Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Plan your weekend July 14-16: Sam Hunt, New Kids and '90s stars, Mud Wars, Little Mermaid

Concert

Sam Hunt: The country hunk's Body Like a Back Road, the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, has been the No. 1 country song in America since mid-February, putting it within spitting distance of Florida Georgia Line's Cruise as the longest-running No. 1 in country history. You can also hear Hero, the stellar debut by fellow Nashville new-schooler Maren Morris, who owns the middle slot on Hunt's stacked summer tour (Buy Me a Boat rambler Chris Jansen and Ryan Follese open the show). 7 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. The show is virtually sold out; check livenation.com or call (813) 740-2446 for availability.

1990s revisited

New Kids on the Block: We're a long way from 1990 now that the youngest member of New Kids on the Block is Joey McIntyre, who clocks in at age 44. You can catch them at NKOTB's Total Package Tour, which hits Tampa's Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. This particular package features not only Joey, Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie and Danny; but also Nathan, Wanya and Shawn, a.k.a. Boyz II Men, who also seem to be finding it pretty hard to say goodbye to yesterday. But for true connoisseurs of early '90s bubblegum, Paula Abdul is still forever our girl. Ticket are $26.20 and up. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500, amaliearena.com.

Party

Sun, Swimsuits and Suds: This pub crawl in Ybor City on Saturday will have stops at local pubs and restaurants but the twist is you will end up in Super Soaker wars and water balloon fights in the street. Included in the ticket price, each bar will have a 5 oz. beverage and a small giveaway. The first 150 sign-ups get a free T-shirt. Tickets are $25 through Friday and $30 on the day of at ybor.org/events. The block party runs 2-6 p.m. Saturday, with an after party at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa.

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Play dirty

America II Extreme Mud Wars: The wildly popular day of playing in the mud returns to Spa Beach at the Pier approach in St. Petersburg Saturday, where 10 dump trucks of mud have been spread around. There were still a few spots left at press time to play in the mud, but it's free and fun to watch, and there will be a beer garden set up. It's $500 per team or $60 for an individual at extrememudwars.com. 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-877-820-2582. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Broadway

The Little Mermaid: Disney's Broadway hit The Little Mermaid is at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday for a swim through the classic story of a red-haired mermaid who dreams of living in the human world and falling in love. Tickets are $25.50-$79.50. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. strazcenter.org.

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Nesting

Tampa Bay Home Show: Get out your honey-do list. The largest home show in Florida's west coast will be set up at Tropicana Field this weekend. It brings the area's top home improvement experts, along with hundreds of exhibits with everything related to home improvement, entertainment and landscaping. Free admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Take the kids

Christmas in July at the pool: Join Santa and cool down in Dunedin's Highlander Pool on Saturday. They will dance to holiday music while enjoying holiday-themed games, bounce houses, races, an ugly T-shirt contest, crafts, s'mores and an elf raffle. $3, 2 and younger free. 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin. (727) 298-3266. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy

Luenell: Best known as the "hooker with the heart of gold" in Borat, she's one of "Snoop Dog's Bad Girls of Comedy." She performs today through Sunday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. Tickets are $25, $35 VIP preferred seating. improvtampa.com.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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