Friday, May 25, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 18

American Idol Live: Season 13 finalists including this year's winner Caleb Johnson, along with runner-up Jena Irene, C.J. Harris, Alex Preston and Bradenton local Sam Woolf perform live at 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$105. (727) 791-7400.

Tampa Bay Home Show: The largest home show in Florida's west coast brings 500 exhibits with everything related to Florida homes, home improvement, home entertainment and landscaping. Also includes live entertainment, seminars, demonstrations, giveaways and do-it-yourself ideas. It kicks off at 10 a.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8523.

Art in the PARC: The indoor event features more than 1,000 pieces of jewelry and artwork by PARC artists with developmental disabilities. Benefits PARC art programs and students. 4 p.m., Duke Energy, 299 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 341-6903.

Showstoppers: Patel Conservatory students perform songs from popular Broadway musicals and movies in what was a sell-out show last year. 7 p.m., Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15. (813) 229-7827.

God of Carnage: Opening night: Two sets of parents devolve into finger-pointing and tantrums when trying to settle their kids' playground fight. And that's before they break out the rum. Catch it at 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$59. (727) 823-7529.

Bill Bellamy: This comic was a former MTV VJ and invented the term "booty call." 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000.

Cookie Monsta: The DJ who just performed at Sunset Music Festival returns to Tampa to take over the Ybor dance floor at 10 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 873-8368.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dive-In Movies: Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to watch The Lego Movie in the pool at 8 p.m., St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. $4. (727) 363-9264.

TO WATCH

Crossbones, 10 p.m., NBC Lowe plans on giving Blackbeard to the English by kidnapping him. Jagger, meanwhile, visits a mental patient who may hold the key to defeating the pirate. Well, yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

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Published: 05/25/18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 26

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