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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 21

Tropicana Field Ballpark Tours: Take a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. See the dugout, press box, touch tank, Hitters Hall of Fame and more. Still and video cameras welcome. Tours start at 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3–14, 2 and younger free. Call toll-free, 1-888-326-7297.

Joe Popp: His band has opened for Green Day, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Mike Watt. Now see him perform a solo acoustic set at 7 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 248-4969.

ART: A novice art collector's friendships are strained when he asks his friends to evaluate his newly acquired piece in this Tony Award-winning production. Show begins 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29–$39. (727) 823-7529.

Fourth Annual Ultimate Bands Series Semifinals: Bands are competing against one another for a spot at the Ultimate Band Series and a chance to win $3,000 worth of prizes. These semifinalists include bands Antic, Bangarang, Dropin Pickup, Sleepy Hill and 5 Pound Trigger. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $6. (813) 247-2555.

TO WATCH

BBQ Crawl, 8 p.m., Travel: Danielle is just now getting to a Kansas City barbecue contest? A week before the season finale? That's just plain blasphemy.

SEASON FINALE — Necessary Roughness, 10 p.m., USA: T.K. may have to sit out the biggest game of his career. Well, until he becomes a free agent and signs with a real winner two seasons from now.

COMING UP

Backstreet Boys: All five are back in support of their first album since 2009, In A World Like This, which came out at the end of July. Expect a night of hits (I Want It That Way) and '90s nostalgia with opener Jesse McCartney at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. $35–$115. (813) 740-2446.

Casablanca: As time goes by, this 1942 film lives on with famous quotes by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman: "Here's looking at you, kid." Repeat them all 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tampa Theatre. $9.

Zoo Run Run: Sprint like a gazelle through Lowry Park Zoo and along the Hillsborough River in Tampa for a 5K and fun run Saturday. $35, $10 for kids, includes entry to the zoo. lowryparkzoo.com.

Dog Swim Day: Before Fossil Park Pool closes for the season, they're releasing the hounds for a dip Saturday and Sunday. Proof of dog's vaccinations required. Sorry, humans, no swimming for you. The pool is at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $5 per dog.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 21

Mary J. Blige: Iconic Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philantrophist is on her Strength of a Woman tour. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $47.25-$247.25. (813) 301-2500. The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Willia...
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Amy Hill Hearth’s ‘Streetcar to Justice’ brings back a forgotten story of black history

Amy Hill Hearth’s ‘Streetcar to Justice’ brings back a forgotten story of black history

During Black History Month, many students learn about Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist who in 1955 refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white passenger — and rode into history.A century before that, another black woman mad...
Published: 02/20/18
Notable: Five new books for young readers for Black History Month

Notable: Five new books for young readers for Black History Month

NotableBlack History MonthHere are five more newly published books for young readers, for Black History Month or any time.Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin (Scholastic Press, ages 12 and up) by James L. Swanson, w...
Published: 02/20/18

Haven’t made it out to the county fair yet? There’s still time

DADE CITY — There’s still more to take in before the Pasco County Fair wraps up this weekend. The midway rides are still running, popcorn will be popping and students will be showing their exhibits, including local FFA students showing plants and liv...
Published: 02/20/18
Review: A seemingly inexhaustible shelf life continues in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Review: A seemingly inexhaustible shelf life continues in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

TAMPA Apparently, the Phantom lives forever.Thirty-two years after its premiere, one of the top-grossing musicals of all time is still packing ’em in. Sunday’s matinee at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts showed why Andrew Lloyd ...
Published: 02/19/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 23

FestivalsFlorida Bluegrass Classic: The event continues through Feb. 25 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Featuring live entertainment on the stage from 1 to 10 p.m. daily, as well as arts and crafts, workshops, a car ...
Published: 02/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

The Phantom of the Opera : Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit returns to Tampa. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom is performed by a cast and orches...
Published: 02/19/18
Ordinary dogs take to the Derby Lane greyhound track for the Mutt Derby

Ordinary dogs take to the Derby Lane greyhound track for the Mutt Derby

Some stopped midway, some turned around and ran the wrong way and some dashed to the arms of their owners as more than 300 average house pets took to the track at Derby Lane on Sunday for the Mutt Derby. The popular fundraiser for the Jaycees died o...
Published: 02/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and ...
Published: 02/16/18
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Mutt Derby: Bring your non-aggressive dog for a day of dog races and other doggie games. Races will be done in weight divisions. All dogs racing must have proof of vaccinations. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound ...
Published: 02/16/18