Drive carefully: It's back to school time, kids! Public school students in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties file in today, and Hillsborough schools open Tuesday.
Political humor: George W. Bush may not be showing up in Tampa next week for the Republican National Convention, but comedian Frank Caliendo, known for his impression of him, will be at the Improv in Centro Ybor Friday and Saturday. $34–$39. At the Tampa Theatre on Friday, a heralded band of drag divas will perform Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President, an irreverent, satirical musical about politics with such timely numbers as Vote for Me (I'm Not from Kenya). $28.50–$78.50.
Santana: The guitar legend turned 65 this year, but his AARP card hasn't slowed him down any. He is on tour promoting his latest studio album Shape Shifter. See him at 8 p.m. Sunday at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. $31.50–$105.50.
Rays Summer Concert Series: The Rays are back in town for a six-game home stand starting today. On Friday, fans get a free concert after the game with O.A.R. The rockers (This Town, That Was A Crazy Game of Poker) are included with a ticket to the 7:10 p.m. game.
Honor roll: Like the local Tonys, tonight's Jeff Norton Awards honor audience favorites for outstanding actor, actress, director, costume designer and more. There's a preshow mingle and afterparty with drinks and dancing, all to benefit a grant in the name of a well-known member of the local theater community, 7 to 11 tonight at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25.
Talking funny: Provocative comic Adam Carolla, who holds the Guinness record for the most-downloaded podcast, and veteran broadcaster Dennis Prager will host "An Evening With" show at the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall on Saturday where they'll discuss pretty much anything the audience throws their way. Tickets start at $26.50 for the Saturday show at 8 p.m. You can stick around for a Cigars 'N' Stars After Party ($35) with the two talkers.
Kids and family
Sand castle art: All this week, you can watch as 30 tons of sand are turned into giant replicas of President Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island as a tribute to the Republican National Convention. Construction has begun and is expected to be finished by the weekend.
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