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Things to do in Tampa Bay for May 15

Tropical Heatwave 2010: This year's festival hits the Cuban Club (2010 N Ave. Republica de Cuba, Ybor City) starting at 5 p.m. Headliners are roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo, above, blues and folk singer Ruthie Foster and piano-boogie hero the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz. But with 46 bands on eight stages around Ybor, you'll find something for everyone. $40 at the door; $16 after 11 p.m.; youth tickets $12. Shows at Orpheum and New World Brewery are $10. For details see

Volf Roitman memorial tribute: This retrospective exhibit of the internationally known artist (and Tampa Bay resident) who recently passed away shows off some of his best geometric abstract art. A reception is 7 to 9 p.m. at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs. Free for members, $10 nonmembers.

Masks of Mystery: ARTpool's monthly art party features a fashion show of original masks — you can even get a mask painted on your face. Tickets are $15 at the door. Fashion show starts at 10 p.m. at 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878.

Beam Beach Bash & BBQ: Get barbecued ribs, brisket and pulled pork, all with a splash of Jim Beam bourbon, at the retro chic Postcard Inn, home of Wildwood Barbecue and Burger, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. General admission is $45 and starts at 8 p.m.; VIP is $65 at 6 p.m.

Kids and family

Good Dog Day! Have some free fun with your four-legged family members at Centennial Park in Ybor City starting at 9 a.m. Get dog training tips, contests, dog pedicures, Ask-the-Vet, and adoptable pets. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome.

To watch

WNBA: Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks, 2 p.m., ESPN2: Yes, the 14th season tips off. No, we don't know anything about it.

SEASON FINALE Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC: After Betty White finally made it on, any other host this season is doomed to fail. Can't wait to see who gets fired over the summer!

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for May 15 05/14/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 14, 2010 11:24pm]
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