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On your radar: Watch fast cars zip around downtown St. Pete, hear a former president talk or catch the midnight opening of 'The Hunger Games'

Honda Grand Prix: The annual races roar through St. Petersburg's waterfront streets Thursday through Sunday, with lots happening off the course. Celebrities to watch for include legend Mario Andretti; driver and Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves; Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec and driver Dario Franchitti. See many of the drivers and the Budweiser Clydesdales in the Illuminated Night Parade on Thursday on Central Avenue (free). Race tickets $20–$125;

Mary J. Blige: Catch the sassy R&B singer with hits No More Drama, Family Affair and Not Gon' Cry at 7:30 tonight at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $49.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Bill Clinton: We're all just one big global family, says the former president in "Embracing Our Common Humanity." His talk is Wednesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $65-$185; VIP $325 (photo line, meet and greet). (813) 229-7827.

Hunger Games: No matter the grim plot — teens killing teens in a televised game — fans will mob theaters at midnight Thursday for the movie poised to rival the Harry Potter and Twilight series. Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.

Date night

Bruce Springsteen: As he tours behind new release Wrecking Ball, Springsteen will bring foot-stompers We Take Care of Our Own and Death to My Hometown to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday. $47–$98. (813) 301-2500.

Tony Bennett: The 85-year-old jazz crooner took home two more Grammys this year for album Duets II, which includes a song with the late Amy Winehouse. See him Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $69–$129. (727) 791-7400.

Einstein on Food and Wine: Feel smart about sampling wines, champagne and culinary treats from an array of restaurants at this 17th annual event Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. $80, $125 VIP. (813) 987-6000.

Kids and family

Hyde Park Village Art Festival: With a backdrop of brick courtyards and tree-lined streets, this juried outdoor art fair features 150 artists from 30 states Saturday and Sunday in Hyde Park Village in Tampa. Free.

Tampa Bay Seafood Festival: Seafood mixes with live music — especially with gumbo king Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton — at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa on Sunday. There's also a Road to London interactive sports fan zone, with Olympic and Paralympic athletes;

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On your radar: Watch fast cars zip around downtown St. Pete, hear a former president talk or catch the midnight opening of 'The Hunger Games' 03/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 7:44am]
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