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Things to do on June 1: John Popper's new solo effort, Tocobaga Red Ale and a TV show premiere featuring sand castles in Sarasota

John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours: The enigmatic frontman of multiplatinum Grammy winner Blues Traveler, Popper's new solo effort is full of scrappy, roots rock. They play with Buffalo Strange today at 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045;

Brian Bradley: The audience is the star of the show in this standup comedian's improv-heavy act. Seinfeld fans might recognize Bradley as Charles the butler from the episode when George and Jerry get the green light to produce the pilot for the series based on their "nothing" lives. The show is at 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10.

Earn It Yourself Spring Into Action Tour: Local bands Bombshell Lust, a Play on Words, Dead Cat Lounge and Lions After Dark are trying out for a spot in the 2011 Kevin Says Stage for the local Warped Tour date. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8.50 online; $5 at the door. (727) 258-4829.

Date night

New beer brew party: Be the first to try new Tocobaga Red Ale at this release party that will unveil the winning label design by a local artist, chosen from almost 60 entries. 7 p.m., Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room, 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa.

To watch

SERIES PREMIERE, Haunted Collector, 9 p.m., SyFy: Paranormal investigator John Zaffis collects supposedly possessed objects for his family museum.

SERIES PREMIERE, Franklin & Bash, 9 p.m., TNT: That Mark-Paul Gosselaar, he lands on his feet. This time it's as a lawyer who is pretty theatrical in court.

SERIES PREMIERE, Love in the Wild, 10 p.m., NBC: Twenty singles are paired up in the jungle to see if they can work together.

SERIES PREMIERE, The World According to Paris, 10 p.m., Oxygen: Paris Hilton is back on TV. Excuse us while finish folding yesterday's wrinkled laundry.

SERIES PREMIERE, Sand Masters, 10 p.m., Travel: Six artists who build sand sculptures go to Sarasota to create a scene for the circus.

Coming up

World Oceans Day: Officially, the worldwide celebration is June 8, but kid-centered activities abound this weekend to learn about this important resource. The Florida Aquarium will have educational activities, scavenger hunts and text message games about responsible fishing and the importance of healthy coral reefs Saturday and Sunday. The Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota is having a family festival Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Pier Aquarium on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. will have a special ocean-themed story time and musical guests.

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Things to do on June 1: John Popper's new solo effort, Tocobaga Red Ale and a TV show premiere featuring sand castles in Sarasota 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:27pm]
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