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Things to do Wednesday, June 18

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True Colors Tour The tour de fabulous lands at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight with Rosie O'Donnell and Queer Eye's Carson Kressley as the comic relief and Cyndi Lauper, the B-52's, Deborah Cox and the Cliks rocking tolerance hard. See them at 7 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $85-$225. (727) 791-7400.

Tampa Bay Rays See if Sonnanstine & Co. can chip away at the Chicago Cubs' best record in baseball. They play tonight at 7:10 p.m., and because it's the Cubbies, they are prime games and tickets start at $14 advance, $16 at the door at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Rancid The California punk band's shows are legendary for their intensity, and they are getting ready to release their first album in five years, so expect lots of surprises tonight at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. Doors open at 6:30. $19.99-$22. (727) 895-3045.

Midget Chippendales This is so wrong, but we can't look away. A show of vertically challenged men stripping and strutting their stuff at James Joyce Irish Pub in Ybor City tonight with lots and lots of drink specials to quell our consciences. When you add in Thursday's night of Dwarf Cage Fighting it's starting to feel yucky. It's $5 at 1704 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City starting at 10; (813) 247-1896.

Free films Pass the popcorn, it's free movie time. You can see classic comedy with Laurel and Hardy comedy shorts. There will be free screenings of The Finishing Touch, Angora Love, Be Big and Brats, hosted by the local chapter of Sons of the Desert at 6:30 tonight at the Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Free. (813) 854-4818.

Eddie Izzard Tonight's stand-up show at 8 by the comic actor and lover of women's clothing is sold out at Tampa Theatre, but tickets occasionally are released close to the show date. Check for availability. (813) 274-8982. The theater is at 711 Franklin St., Tampa.

Frog Hop Ever wonder if those frogs outside are talking to you? Don't call the doctor, check out this talk tonight at the Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve. They will teach you to identify frogs from their "songs." There will be a brief indoor presentation followed by some time outside to practice your newfound skills at frog pick-up lines. It's free at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs and it starts at 7:30. Call (727) 453-6800 to reserve a spot.

Singles workshop You made eye contact, now what? Do you make the first move or try to look cool and approachable? The Tampa Jewish Community Center, in partnership with Tampa Bay MatchMakers, continues its series of workshops for singles. Group and individual activities will help you plan your own strategy. It's at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Jewish Community Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. Free for Tampa JCC members; $5 for non-members. Go to to RSVP or call (813) 264-9000

Wide Awoke Wednesdays This popular series of hot-topic discussions tonight takes up, "Caribbean commonalities and misconceptions." There's free refreshments and a business expo starting at 6:30 and the panel starts at 7:30 at the University of South Florida's Alumni Center-Traditions Hall, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $5;

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Coming up

Spike and Mike's Twisted Animation Leave the kids at home, these 'toons are for the jaded souls who can appreciate such delectable titles as Rats on Cocaine and Poolside Fatty. It's Friday at 10 p.m. at the Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-6697,

Maryellen Hooper The Tampa native is appearing at Sidesplitters Comedy Club this Thursday through Sunday and makes for a good date-night comic. The charming rubber-faced comedian has been on The Tonight Show numerous times, had her own special on Comedy Central and has released two CDs, Dignity Under Duress (1999) and Fixer Upper (2005). Advance tickets $10-$12, $2 additional day of show. (813) 960-1197.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Things to do Wednesday, June 18 06/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:49am]
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