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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 23

Natalie Merchant: The former 10,000 Maniacs singer is all about poetry, not pop culture, in her first tour in seven years. You'll hear tunes from her new album, Leave Your Sleep, at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$60. (727) 791-7400.

Irene Ziegler: Hers is the voice you've grown to love (and hate) on your cell phone GPS, but try not to yell at her. Meet the playwright, actor and author of Rules of the Lake and Ashes to Water at 6 p.m. today at the Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 Central Ave., Tampa. Free.

Jaws 35th Anniversary: Relive the chomptastic blockbuster from 1975 with a screening and celebration Friday. Things kick off at 6 p.m. in the Cleveland Street district, where talk will turn to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's dolphin Winter, who will soon be a movie star, too. Jaws rolls at 7:45 p.m. at the historic Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Price is $2, though donations are appreciated.

Dog Swim Day: The doggie paddle rules the pool Saturday when Fossil Park offers leash-free swimming and play before the pool closes for the season. Bring proof of vaccinations and register for one of three 90-minute sessions, held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $5 per session. Sorry, no humans in the pool. (727) 893-7732.

Date Night

Music: Pro surfer turned soft rock star Jack Johnson is the reigning king of good vibrations. His To the Sea tour comes to the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa at 7 p.m. Wednesday. $35-$55. (813) 740-2446. You'll be Lost in Love with the smoochie smooth sounds of Air Supply at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $65. (727) 822-3590.

Kids and Family

Summer Safari Nights at the Zoo: On Friday enjoy free rides after 5 p.m. and see which animals are more active at night. Included with Lowry Park Zoo admission at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. www.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 23 08/22/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 22, 2010 6:16pm]
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