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Things to do around Tampa, May 6-8


Orchids Through Time: Browse or buy artistic displays of orchids, attend workshops on orchid care, see a judged orchid show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the Egypt Shriners Activities Building, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. The event celebrates the Tampa Bay Orchid Society's 30th anniversary. $5. (813) 876-8495. tampabay

Art reception: See the art of Amy Royale at a closing reception of her exhibit from 7-9 p.m. at the University of South Florida Centre Gallery, 4202 E Fowler Ave., MSC 2700, Tampa. The art expresses Royale's psychological and physical struggles with weight issues. Free. (813) 974-5464.

Lots of laughs: Comedian Brad Williams performs at 8 and 10 tonight and Saturday night and 7 p.m. Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Cleveland Jackson performs at 6 p.m. Saturday. For prices, call (813) 960-1197 or visit

Judy Garland tribute: This multimedia concert pays respect to Judy Garland at 8 tonight and Saturday night, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. Songs will be performed, and interviews with some of her famous colleagues will be shown. $18 members, $22 seniors, $25 nonmembers. (813) 269-1310.

On stage: Closer Than Ever is a musical that tells stories of aging, midlife crises, second marriages and love, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 15 at Masque Community Theatre, 8825 56th St., Temple Terrace. $10 to $14. (813) 983-1710.

Skipper's got the blues: Heavy Pets plays the blues, plus funk, soul and rock with the Burnin Smyrnans at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmoke


Sensory Friendly Films: AMC Theatres and the Autism Society present a special series of films in an environment friendly to children who have autism and other sensory issues. See the movie African Cats at 10 a.m. at Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. The theater lights will be turned up, and the sound will be turned down. Families can bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks. Previews and advertisements won't be shown before the movie, and "Silence is Golden" rules will not be enforced. Audiences are welcome to dance, walk, shout or sing during movies. For cost information, call toll-free at 1-888-262-4386.

Glory at the Gardens: Hip-hop artist Lecrea performs with gospel music duo Mary Mary at 5 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. The concert is part of a Christian concert series and is included with daily admission or annual pass. Call toll-free 1-888-800-5447.

Live music: The Fabulous Rockers will perform at 8 p.m. at the India Cultural Center and Hindu Religious Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Mini devil crabs, Cuban sandwiches and empanadas are included. Bring additional food and liquor. $25. (813) 873-2348.

Got soul? Thomas Wynn and the Believers will play with the Soul Birds at 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499.


Folk music: Singing Tree performs at 2:30 p.m. in the UU Dome at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road. $12-$15. (813) 988-8188.

Take Back the Night benefit: Next Of Kin, the Applebutter Express and Wendy Barmore perform at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Proceeds benefit the Spring of Tampa Bay, a domestic violence shelter. $10 suggested minimum donation. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmoke

Things to do around Tampa, May 6-8 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:30am]
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