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What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Zukku freebie on Sushi Day, Benoist Fest Crawfish Boil at Flying Boat

A wine tasting at St. Petersburg coffee shop Bandit, Opa! Palooza and a Grey Goose lemonade stand...

You might want to observe International Sushi Day at Tampa’s Heights Public Market next week. Zukku will throw in one free pair of chopsticks with your purchase of some sushi. [MONICA HERNDON | Times (2018)]

Leftover ham and cannellini beans work together in this hearty stew

This one’s for you, Dad.

Ham and cannellini bean stew. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food and lifestyle editor.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Florida inspires Hotel Alba eatery the Spaniard, Screaming Jalapeno fires up Safety Harbor

What else? Everything from Kava Culture in downtown Tampa to the dining spots planned for One St.

The Spaniard, the signature restaurant at Hotel Alba, has opened in Tampa’s West Shore Business District. Florida culinary traditions and flavors inspire its innovative drinks and dishes. [Courtesy of Hotel Alba]



What’s happening on Tampa Bay stages: Comics D.L. Hughley and Emo Philips, Uptown Music Fest

Tampa Repertory Theatre also announces its ninth season.

D.L. Hughley, shown in an episode of BET’s ‘The Comedy Get Down’ in 2017, will perform at Tampa Improv this weekend. [Courtesy of BET]

Tampa Bay’s top concert picks: O.A.R., Galantis, Steel Pulse

Plus, this week brings Sleep, Remo Drive, Slushii and Gareth Emery to town.

O.A.R. will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg next week. [Courtesy of Zoe Rain]

What’s happening in Tampa Bay art: Iconic portraits at Mize Gallery, Dalí exhibition openings

Four galleries are looking for artists to include in “Skyway 2020” as well.

Chad Mize’s portrait of Keith Haring is part of the “Icons” exhibition, launching at his St. Petersburg gallery with an opening reception on Friday. [Chad Mize]



We rode the new Hagrid roller coaster at Universal’s Harry Potter world

The Harry Potter ride opens to the public on Thursday and it’s full of Easter eggs for fans.

The new Hagrid coaster opening at Universal Orlando June 13 is set in the “ruins” of an ancient Scottish castle in the world of Harry Potter. It is the longest coaster in Florida at 5,053 feet. The ride cars look like the motorbikes seen in the films, with one rider on the motorcycle and one in the sidecar. 
Times staff Sharon Kennedy Wynne

What’s happening in Tampa Bay sports: Rays show their Pride, Race the Gulf

Community kayaking, a shot at the Jell-O slide and Tampa Roller Derby round out the fun.

On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate Pride Night. The crowd from 2016 is shown here at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field. [Times (2016)]

Novelist Kristen Arnett will read from ‘Mostly Dead Things’ at UT’s Lectores series

What else? Oxford Exchange presents author Paul Wilborn with ‘Cigar City: Tales From a 1980s...

Next week, novelist Kristen Arnett plans to read from her debut novel ‘Mostly Dead Things’ during UT’s Lectores series. [Maria Jones]



Best things to do in Tampa Bay: A sudsy bar hop, more Juneteenth celebrations

Plus, the Hagrid coaster opens at Universal Orlando and Sarasota’s circus legacy is on...

Russian-born circus performer Alesya Gulevich will appear as part of the Summer Circus Spectacular, which returned to Sarasota’s Ringling Museum this week. [Courtesy of Circus Arts Conservatory]

Which movies are in Tampa Bay theaters? ‘The Dead Don’t Die,’ ‘Shaft,’ ‘Men in Black: International’

Make sure ‘Late Night’ and ‘Murder Mystery’ are on your radar as well.

Samuel L. Jackson, left, and Cliff “Method Man” Smith in New Line Cinema’s action comedy ‘Shaft.’ [Warner Bros.]

5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay: Summer movies, dog show, Pride

You can watch a movie in the pool at Flick and Float or check out the Pose Party on the Patio, too.

Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre will kick off its summer movie series with ‘The Incredibles’ on Sunday. [AP Photo/Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures]
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