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Fireworks light up the sky last year high above the Channel District in downtown Tampa.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2012)

Fireworks light up the sky last year high above the Channel District in downtown Tampa.

28 Today

Morning Movies at Memorial: Begin the day with breakfast followed by a movie, during the summer movie series, this week featuring Lincoln, 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, 2901 W Swann Ave. Free.

Celebrate Cuba: To help travelers learn more about travel opportunities to Cuba from Tampa, the Tampa International Airport terminal comes alive with a festive party including a cigar rolling demonstration, Juan Carlos Santana painting demonstration, Cigar City Brewery beer tasting and live music by Son De Mi Tiera, 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Level 3 between Airsides A and C in the main terminal at TIA, 4100 George J. Bean Parkway. Free. Call (813) 870-8700.

Paul Tillman: The Nashville recording artist puts a modern twist on the country and gospel genre, with food and an open mike hour preceding the main act, 6:30 p.m. at the Farm, 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Free, but donations appreciated. Call (813) 967-3046.

Pitbull and Ke$ha: Adding to the huge roster of pop stars making their way to Tampa Bay this year are these two acts, the former a Miami rapper best known for tracks like Hotel Room Service and Give Me Everything, the latter a party-girl star known for hits Tik Tok and Die Young, 7 p.m. at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $31-$105.50. Call (813) 740-2446.

Showstoppers: A Musical Revue: From the new quirky comedy The Book of Mormon to the Gershwins' classic Porgy and Bess, to the acoustic and intimate sounds of ONCE to the wall-shattering Queen homage We Will Rock You, audiences will get a taste of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts' 2013-14 Broadway season in this eclectic and energetic revue, 7 p.m. at the Patel Conservatory, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15. Call (813) 222-1002.

Godfrey: One of the hottest comedians on the circuit, he has had roles in Zoolander, 30 Rock and Louie, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. Also 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: Based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, a close-knit immigrant family deals with the hardships of assimilating into a new culture, 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $26, $22 seniors, $10 students. Also 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 727-2708.

Math the Band: The electronic band, which has played with fellow duo Matt and Kim, Andrew W.K. and frequent Tampa visitors Peelander-Z, performs, 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $7. Call (813) 248-4969.

GlowRage: This show that is traveling across the Southeast enhances the party with paint, lights and sounds, 9 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $15-$20. Call (813) 248-9500.

29 Saturday

Tall Tales Weekend: Gather at the museum to hear classic American tales, where you decide if they're true or not, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Also 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 443-3861.

Sensory Friendly Films: AMC Theatres and the Autism Society have joined together to present this special series of films in an environment friendly to those affected by autism and other sensory issues, this week featuring Monsters University. This event is also being held at Veterans 24 in Tampa, Tri-City 8 in Largo and Regency 20 in Brandon. 10 a.m. at Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road. $8, $7 ages 2-12 (price varies by theater). Call toll-free 1-888-262-4386.

PAC Lite Summer Variety Series: From bluegrass to country to Broadway, there will be a concert for everyone to enjoy, this concert featuring Barbara Van Eycken performing a tribute to the music of Patsy Cline, 2:30 and 7 p.m. at Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. $10. Call (813) 642-0606.

Summer Safari Night at the Zoo: Lowry Park Zoo's summer series features free rides after 5 p.m. and special animal encounters, including a lady bug release, 5-8 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

Jay Chandrasekhar: Best known for directing and starring in Broken Lizard's films Super Troopers, Club Dread and Beerfest, he also directed The Dukes of Hazzard and appeared as the cab driver in the "Terror Taxi" skit from Jackass: Number Two, 9 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $16, $19 day of. Call (813) 241-8600.

Badass Soloists: This night of one-man and one-woman performances features Tommy Simms, Mark Etherington, Geri X, Hector Mayoral and Ben Thurmond, 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $5. Call (813) 248-4969.

DJ Icey : The electronic musician DJed at Orlando's defunct the Edge, and changed his name from DJ Icee when the Orlando ice cream company threatened to sue, 10 p.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. $10. Call (813) 873-8368.

30 Sunday

Harbour Island Art Walk: Browse local artists' work, food, drinks, fashion, jewelry and more, noon-5 p.m. at Harbour Island, 700 Harbour Post Drive. Free.

Summer Classic Movie Series: All summer long, Tampa Theatre will show classic Hollywood movies, this week featuring From Russia With Love, about a cartel, seeking revenge for the death of Dr. No, that uses a Soviet encryption device as bait in an attempt to trap special agent James Bond, 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

Phone Calls From Home: The Boston-based rock band use their fame to inspire positivity in their listeners, with Airsickness, Stix of Fire and Zakk Morgan also performing, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $10-$12. Call (813) 248-9500.

Juanes: Formerly a member of the heavy metal band Ekhymosis, Juanes won three Latin Grammy Awards with his first solo album, Fijate Bien, 7:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $49.50-$65.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

2 Tuesday

David Liebe Hart and James Quall: This comedy duo who became famous on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, combine puppets, standup comedy, impressions and rap for one eccentric evening, 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $10. (813) 241-8600.

The Lone Ranger Premiere Event: Ye Loyal Krewe of Samuel Bellamy invites fans of the long-awaited new Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, to join them for a premiere party featuring face painting, goody bags, cash bar and a viewing of the film, 8-10:15 p.m. at Centro Ybor 20, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15, $20 day of. Call (813) 242-0664.

3 Wednesday

Valient Thorr: The metal group, which has performed with Mastodon and Motorhead, and at Gainesville's Fest, plays with Gypsyhawk and Ramming Speed, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $6-$13. Call (813) 248-9500.

Maryellen Hooper: This standup comedy vet, who was voted Female Comedian of the Year at the American Comedy Awards and just finished her latest special Stinky Flowers, comes to the Improv for one night, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15. Call (813) 864-4000.

4 Thursday

Red, White and Zoo: In honor of Independence Day, the zoo holds a military appreciation program where members of the military and up to three direct dependents will be admitted to the zoo free of charge, 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. Call (813) 935-8552.

Fourth of July at the History Center: The History Center celebrates Independence Day by offering free admission and extended hours on July 4 as costumed re-enactors will share hands-on displays of artifacts, uniforms, crafts and music representing the Civil War, Seminole War, Spanish-American War and WWII-era soldiers, sailors and citizens, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. Call (813) 228-0097.

Brandon Blast: Fourth of July: The mall's restaurant courtyard will be filled with live music, family entertainment, dining opportunities, fireworks at the end of the day and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree, 5-9 p.m. at Westfield Brandon shopping mall, 459 Brandon Town Center. Free. Call (813) 661-5100.

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise: Choose from their downtown dock or their satellite dock in Clearwater, then hop aboard and enjoy an open bar, a buffet, entertainment and a fireworks show, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive. $89.95 for adults, $59.95 children. Call (813) 223-7999.

Showcase | Fourth of July: Channel District/Channelside

Tampa's Channel District shows its true colors with this Independence Day celebration that includes entertainment, live music and fireworks choreographed to music. The party starts at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Boat House and runs through 11 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., 3,500 wristbands will be distributed for access to the wharf for the best view of the fireworks, which start at 9 at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. Free. Call (727) 455-5521.

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