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5 things to do in June

1 Princess of Parodies: Traci Kanaan, the classically trained pianist from Berea, Ohio, who now uses, by her own admission, her $60,000 college degree to whip out silly ditties, will be the headliner at Girls Night Out, the annual comedy show, now in its third year, at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. Joining her will be Long Island Mary and Robin Savage. The show will be at 8 p.m. June 21. Tickets range from $10 to $16. Warning: Parodies aren't always good, clean, G-rated fun. If you squirm at jokes about large breasts (which she has), you should probably take a pass on this one. To get more information or to buy tickets, visit or call (813) 269-1310.

2 Laser Spectacular: We all remember listening to the music of Pink Floyd. Well, some of us remember. The band's not coming to town but their music is — along with a multimedia laser and light show. So, if you want to feel like you did all those years ago, check out the concert at 8 p.m. June 22 at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. LaserSpectacular features music from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Learn more at

3 Do you feel pretty? West Side Story forever changed musical theater and remains as powerful as ever. A production is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, June 21 and 23. Get details at

4 Summer Nights: It's that time of year again when Busch Gardens rocks the night with music and fireworks. It starts June 8 and is included with your Busch Gardens buy-for-a-day-and-c'mon-down-all-summer pass. For Florida residents, they are $85; kids 3-9 are $77. For details and tickets, visit

5 Now for Dad! Father's Day is June 16 and there are a lot of options out there on how to treat that special man in your life who's a dad. If you want to stay on the water outdoors, King Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, invites Dads to cruise for free (F-R-E-E) on many excursions Father's Day weekend, including sunset, Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa and harbor cruises. For more information, call King Fisher Fleet at (941) 639-0969. Or, if you want to look at sea life indoors, dads get in free (with the purchase of a paid admission) to the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. There are more than 20,000 creatures to amaze you. Find details at Or, if he's more into baseball than all-things fishy, the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Kansas City Royals at the Trop at 1:40 p.m.

Patti Ewald

5 things to do in June 05/21/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 5:51pm]
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