV Urban Oasis 2012, 9 p.m., HGTV: A 1,700-square-foot custom apartment on the 20th floor of Miami's Paramount Bay could be yours if you meet some arcane and circuitous criteria.

More to explore

Find movie reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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