Sunday, February 25, 2018
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On your radar: Join the audience at 'America's Got Talent,' hear foreign correspondent Lara Logan speak, listen to Pink Martini or get rolling on Easter egg hunts

America's Got Talent: Here's your chance to be in a prime-time TV audience for a taping of the NBC show, with new judge Howard Stern plus Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and host Nick Cannon. Some free tickets may be available for tapings Tuesday and Wednesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; check on-camera-audiences.com/shows/Americas_Got_Talent.

Lara Logan: The CBS News foreign correspondent who made headlines with her candid account of being sexually assaulted in Egypt will give a free talk Tuesday at USF's Tampa campus. USF students get priority seating at 7:30 p.m.; doors open to the public at 7:45.

R.U.R.: This Czech play all about robots is trying something trendy Thursday: Tweet Seats. For one night only, you can tweet during the performance from a special section at the University of South Florida Theater 2. Advance: $12, $8 students/seniors. (813) 974-2323. Play runs through April 15.

Date night

Pink Martini: This eclectic 13-member orchestra shakes up classical, jazz and pop Thursday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $26.50. (813) 229-7827.

Funk Fest: Celebrate old school funk, R&B, rap and soul with Erykah Badu, Morris Day and the Time, Fantasia and El DeBarge. It's Friday and Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. $45; $80 for both days; funkfest.957thebeat.com.

Kids and family

Easter: Break out the Peeps and froufrou bonnets for Sunday (Passover begins Friday evening). There are egg hunts galore, but the Bunny Extravaganza and Egg Drop may be the most ambitious: The Easter Bunny drops 25,000 prize-filled eggs from a helicopter at various times Saturday at Cypress Point Community Church in Tampa (free).

Free Target Tuesday: That's right, this time it's free (instead of $2) from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa.

Frozen Four: The NCAA Men's Hockey Championship ventures south to the Tampa Bay Times Forum starting Thursday. It's Ferris State vs. Union College and Minnesota vs. Boston College, with the championship game Saturday. Ticket packages are $195. tampabaytimesforum.com.

Flick and Float: Dress in Tampa Bay Rays gear and bring your favorite floatie for this baseball edition, with prizes from the Rays, free hot dogs and a viewing of the Perfect Game while you bob in the water. It's Friday at the Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool in Largo. $5, $4 resident.

More to explore

Get a basketful of Easter events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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