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On your radar: Last shot to tour Japanese ships, music in Hyde Park, hanging out with sea turtles

Tour Japanese ships: This the last day to take a free tour of the three Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force are docked in Tampa. The Kashima, Asagiri and Mineyuki are scheduled to depart Thursday, but you can take a tour starting at 1:30 p.m. at Port of Tampa, 1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free.

Hyde Park music series: Get through Hump Day with a free concert by the Southern rock band Trained Wreck. Proceeds from beverage sales benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the fountain area at 740 S. Village Circle, Tampa. Free.

Nesting sea turtles and their survival: Learn the life history, habitats and conservation techniques of Florida sea turtles. Then take a walk outside with Joe Malo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium marine educator, and visit actual nesting beach habitats of the remarkable sea creatures. The talk is at 6 p.m., Sandpearl Resorts, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater. It's free, but registration is required at (727) 327-1345; sandpearl.com.

Redlight King: The band's latest album, Something For the Pain, is a mix of rock and hip-hop that conjures old school sounds. It performs at 7 p.m., the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8.50–$10.50.

Date night

Side Door Summer Concerts: Tonight's offering is called "A Kaleidoscope of Vocal and Instrumental Images," featuring Mary Ann and Tony Taranto's jazz stylings with Mark Neuenschwander on bass, Ron Gregg on drums, and guests pianist/composer James Weaver and vocalist India Adams. It starts at 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12–$20.

To watch

Sons of Guns, 9 p.m., Discovery: The crossover you knew had to happen: The American Chopper crew stops by to add chrome and a handlebar to a 1919 machine gun.

Meat America, 9 p.m., History: A "meat expert" takes us through learning about longhorns, visiting Chicago's stockyards and the origins of the hot dog. Some things are better not being known.

Upcoming

Warped Tour: Head to Vinoy Park for this year's mashup of punk, funk, rock, retro and even Christian bands. The big names this year are a Day to Remember, Gym Class Heroes, Less Than Jake and more than 60 other bands Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg; gates open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $33.43.

More to explore

Find out who's returning the restaurant scene in Tampa Bay at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

On your radar: Last shot to tour Japanese ships, music in Hyde Park, hanging out with sea turtles 07/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:07am]

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