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Things to do in Tampa Bay on May 8

Behind the Blind Side: The woman who inspired Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning performance is coming to Tampa for Metropolitan Ministries' annual Bridge Builders Benefit for the homeless. See Leigh Anne and Collins Tuohy, the real-life adoptive mother and sister of Michael Oher, at 8 p.m. at the Straz Center. Tickets start at $37.50 at

Jason Castro: The dreadlocked American Idol finalist brings his folksy pop to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater at 7:30 p.m. $15. (727) 791-7400.

Craft Beer Fest: Here come the suds at the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou's craft beer fest with 100 handcrafted beers, plus a wine tasting and sampling of Cajun foods and jazz music. It's $30, or $10 for designated drivers, at 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Starts at 2 p.m.

Date night

600 Block party: After almost falling into urban oblivion, the 600 block of St. Petersburg's Central Avenue is having a coming-out party tonight to celebrate its rebirth of 40 shops and businesses, including Daddy Kool Records, the funky Vitale Brothers art studio and the new Local 662, a bar and live music venue. There will be food vendors, a stage for live music and a fashion show from 6 to 11 p.m. See

Kids and family

Math at the Mall: This promises to be a fun (yes, math can be fun) mathematical journey through the Westfield Brandon Town Center for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. It's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the mall at 459 Brandon Town Center.

To watch

Rescued, 8 p.m., CNN: Soledad O'Brien hits the road with Wyclef Jean to document poor children in Haiti. The world has had, like, eight natural disasters since then, so please forgive us for forgetting.

Mongolian Death Worm, 9 a.m., SyFy: Somewhere, some network exec is dreaming up original movie titles by picking Mad Libs and then checking his or her pockets for loose change to produce them.

More to explore

Kids gotta eat — free! Find places like participating Quiznos (call before you go) and other restaurants at

Things to do in Tampa Bay on May 8 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 7:35pm]
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