Friday, May 25, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for July 23

311: The rock group known for tracks like Amber, Down and Lovesong performs with Sublime and Cypress Hill, plus Pennywise and G. Love and Special Sauce. Concert starts at 7 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $14-$49. (813) 740-2446.

Tampa Bay Rays Watch Party: Catch the game on the beach at this family-friendly watch party with a giant screen set up on the sand. 620-AM WDAE will broadcast live starting with its pre-game show. Food and buckets of beer available for purchase. Party starts at 7:10 p.m. at Guy Harvey Outpost: A Tradewinds Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. Free admission; $10 parking on site. (727) 367-6461.

Aviation Week: Discover the science behind flight, make your own airplanes, celebrate Amelia Earhart's birthday and meet famous pilots, including one from MacDill Air Force Base, during this weeklong celebration at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Doors open at 10 a.m. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day: As a salute to Blue Bell's bestselling Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Tampa's original Outback location will serve up free scoops of the sweet treat with every dine-in purchase. Deal starts at 5 p.m. at Outback Steakhouse, 3403 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Free with dine-in purchase. (813) 875-4329.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE The Vineyard, 10 p.m., ABC Family A bunch of people in their 20s hang out on Martha's Vineyard for fun and adventure.

Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis, 9 p.m., Bravo A celebrity reporter gets a home makeover after she loses her job. Because it's not like she could pay to have her home remodeled.

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COMING UP

The World Wing-Eating Championship: Champion eaters, including A-lister Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, return to the Original Hooters in Clearwater to face off at 7 p.m. Thursday. Last year Chestnut ate 144 wings in 10 minutes to win. It's free for spectators, but get there early for parking.

Tim Allen: He stars as Mike Baxter in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, but he'll always be Tim Taylor from Home Improvement for many fans. He returns to his standup roots 8 p.m. Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $49-$115. (727) 791-7400.

Inside the White House: Eric Draper will talk about his career as chief White House photographer and his new book Front Row Seat, a photographic portrait of George W. Bush's presidency. It's 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. $30, $50 per couple. mosi.org

Mike Clay: Who doesn't love to talk about the weather? Clay, the chief meteorologist who helped launch "Weather on the Nines" on Bay News 9, is the speaker at Our Town Conversations at the Dalí Museum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. $5, free for members.

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