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Jamie Foxx: The funny man and actor sings, too. Expect to hear cuts from his third album, Intuition, when he brings his Blame It tour to Morsani Hall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa at 8 tonight. Tickets start at $56.50. (813) 229-7827.

Depeche Mode: The British electro-popsters draw on nearly three decades of dark, synth-based hits, such as Enjoy the Silence, Master And Servant and Strangelove. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. $43.50-$83.50. (813) 740-2446.

The Beach Boys: The '60s band of surf rock and sunshine pop still brings the harmonies. This concert is part of the Rays Summer Concert Series after the 7:08 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. The concert is free with game admission. 1-888-326-7297.

m Gecko Fest: Gulfport's whimsical sendoff to summer is like Mardi Gras meets the Renaissance Festival, with vendors, street performers, live music, a walking parade and a street dance. All with bug-eyed, colorful lizards everywhere. The family festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Beach Boulevard area of Gulfport. Free admission, parking. (727) 322-5217; geckofest.com.

Celebrate Oldsmar: If you're not into geckos, check out Celebrate Oldsmar, a down-home festivity from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park on the shore of Tampa Bay in Oldsmar. The event will feature live music by the Funk Shway party band and includes pony rides, inflatables, a carnival and food concessions. The evening will conclude with a dazzling display of fireworks. Admission and parking are free. Bring your own seating. For more information, call Oldsmar Leisure Services at (813) 749-1260.

Free acting class: The Patel Conservatory is offering free acting classes Tuesday and Wednesday. Adults will be taught by playwright and actor Jim Rayfield from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and teens will have their classes with acting teacher David O'Hara from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Those in grades 7-12 can participate in Wednesday's class. Though the classes are free, registration is required; call (813) 222-6453. The conservatory is in downtown Tampa, at 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place.

Tampa Bay area events 08/30/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 30, 2009 8:26pm]
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