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On your radar: Tropical Heatwave makes its annual appearance, and check out Lady Antebellum or the Gipsy Kings

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Tropical Heatwave: This year's WMNF-88.5 extravaganza features more than 70 artists on a whopping 13 stages around Ybor City on Saturday. Local groups include the Groves, Rebekah Pulley, above, and Tallhart; national acts include Chuck Prophet, the Growlers and Bright Light Social Hour. $30 advance, $40 door, $12 ages 12–20; wmnf.org/heatwave/.

Brandon Skate Park Grand Opening: Local skateboarders will show off the new 11,000-square-foot "obstacle street and bowl," Saturday at 5720 Providence Road in Riverview. There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony. Free. (813) 635-3500.

Date night

Lady Antebellum: The country superstars (Need You Now, We Owned the Night) roll into the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. $29.25–$54. (813) 740-2446.

Rhythms of Cuba: If all goes according to plan, Cuban National Symphony music director Enrique Perez Mesa will be in town this week as part of a cultural exchange with the Florida Orchestra. He will guest conduct Latin-flavored concerts of solo timpani and orchestra music Friday at the Straz in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15–$45. (727) 892-3337.

Gipsy Kings: They bring flamenco pop-rock — including a rendition of Hotel California — to life Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $49.50–$95.50. (727) 791-7400.

Rocky Horror Show in the Park: It's your last chance to do the Time Warp at the rock 'n' roll cult musical. Shows are Wednesday through Sunday, the final night, at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. See americanstage.org for ticket options. For a review, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do. (727) 823-7529.

Race: The Jobsite production of the David Mamet play explores prejudice when a rich white man is accused of raping a black woman. Opens Thursday at Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $24.50. (813) 229-7827.

Kids and family

Mother's Day: Mom's big day is Sunday, so show some love by taking her out to local attractions — Lowry Park Zoo and Florida Aquarium (among others) are free for mom that day with another paid admission. More events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

John Levique Pirate Days: Get your booty to this three-day festival celebrating the discovery of John's Pass. Free admission Friday through Sunday at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach. Visit JohnLeviquePirateDays.com.

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