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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 20

Florida State Fair: Celebrate Washington's Birthday and the last day of the fair today with one more mac-and-cheese burger. Opens at 9 a.m., with free admission after 4 p.m., at the fairgrounds in Tampa. Earlier admission is $10, $5 kids, 5 and under free.

Nuclear Cowboyz: It's Broadway meets the X Games, with motocross riders doing backflips and synchronized tricks to tell a story. Shows are Friday and Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. Tickets start at $10 for kids, $20 adults. (813) 301-2500.

The Boones: First up on Tuesday is Pat Boone, who will sing and tell the stories of his more than 50-year career at 2 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg [$19.50, (727) 892-5798]. Then on Saturday, daughter Debby Boone (You Light Up My Life) does Las Vegas-style swing songs at 1 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater [$18, $25, (727) 791-7400].

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Kelly Clarkson: With two Grammys, hits like Since U Been Gone and a shining rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she's one of the few American Idol winners that doesn't make you say, "Who?" See her Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $65.50-$95. (727) 791-7400

La Cage Aux Folles: Think the movie The Birdcage, but with suntanned George Hamilton instead of Robin Williams or Nathan Lane. Opens Tuesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $47.50. (813) 229-7827.

Diana Ross: The Motown soul diva first found fame with the Supremes before a wildly successful solo career (Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I'm Coming Out). She hits the Mahaffey Theater on Friday. $65-$100. (727) 892-5798.

Florida Orchestra rocks Styx: Another in the popular series of "symphonic rock shows," former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung joins the orchestra for a night of hits, from Babe to Mr. Roboto, on Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $45, $65 and $85. (727) 791-7400.

Oscar Night America: Tampa: Glam it up for the paparazzi on the red carpet (6:30 p.m.) and schmooze with the crowd watching the Academy Awards telecast on the big screen (8 p.m.) Sunday at the Tampa Theatre. $30, $15 students with I.D. (813) 274-8982.

Kids and family

Dunedin Mardi Gras: More beads! The street party has "Big Mama's Jambalaya Jive" parade, music by Cyril Neville and the Vodkanauts and vendors starting at 5 p.m. on Fat Tuesday on Main Street in Dunedin. (Parade at 7:30.)

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Note: This article was changed to reflect the following correction: The Debby Boone show is 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. An incorrect day was listed in a calendar Monday.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 20 02/19/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2012 1:11pm]
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