Thursday, April 19, 2018
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On your radar: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jimmy Buffett are in town, and a bike race offers Cigar City beer as a bonus

Cigar City Criterium and Festival: 600 bicyclists will sprint — and crash — around tight turns on a street course in downtown Tampa on Saturday, with the men's pro-level race starting about 6:50 p.m. Also wellness festival and food/beer gardens. Spectators free. tampacrit.com.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: Features more than 50 films at CinéBistro, Muvico Ybor and the Tampa Theatre, after parties and receptions Thursday through Sunday. Bonus: The fest's first drive-in movie atop the Hyde Park Village parking garage will show The Thing (1982); giff2011.com.

Cave Diver: One wrong move could be deadly for Kenny Broad, who will share stories of exploring some of the most dangerous submerged caves in the world, on Tuesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $19.50. (813) 229-7827.

Jimmy Buffett: Can you ever take too many trips to Margaritaville? Parrotheads unite Friday at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. $36–$136. (813) 740-2446.

Date night

Come Fly Away: Combines the music of Frank Sinatra and the choreography of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out). Opens Tuesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50. (813) 229-7827.

Diana Krall: The smoky-voiced jazz chanteuse — a.k.a. Mrs. Elvis Costello — plays a rescheduled show Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $72–$135. (727) 791-7400.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Just a couple of weeks away from their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, frontman Anthony Kiedis and crew hit the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday, singing from their 16th album, I'm With You. $42.25–$62.25. (813) 301-2500.

Jake Shimabukuro: He's the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele, with intriguing covers of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rolling in the Deep. Show is Thursday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $29–$39. (727) 791-7400.

Martin Short: His face just keeps popping up over the years, from Saturday Night Live, to Father of the Bride movies, How I Met Your Mother and soon the Tim Burton movie Frankenweenie. See him Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $43–$78.

Kids and family

Great Egg Race: Easter isn't until April 8, so consider this practice, with 15,000 eggs and guests including Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Darryl Strawberry. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay in Tampa. Free.

More to explore

Enter for a chance to win a Universal Studios package for four at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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