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  1. Weather cancels First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg


    Friday's popular Get Downtown First</span> Friday event in St. Petersburg was canceled because of the weather, according to the event website. The monthly event that closes off part of Central Avenue downtown features live music and food, with proceeds from beer and wine sales benefiting area organizations. …

  2. Bitter cold (of 50 degrees) cancels St. Pete's First</span> Friday


    Don't laugh, but St. Petersburg's First</span> Friday block party has been canceled because of the cold. …

  3. On your radar: First</span> Friday in St. Pete and an outdoors family flick


    Get Downtown First</span> Friday Music Series: The Tempests provide live music this month at the festivities between Second and Third streets on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. (727) 393-3597. …

  4. Events: Five poets to read at Inkwood on Sept. 24


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  5. Review: Pelican Pop Fe st highlights a busy First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg

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    On Friday, St. Petersburg got it right. …

  6. On your radar: free Edwin McCain show, First</span> Friday in St. Pete and 'Jaws' on a pool float


    Edwin McCain: The singer-songwriter from South Carolina, known for his ballad I'll Be performs a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. …

  7. Football: St. Petersburg Catholic 14, Poinciana 13


    St. Petersburg Catholic 14, Poinciana 13 …

  8. See photos from First</span> Friday in downtown St. Petersburg

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    Were you dancing in the streets la st night in downtown St. Petersburg? Lots of other folks were, and photographer Andrea Lypka captured photos of the monthly outdoor party,  Get Downtown. Take a look, see who was letting loose on Friday night: …

  9. Art Planner: New shows in Sarasota and a Chad Mize project at The Bends


    So much is happening in the Tampa Bay regional arts scene we forget that farther south, Sarasota remains the matriarch of the arts on Florida's we st coa st where the Ringling complex of museums and performing arts stages rules.  …

    Mabel Poblet, Simply, Beautiful, mixed media, 2015 at Tampa Museum of Art.
  10. Music planner: Luke Bryan grows up, Thee Oh Sees rock out, free shows by Icona Pop and The Maine


    Luke Bryan is almo st 40. Repeat: ALMO ST FORTY. And it took him until 2015 to end his Spring Break series of albums and concerts in Panama City?  …

    Singer-guitarist John Dwyer and his band, Thee Oh Sees, will be at Crowbar in Ybor City on Friday.
  11. Stage Planner: Openings from American Stage, Tampa Rep, the Straz, plus a little tango at the Mahaffey


    American Stage launches a new season Friday with Intimate Apparel, by Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, the first</span> in a lineup of shows in a "season of awakenings," preselected for incoming producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte. …

    Daniel Capote plays Mr. Marks, a cloth merchant who has an unspoken attraction to seamstress Esther, played by Nikole Williams, in American Stage&#8217;s production of Intimate Apparel.
  12. Plan your weekend: July 3-5


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    Fireworks light up the sky above Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.
  13. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 June 25-July 1


    1 Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail: With much fanfare, the final connection between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties opened June 22. Now joggers, cycli sts and skaters can enjoy panoramic views of Upper Tampa Bay and safe passage between Clearwater and Tampa on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The Hillsborough portion of the trail, completed in 2013, consi sts of 5.5 miles of paved sections and bridge along the south side of the causeway that runs to the Pinellas County line. There is free parking available at Ben T. Davis Beach, 7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, as well as Cypress Point Park, 5620 W Cypress St., and Skyway Park, 3901 George Road, Tampa. On the Pinellas side, it's a bit trickier, with no big parking areas available in the leadup to the causeway, but there are plans in the works to create one in the future, planners have said.  …

    Tiffany Edens, 41, of Tampa takes in the view as she climbs up the big bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. Runners, bicyclists and pedestrians can now traverse the entire span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway from Clearwater to Tampa.
  14. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 3


    Vans Warped Tour: The tour once again brings an array of dance, pop, punk, acou stic, hip-hop and alternative arti sts including, Palisades, Neck Deep, Bebe Rexha, Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Black Veil Brides and more. 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $36. …

    Crowd for the Motionless in White band at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour at Vinoy Park, Friday, July 25, 2014.  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  15. This week in Tampa: Luke Bryan, Janet Jackson, Billy Idol, Super Free style Explosion and more

