The Rocky Horror Show: American Stage is bringing it to the park. (Remember when they used to do Shakespeare? Time warp!) Put on your worst fishnet stockings and collect the appropriate props — newspaper, water gun, toast — for the cult classic at Demens Landing on St. Petersburg's waterfront. Previews start Wednesday and it opens Friday with a gala. For tickets, including seats onstage, visit americanstage.com.
Van Halen: They were once the biggest rockers on the planet (Jump, Hot for Teacher, Panama). Now they've reunited with a mostly original lineup: David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen, with son Wolfgang and brother Alex. The show is Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $46.75–$146.75. (813) 301-2500.
Chef Robert Irvine: The man who transforms failing restaurants on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible does an interactive show Friday at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. (No hard feelings about that resume-padding scandal and scuttled restaurant on Beach Drive in 2008, eh?) $29.50–$53.50, VIP packages at $150, which include a cooking demonstration, sampling and opportunity to chat with Irvine. (727) 791-7400.
Kevin James: The King of Queens. Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The Zookeeper. He'll bring them all for a standup show at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Thursday. $39.50–$59.50. (813) 229-7827.
Tampa Bay Blues Fest: The big draw this year is Los Lonely Boys, with mainstream hit Heaven, but the lineup also includes Delbert McClinton, Tower of Power, Jimmie Vaughan and Charles Bradley. It runs Friday through Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. $30 single-day tickets. Visit tampabaybluesfest.com.
Kids and family
Pop Goes the Rock: The latest Cirque Dreams concoction, this time combining rock 'n' roll with circus performers, has a song list that includes King of the Road, The Heat Is On, Like a Prayer and Rapper's Delight. Shows are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $39.50–$69.50. Call toll-free, 1-800-745-3000.
Rays Watch Party: The Rays are out of town Sunday in Boston, but you can watch the 1:35 p.m. game on a big screen behind the TradeWinds on St. Pete Beach. The Rays Street Team will also be on hand with giveaways. It's free to watch the game, but it's $10 to park. (727) 367-6461.
More to explore
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