Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for May 16

John and Jen: In this musical, Jen and her brother John are divided over the war in Vietnam. Runs through May 26. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $39-$46. (727) 498-5205.

Music and Movies in the Park: Suspicion: Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view at this showing of the 1941 Hitchcock thriller with Cary Grant in an Oscar-winning performance. Music by Hot Rod Hornets starts at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dark in North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 824-7802.

Josh Sneed: After making the leap from the corporate world to standup comedy, Sneed has been seen on tour with Dave Chapelle, Dane Cook and Lewis Black. See him at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$14. (813) 960-1197.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings With the Maestro: Join the performers and Maestro Mark Sforzini, who will discuss Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos opera. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Music Gallery of Clearwater, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20, $15 seniors/students. (727) 530-3304.

Memphis Bleek: The Legends of Hip-Hop Concert Series continues with Jay-Z protege Bleek, who was one of the first artists signed to Roc-A-Fella Records. Concert starts at 9 p.m. at Martini Republic, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa. $20. (813) 229-5544.

CORRECTION

The Tarot Art Discussion at the Dali Museum has been canceled. It is listed in the Weekend section, which is printed in advance. The exhibit is still on display.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox We learn which of the no-names wins Season 12. Say so long to the entire panel, too. Or Randy Jackson, at least.

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