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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 23

Hair: If you sit on the aisle, expect interaction with someone wearing bell-bottoms at this rock musical about love, tolerance and flower power. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with shows through Sunday, at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50. (813) 229-7827.

Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday Party: Local bands perform 70 songs by the legend. The Mojo Gurus, Radio Free Carmela and the Transmitters and Johnny and the Wranglers get in on the action at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. (813) 977-6474.

Memorial Day weekend: Ready for a three-day weekend? Kick it off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the 97X Backyard BBQ in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. Music lineup includes Panic at the Disco and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, with volleyball, corn toss tournaments, beer and barbecue. Find free ticket outlets here: (727) 579-2000. For more holiday events:

Date night

Cage the Elephant: Chances are good that manic frontman Matt Shultz will go nuts on stage with one of America's most popular alt-rock bands. Show is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ritz Ybor. $24.50. (813) 247-2555.

Jackson Browne: Get sweet tunes like Call It a Loan, Running on Empty and Somebody's Baby with a side of social commentary at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $45.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra: It's the last offering of the season, with Brahms' Violin Concerto, Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict Overture and Barber's Adagio for Strings. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337. Bonus: The concerts are also the spring board for Intimate Collaboration: Much Ado About Nothing, a salon-style night of classical music mingling with Shakespeare at 7 p.m. Wednesday at [email protected] in St. Petersburg. $10. Reservations: (727) 895-6620.

Kids and Family

Avril Lavigne: Could she be the greatest catch in Tampa Bay Rays postgame-concert history? The pop-punk singer (Complicated, What the Hell) will play Saturday after the 4:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians. For tickets:


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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 23 05/22/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 22, 2011 5:38pm]
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