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    What a massive week for music -- one of the year's bigge st pop shows (Janet Jackson), one of the year's bigge st country shows (Luke Bryan), and two fanta stic freebies (The Maine and Icona Pop) for anyone who doesn't mind standing in line. All that plus Billy Idol, Blues Traveler, The Neighbourhood, Si ster Hazel, Du stin Lynch, Randy Houser, Vacationer, Thee Oh Sees, the Chainsmokers, Butch Trucks, Jay Farrar, Bad Suns, Rodney Carrington, Lydia, Norma Jean, Toxic Holocau st and the Super Free style Explosion, featuring Stevie B, the Original Cover Girls, Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa and many more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...  …

  16. Dancin' in the street


    LARA CERRI | Times  …

    Barbara and Ryan Beck of Philadelphia dance to the tunes of The Billy Rice Band during First Friday in downtown St. Petersburg June 6, 2014. The Central Avenue crowd danced and sang along to the band, who covered tunes by The Greg Kihn Band, The Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire. The event is held between Second and Third streets South every first Friday of the month, from 5:30-10 p.m.
  17. This week in Tampa: Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, 5 Seconds of Summer and more

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    In about a week, country king Luke Bryan will take over Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre,. A kegger like that requires a few warmup parties, don’t you think? Good thing the shed has three big ones planned between now and then — 5 Seconds of Summer (above), Van Halen and Kelly Clarkson. They’re not the only big names coming to town this week, though — there’s also Pentatonix, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zappa Plays Zappa, Trivium, Tremonti, Po st Malone, El Ten Eleven, Oliver Heldens, Lil Durk, Afroman and more. Here to walk you through it all are Ray Roa and Jay Cridlin... 5 Seconds of SummerWith Hey VioletSATURDAY 7:30 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. livenation.comIf 5 Seconds of Summer can ju st hang on for a few more months, they may end up being the world’s bigge st boy band by default. While One Direction splits apart at the seams, their Aussie ex-tourmates are prepping their sophomore album, featuring the cheeky-goofy single She’s Kinda Hot. The cutie-pie quartet — a genuine band, with actual in struments and everything — refuse to take themselves too seriously, which may stave off a 1D- style dissolution down the line. God bless ’em for keeping young summer love alive as long as they can. Van HalenWith Kenny Wayne ShepherdSUNDAY 7:30 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $18 and up. livenation.comThis spring, I saw Sammy Hagar and his new band the Circle, featuring former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony back on bass, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. And Halenites may crucify me for saying this, but that may end up being the be st Van Halen show of the year. Granted, the actual Van Halen, which hits Tampa at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, is the only one with Eddie on ax, and that makes all the difference. But have you seen David Lee Roth lately? Did you catch his nose-cracking performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live? While Van Hagar brought a genuine tequila-soaked party on Dreams, Be st of Both Worlds and Jump, you have to wonder if Diamond Dave can still do the same on Panama, Hot for Teacher and Dance the Night Away. I’m cautiously hopeful, but you never know. Kelly ClarksonWith Pentatonix, Eric Hutchinson, Abi AnnTUESDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20 and up. livenation.comFew pop singers can belt out an inspirational rocker like Kelly Clarkson — ju st li sten to Since U Been Gone, Miss Independent, Stronger or, from her late st release, Piece by Piece, Invincible. But Clarkson, it seems, has a wandering eye. She has talked about wanting to do a country album, a standards album, even a Broadway musical. How much longer can we expect the original American Idol to keep seeding our workout mixes with you-go-girl attitude? Better catch Clarkson in all her inspirational ebullience while you can. Zappa Plays Zappa: Concert and Guitar Ma ster ClassWith Dweezil Zappa FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First</span> Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26.50-$75 (separate guitar class tickets are $84.80 after fees & taxes). (727) 565-0550.If you’re really into the music of the late Frank Zappa, you might want to show up four hours early for his son Dweezil’s Friday night appearance at St. Pete’s most picturesque courtyard. Bring your guitar, too, because the 45-year-old will be paying homage to dad by teaching a master class where he’ll try to give fans, no matter what their skill level, “a chance to take what they already know about guitar and built a new vocabulary around it.” Minds not already melted by the younger Zappa’s chops can watch him celebrate the 40th anniversary of Frank’s classic One Size Fits All LP by playing it in its entirety and then piecing together an hour-plus set after that. Trivium & TremontiSATURDAY 6:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35. (813) 247-2555.The real test of a show from Tremonti is how many people are willing to admit that they know who frontman Mark Tremonti is. For the uninformed (or the