Things to do today
Florida Strawberry Festival It's not all shortcake and jam. Today's menu includes country singer Aaron Tippin at 3:30 p.m. ($10-$15) and Bill Medley, best-known as the Righteous Brother with the rich baritone, at 7:30. ($15-$20). Festival admission is $10; $5 ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger with paid adult. See flstrawberryfestival.com.
Driving Miss Daisy The new American Stage production weaves the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rich Jewish widow and her black chauffeur. Previews start at 7:30 tonight and the show runs through April 18 at 163 Third St. N in St. Petersburg. $26-$45. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
Portugal. The Man Another bunch of notable Wasilla, Alaska, residents, these fellas of the last frontier offer a careening prog-rock sound, complete with high-pitched vocals, soul-selling psychedelica and electronic flourishes. See them tonight with Port O'Brien and The Dig at 9 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15 (813) 241-8600.
Matisyahu The Hasidic Jewish reggae musician performs an acoustic set at 10 p.m. at Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Pete. 933flz.com.
Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival There will be 10,000 pounds of "mudbugs" and a wooden dance floor for two-stepping to music by the Porch Dogs, Geno Delafose and the French Rockin' Boogie and more. Plus, crawfish races and eating contests. It starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday ($12), noon Saturday ($15) and noon Sunday ($12). 10 and younger free. Vinoy Park along St. Petersburg's waterfront. (727) 892-5798.
Navy Week Kickoff Party Get to know your sailors better Friday night with free tours of the SS American Victory and the music of the Navy's own rock band, Pride. Festivities begin about 5 p.m. at 705 Channelside Drive in Tampa. It's a kickoff for next week as the sailors take over the bay area with events and appearances daily. For information, visit navyweek.org/tampa2010.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]