Friday, May 25, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 14

Iliza Shlesinger: While it's surprising that only one woman has won NBC's Last Comic Standing after seven seasons, it's not surprising that it's Shlesinger. Her debut comedy special, War Paint reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the "Top 10 Albums of 2013" on iTunes. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $18-$22. (813) 864-4000.

Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers: The folk-rock, alternative country singer and daughter of legendary singer-drummer Levon Helm, tours in support of her latest album Didn't It Rain. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35. (727) 791-7400.

Spamalot: Preview: Pay what you can: The American Stage in the Park production of the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Monty Python parody of the legend of King Arthur. No alcohol or pets are allowed, but concessions (including alcohol) will be available. Through May 8. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $25-$38. (727) 823-7529.

Sacred Heart Spring Festival: Sacred Heart's annual community event features carnival rides, live bands, mixed entertainment, food, games and craft vendors. Benefits Sacred Heart Interparochial Catholic School. 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Interparochial School, 7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park. Free; $12-$20 (rides). (727) 541-4447.

The Longest Table: A dining room just isn't big enough for this dinner, so the giant table hits Bayshore Drive extending from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy. The 21 and older "Feast in the Street" features prix fixe menus from area restaurants paired with adult drinks. Benefits WUSF Public Media. 7 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $100-$160. (800) 661-0823.

Murder for Two: A hilarious musical murder mystery, in which one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the other roles, and they both play piano. Through May 1. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Wee-time at Weedon: Includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m., Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6500.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE American Grit, 9 p.m., Fox. WWE superstar John Cena hosts a new reality series that puts 16 ultra-tough men and women through intense military-grade challenges while we just veg out on the couch.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

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Lee Roy Selmon’s original Tampa restaurant is closing, marking the end of an era

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