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Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 18

Honda Grand Prix: You might not see them, but if you're anywhere near St. Petersburg, you'll hear the Indy cars whizzing through the streets starting Friday, with the main event Sunday. $20-$55 general, $50-$135 reserved. Visit gpstpete.com. On Thursday, the Illuminated Night Parade winds through downtown with floats, beads, race cars and then fireworks. Free.

Gallagher's Last Smash: This is the last show in the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater before extensive renovations, so naturally the star is the comedian best known for watermelon-smashing destructiveness: Gallagher. It's also the last show for the Tampa native, who has been sidelined by health problems. What could go wrong? Tickets start at $19.21. (727) 791-7400.

Date Night

Leonard Cohen: Chances are excellent he'll do Hallelujah tonight at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $59.50-$250. (813) 229-7827.

Jake Shimabukuro: He leaves audiences in awed silence with covers of George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody — all on ukulele. Show is Tuesday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $39-$49. (727) 791-7400.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: Opening night Tuesday features the world premiere of Empire State, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at Tampa Theatre. Director Dito Montiel will attend. The festival, which continues through Sunday, also celebrates the 10th anniversary of The Punisher, filmed in Tampa in 2003, with a screening Saturday at Centro Ybor. Star Thomas Jane receives a career achievement award Saturday. Go to gasparillafilm festival.com for ticket info.

Roger Hodgson: The former Supertramp co-frontman and composer of Take the Long Way Home brings along a rock symphony and laser light show Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $49-$69. (727) 791-7400

Bill Cosby: For a generation that grew up on The Cosby Show, he's that comforting grandpa who can spin a story and pluck humor from everyday life. Two shows Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $42, $50, $63. (727) 791-7400.

Alicia Keys: The 14-time Grammy winner with the velvet voice brings her Set the World on Fire tour to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Sunday. $45.25-$100.25. (813) 301-2500.

Kids and Family

Underwater Egg Hunt: It's a week before Easter but never too early for kids to hop into the pool to hunt eggs filled with prizes Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center. Afterward is a festival in Horan Park. $4 for egg hunt, festival is free. For more Easter events, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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