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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 8

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, above, (Sunday), Jonny Lang (Saturday) and Dickey Betts and Great Southern (Friday) headline three days of blues in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, with after-shows Friday and Saturday at the nearby Palladium Theater. $35 each day, $90 three-day pass, $150-$350 VIP passes, $20 aftershow. Tickets online at or cash at the gate.

John Legend: He's here for the USF Lecture Series, focusing on education and civic engagement, but perhaps he'll sing a few notes? It's free Tuesday at the USF Marshall Student Center in Tampa. (813) 974-3180.

Weird Al Yankovic: Guffaw all you want at the costume changes and parodies such as Eat It and Like a Surgeon, but he always puts on a great concert. It's Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$55. (727) 791-7400.

Foam 'n' Glow Party: This traveling party is drenched in neon, ultraviolet dancers, music and, of course, foam Thursday at Club Underground in Tampa. $24.50, VIP $59.50. (813) 221-2582.

Date night

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Two drag queens and a transsexual, a lavender bus named Priscilla and plenty of camp classics like I Love the Nightlife and I Will Survive. All the makings of a fabulous road trip. The musical opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $44.50-$79.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045.

Smokey Robinson: At 73, he's one of the last living legends from Motown Records' golden years, and his time fronting the Miracles spawned classics like the Tracks Of My Tears and I Second That Emotion. His show is Wednesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 892-5767.

Comedy: At the Improv in Tampa is Bob Saget, who might be best known for his wholesome role on Full House, but wait till you hear the filth that comes out of his mouth. Thursday-Saturday, $28-$30, (813) 864-4000. On Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa is Jim Breuer, famous as "Goat Boy" on Saturday Night Live and for his "AC/DC Does the Hokey Pokey" routine. $24.50, $34.50, (813) 229-7827.

Kids and Family

Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade: This is serious stuff, with up to 50 wildly decorated boats parading down the Pithlachascotee River to downtown New Port Richey on Saturday. The top prize: $2,500. Free to watch, $25 to enter a boat.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 8 04/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 10:59am]
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