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5 things to do in April

1 The Wiz under the stars

American Stage in the Park presents the Tony-award winning musical The Wiz at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, April 9 through May 4, in Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Petersburg, where the roads are paved in rock, gospel and soul. Tickets start at $15. americanstage.org.

2 It's Edith Ann

... and a whole boatload of her other alter egos when Lily Tomlin takes the stage for a one-woman show at 8 p.m. April 3 at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. And, if Edith Ann isn't your favorite, not to worry. The Oscar nominee and winner of a Grammy, two Tonys and six Emmys is sure to get to the character you loved the most. Tickets and more information: tampatheatre.org.

3 Get a Wil Myers bobblehead

You can scoop up one of this year's best giveaways — a Wil Myers Rookie of the Year bobblehead — when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. April 5 at Tropicana Field. Tickets and more information: raysbaseball.com.

4 Over the Rainbow

In yet another Oz-themed event, follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, at 7:30 p.m. April 11 to hear Rebecca Zapen and Friends put their spin on songs from The Wizard of Oz. The quartet features Jeremy Douglass on keys, Meyer Baron on vocals, Dave Hamar on drums and RZ on vocals and violin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Details and tickets: hideawaycafe.biz.

5 Tropical tunes

Jimmy Buffett's show on April 19 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre will likely be sold out by the time you read this, or if it isn't, the only tickets left are of the whole-paycheck sort, so you might want to check out Hip Abduction at 8 p.m. April 5 at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Yes, there's a little more reggae, and the sound is from a little farther south than Key West, but the tunes are happy and sure to transport you to somewhere else.

Formed in 2009 right here on the west coast of Florida, the band has quickly grown from just a few African instrument surfer tunes to a full-blown seven-piece reggae powerhouse.

Patti Ewald

5 things to do in April 03/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 7:03pm]
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