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5 things to do under $5: Movies and Music in the Park, Prince's 'Purple Rain'

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)

1Purple Rain: Saddened fans of Prince can gather at Tampa Theatre on Saturday when the historic movie house hosts a free screening of Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Saturday for the 9 p.m. screening. No tickets are required, but arrive early as seating is limited at 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

2Movies and Music in the Park: This picnic-in-the-park movie series returns Thursdays in May with live music and a free movie in Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. But first there's a launch party Thursday at 7 p.m. next to Admiral Farragut Academy, 700 Park St. N, to get off on the right foot with 1952's Singin' in the Rain. Sasha Tuck & the Friendly Giants, a jazz fusion band, will perform. Then next week the series starts in Straub Park with The Three Amigos to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music by the Americana outfit the Reina Collins Band at 7 p.m. See the full lineup at stpetepreservation.org.

3Independent Bookstore Day: Tampa's Inkwood Books celebrates on Saturday with authors Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Craig Chapman (Real Food, Real Kitchens: New York Cookbook) from 2 to 4 p.m. and Leah Tinari (illustrator for The Magical, Fantastical Fridge) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-2638.

4Blast Friday: The free family-friendly block party in downtown Clearwater will have a concert by local favorites the Greg Billings Band and the Black Honkeys from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday along the 400 Block of Cleveland Street.

5Oldsmar Goes Country: Part of Oldsmar's 100th anniversary celebration, this party will have live music, food vendors, family-friendly games and "Oldsmar's Largest Line Dance," led by a Round-Up instructor. The Cristi Vale Band opens for headliner Soul Circus Cowboys. Bring something to sit on 5-10 p.m. Friday, R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. Free.

5 things to do under $5: Movies and Music in the Park, Prince's 'Purple Rain' 04/27/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:37am]
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