Friday, June 22, 2018
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Five ways to totally avoid election night in Tampa Bay

Let's assume you've already done your part in the 2016 election. You survived your wacky aunt's political Facebook posts, researched the candidates and made an informed decision. Perhaps you're even one of the millions of Floridians who have already cast their vote.

Now we're only a day away from being blissfully done with this election, but maybe even one more day is too much.

Election news has felt inescapable over these past 24 months, but if you're looking to escape the stress of election night, here are a few suggestions for things to do Tuesday evening.

Magic Men Live!: A troupe of modernized male dance beefcakes bring fantasies to life "using visual storylines, state of the art special effects and sexy dance moves." There's absolutely nothing political about it, although we can't 100 percent guarantee that an American flag Speedo won't be involved. Tickets for the show at Tampa Theatre run $23.50 to $78.50 at tampatheatre.org.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The opening night of the Tony Award-winning play about an extraordinary 15-year-old who sets out to clear his name after he's accused of killing his neighbor's pet opens Tuesday at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Best of all, as far as we can tell from the description, there's no hidden metaphor for our modern political climate. $31 to $91 at strazcenter.org.

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Doctor Strange: Even as Marvel movies go, this new one starring Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty fantastical. Hide in a dark theater and allow yourself to be absorbed in story about the Mirror Dimension, which is about as far from the reality of an election that seems to never end as you can get. Bonus: you'll have to turn your phone off. No election updates. Click here for the full review.

Animal Collective: Remember that thing you did when you were a kid when you'd plug your ears and go "lalalalala" when you didn't want to hear about something? Do that, except now you're an adult and instead of drowning out your mom, you'll be drowning out the election with the sounds of experimental psych-pop in a dark, Ybor City nightclub, far away from any cable news. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show at The Ritz Ybor are $25 to $40 at axs.com.

Meditate: Perhaps the only way to clear your mind of this contentious election is to clear your mind completely. There are several guided Buddhist meditation classes suitable for beginners around the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday nights. There's a 7 p.m. session at the St. Pete Beach Recreation Center, a 7 p.m. class at the Metro Wellness Center in downtown St. Petersburg, and a 7:15 p.m. class at KMC Tampa Bay in Tampa Heights. All three classes cost $10.

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