Hair: Pull out the tie-dye and peace symbols for the tribal love rock musical, marking 25 years of American Stage in the Park. Previews tonight and Thursday are pay-what-you-can at 8 p.m. You can bring your dog tonight, at Demens Landing, St. Petersburg. $11-$27; (727) 823-7529.
Peelander-Z: They bill themselves as a "Japanese action comic punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander." They take the stage (in costume) with Party Time at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Mark Twain Himself: A Benefit for Haitian Relief: The man who once said, "Always do right — this will gratify some people, and astonish the rest" — or at least someone who looks like him — will take the stage at the Studio@620 for Haitian relief on the 100th anniversary of Twain's death. Show is 7 p.m. at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20 (more or less as you are able). (727) 867-7961.
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Royal Lipizzan Stallions: Time is running out to see the fabulous white Lipizzans during their training in Myakka City. It's free, but donations are appreciated. Get details at hlipizzans.com for the Herrmann Lipizzan Ranch, 32755 Singletary Road in Myakka City.
American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox It's time for Idol Gives Back, so you feel a little less guilty about loafing on your recliner watching people desperate for material success sell out the last shreds of their dignity. Hey, we're all for it.
Top Chef Masters, 10 p.m., Bravo Six chefs work to reinvent classic pub food at a tavern in L.A. First step: Make fish and chips that are actually good.
Stomp: With the musical stylings of garbage cans, hub caps, brooms and paint cans, this rambunctious dance and rhythm show comes to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Friday through Sunday. $24-$54. (727) 892-5767.
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