Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 17

Brad Paisley: The country star beneath the cowboy hat offers a dose of humor (Ticks) and heartbreak (Whiskey Lullaby). Show is Saturday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. $29.25-$64.75.

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner author has a book talk with Rob Lorei from WMNF radio Tuesday at Tampa Theatre. Admission is $35, which includes two tickets and one copy of his new book, And the Mountains Echoed. Signing afterward open only to those who purchased book at the event or at Inkwood Books or Oxford Exchange.

Date Night

Heart: Where would karaoke bars be without classics Barracuda and Crazy on You from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson? Show is Tuesday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. $20-$69. (813) 740-2446.

Billy Idol: Give your best Rebel Yell for the 57-year-old Brit on Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $51-$81. (727) 791-7400.

Kool & the Gang: There's a party goin' on Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg with the funk masters known for hits Get Down On It and Celebration, as well as Jungle Boogie, featured in Pulp Fiction. $39-$75. (727) 893-7832.

Pulp Fiction: And speaking of Pulp Fiction, it's the featured cult classic Tuesday night for the Dali Museum's Movies on the Patio. Costumes, please! Plus, there's a cash bar, which will make those "Batman" dance moves a lot easier to pull off. Free (museum will be closed). (727) 823-3767.

Scream on the Green: Another awesome free movie idea: The Shining. At midnight Friday. In Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. Blankets, low chairs and picnic baskets are allowed, but no alcohol.

Grizzly Bear: The indie-rock band is finally coming to Tampa! Don't be surprised to see hordes of Gen X and Y fans line up at the Ritz Ybor on Wednesday. $28.50 and up. (813) 247-2555.

West Side Story: Updated version of the musical featuring Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere runs Friday through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Look for Thomas Mothershed (Officer Krupke), a graduate of Hillsborough High. $59-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Kids and Family

Go Skateboarding Day: The Apollo Beach Skate Park and the Brandon Skate Park combine their first anniversary with celebrations that include food, giveaways and a best trick contest. Free. Both are Friday: noon to 2 p.m. in Brandon, 5 to 7 p.m. at Apollo Beach.

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