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Things to do in Hillsborough, April 1-7

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Spring break on the AmVic: Students can play on the American Victory ship, where they'll go on a scavenger hunt, walk the planks and make crafts, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive. $10, $8 for seniors/veterans, $5 for ages 12 and younger. Call (813) 228-8766.

Makeover days: Stop by during your lunch break to enjoy the exhibition and get a makeover with organic products as part of the museum exhibit "Natural Fashion: Art and the Body," by Hans Silvester, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St. $4, free for museum members. Call (813) 221-2222.

The Wiz: The youth theater will perform a contemporary, pop culture version of The Wiz, a retelling of the classic The Wizard of Oz, 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Patel Conservatory, 1010 N MacInnes Place. The cast features conservatory students ages 13 to 19. Tickets start at $10. Call (813) 222-1002.

Friday concert series: O Som do Jazz, Larue Nickelson and Jeremy Powell kick off the eight-week music series from 7 to 9 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. The concerts are pet-friendly and family-oriented. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and friends. Free.

Cheese tasting: Explore the world of blue cheeses, 7 p.m. at Cheese Please, 4213 S Manhattan Ave. $20, reservations required. Call (813) 766-0060.

Jersey Boys: This is the story of how four blue-collar kids, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy De Vito and Nick Massi, wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and became the Four Seasons, selling more than 175 million records worldwide, 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $44.50. Also at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Al Jackson and Rahn Ramey: Jackson delivers his edgy comedy with a laid-back vibe and big smile. Comic veteran Ramey has opened for various musical acts and appeared in comedy specials and movies throughout the years, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15 to $17. Also at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 864-4000.

Art House: In its 13th year, this event allows the community to visit the open studios and galleries of University of South Florida's visual arts program to peruse student-produced paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and ceramics alongside live music, performances, food and drink, 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Music Recital Hall FAH 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-2360.

02 Saturday

Ruskin PetFest: Full off-leash event with vendors and contests including pet fashion, silly pet tricks and pet-owner look-alikes, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dr. Ott's Off-Leash Dog Park, Third Avenue and 21st Street SE, Ruskin. Free. Benefits Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort (CARE) no-kill animal shelter. Call (813) 661-2458.

Plant fest: "It's All in the Cards'' flower and bromeliad show, combined with plant fest, with educational displays, vendors with flowers, houseplants, orchids, herbs, garden art, pottery and more from local artists; bring your garden tools for sharpening, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Free, fee for sharpenings. Also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Discover the past: Get a hands-on experience of what it was like to go to school in 1890s rural Florida on this visit to the Castalia Schoolhouse and other stops at this outdoor living history museum, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 N U.S. 301. $7, $6 for seniors and ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger. Call (813) 627-4225.

Stamp and coin expo: Stamps, picture postcards, stamp covers, coins, currency from across the globe will be shown and sold. Free starter stamps for junior collectors. Appraisals also available. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 4732 N Dale Mabry. Free. Also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Wizards, warriors and commoners populate a replica of a 16th century village featuring entertainment on multiple stages, including street theater and human chess matches, as well as art, crafts and other vendors, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 4801 E Fowler Ave. This weekend's theme is "Wonders of the World" with a World Market, belly dance competition and a juggling competition. Adult tickets are $14.95 in advance and $17.95 at the gate. Ages 5 to 12 are $6.95 in advance and $9.95 at the gate; $10 per pet. Call (813) 983-0111.

Splash Bash: Get the kids in a swimsuit for a splashing bash filled with a mermaid on wheels, a swashbuckling pirate, a parade of giant fishes and a crew of entertainers performing interactive dances and Hula Hoop contests, 1 p.m. every weekend in April at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Included with admission, $19.95, $16.95 for seniors, $14.95 for ages 3 to 12. Call (813) 273-4000.

Hub grub ride: A meet-up style bike ride where participants stop for a meet and greet, enjoy a quick snack, grab brochures and pedal again. All participants must wear a helmet and ride a road-worthy bike, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave. $5 (food and drink additional). Call (813) 234-1000.

Art on 19th Street: The first Saturday of the month, painter Arnold Martinez of Arnold Martinez Gallery and jewelry maker Dan Balk of Singing Stone Gallery will open their studios to the public to discuss their work, 4 p.m. at 1903 N 19th St. Other artists will provide live art demonstrations and live music. Free. Call (813) 247-2787.

