Memorial Day: The solemn side: A ceremony to remember those who died serving in the military features Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young at 10 a.m. today at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg (free). The party side: Kick off summer at Shephard's on Clearwater Beach featuring drink specials and DJs Ray Deville/Nova/Ku/A Rock ($10-$20). Active duty and retired military also can find deals, including free admission to the Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
IPA Festival: More than 35 hoppy IPAs, spicy food and funky jams Saturday at Dunedin Brewery, one of the originals in the craft beer movement. $35-$45. (727) 736-0606.
7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England: American Stage's new comedy involves a complicated relationship among three women, a university in dire financial straits and characters from a diorama in a history museum. Previews start Wednesday ($29); opens Friday ($59 for opening night with reception; $29-$49 after). (727) 823-7529.
Summerland Tour: '90s tour brings together Live, Everclear, Filter and Sponge. Not much of the original lineups remain — but the hits do. It's Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $29-$69, $15 with student ID. (727) 893-7832.
The Rascals: The group known for '60s hits Groovin' and You Better Run do a unique stage show combining a reunion concert with the story of the band's tumultuous era. Produced by Steven Van Zandt, it's Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $55-$125, $200 VIP. (727) 791-7400.
More music: Australian teen pop phenom Cody Simpson promotes his album Paradise at the Straz Center in Tampa on Friday. $39.50-$99.50; (813) 229-7827. Even younger phenom 13-year-old Jackie Evancho of America's Got Talent fame performs songs from the silver screen Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg $55.50; (727) 893-7832. Folk duo Indigo Girls bring a 32-piece orchestra Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater $39-$59; (727) 791-7400. Also at Ruth Eckerd is Peter Frampton, known for hits like Baby, I Love Your Way, on Sunday. $49.50-$99.
Kids and Family
Pinellas Pepper Fest: Fire up the taste buds with spicy foods, live music, family activities, a pepper eating contest and a spicy lolly lick-a-thon. It's Saturday at the England Brothers Bandshell Park in Pinellas Park. $2, 12 and younger free. (727) 541-0700.
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