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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 9

Tropical Heatwave: Nearly 60 artists, headlined by Cracker, will take over Ybor City for the 30th anniversary of this historied music festival. It starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at venues in and around the Cuban Club. $30 advance, $40 at the gate; $12 ages 12-20. For a full schedule,

The Passion of the Crawford: John Epperson is drag royalty as Lypsinka, who will re-create a 1973 interview with Joan Crawford at 8 p.m. Monday at the Asolo in Sarasota. $30-$55. (941) 351-9010

Kris Kristofferson: The actor has never been one to boast about his sandpaper voice, but his songwriting is legendary (Me and Bobby McGee). A rare bay area show is 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Theatre. $39.50 and $49.50. (813) 274-8982.

Date night

Comedy: Billy Gardell, a.k.a. Mike from the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, has shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at Side Splitters in Tampa; $23-$28; (813) 960-1197. Best known for his role as Det. James Carter in the Rush Hour movies, Chris Tucker performs at 8 and 11 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; $45.75 and $65.75; (727) 892-5798. See Saturday Night Live veteran Colin Quinn at 9 p.m. Friday at the Club at Treasure Island; $30; (727) 367-4511.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: You can have your Shakespeare two ways: In the round at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, opening at 7 p.m. Friday. $32-$47. (727) 498-5205. Or as a fantasy ballet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz in Tampa ($15, (813) 229-7827).

Florida Orchestra: Start off with John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony, with its pervasive fear about the atomic bomb, followed by Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, with its lush, romantic melodies. Might want to get there early for the preconcert conversation to hear it all explained, starting at 7 p.m. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337.

Kids and family

John Levique Pirate Days: The festival features a pirate sea battle, street parade, treasure hunt and costume contests. On Friday, there's a Pirates Ball ($15), but the rest of the time admission is free (food and drink extra). It's 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk on Madeira Beach. (727) 322-5217.

More to explore

Contests! You can win four tickets to the Katy Perry concert or a stay Memorial Weekend at Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach. Find links at tampa

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 9 05/08/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 8, 2011 9:07pm]
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