Plan your weekend
ARENACROSS: The high-flying dirt bike action known as Arenacross will take over the Amalie Arena with two days of racing Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. It takes the sport of motocross and compresses it into a hockey-sized oval, with dirt bikes racing around a track studded with obstacles such as steep jumps and a series of small hills. Professional class racing starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, and amateur class racing starts at noon on Sunday. Nashville-based country rapper, remixer and producer DJ KO performs. $10-$50. (813) 301-2500. Arenacross.com.
Bryan Adams: The underappreciated rock star comes to Clearwater with a full band at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Coachman Park in Clearwater. Canada's most celebrated rock singer hit it big with his third album, 1982's Cuts Like a Knife. His fourth, Reckless — Summer of '69, Run to You, Somebody, Heaven — made him a superstar. The ticket price is a bargain at $20 for general admission; reserved seats are $60 and up. (727) 791-7400. r utheckerdhall.com.
Dinner and show
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, smoky-voiced Beth Hart and blues-rock firebrand Nikki Hill, this annual festival returns to downtown Clearwater's Coachman Park this weekend with one of its coolest lineups. In all, it's a younger-skewing lineup for the city-backed fest, which in years past has drawn more than 20,000 folks for a mix of local seafood and blues, folk, zydeco and world music. The music begins at noon Saturday and Sunday, with the Dap-Kings headlining at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and Hart at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; reserved seating is $25 and up per day, or $40 and up for the weekend. Call (727) 562-4700 or see clearwaterseablues.com.
Chillounge Night: The upscale outdoor lounge party will feature a Cirque du Soleil theme, complete with aerialists, jugglers, a cube performance, the wheel of destiny, fire, a high-flying daredevil, and from America's Got Talent, Alexandra Nock's Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show, with the artist floating under a giant orb. There will also be a runway show and the Black Honkeys will perform, as will American Idol's Shevonne Philidor. To top it all off, there will be fireworks, chic outdoor furnishings and elegant daybeds set up on the downtown St. Pete waterfront starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE. $25, $120 VIP. (941) 448-0995. chilloungenight.com.
Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best known road races, it draws everything from first-timers to Olympians, including medalists Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan prepping for Brazil. It features a free Health Expo on Friday at the Tampa Convention Center, a 5K and a 15K Saturday, and an 8K and a half-marathon Sunday.
The Book of Mormon: The acclaimed satire musical written by the creators of South Park has won nine Tony Awards. Through Sunday. $38-$98; same-day tickets available by lottery, call the box office for details. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com. 8 p.m. today-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Jeff Dunham: The only ventriloquist famous enough to fill Tampa's Amalie Arena, Jeff Dunham brings his comedic puppet squad of Peanut, Walter, Jose Jalapeno on a Stick and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Dunham's show is a mix of monologues, puppets, improv, and even crowd interaction when he takes questions for Achmed, a turbaned dummy whose body is a skeleton (because he is an incompetent suicide bomber). The show is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.25. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
Florida Superstars Dancesport Championships: Dancers of all ages compete in Latin and ballroom styles today through Saturday at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Renaissance resort. $20-$110. Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. (813) 668-9668. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. $20-$110.
Take the kids
Wild Kratts Live: The popular PBS science-themed nature series starring real-life brother zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt brings the show to the stage to explore science concepts central to an animal's life. It's told in a comedic style that kids love. $22.50-$42.50. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. 7 p.m. Friday.
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