Thursday, May 24, 2018
Events

On your radar: Music from iPads, 'Tosca' at the Palladium — and bring your smartphone to the USF orchestra

Robin Williams: The energized comedian and actor comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for a night of "sit-down" comedy, but don't expect him to stay in his chair long. The show starts at 8 p.m. at 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. $59, $89, $125. (727) 791-7400.

Touch: A quintet uses iPads to play rock, rap and classical music. Bring your smart phone to join the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15; $10 students/seniors.

Tosca: St. Pete Opera presents the tale of Puccini's young lovers that intensifies into murder and betrayal. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $21.50–$64.50. (727) 823-2040.

First Friday with Jose Valentino Ruiz: Since last month's First Friday was canceled, there's no reason not to get downtown for music by Jose Valentino Ruiz, food and a lively crowd in the heart of St. Petersburg. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at Second Street N and Central Avenue. Free. (727) 393-3597.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Concert: The Jersey Shore band has been recording albums since 1976 and is closely associated with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. See them at 7:30 p.m. at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35–$55. (727) 791-7400.

To watch

The 44th NAACP Image Awards, 8 p.m., NBC: Django Unchained is squaring off against Beasts of the Southern Wild for four awards apiece. We all know the remake of Steel Magnolias will outdo them both.

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