Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 19

Tori Kelly: The pop-R&B sensation has a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, and a big-time single in Should've Been Us on her resume. 8 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $27.50-$50. (813) 247-2555.

Charity Challenge: A one-hour, indoor, scramble format tournament followed by a party with craft beer, food, wine and chocolate pairings, celebrity challenges, auctions, contests and a raffle. Benefits the Quinton Aaron Foundation. 5 p.m., Golfer's Grail Indoor Golf and Tap, 10019 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $150. (727) 480-8880.

Wine Madonna Tasting: Discount on featured bottles. Try six wines, and find a new favorite. 6:30 p.m., Wine Madonna, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 289-7257.

Writers at the University: Helen Pruitt Wallace: A literary reading series organized by the Department of English and Writing. Poet laureate of St. Petersburg. 7 p.m., University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 257-6311.

Wordier than Thou: Prose and Short Story Open Mic: A unique open mic series focusing on storytelling. Poetry and musical performances are not allowed. Includes a performance by a featured reader followed by numerous 10-minute open mic slots. 7 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-6620.

A Fierce Green Fire: Catch a two-hour documentary of the history of the environmental movements evolution from the 1960's to present. A discussion on how far it still has to go follows. 7:30 p.m., Stetson University Law College, 1401 61st St. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 582-2517.

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

Sugar Sand Festival: Nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand will be transformed into "All Out Music" themed characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a 21,000-square-foot tent. There will also be sand sculpting classes on the weekends and a giant sandbox for kids to play in. The 10-day festival also brings a few free activities to the beach including movies, fireworks and beachfront concerts on the weekends. 10 a.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE Supergirl, 8 p.m., CBS. Even the Woman of Steel needs a break, closing out its action-packed first season, but not before our heroine (Melissa Benoist) deals with one more violent threat to all of humanity.

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