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Things to do today at Tampa RNC (Aug. 30)

Journey: The '80s balladeers have a VIP-only show that's expected to cap a week of entertainment at Liberty Plaza. This "wheels up" bash will be in the swank party zone at the corner of Whiting and Morgan streets.

Zac Brown Band: The Grammy-winning country group (who sold out the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in January) will be brought in today by the American Petroleum Industry for its Fueling the Future party at a cruise ship terminal at the Port of Tampa. The nonpartisan event is part of API's Vote4Energy campaign, designed to urge leaders to invest in alternatives to foreign oil, including natural gas, nuclear energy and biofuels.

A Salute to Entrepreneurs: One of the most anticipated hobnob gatherings of the week, this celebration of billionaire industrialist David Koch, one of the founding benefactors of Americans for Prosperity, and Art Pope, AFP's chairman, will be at 4 p.m. at CAMLS, 124 S Franklin St., in Tampa. Go to for invite.

Education in America: Condoleezza Rice, Jeb Bush, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and more are on this high-powered panel, which is part of the Bloomberg Host Committee series, today at 2 p.m. at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. Get invite from

Beach party with Andy Grammer: The New York and Virgin Island delegations are ending their RNC stay with a beach party today at noon at the Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach with pop cutie Andy Grammer (his single Keep Your Head Up made a mini-viral splash last year through an interactive video starring Rainn Wilson from The Office). Invite only.

Back to Reagan '80s Party: With a Back to the Future-themed poster, this late-night party hosted by Americans for Tax Reform — founded by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist — promises to transport partiers back to the Reagan days. Held in hip Ybor City, we hope Marty McFly can get his hover board over there, past all the Ghostbuster-like security detail. Invite only.

Salute to Republican Governors: The Republican Jewish Coalition, a group backed by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, will focus on some of the leading governors at 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Tampa-Westshore ballroom in Tampa. Invite only.

Celebrate American Innovation: Google & the YG Network host this celebration of innovators at the Tampa Museum of Art at 9 p.m. The YG Network, which is run by two former top aides of Eric Cantor, has spent thousands this election on issue-based ad buys. Invite only.

Occupy Unmasked: The premiere of this documentary was pushed back from Monday by Tropical Storm Isaac. See it today at 2 p.m. at the Citizens United Theater at Liberty Plaza, 180 S Morgan St., Tampa. Get tickets at

They Come to America: The documentary on illegal immigration will be shown at 1 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Free admission; see

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Things to do today at Tampa RNC (Aug. 30) 08/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 8:03pm]
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