Friday, May 25, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for June 19

Grizzly Bear: The indie group — a longtime Tampa holdout — makes its way here with opener Majical Cloudz. The Brooklyn band is best known for songs like Two Weeks and While You Wait for the Others. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $28.50. (813) 247-2555.

Sick Puppies: The Australian alt-rockers are no strangers to Tampa after playing countless 97X concerts over the years. Now see them in a free show starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 1-866-502-7529.

DeAndre Brackensick CD Single Release Party: American Idol season 11 top 10 finalist DeAndre Brackensick releases his new single Her Crazy with a celebration including food, giveaways and dancing. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 408-0716.

Best in St. Pete Mixology Competition: As part of the "Summer of Discovery," the Vinoy hosts a local artist showcase and a competition for local bartenders looking to be named "Best in St. Pete." Sample their creations and meet local distillers starting at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free admission. (727) 894-1000.

Burger Battle Tailgate Party: Cheer on your favorite Burger Battle team as they compete in a timed eating contest. Guests can taste different signature burgers from Smokey Bones during the tailgate, which starts at 7 p.m. at Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill, 2693 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 712-1930.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Franklin & Bash, 9 p.m., TNT Heather Locklear has secured a post as a lawyer hired by Stanton. She's tough, all right, escaping a reboot of Melrose Place and a stint on Hot in Cleveland.

SERIES PREMIERE Fight Master: Bellator MMA, 10 p.m., Spike A gang of welterweights compete for a spot in the Bellator MMA Tournament and $100,000. We wonder if they get medical insurance through the show.

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COMING UP

Scream on the Green: Another awesome free movie idea: The Shining. At midnight Friday. In Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. Blankets, low chairs and picnic baskets are allowed, but no alcohol.

West Side Story: Updated version of the musical featuring Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere runs Friday through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Look for Thomas Mothershed (Officer Krupke), a graduate of Hillsborough High. $59-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Go Skateboarding Day: The Apollo Beach Skate Park and the Brandon Skate Park combine their first anniversary with celebrations that include food, giveaways and a best trick contest. Free. Both are Friday: noon to 2 p.m. in Brandon, 5 to 7 p.m. at Apollo Beach.

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