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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

Ben Folds With yMusic: The platinum-selling singer, songwriter and producer performs with the Brooklyn-based chamber sextet yMusic (string trio, flute, clarinet, trumpet). 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$55.50. (727) 893-7832.

Spamalot: 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.

Clearwater Threshers: vs. Daytona: 12 p.m., Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $6-$10. (727) 467-4467.

Epicurean Education: Sippin' 'n Suppin': Bourbon and Blueberries: Chef Emily Ellyn's modern menu includes beef tacos with bourbon and blueberry corn salsa, plus bourbon spiked scallop and shrimp ceviche, blueberry shortcake. $65. 7 p.m., Epicurean Theatre at the Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-8735.

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

SERIES PREMIERE There Goes the Motherhood, 10 p.m., Bravo. The new reality series follows six Los Angeles moms through parenting expert Jill Spivack's popular eight-week course.

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