Man on the Moon: Artists and entertainers come together for this annual creative and performing arts showcase, a hybrid event featuring more than 75 local artists and live art and dance performances, 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. This year's theme will revolve around alternative looks at historical events. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white to the event. $4 donation. Call (813) 394-0559.

Imagination gala: A VIP reception for sponsors followed by an evening of live entertainment, dancing and fine cuisine, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $200. Benefits the Glazer Children's Museum. Call (813) 443-3805.

98 Rockfest: This rock concert will feature 1990s alternative rockers 3 Doors Down, South African metal band Seether, three-time Grammy nominees Stone Sour, Vancouver trio Theory of a Deadman, contemporary Christian rockers Skillet, hard rock quartet Halestorm and five-piece rock group Art Of Dying, 7 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $30 to $128. Call (813) 301-2500.

Bob Ryman: Fiddler Bob Ryman performs everything from bluegrass to Broadway and sprinkles his show with comedy, 7 p.m. at Red Rose Ballroom, 2011 N Wheeler St. $65 for dinner and show. Call (813) 752-3141.

Sunset Cinema: Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, well-behaved pets and the family to watch Despicable Me on a 50-foot inflatable screen, 8 p.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. Free. Alcohol not permitted. Visit

03 Sunday

Talking Animals Festival: Bring your dog to the second annual WMNF festival featuring area bands playing animal related songs, pet adoptions, animal art, food, speakers, contests, exhibitions and raffles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard. Free. Call (813) 238-8001.

Seminole Heights home tour: Drive, walk or bicycle through this urban neighborhood where visitors can view new construction and historic homes that have been restored, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Seminole Heights Garden Center, 5800 N Central Ave. $10 in advance, $15 the day of event. Call (813) 274-8518.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life at 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Donations accepted. Call (813) 254-1891.

"Developing Passions" film series: A film series with discussion by USF faculty members and practicing clinicians. This month features Hiroshima Mon Amour, 2 p.m. at University of South Florida Medical School, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-3657.

Tampa Oratorio Singers: The choir presents an Easter concert, featuring Antonin Dvorak's Stabat Mater, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center. $9. Call (813) 634-1252.

Viva La Musica: Busch Gardens' series of Grammy and Latin Grammy-award winning acts performing salsa, merengue, reggaeton and more. This portion features Ismael Miranda, 5 p.m. at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Included with park admission. Visit

Afro-Cuban All Stars: A multi-generational big band, the Afro-Cuban All Stars incorporate the full spectrum of Latin dance music, including mambo, cha cha, salsa, rumba, son montuno, timba, guajira, danzon, abakaua and bolero, 7 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets are $24.75. Call (813) 229-7827.

04 Monday

Film screening: The film Race to Nowhere looks inside our schools where cheating is commonplace, students have stress-related illnesses, depression and arrive at college unprepared and uninspired, 6:30 p.m. at Channelside Cinemas 10, 615 Channelside Drive Suite 123. Roundtable discussion follows the viewing. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (813) 221-0700.

05 Tuesday

Playing in the Park: Each month showcases kid-friendly versions of Zumba, a kids boot camp, yoga, karate and hip-hop dancing, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. There will also be free healthy snacks and live music for the "cool down" at 6:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the park. Free. Call (813) 221-3686.

07 Thursday

Rock the park: Rock the Park is a monthly music series showcasing Tampa's musical talents of all genres in combination with free admission to the Tampa Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Free.

Steve-O: The outrageous Jackass stuntman knew he wanted to entertain people at a young age. He brings his large personality to the stage in a high-energy stand-up routine, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $22 to $25. Call (813) 864-4000.

Moe.: After a stint of touring dingy Buffalo area college bars, Moe. carved a niche for itself in the nationwide pop/Americana scene, 8:30 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 ­E Seventh Ave. $23. Call (813) 247-2555.

Aaron Lewis: Lewis, of the rock band Staind, recently released solo single Country Boy. He'll perform from his debut solo country album, 10 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road. Show is standing room and 21 and up only. $35. Call toll-free 1-866-502-7529.


Special Olympics Family Festival

A day of family fun activities including giant lawn bowling, a steeple­chase course, children's play park, waterfront boat rides, mini golf, giant croquet game, animal petting zoo, giant air rides, arcade games, Frisbee golf and family picnic areas, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $5 suggested donation benefits Special Olympics. Call (352) 243-9536.

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