Tall ship Lynx: The 122-foot-long topsail schooner inspired by a vessel from the War of 1812 is docked alongside the Tampa Convention Center for public tours and harbor excursions from 1 to 6 p.m. Tour: $10, 12 and younger free. Harbor excursion: $55, $30 12 and younger. Toll-free 1-866-446-5969. The ship will sail to St. Petersburg's Harborage Marina for tours Thursday.
Athletes and Causes: The Lightning's BJ Crombeen, Buccaneers' Tom Crabtree, and "Superman" Sam Fuld host this fundraiser with food, wine, music and appearances by Tampa Bay area sports celebrities. The event benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $250. (813) 301-6685.
Mere Mortals: This collection of six one-act plays by David Ives deals with the issues of male-female relationships, dating and mating, mortality, literature, and man's desire to better himself through fantasy. Show starts at 8 p.m. at [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-6620.
National Singing Star Tampa Bay Competition: Open Auditions: Singers of all ages are invited to prepare their favorite song and enter this first-round audition for the National Singing Star crown to win $500 and a record deal. Audience vote decides who wins. Auditions start at 3 p.m. at University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. No fee for singers to enter. (216) 258-4884.
The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC Fashion guru Tim Gunn helps the contestants choose outfits for their new bodies before they enjoy a night on the town and reunions with their loved ones. Let's hope they have a good time, because two players will get the boot tonight.
The Mindy Project, 9:30, Fox Mindy goes away until April after tonight's episode, which we're told has a payoff for the Mindy/Danny shippers. Geez, Fox, another show on a long hiatus? Why you have to do us like that?
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Eddie Money: The rocker unplugs for an acoustic show, featuring him at the piano, Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater ($25-$45). Also at the Cap is the harmony group Manhattan Transfer, doing an intimate show peppered with stories and new material, on Thursday ($48-$78). Both shows: (727) 791-7400.
On stage: Two big plays open this week in St. Petersburg. At Freefall Theatre is The Normal Heart, a searing play about the dawning days of the AIDS epidemic (also an HBO movie this fall). It opens Saturday, with previews Friday night and Saturday matinee [$20-44; (727) 498-5205]. At American Stage is another in the August Wilson cycle, 2 Trains Running, set in the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. It opens Friday, with preview Thursday [$29-$49; (727) 823-7529].