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Mother's Day This is your official reminder to call your mother Sunday. Or better yet, take her out. Moms get free admission with one paid admission from their loving offspring at the Florida Aquarium this weekend, as well as the Glazer Children's Museum on Sunday, the Tampa Bay History Center, Dinosaur World and the Lowry Park Zoo. For lots of Mother's Day events, see tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Tropical Heatwave Now in its 32nd year, WMNF-88.5's annual extravaganza of eclectic talent will bring some 70 bands to 10 stages in and around Ybor City's Cuban Club on Friday and Saturday. The fest features familiar faces like singer-songwriter Paul Thorn, blues chanteuse Sarah Borges and rockabilly acolytes Rocket 88, but also some engaging new acts like soul singer-songwriter Cody ChesnuTT and North Carolina rockabilly blues singer Nikki Hill. The music fest starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday (events at the Roosevelt 2.0 begin at 2 p.m.) at venues in and around the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. Friday tickets are $20 advance, $30 at the gate; Saturday is $30/$40; weekend passes are $40/$50. Youth tickets (ages 12-20) are $12 per day, $18 for the weekend. For details and a full schedule, see wmnf.org/heatwave.
Kenny Loggins The Tampa Bay Rays' Summer Concert Series finally kicks off this weekend with a performance by Kenny Loggins, who'll bring a catalog full of yacht-rock classics. The postgame concert is free with a ticket (wristbands for on-field access cost extra) and fans can expect the 65-year-old to keep things Footloose. The game Saturday against the San Diego Padres starts at 6:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. 1-888-326-7297.
Florida Orchestra Jim Morrison may be spinning in his Parisian grave at the thought of setting songs like Light My Fire and Roadhouse Blues to symphonic strings, but the idea of the Florida Orchestra playing music of the Doors is not so far-fetched. The orchestra's Doors concert will be conducted by Brent Havens, and singer Randy Jackson will fill in for Morrison. Basically, the orchestra backs up Jackson and a rock band, and the lighting and sound is straight out of an arena show. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. For another side of the orchestra, there is a free Pops in the Park concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at River Tower Park in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa. Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the orchestra through staples ranging from the overture from Candide to Moon River to Ride of the Valkyries. For info, see floridaorchestra.org.
Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band Named for the actor's Oscar-nominated role in Forrest Gump, the band is on a mission to entertain U.S. troops at home and abroad and also raise money to build custom homes for severely wounded veterans. Sinise will be in Tampa Friday for his latest tour of duty, the Building for America's Bravest concert tour, with a stop in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park at 7 p.m. Friday to benefit Sgt. Michael Nicholson, a triple amputee and Tampa native who served in Afghanistan. Tickets are $35-$75. garysinisefoundation.org.
Amy Schumer Her new show Inside Amy Schumer scored Comedy Central's biggest launch of the year and her one-hour standup special, Mostly Sex Stuff, was the channel's second-highest rated special of 2012, so Amy Schumer is on a roll. She arrives in Tampa on Saturday with her girl-next-door looks, but don't be fooled. Brace yourself for filthy rape jokes and cringe-inducing put-downs. Her show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $32.50.