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  1. Opera company closes out the season on a lighter note

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Putting It Together, a revue of Stephen Sondheim songs loosely arranged around a Manhattan couple's cocktail party, aims to please devotees of the composer.

    Putting It Together’s five-member cast includes, from left, Paula Broadwater, Peter Kendall Clark, Clayton Brown, Kaitlyn Costello and Tripp Fountain.
  2. Big and bold, Mamma Mia! delivers on its promise at Straz in Tampa

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    TAMPA — At this point, you don't go to Mamma Mia!, the touring Broadway show playing at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, without some idea of what to expect.

    Mamma Mia!,the hit Broadway musical, runs through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. A capable cast milks both corny and the occasional X-rated joke for all they are worth.
  3. Alex Newell of 'Glee' talks Coachella, shoes before performing at St. Pete Pride

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    Alex Newell doesn't have awesome memories of the summers he spent in the Tampa Bay area visiting family.

    Alex Newell performs in 2014.
  4. Plan your weekend June 26-28

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    Plan your weekend

    Rainbow connection

    St. Pete Pride Florida's largest celebration of gay pride gets rolling today with a fashion show hosted by E! network's Ross Mathews at the Tyrone Square Macy's ($10 donation, but Macy's will return the favor with a $10 gift card). Then Alex …

    A fashion show, a Glee star’s performance, a night parade and a Sunday festival will be highlights of St. Pete Pride this year.
  5. Preview: Puppets old and new, from near and far, for young and old, on display at Florida CraftArt

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    We think of puppets as playthings for children, but they have a history thousands of years old as adult entertainment. Almost every culture in the world has deployed them in some form from European hand puppets to Asian shadow puppets. A new exhibition at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, which opens …

  6. Billy Gardell of 'Mike & Molly' on comedy, the road and battling weight

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    When Mike & Molly hit its 100th episode in January, Billy Gardell wasn't gifted with a fancy Ferrari or a brand new beach house in Cabo.

    Billy Gardell, whose family moved to Florida when he was a kid, spent years on the Florida standup circuit.
  7. How will ABBA's songs translate to Tampa's Straz Center stage in 'Mamma Mia!'? (w/videos)

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    I spent several hours this week watching dozens of clips of stage performances from Mamma Mia!, the hit Broadway musical opening Tuesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. The show centers on a young woman's search to learn the identity of her father.

    Mamma Mia!,the hit Broadway musical, opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and runs through June 28 at the Straz Center. [Joan Marcus for the Straz Center]
  8. Plan your weekend June 19-21

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    Plan your weekend

    Father's Day

    Dads are free Fathers get free admission and other perks at events all over the Tampa Bay area this weekend. If you need a last-minute gift, spending time with the old man can't be beat. He gets free admission with a child at the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, …

    Chill time? This weekend’s all about dads.
  9. Review: 'Dope' turns familiar coming of age movie into drug caper

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    Whatever definition of "dope" you prefer, it applies to Rick Famuyiwa's movie of the same name. Dope is a drug caper involving teenagers doing stupid things for the geeks they are, the kind John Hughes might have written if he allowed black people in his movies.

    Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is an honor student dreaming of Harvard in a high school dominated by gangs in 'Dope.'
  10. Lea Thompson of 'Back to the Future' scheduled for Tampa Bay Comic Con

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    Tampa Bay Comic Con has added Lea Thompson from the Back to the Future films to its celebrity lineup.

    Actor Lea Thompson of Back to the Future will attend Aug. 1.