Monday, April 23, 2018
Events

On your radar: Strawberries, Foreigner and Chubby Checker

Florida Strawberry Festival with Foreigner and Chubby Checker: The Florida Strawberry Festival, opening today, is best known for two things: its various strawberry concoctions and its excellent live entertainment. Foreigner, above, kicks off the festival, with '80s hits like Hot Blooded and I Want to Know What Love Is. Meanwhile, Chubby Checker takes it back to the '60s with The Twist. Tickets are $15–$20 for Chubby Checker and $25 for Foreigner in addition to festival admission. It all starts at 10 a.m. at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. Admission: $10, $5 ages 6–12 at the gate, children 5 and under free. (813) 752-9194.

Battle of the Bands: Nine local bands compete in the qualifying rounds and one band from each round moves on to the final round on March 14. The winner will represent Hard Rock Tampa in the worldwide competition. It starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. 1-866-502-7529.

Guy Kawasaki: If you're looking for startup business advice, you can't do much better than one of the founding Apple marketing gurus. The author of The Macintosh Way and The Art of the Start will speak at this luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $75, $40 students with ID. (813) 274-8511.

Owen Benjamin: You'll recognize this stand-up comedian from Steve Byrne's Sullivan & Son and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, as well as Chillerama and The House Bunny. See him at 8 p.m. at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $14–$18. (813) 864-4000.

To watch

Archer, 10 p.m., FX: Anthony Bourdain is a guest voice on tonight's episode. Just when you thought the show's humor couldn't get any more sarcastic.

To note

Singing celebrity impersonators Keith Coleman and Ruby Tuesday, featured in Wednesday's LifeTimes section, appear regularly around the area. You'll find a calendar listing of upcoming shows at tampasuperband.com or by calling (727) 686-8345.

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Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

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Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/21/18
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Published: 04/20/18
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Published: 04/20/18
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Published: 04/20/18
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Published: 04/20/18
Tampa, Brandon 4-year-olds earn starring roles in Waitress at the Straz

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Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

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Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

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Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
On its 20th anniversary, Disney's Animal Kingdom credits conservation with longevity

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Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

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Published: 04/19/18