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Things to do in Tampa Bay from April 4-10

FC Tampa Bay: That's Football Club Tampa Bay, the new professional soccer team that calls Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg home. Kick off the season with a party at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg, where you can meet the team and hit the cash bar. 21 and older only. Free. Then check out the home game against Montreal at 7 p.m. Saturday. $10-$18. (813) 287-1539.

X Factor auditions: If you dream of being on Simon Cowell's new talent show, head to the Bank United Center in Miami. Get there on Wednesday to try for a wristband for Thursday auditions. To register, visit

Date Night

Comedy: Absolutely nothing is too crazy for Jackass stuntman Steve-O, who is guaranteed to do something stupid Thursday through Sunday at the Improv in Tampa. $22-$25. (813) 864-4000. Then Seinfeld co-hort and Marriage Ref host Tom Papa hits the Club at Treasure Island at 9 p.m. Friday. $30. (727) 367-4511.

Harry Connick Jr.: Must be New Orleans week in Tampa Bay. The sexy crooner who was born in the Big Easy brings his bluesy voice and funky jazz piano to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Friday. $50-$115. (727) 791-7400. Then …

Tampa Bay Blues Fest: Close your eyes and you'll be at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The fest wraps up Sunday with five big NOLA acts, including Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty. Gates open in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park at noon Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. $30. VIP available. Lineup at

Florida Orchestra Pops: It's A Night at the Copa, with spicy Latin dance rhythms including the cha-cha and tango. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337.

Kids and Family

Two Dollar Target Tuesday: This replaces the free Tuesdays (now reserved for kids in need) at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. It'll cost just $2 for ages 1 and older from 2 to 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

Tum Tum Pa: Think Lady Gaga tunes by Stomp. Teams of four USF students will make music using only school supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks, staplers, rubber bands and rulers to become desk drumming champions. It's at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Gray's College Bookstore, 2836 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. Free.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay from April 4-10 04/03/11 [Last modified: Sunday, April 3, 2011 8:41pm]
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