Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Kevin Bacon: The actor most recognized for influential films, including Footloose, JFK and A Few Good Men, as well as the TV series The Following, will reflect on his career and philanthropic work through SixDegrees.org, which links people to charities and each other for the purpose of making a difference. Talk is at 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. But be sure to get there early if you want a seat. Free. (813) 974-3180.

American Idiot: See the story of lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of the suburbs unravel on stage as Green Day hits including Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Give Me Novocaine provide the soundtrack. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 893-7832.

Unhappy Hour: To raise awareness about the issues of pay equality and wage discrimination, the Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas invite anyone to celebrate Equal Pay Day with a cash bar and light appetizers. Why this day? April 9 is the date when women's earnings "catch up" to men's from the previous year. It's at 5:30 p.m. at Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 551-5225.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Sugar Sand Festival: Nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand will be transformed into iconic movie characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a 15,000-square-foot tent. The exhibit and Pier 60 Festival are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a children's sand box area from 10 a.m. to sunset, a sand bar from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a screening of Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows 2 at 8 p.m. Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. $8, $5 seniors/military, $4 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free. (727) 449-1036.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Deadbeat, Hulu, Midnight This 10-episode "quirky supernatural comedy" channels Pushing Daisies. It stars Tyler Labine as a New York City medium and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley, who makes her scripted-series debut as a TV psychic. Binge watchers, we have a good premonition about this one.

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Coming up

Florida Blueberry Festival: Capitalizing on the blueberry boom in Florida, this fest features the fruit, plus an art show, vendors, theater, zip lines, monster trucks and a car show, all in Brooksville on Saturday and Sunday. $5, $3 ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and younger.

Tampa Bay Blues Fest: Also along St. Petersburg's waterfront is this annual three-day fest in Vinoy Park. The lineup includes Buddy Guy (Friday), Michael McDonald (Saturday) and Irma Thomas and the Professionals (Sunday). $40-$50; $100-$375 three-day tickets. Full lineup at tampabaybluesfest.com.

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