American Idol Live: The singing competition's 37-show tour launches from Clearwater in what promises to be an intimate showcase of the final five competitors from Season 14. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$64. (727) 791-7400.
America II: Extreme Mud Wars: This wildly popular day of mud slinging returns to Spa Beach on Saturday and Sunday with more than 600 people competing in ultimate football, an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war, the eliminator, dodge ball and mud ball frenzy. It's free for spectators; …
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Local bars and restaurants are looking forward to an extended celebration of the red, white and blue this weekend.
Hawk and Wayne's This Is a Comedy Show: The critically acclaimed comedy duo weave together a totally improvised one-act play based on audience suggestions. 6 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 823-7529.
Plan your weekend
July 4: Independence Day falls on Saturday this year, but you can see fireworks early in Channelside on Friday and at the Threshers game in Clearwater today and Friday. On Saturday, there are more options: downtown St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Tarpon …