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Things to do Wednesday, July 2

To do today

Chris Rock Sure, this is going to be an HBO special soon, but don't you want to see the best comic of his generation in person? Rock brings his acclaimed No Apologies tour to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center at 7:30 tonight and Thursday to Morsani Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $55.50-$99.50. (813) 229-7827.

Tampa Bay Rays The nation turns its baseball eyes to the Trop again tonight for Game 3 between two of the best teams in baseball. Since it's the Boston Red Sox at 7:10, it's a premium game. Tickets start at $14 advance, $16 at door. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297;

Ringo Starr The ex-Beatle has assembled one of his best gold-plated backup bands for his All Starr Band tour this year with Billy Squier, Gary Wright, Edgar Winter, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette and Colin Hay. Ringo gets a lot of help from his friends at 8 tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.

The Black Dahlia Murder The death metal Ozzfest alums play Jannus Landing tonight at 5 in St. Petersburg with Kataklysm, Whitechapel, Vader, Born of Osiris, Aborted, The Faceless and Psycroptic. Tickets are $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Patriotic Concert Let's get this national birthday party started on a respectful note (but there are indoor fireworks promised). Presented by the Celebration Choir, Children's Choirs and featured soloists, this program of patriotic tunes begins at 6:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 595-3421.

Coming up

Clearwater Celebrates America Coachman Park will have two days of patriotic celebration this year, with Thursday's musical Independence Day celebration from B.K. Jackson (6:15 p.m.), Paul Brown (7:30 p.m.) and Eric Darius (9:15 p.m.). Free, $20 reserved. (727) 562-4700. Followed by Friday's much louder party starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Mostly Pops Orchestra and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.

Crue Fest Motley Crue are bringing Papa Roach, Trapt, Sixx:Am along for the ride, but Thursday's gig at the Ford Amphitheatre also will let fans try out the newest Rock Band game, playing a bassist, guitarist, drummer or vocalist. The top-scoring players will win a chance to play Rock Band onstage as opening act for the headliners. All contestants must be 13 years or older. The show Thursday starts at 5 p.m. at Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$95. (813) 740-2446.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]

Things to do Wednesday, July 2 07/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:06am]
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