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Tampa Bay area's got a week full of 'American Idol' spawn

You just thought 'Idol' was over: Our theme this week: American Idol spawn. First up, American Idols Live returns to the St. Pete Times Forum on Tuesday with the top 10 contestants from Season 8. That means not only winner Kris Allen, but all the Anoop Desai, Adam Lambert and Megan Joy you can handle. Show is at 7 p.m. $36.75-$65.75. (813) 301-2500; stpetetimesforum.com. On Friday, Disney pop princess Demi Lovato joins Idol runner-up David Archuleta, also at 7 p.m. at the Forum. $36.75-$46.75. Saturday, Chris Daughtry, who famously did not win Idol, rocks the Trop. Show starts after the 4:10 p.m. game with the Kansas City Royals. Free with game admission; rays.mlb.com.

Another week, another candidate forum: With less than six weeks until the Sept. 1 mayoral forum, St. Petersburg Preservation will host a discussion with the candidates Wednesday. The candidates will hear brief presentations from the group and then have five minutes to state their positions on preservation. The candidates will then answer questions. Most of the 10 candidates have confirmed their attendance. The free public event starts at 7 p.m. at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. N. Call (727) 824-7802 to reserve a seat.

Snoop Dogg in DA Hizzle: It's been more than 15 years since Gin & Juice hit the airwaves. Since then, Snoop Dogg's "Snoop Speak" has worked its way into pop culture. His voice has turned up on King of the Hill. He played Huggy Bear in the Starsky & Hutch remake and starred as himself in an episode of Weeds. He's even got his own iPhone app, iFizzle. Now, Snoop Dogg — a.k.a. Calvin Broadus — brings his "Blazed & Confused" tour to the USF Sun Dome on Friday. Also featuring Slightly Stoopid, Steven Marley and Mickey Avalon. 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets ($35) available through Ticketmaster.

Leepa Retrospective: The Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, on the St. Petersburg College campus at 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, opens a 70-year retrospective of the works of Allen Leepa with a tribute at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Fine Arts lobby. The exhibition is part of the museum's permanent collection and will remain on view through Aug. 30 in the North Gallery, Museum Lobby Gallery and the Leepa: Abstract Dialogues Gallery. For information, call (727) 712-5762.

Query candidates via video: Do you have something to ask the candidates for mayor of St. Petersburg? Here's your chance to record a question. The St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9 will present a televised "Conversation with the Candidates" on Aug. 19 from the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. The event will include one-minute questions from residents captured on video. Today, the Times will record questions from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Times Printing Plant, 1301 34th St. N (entrance off 13th Avenue N); and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium at the downtown Times office, 490 First Ave. S. Please check in at the security desk at both locations and prepare your one-minute question in advance.

Tampa Bay area's got a week full of 'American Idol' spawn 07/26/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 26, 2009 7:49pm]
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