Ogle Freddie's Spandex: You can see this priceless artifact that belonged to the late Queen frontman at the Hard Rock's 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour, a traveling celebration of the chain's four decades serving us burgers next to Peter Frampton's guitar and Madonna's Virginal wedding dress (yes, they're both coming). The bus will be parked at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, for three days starting Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m. each day. Best part? It's free. Try not to geek out when you see Justin Bieber's skateboard, okay? Perk alert: Hard Rock All Access, Hard Rock Pin Collectors Club and AAA members get in an hour before it opens (bring proof).
Meager music: Shawn Colvin (Sunny Came Home) is at the Capitol Theater Friday; and Pete Wentz, the onetime Fall Out Boy member, is at the Kennedy nightclub in Tampa for a DJ set on Thursday. Those are the highlights, unless you like your music alarmingly, pain-inducing loud. Then you'll want to hit up the Mayhem Festival at the Gary Amp on Saturday at 6 p.m. with heavy metal headliners Disturbed, Godsmack and Megadeth.
Sports flashback: In conjunction with its current exhibit showcasing local sports memorabilia, the Tampa Bay History Center is the site of the Tampa Sports Reunion on Saturday at 3. Pay regular museum admission and you'll be able to rub elbows with some of the area's beloved sports heroes from the Bucs, Lightning, Bandits and Rowdies (what, no Rays, like "Crime Dog" Fred McGriff?). Uber emcee and radio personalist Jack Harris will be there to give jocular commentary as you gaze upon luminaries like Rodney Marsh (Rowdies), Nathan Wonsley (Bucs), Zenon Andrusyshyn (Bandits) and Dave Andreychuk (Bolts).
Stageworks opening: At last the new space for the longtime Tampa theater group is ready in the Grand Central at the Kennedy building in the Channelside district. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 11 a.m. Thursday, and the public is invited. That night's gala is sold out, but the cabaret show Listen to My Heart, with composer David Friedman and a Tampa cast, runs through the end of the month.
Kids and Family
Back-to-school fair: We could have listed something that didn't involve the dreaded "S" word, but this one seems pretty fun. The Glazer Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa, is hosting a day of advice and tips, plus entertainment and face painting on Saturday at the museum for a special admission price of just $5. See, not so bad, right? For more back-to-school events, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
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