Monday, April 23, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 13

Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival: A Caribbean music festival with performances by Patrice Roberts, Kevin Lyttle, Kewin Cosmos, Tony Wylie, Leon Coldero and Code 868. 1 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15, ages 10 and younger free. (727) 565-0550.

Luenell: The "bad girl of comedy" is best know for her controversial role as the "hooker with the heart of gold" in the blockbuster comedy Borat. She does standup at 9:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 864-4000.

So, You Think You're a Movie Buff?: Scenes, monologues and iconic one-liners from famous films are performed live with a trivia twist. Full bar and dinner available for purchase. 6 p.m., Flanagan's Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. $10. (727) 736-4994.

America II: Extreme Mud Wars: It's free (and cleaner) to watch more than 600 people compete in an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war, dodge ball and more. Competitor slots are sold out, though. It's at 10 a.m., Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (877) 820-2582.

Metrocon: This convention focused on Japanese animation and artwork style anime (think Speed Racer, Sailor Moon) has an anime human chess match, formal Fantasy Masquerade, a rave dance and fire show. 10 a.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $10-$100. (813) 898-1310.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Sunday is "Family Fun Day" featuring free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a DJ Kitty Dance Party after the game. Tonight, all kids get a free Yunel Escobar Basketball Hoop. 1:40 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297; tampabay.rays.mlb.com.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE The Strain, 10 p.m., FX The promotional graphic billboards showing a parasite coming out of an eye make it clear you're going to need a strong stomach to enjoy it. Easier to swallow lead actor Corey Stoll playing an epidemiologist battling a parasitic sickness.

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Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

Local hip-hop artist Dynasty is on her way to Hollywood, but before she goes she will grace Tampa with one more performance.Originally from New York, Diana "Dynasty" Hardy came to Tampa in 2004 and quickly became acclimated to the area’s underground ...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy sees a down-and-out producer and his accountant scheme to produce the most notorious flop in theater history. Through May 13. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Pe...
Published: 04/20/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 21

Kenny Chesney: The tight-jeaned country superstar is making his first return to Tampa in five years and will be joined by country music’s hottest, new act Old Dominion after the release of their sophomore album Happy Endings which debuted No. 1 on Bi...
Published: 04/20/18
Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain talks breakup, reunion, getting sober and returning to St. Petersburg

Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain talks breakup, reunion, getting sober and returning to St. Petersburg

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Published: 04/20/18
Review: Gilbert King’s ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’ a compelling, horrifying look at Florida’s racist history

Review: Gilbert King’s ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’ a compelling, horrifying look at Florida’s racist history

If Willis McCall were a fictional character, he’d be too far over the top to be believable. Readers (and editors) would scoff that no one could be such a monster of violent, unabashed racism — and get away with it for so long. But McCall...
Published: 04/20/18
Tampa, Brandon 4-year-olds earn starring roles in Waitress at the Straz

Tampa, Brandon 4-year-olds earn starring roles in Waitress at the Straz

TAMPATwo little girls, strangers to each other just a month ago and now best friends, will become authentic stars this week as they perform in the Broadway musical hit, Waitress, at the Straz Center’s Morsani Hall.Both Lucy Capri, 5, of Tampa and Mad...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

Spyro Gyra: Nine-time Grammy nominated, contemporary jazz icons known for blending soul, Latin, pop, and world beat influences and one of the most famous instrumental ensembles of all time will perform. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Cle...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

The Florida Orchestra puts another exclamation point on its 50th season with Verdi’s Requiem, this weekend’s concert series, a major presentation of an iconic work. Composed by Giuseppe Verdi, Requiem debuted in 1874 but took on a new layer of signif...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
On its 20th anniversary, Disney's Animal Kingdom credits conservation with longevity

On its 20th anniversary, Disney's Animal Kingdom credits conservation with longevity

ORLANDO — When Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened 20 years ago, it was light on thrills and heavy on conservation. On April 22, 1998, Earth Day, the Orlando park had a single thrill ride, Countdown to Extinction, and a handful of shows like ...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Do you see what I did there? The comma and extra "E" in my byline? One last pun, just for fun. It’s the end, fin in French, and something unfortunately ruder in Swedish. Time to retire, nearly 25 years to the day after starting work as the T...
Published: 04/19/18