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Things to do in Tampa Bay week of April 26

Music: Blues Traveler's John Popper, above, is half the man he used to be since he lost 200 pounds but his soulful warble is as robust as ever. The show is 7 tonight at State Theatre in St. Petersburg; $24; (727) 895-3045. Then the creepy yet irresistible ZZ Top will spin their "White Fuzzies" (guitars, not beards) after the Rays take on Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at the Trop. Concert is free with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297;

Riverdance: The musical that brought Irish step dancing to the world kicks off its "15th anniversary farewell tour" (for real?) at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater; $50-$70. (727) 791-7400;

Sci-Fi Convention: Sci-fi geeks can meet Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) and William Morgan Sheppard (Star Trek). Starts at 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa. $36-$60 (autograph and photo sessions additional). Schedule at

New World Symphony: The Florida Orchestra shows up your high school band version of this energetic favorite by Dvorak. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday at Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20-$67. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

kids and family

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: The colorful, growing event has dozens of local teams and paddlers from across the United States and Canada. It's free to watch the 450-meter races on the Garrison Channel in Tampa, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bonus! Hit the International Food and Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in nearby Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.

date night

Sea Grapes: Drink like a fish at this Florida Aquarium fundraiser with more than 100 wines, noshes from 20 bay area restaurants and live jazz. It's 8 p.m. Saturday at the aquarium in Channelside. $95. (813) 273-4030.

more to explore

Feel the heat? That means time is running out to find summer camps. Scan the huge list at

Things to do in Tampa Bay week of April 26 04/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 25, 2010 9:05pm]
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