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Active duty, retired or drilling reservists or National Guard members will receive free tickets.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times (2012)

Active duty, retired or drilling reservists or National Guard members will receive free tickets.

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Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band: The band, which won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album and is among the best-known Latin jazz groups, performs, 6 p.m. at Friday Morning Musicale, 809 W Horatio St. $35-$75. Call (813) 251-1990.

Friday Extra Concert Series: Bring blankets, low-back chairs, coolers and dogs on leashes for outdoor concerts by Tampa Bay area music acts. This week the Todd Grubbs Band opens for Sting Police, 7 p.m. at Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 North Blvd. Free. Call (813) 274-8221.

Sun City Chamber Players: The finale concert, titled "The Oboe Sings," features oboe soloist Ian Shafer, the premiere of the new string quartet by composer Robert Williams and the beloved "Lark" String Quartet by Haydn, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. $10, $5 music students.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring: The concert opens with Messiaen's symphonic meditation Le offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings), followed by Debussy's La Mer and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, with Tito Muñoz conducting, 8 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15-$45. Call (813) 229-7827.

Behind the Gates: When 17-year-old Bethany disappears while on a school trip to Israel, her parents feverishly search for her throughout Jerusalem and find themselves in a world of political clash and extreme orthodoxies, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28, previews $10. Also 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Ted Alexandro: The New York comedian has appeared everywhere from Dr. Katz to Louie to the Occupy protests, where he has protested and been arrested, 8 and 10:30 p.m. today at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $18-$20. Also 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

The Girlie Show: Big Top Burlesque: Join "Big Momma" and her live Dixieland Band as they set sail on a visual "ODD'yssey" featuring striptease and acrobatics by entertainers with experience from companies like Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Fantasique, Le Click and Les 7 Doigts de le Main, 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave. $25-$50. Also 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (727) 248-5974.

Fighting God: Two brothers who witness their mother's tragic death as children are forced to come face to face with the thing that took their innocence in their professional lives, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St. $20. Also 4 p.m. Sunday.

25 Saturday

Color Me Rad 5K: The fairground turns into a colorful, cornstarch cloud as runners are pelted with color bombs every five minutes along the 5K route, with aerial photos that make this look more like a rainbow-covered rave than a run, 9 a.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $30. Call (813) 621-7821.

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, which includes a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and stories about the old movie house's secrets, art and architecture, benefits Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations. It starts at 11:30 a.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $5 adults, $2 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/1 and younger free. Call (813) 274-8982.

Sunset Music Festival : Now in its second year, the festival brings all things EDM to Raymond James Stadium with David Guetta, voted No. 1 DJ in 2011, and Steve Aoki, who played a Rock the Vote show at RNC 2012, as well as Knife Party, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Crizzly and more, noon at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. $69, $99 VIP. Call (813) 350-6545.

Margarita Festival: Multiple flavors of margaritas pair with a full lineup of bands, beach volleyball, fireworks and other activities for this 21-and-older-only festival that welcomes summer and honors Memorial Day, 2-10 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $15-$100. Call (813) 421-3527.

SoHo Food Truck Rally: Food trucks that include Rollin Zoinks, Dochos, Jimmy Meatballs, Just Smokin, Fork in the Road, New England Lemonade and others pair up with MacDinton's for a rally the last Saturday of each month, 2-6 p.m. at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave. Menu prices vary. Call (813) 251-8999.

Tampa Black History Committee Scholarship Gala: Emmy Award-nominated actor-director Danny Glover serves as keynote speaker for the 25th anniversary formal attire fundraiser with dinner and dancing, 7-10 p.m. at Wyndham Tampa Westshore, 700 N West Shore Blvd. $75, or $750 per table. Call (813) 814-3031.

Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul: The Storm celebrate our heroes with Military Appreciation Night, 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $17.25-$122.25. Call (813) 301-2500.

SkyWatch: Join astronomy experts to see the universe up close, with star clusters and nurseries where stars are being formed. All weather permitting. 8 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 987-6000.

Geri X: The Bulgarian-born rock star will be joined by the local Tampa band Sons of Hippies, Kill Mama and Lone Wolf for a psychedelic Memorial Day concert, 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. Call (813) 248-4969.

26 Sunday

Sunshine Sunday: This special day for children with special needs includes reduced lighting and sound, special programing and resources for children and families with special needs. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5, members free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

Upstairs/Downstairs: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.

Yngwie Malmsteen: The Swedish guitarist, often called the best technical rock guitarist out there, stops by for a Memorial Weekend show, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $25 advance, $28 day of. Call (813) 248-9500.

Memorial Day Service: Friends and family of those who have served are invited to place a lit memorial candle in the veterans cemetery at sunset, 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 5, 3810 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 870-0505.

King Lincoln: The rock band features Duane Trucks, the younger brother of Derek Trucks from the Allman Brothers Band, 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $8 advance. Call (813) 248-4969.

Gerald Kelly: The comedian has appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, Showtime at the Apollo, BET's Comicview and more, 9:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Fantasy Ranch vs. Amp: Celebrate Memorial Weekend at the reunion party with special guest DJ Baby Anne complete with updated sound and light systems, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. $10, free before 11:30 p.m. when on guest list. Call (813) 873-8368.

27 Monday

Carry the Load: Strap on a heavy backpack, hoist a ladder or run with weights on your ankles, or add weight to your load any way you want and join in a walk that represents the weight of our memories for those who have served and currently serve our country and towns, 9-11 a.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. Free, donations through sponsorships average $300. Call (813) 387-1594.

Memorial Day at the Zoo: Free admission for active duty or retired military personnel with photo ID. Also good for free admission for up to three direct dependents. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free regular admission. Call (813) 935-8552.

Family Fun Carnival Day: The museum is filled with carnival games for families to celebrate Memorial Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Call (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

Memorial Day Service: Commander Bill Hamblin presides over this ceremony with all branches of the military represented, the announcement of remembrance wreaths, guest speakers and a vocal tribute by M/Sgt Scott Gierke, USAF Retired, 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 5, 3810 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 870-0505.

29 Wednesday

Crazy Quilts: Learn from Amara Scozzari and create your own designs or follow the theme of the month, 1:30 p.m. at North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 North Blvd. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

30 Thursday

Unfiltered: Emerge Tampa Bay brings together Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, Tampa City Council member Lisa J. Montelione and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman to discuss local transportation improvements, innovation and engagement, 5:30-8 p.m. at Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers, $35 at the door. Call (813) 276-9448.

Yappy Hour: The happy hour that doesn't discriminate against canines includes music, martinis and door prizes and benefits Labrador Retriever Rescue, 6-9 p.m. at Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini, 10475 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview. (813) 677-7171.

David Alan Grier: Although lately he has been busier on the stage with Tony-nominated roles in Porgy and Bess and Race, the performer also is a comedian (In Living Color, Chocolate News), 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $20-$22. Call (813) 864-4000.

Showcase | Memorial Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium

Throughout the weekend, all active duty, retired or drilling reservists or National Guard members can get two free tickets to the aquarium. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admission. Hours at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. $21.95, $18.95 for seniors 60+, $16.95 for kids 3-12 regular museum admission. Call (813) 273-4000.

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