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Things to do in Tampa Bay for June 19

Explosions In the Sky: The group— forever linked to the film Friday Night Lights — is the benchmark for the alternative/indie band that plays sparse, guitar-driven songs with no lead singer. They perform at 7:30 p.m. at Ritz Ybor in Tampa. $20-$35. (813) 247-2555.

Millennium Dancesport Championships Ballroom Dancing Competition: The ballroom dance competition's theme is inspired by the Orient, celebrating the Year of the Dragon with a Shanghai nightclub theme, so you'll see lion dancers, martial artists and world-class dancing. Dancer Jonathan Roberts and So You Think You Can Dance personality Mary Murphy will be on the international panel of judges. Day session runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evening session is 8 p.m. to midnight at Marriott Tampa Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa. $25 day; $25-$50 evening. (813) 314-6673.

Helios Jazz Orchestra: The 18-piece orchestra performs big band jazz music the third Tuesday of every month, with food, cabaret seating, free valet parking and a full bar at 7 p.m. at NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 821-6682.

A Number: This play by Obie Award-winning playwright Caryl Churchill is set in the near future, and structured around the conflict between a father and his sons — two of whom are clones of the first. It's at 8 p.m. at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. $35, $25 students/seniors. (727) 895-6620.

Kids and family

Night Hike: Get a close look at some of the owls, bats, alligators and other creepy crawlies that come out after dusk. Hike starts at 8:30 p.m. at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $3, $1.50 children (reservations required). (727) 893-7326.

To watch

SERIES PREMIERE Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, 10 p.m., Lifetime Sarah Palin's daughter elects to fight back against the media that scrutinizes her every move by broadcasting her every move on an unwatchable reality show designed to elicit empathy but that makes her look way worse than before. Good move.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for June 19 06/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 18, 2012 6:54pm]
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