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Memorial Day

Shephard's Memorial Day Weekend The Clearwater Beach party HQ is spending four days turning sugary sands into a haven for pop, hip-hop, DJs and one pretty awesome cover band (Ten, a Pearl Jam tribute act, plays Friday). DJ Skribble, who appears at Shephard's so often he should have a permanent room, will spin tunes on Sunday along with Top 40 pop-punkers Hot Chelle Rae, but the big draw comes on Saturday when Decatur, Ga., rapper B.o.B. kicks the weekend into high gear with hits like Airplanes and Headband. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $30 for a four-day pass. (727) 441-6875.


Sunset Music Festival Electronic dance music has exploded in popularity in the past few years. Headliners Zedd, Paul van Dyk and Hardwell, who DJ Mag last year named the world's best DJ. Other big names include Krewella, Benny Benassi, The Crystal Method, DJ Snake, Aly & Fila and Headhunterz. The festival runs 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday in the north lot of Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Open to ages 18 and older; ID required for admission. Two-day tickets are $149 for general admission, $219 for VIP; single-day tickets are $94-$134. Web-enabled LED "Glow Motion" bracelets, which pulse and change color to the beat of the music, are available for $17. For more details, including a long list of acceptable and prohibited items, see

Take the kids

Baby love The Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff will be at St. Petersburg's Weedon Island Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to talk about the extra care needed for their young animals. Guests can see a whale's "baby bottle," learn how to make dolphin formula and view footage of otter pups learning to swim. Suitable for all ages. It's free, but registration is required at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500.


Burgatory Fest The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with the PBR Burger Bash, featuring free burgers while they last. The music runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. with bands like Wolf-Face, Fero Lux, Set and Setting, Zulu Wave, Wet Nurse, Awkward Age and more at Fubar and the Local 662, both on the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $10. For details, and to download a free mixtape of songs by Burgatory bands, see


Abilities Foundation Wine Tasting Since it debuted 25 years ago, it's gathered millions for the charity and to help wounded or disabled veterans. The event at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature high-end wines, food from local restaurants and an auction. VIP reception starts at 6 p.m., Grand Tasting at 7. $75, $85 day of; $150, $175 day of (VIP). Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. (727) 600-8911.


Color Me Rad 5K Show up to the Florida State Fairgrounds on Sunday dressed in white, and during the Color Me Rad 5K, you'll be pelted with technicolor clouds of cornstarch. Aerial photos make this look more like a rainbow-covered rave than a run. Entering is $55 at The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (202) 656-7723.


Steel Magnolias Director Bob Devin Jones is guiding six women through the nuance, humor and sadness of Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling's classic play about women, their strengths, imperfections, and the connections they forge through it all. Harling wrote the piece — which chronicles diabetic bride Shelby's marriage and mission to have a child — to cope with the death of his own sister. It debuted Off-Broadway in 1987. Two years later, the movie starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts came out. In 2012, Lifetime adapted the film with an all-black cast starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Condola Rashad, Adepero Oduye, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard. American Stage's version, which also features an all African-American cast, runs Friday through June 15 at 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Previews are Wednesday and Thursday . $29-$59;, (727) 823-7529.

Plan your weekend May 23-25 05/21/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 8:38pm]
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