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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 14

Easter events: This year, the Easter Bunny is fearless. He's going for a dive in the Florida Aquarium tanks Friday-Sunday, with opportunities for photos, a scavenger egg hunt and mermaid performances. Included with aquarium admission. Then it's the kids turn to dive for eggs at the Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center on Saturday ($4 egg hunt; free for festival). Also Saturday is the Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Tampa ($5) and the Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt at the Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center in Largo ($8).

Record Store Day: This ode to the indie record store has gone a bit corporate, but you can still score the vinyl of your dreams Saturday with one-day-only merchandise in local stores like Bananas Music, Daddy Kool, Planet Retro Gallery, Microgroove Records and Mojo Books and Music. See for details.

Date night

One Night of Queen: Sounding an awful lot like Freddie Mercury and Queen, Gary Mullen and the Works will rock you Wednesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $37.50-$47.50. (727) 893-7832.

Jimmy Buffett: Calling all Parrotheads to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday for Buffett's first show in Tampa in more than two years. He'll do music from album Songs from St. Somewhere. $36-$136. (813) 740-2446.

A Brief History of Beer: The best part of Jobsite Theater's production is it's in a bar, New World Brewery in Ybor City. It's part theater, part lecture, part drinking game, with shows Sunday and April 27. $7. For reservations: or (813) 229-7827.

Kids and Family

Wizard of Oz: This is Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version with all the songs you know and love, including Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as well as new ones, opening Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400. It you want the full Oz experience, The Wiz continues this week as American Stage's annual park production in St. Petersburg.

Mainsail Art Festival: The 39th annual show's waterfront setting in Vinoy Park in St. Pete rivals the beauty of the art. There are about 270 artists vying for $60,000 in prize money, kids art and food vendors. It runs Saturday and Sunday.

Florida Orchestra plays video games: Well, video game music anyway. No bloop-de-bloops either. The rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes concert features sweeping scores from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, World of Warcraft and Halo, along with big screens depicting the games. Show is Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35-$45, or $100 VIP. (727) 892-3337 or

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In this week's #PlayTampaBay video, Michelle and Sarah welcome Times pop music critic Sean Daly to dish on Record Store Day. Look for the video this week at

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 14 04/13/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:56pm]
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