embarrassed) Tremonti, 41, was the lead guitarist for Tallahassee Christian melodic rock gods Creed, but he should be proud of the fact that his riffs and solos were the only thing that made Creed singer Scott Stapp’s ultra-cheesy persona the slightest bit bearable. Tremonti’s new band is much better and arrives supporting a brand new album of non-offensive radio rock, Cauterize (released in June). The evening’s co-headliner — Trivium from Orlando — are one of the biggest, longest running acts in modern heavy metal, and also have a new album (Silence in the Snow) to pimp, so expect to get your fair share of headbanging at this show.WMNF 36th BirthdayWith Suénalo, ResinatedSATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.Regular listeners of WMNF-FM 88.5 know about the community radio station’s commitment to free speech (they run a Jewish music and issues program and a Middle Eastern and Muslim issues talk show just a couple days apart for chrissake). Thank whoever you’re worshipping (or not) that the station plays music, too. For their 36th birthday bash, they welcome a Miami Latin-pop staple Suénalo to play their infectious, funk-flavored deep rhythms and hip-hop for the party people. A new song — Brand New Day (I’ve Been Waiting) — is a little bit of a more sterile departure from their normally raw material, but Madeira Beach’s resident dance-addicted reggae outfit Resinated will be on hand to make sure no one gets a chance to take a break from sweating under the cover of the famous Skipperdome oaks.David Liebe HartSATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-4969.The intersection of comedy and music gets blurred every now and then. Sometimes it works like a masterpiece, and other times it’s just completely creepy and odd. David Liebe Hart’s act lives right in the middle of those extremes. The 60-year-old Adult Swim star is famous for his appearances on the Tim Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! program, and while his puppetry definitely has a musical, mostly synth-driven, motive to it, it’s also a very strange and jaw-dropping chronicling of weird sexual encounters (I’m in Love With an Insect Woman), interstellar romance (I Fell in Love) and the reasons why telephones are outdated (Email Song). Things are going to get weird at New World Brewery on Saturday, but you’ll be guaranteed to smile.SIANWith Brian BustoSATURDAY 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $20. (813) 254-2233.The Hyde Park Cafe was in hot water this summer when $200,000 in delinquent sales tax payments came to light. Clubgoers have undoubtedly been relieved to see the SoHo nightlife staple keep its doors open, and the hotspot’s dedicated promoters — in this case Brian Busto — have remained committed to booking world-class electronic music week in and week out. Things get especially epic late on Saturday when Irish-born, southern Spain-raised techno demigod Emric L’huillier — a.k.a. SIAN — makes his only Florida appearance to what should be a packed house. New tracks like Vibracultur and his sonically rich concept storyteller LP Gravitalia are proof that he is one of the most progressive and talented producers in modern dance music. You must have a ticket for the event, and they can be had via facebook.com/ thehydeparkcafe or by calling Busto at (813) 765-9517.Post MaloneTUESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$50. (813) 248-9500.Post Malone may have just retroactively put a nail in his surprisingly blossoming rap career thanks to the surfacing of an old social media video that shows the white, Texas-repping emcee using the n-word. It’ll be interesting to see how many of the area’s devoted hip-hop fans still turn up to see the goofy, laid-back Guitar Hero-inspired rhyme-slinger perform his big hit, White Iverson, and it’ll be even more intriguing to see if the very talented Mr. Malone — who played in hard-core bands in high school — also shows off the guitar chops he puts on display in another old video of him covering (and crushing) Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.El Ten ElevenWith SegoWEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $13-$16. (813) 241-8600.If you don’t like the direction of El Ten Eleven’s new sound on a fresh track like Peter and Jack, then crucify Peter Hook and his son Jack. Bassist Kristian Dunn blames the New Order icon for turning him on to the six-stringed version of their instrument, which led to Dunn using it all over the band’s new LP, Fast Forward. The nine-song collection is a welcome update to Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty’s already logic-defying, modern day prog-rock prowess, which they’ve been flexing for a decade. And though Dunn did use a new instrument on his latest project, don’t think that he’s going to let fans go home without seeing him strap on then rip apart the doubleneck guitar/bass that made his band so notorious. Also Playing …

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  19. Rays-Blue Jays Saturday preview


    Rays vs. Blue Jays When/where: 6:10 tonight; Tropicana Field TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish) Tickets: $19-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketma ster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time. …

  20. Man convicted of murder in St. Petersburg killing


    A St. Petersburg man was convicted Friday of first</span>-degree murder for shooting another man at a local nightclub. …

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