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Things to do in Tampa Bay for March 26

Queen Latifah: The Grammy-, Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated rapper/actor made a name for herself as a young hip-hop artist in the '80s and '90s, before going on to star in TV shows like Living Single. She's since had roles in movies such as Chicago and Hairspray. See her in a rare concert appearance at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $55-$95. (727) 791-7400.

'S Wonderful: Five minimusicals pay tribute to the styles and places that influenced George and Ira Gershwin's songbook, from their start in New York City in 1916 to New Orleans in the '50s. Hear more than 40 classic hits such as Someone To Watch Over Me and Rhapsody in Blue. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center in Tampa. $32.50. (813) 229-7827.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The NHL team faces off against the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6600.

Masters of the Weird: The headliners for USF's annual sci-fi event are Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, a husband and wife duo who literally wrote the book on "weird" with The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Best American Fantasy. They will do a public reading and book signing today. On Wednesday they will lead a panel on feminist representations in science fiction. Both are free at the USF Marshall Student Center in Tampa. (813) 974-3180.

Coming up

Jerry Seinfeld: His latest endeavor is a free Web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which follows Seinfeld, 58, and friends riding around in vintage cars and talking over food and coffee. But this show brings him back to his sweet spot, stand-up comedy. He has two performances Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. $49-$79. (813) 229-7827.

The Midtown Men: Four actors from the original production of Broadway's Jersey Boys perform '60s classics such as the Beatles' Can't Buy Me Love, the Turtles' Happy Together and the Zombies' Time of the Season on Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$45. (727) 791-7400.

On TV tonight

Series premiere; Lava Chasers, 8 p.m., Weather: Studying volcanoes in Hawaii sounds more fun than hauling cargo through the icy Arctic. But not by much.

Season finale; The Face, 9 p.m., Oxygen: For once, a reality show will be won by a pretty person!

Season premiere; Hardcore Pawn, 9 p.m., truTV: With Hardcore Pawn entering its seventh season, American Jewelry and Loan now probably ranks as the most successful business in all of Detroit.

The Millionaire Matchmaker, 10 p.m., Bravo: Patti looks for a lover for a former member of Matchbox Twenty. Hmm. What's Natalie Imbruglia up to these days?

Cougar Town, 10 p.m., TBS: If an old woman agreed to buy your house in exchange for you hanging out with her, would you do it? We would if the lady was Shirley "Mama Partridge" Jones.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for March 26

03/25/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:09am]
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