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Things to do Wednesday at the Tampa RNC

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Conversations With the Next Generation: Chelsea Clinton and George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are among the guests of this town hall event at the Improv in Ybor City at 2:30 p.m. Invitation only.

Kid Rock: The lovable bad boy will be reeling and rocking at Liberty Plaza at Morgan and Whiting streets tonight. Invitation only.

Lifetime McCain party: One of the hottest shindigs of the week — co-sponsored by the Lifetime Network, Cindy McCain and daughter Meghan — has country singer Sara Evans as the headliner and Sen. John McCain at the Glazer Children's Museum tonight. It benefits Got Your 6, a nonpartisan organization that helps the military reintegrate into civilian life. Visit Invitation only.

Mav Bash: Another hot-ticket party tonight is put on by Maverick PAC, the George P. Bush-founded group targeting conservative young professionals. Joining Bush are Pam Bondi, Connie Mack IV, Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam and Austin Scott of Georgia, at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. Invitation only.

Ayla Brown: When the RNC resumes at 7 p.m., the Season 5 American Idol alum (and eldest daughter of Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts), will sing the national anthem.

Cocktail Party: The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is closing early, at 3 p.m. today, to make way for an RNC cocktail party. It's super secret, but it's rumored to be for major donors. It'll be really early for a cocktail party, beginning about 4:30 and ending at 7:30 so guests can move on to the convention. Invitation only.

Huffington Post Jobs Panel and Exhibition: A panel moderated by Tom Brokaw will discuss bipartisan solutions to the jobs crisis with an invitation-only luncheon, and the public can check out the job creation exhibition set up afterward at Tampa's Cuban Club. Lunch panel includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

Home Runs for Happy Kids: With the Rays out of town to play the Rangers, this private party at Tropicana Field starts at 10:30 a.m. with politicos and big donors indulging in batting practice and some fielding while they mingle with members of Congress and other VIPs. Proceeds benefit Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Foundation.

Documentaries: The documentary Our Sacred Honor will be introduced by Sen. Rick Santorum at 1 p.m. today, and The Gift of Life will be introduced by Gov. Mike Huckabee at 4 p.m. today at the Citizens United Theater at Liberty Plaza, 180 S Morgan St., Tampa, within walking distance of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Register for free tickets at

Impact Film Festival: At 10 a.m., the nonpartisan festival at Channelside Cinemas screens Electoral Dysfunction, in which political humorist Mo Rocca sets out on a road trip to see how voting works — and doesn't work — in America. At 2 p.m. see HBO's 41, the first documentary to tell George H.W. Bush's story in his own words. See a schedule and get free tickets at

Salute to Pro-Israel Elected Officials: The Republican Jewish Coalition, backed by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, will feature the top leadership of the House and Senate, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Tampa-Westshore ballroom in Tampa. Invitation only.


Tenor Philip Alongi's name was misspelled Tuesday.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Things to do Wednesday at the Tampa RNC 08/28/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 7:35pm]
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