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  1. For April 20, 4/20 has turned into weed appreciation day


    Today is April 20, or 4/20, the unofficial holiday of marijuana fans, and while other cities have some pretty big 420 Day parties — Atlanta has Snoop Dogg as the headliner and weed-friendly Colorado braced for an influx of tourists this weekend — the Tampa Bay area has a few touches of reefer madness today. …

    Partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana Saturday in Denver's downtown Civic Center Park during the annual 4/20 festival. It was the second time the event had been held since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. [Associated Press]
  2. Mainsail Art Festival names first-time Best of Show winner

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Michel Delgado, a soft-spoken artist who creates powerful mixed-media paintings, won his first Best of Mainsail award and $10,000 at the 40th annual Mainsail Art Festival. It validates an already successful career and recognition by private collectors around the world.

  3. Florida Orchestra presents diverse set at latest concert


    Three different sorts of musical stories comprised the Florida Orchestra's concert Friday evening in Tampa, one more deeply pleasing than the rest.

    The Florida Orchestra performing in 2013 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [LARA CERRI  |  Times]
  4. Rays lineup for summer concerts: Jacksons, Steve Aoki, KIDZ BOP, more


    The Jacksons, pop star Cody Simpson, country artists Lee Brice and Kacey Musgraves, superstar DJ Steve Aoki and the kids from KIDZ BOP don't have much in common except this: They've all been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2015 Summer Concert Series.

    DJ Steve Aoki is one of the artists on the Tampa Bay Rays summer lineup. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
  5. Topiaries spruce up Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival


    The best thing about Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival might be the collection of new topiaries that dot the park, from a huge octopus rising from a fountain to a ginormous spring maiden to a funny collection of "topirazzi" photographers — so you have bushes snapping pictures from the bushes.

    Naga’ Zira’ the Green Boa Constrictor is a sidewalk serpent made from more than 25,000 of red St. Joseph’s coats, green ficus’ and yellow alternantheras located near the park’s Conservation Cabin, where several snake species reside.
Credit Busch Gardens
  6. Musuem explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Ruby Bridges couldn't have imagined the millions of lives she would change that day, Nov. 14, 1960, when U.S. marshals walked her into first grade. Nor was it likely Norman Rockwell anticipated the effect his painting of those historic steps would have.

    Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With depicted young Ruby Bridges in 1960. She will speak April 28.
  7. Tampa Spiritual Ensemble sustains African-American spirituals legacy


    When Shenita Berrian sings, she does more than entertain an audience.

    Composed of classically trained singers from diverse backgrounds, the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performs operas, recitals and concerts throughout the Tampa Bay area. The ensemble will perform April 26 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.
  8. Plan your weekend April 17-19


    Plan your weekend

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    Chillounge This year's outdoor lounge party in Tampa takes on a Cirque du Soleil twist, adding contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, hand balancers, a high-flying daredevil and from America's Got Talent, John Nock's Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show with the …

    Raymond Wirick from East Kennett, England, gets ready for the 2015 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival’s Sand Walk Exhibit.
  9. Review: 'Pippin' at the Straz is high flying fun with some rough tumbles


    TAMPA — Because Pippin doesn't have much of a plot, it needs a strong director. In 1972, when it opened on Broadway, legendary director-choreographer Bob Fosse put his stamp on the musical, and it became one of the longest-running shows ever.

    The cast of this revival of Pippin have some questionable singing chops, but you might have to forgive that as they’re also doing all manner of acrobatic tricks, including singing and swinging 
on a trapeze.
Photo by 
Terry Shapira
  10. Five reasons Bob Dylan is a god (or something like that)

    Music & Concerts

    He's not, of course. A god, I mean.

    But heaven knows there has been an inordinate amount of time spent in the last 50 years or so trying to classify, quantify and otherwise demystify Bob Dylan's impact on society.

    Bob Dylan performs during the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in January 2012 in Los Angeles.