Tampa bridges light up: Five bridges around downtown Tampa — including Platt, Brorein and CSX — are getting artistic lighting, which just happens to look cool for the upcoming Republican National Convention. Mayor Bob Buckhorn switches on the lights Friday in Curtis Hixon Park, followed by a free screening of The Wizard of Oz. See lightsontampa.org for a map of vistas along the Riverwalk.
Wearable Art 8: The artists-designers create one-of-a-kind art fantasies for the fashion runway. The popular show is Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, followed by an after party. $20 general admission; $35, $75 reserved. (727) 298-3322.
Heckling at the Dalí: Bring your leg warmers and biting wit Thursday for the Surreal Summer Night target movie: Flashdance. Also food and cash bar, all at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Free, but does not include gallery admission, which is $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays.
Ted Nugent: The guitar hero who is one of the most outspoken conservatives in the entertainment industry comes to town just three weeks shy of the Republican National Convention. See him Monday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $39.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.
Classic movie: Anytime you can hear the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ accompany an Alfred Hitchcock film, it's hard to resist. On Sunday, Steven Ball plays along to the silent 1927 thriller The Lodger at Tampa Theatre. $9, $7 members. (813) 274-8982.
Avenue Q: The Tony Award-winning musical kind of looks like Sesame Street, but the adult content would make Elmo blush. M.A.D. Theatre opens the production Thursday at Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $20. (813) 229-7827.
Kids and family
Last dive-in movies: Friday is your last night of the summer to catch a Dive-In Movie (The Smurfs) at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center for $4; Flick and Float (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa) at Fossil Park Pool in St. Petersburg for $4, $3.50 ages 3-12; and Flicks and Fins (Kung Fu Panda 2) at the Seminole Rec Center for $4, $3 child.
Back to School Fair: The Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa offers tips on health and safety, along with entertainment, karaoke and workshops starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The first 150 kids get a goodie bag filled with school supplies. Plus, 11-year-old author Connor Wilson will read from and sign copies of his book, A Giant Pencil. $5, which includes museum admission.
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