Kevin Bacon: The award-winning actor steps in for actor Matthew Perry, who canceled, for a free lecture at the University of South Florida Tampa campus on Tuesday. Better get there well before 8 p.m. because seating is first-come, first-served.
George Takei: Mr. Sulu from Star Trek is now the overlord of an Internet following of millions. He will be in Tampa on Tuesday to give the keynote speech for the National Tutoring Association. $145. Tickets will not be available at the door: ntatutor.org.
Jersey Boys: The national tour stars Hayden Milanes, who grew up in Tampa. It opens at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Tuesday. $48-$116. (813) 229-7827. For details, see 2B.
The Wiz: American Stage's production in the park is always the event in the spring. This year's rockin' musical based on The Wizard of Oz brings a diverse cast under the stars in St. Petersburg's Demens Landing on the waterfront. Pay-what-you-can previews are Wednesday and Thursday, with a Gala Under the Stars fundraiser on opening night Friday ($140-$180). Regular tickets will be $15-$32, children under 6 free on the lawn. (727) 823-7529.
Tampa Bay Blues Fest: Also along St. Petersburg's waterfront is this annual three-day fest in Vinoy Park. The lineup includes Buddy Guy (Friday), Michael McDonald (Saturday) and Irma Thomas and the Professionals (Sunday). $40-$50; $100-$375 three-day tickets. Full lineup at tampabaybluesfest.com.
Million Dollar Quartet: Tony-winning musical is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley got together for one of the best jam sessions ever. Songs include Blue Suede Shoes, Ring of Fire and Great Balls of Fire. Show opens Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Kids and Family
Florida Blueberry Festival: Capitalizing on the blueberry boom in Florida, this fest features the fruit, plus an art show, vendors, theater, zip lines, monster trucks and a car show, all in Brooksville on Saturday and Sunday. $5, $3 ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and younger.
Khaotic Kon: An anime, video game and sci-fi convention with fan-hosted panels, dance parties, a Khaotic Combat Musical, the Evil Shindig of Mal-Intent and the formal Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Runs Friday through Sunday at Sheraton Tampa East. $20-$25 daily, $45 weekend. See khaotickon.com for guest lineup.
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