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Things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Feb. 17

Rays Fan Fest: It's baseball, baby! This free day with Rays players, coaches and alumni includes clinics for kids, photos with mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty and "Reading With the Rays." Autographs get a bit trickier. They will cost $125 each for the three big players — Evan Longoria, Wil Myers and David Price — and $25 for other prominent players. But there will still be a kids table with free autographs by lesser-known players. Go to for details. It's Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. (888) 326-7297.

Date Night

Jon Batiste and Stay Human: New Orleans' eclectic spirit shines through in the keyboard-percussion-saxophone-tuba jazz quartet, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Tuesday. Tickets start at $35. (813) 229-7827.

Amy Schumer: For a bleeping good time, see the comedian who's totally raunchy but real Wednesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $37.50-$45. (813) 229-7827.

Trisha Yearwood: The Grammy-winning country singer really cooks — as in cookbooks and a Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, now in its fourth season. She performs Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $49.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400.

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: You'll recognize part of this Rachmaninoff work as the haunting music in the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time, but there's so much more to it. Also on the Florida Orchestra program is Schumann's Symphony No. 2. Shows are Friday morning and Saturday evening at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. Toll free 1-800-662-7286.

Kids and families

Trashy Treasures: This fundraiser for the Dunedin Fine Art Center offers donated art and art supplies for auction and a garage sale. It also includes Contain It! art installations in PODS, plus a food truck rally and craft beer. Friday night party is $5; free admission on Saturday. (727) 298-3322.

Nuclear Cowboyz: The freestyle motocross show has synchronized tricks — side-by-side quadruple back flips! — and lots and lots of fire. Performances are Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $20-$50. (813) 301-2500.

Flan Fest: While contestants compete for the best flan in Tampa Bay, you get samples of the sweet dessert, shopping and entertainment Saturday in Centennial Park in Ybor City. Free admission.

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