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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 21

Bollywood Oscars: Stars are arriving for the International Indian Film Academy awards, which are Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. But things get going Wednesday with the free block party in Curtis Hixon Park called IIFA Stomp, featuring DJs and lots of dancing. If you want to shop everything India, head to the IIFA Expo on Thursday through Saturday in the Tampa Convention Center. The biggest outlet for stars to meet folks is on IIFA's signature green carpet, the first of which is Thursday night before the IIFA Rocks concert at the convention center (concert is invite only). More green carpet is rolled out Friday and Saturday before awards ceremonies.

St. Anthony's Triathlon: World-class athletes will compete in a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run, starting at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park early Sunday. Free for spectators. Be aware of road closings for part of the day.

Date night

Todd Snider: The Americana icon will do a multimedia gig, with clips from a movie, a reading from his book, I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like, Q&A, poem and music. Tuesday at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

Ghost the Musical: You know the story from the 1990 movie, but the stage show has an original pop score from Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Glen Ballard, who co-wrote Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Opens Tuesday at Straz Center in Tampa. $46.50-$81.50. (813) 229-7827.

The Mikado: Freefall Theatre stages an all-male version of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera set in feudal Japan, starring local drag performer Matthew McGee. Opens Saturday. $29-$44. (727) 498-5205.

98 Rockfest: Expect columns of fire and an elaborate stage show from headliners Avenged Sevenfold, who will be joined by fellow heavies Volbeat, Chevelle, Black Stone Cherry and Saigon Kick on Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $19-$49, $169 VIP. (813) 301-2500. Also, Trivium, Nothing More, Werm and Skratch n Sniff will perform a free pre-show outside the Times Forum.

Water Concerto: As in actual water on stage to create music, along with the Florida Orchestra. The work by Chinese composer Tan Dun accompanies a program with Haydn and Sibelius symphonies Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Kids and Family

Blueberry Festival: Keel & Curley Winery's event features wine, craft beers, more than 100 food and craft vendors, music and U-pick blueberries ($4 per pound cash). Fest is free Friday through Sunday at the winery in Plant City. $5 parking.

Touch-A-Truck: See more than 100 vehicles including tractors, cars, trucks, bulldozers, fire trucks and police cars Saturday in Highlander Park in Dunedin. Free.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 21 04/20/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 20, 2014 7:29pm]
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