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Things to do in Tampa Bay the week of April 19

Music: Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama bring their Southern gospel music to Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa at 8 p.m. Friday; $20 in advance, $25 at door; (813) 977-6474. On Saturday, stick around after the Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays for the first concert of the season: classic rocker John Fogerty. Included with game admission;

Also Saturday, the Parrotheads will flock to their leader, Jimmy Buffett, at 8 p.m. at Ford Amphithea­tre in Tampa; $30-$90; (813) 740-2446.

Earth Day: On Thursday, you can honor the planet with Trashy Fashion. The runway at the Largo Cultural Center will have eco-friendly designs that contain no less than 75 percent recycled materials. See it at 5 p.m. at 105 Central Park Drive in Largo. $10. (727) 587-6793.

Stomp: A rambunctious dance and rhythm show with the musical stylings of garbage cans, hub caps, brooms and paint cans. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $24-$54. (727) 892-5767.

Date night

Pops in the Park: Pack a romantic picnic and lounge under the stars for a free Florida Orchestra concert, including Tchaikovsky's popular 1812 Overture. Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday at Compton Park and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, both in Tampa.

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 are pay-what-you-can at 8 p.m. Wednesday (dog night!) and Thursday, and it opens Saturday at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. $11-$27; (727) 823-7529.

Kids and Family

Storytelling Festival: Listen in as storytellers from across the country bring to life folktales, fables, ghost stories and tall tales. Also, a special performance by Eth-Noh-Tec, a San Francisco kinetic group that blends storytelling with physical theater. It's 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Free. (813) 931-2106.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay the week of April 19 04/16/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 18, 2010 7:07pm]
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