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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 12

Return to the Forbidden Planet: It's opening night for this intergalactic kitsch-fest — an adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest set to '50s rock 'n' roll hits. Opens at 8 p.m. in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50. (813) 229-7827.

Jen Kober: This hard-hitting comedian punched out Larry David on the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and had a recurring role on HBO's Treme. Show is at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $12-$14. (813) 960-1197.

Sunshine State Cluster: This four-day all-breed dog show includes a puppy competition, veteran dog competition, owner-handler competition, vendors and health clinics. Starts at 9 a.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5 adults, children free, $6 parking. (727) 345-5848.

The Beer Project: Beer Crafts: What to do with those 99 bottles of beer on the wall? Shawn Bowman demonstrates creative ways to use beer bottles, cans, bottle caps and labels to create jewelry, birdhouses and sculptures. Free beer tasting from Cigar City Brewing and Brew Bus Tampa Bay. Since it's at 6 p.m., admission is $5 at Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.


World Refugee Day: This free family festival includes a fashion show, cultural performances, interactive educational displays about the refugee experience, food, children's activities, live music and community resource tables. It's at 5 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 4401 W Cypress St., Tampa. (813) 872-5241.


The Sixties, 9 p.m., CNN We could watch endless coverage of the mysterious assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Which is why this week's episode of the Tom Hanks-produced spin through the 1960s is a must-see.


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Art exhibits: If art is your thing, this is your weekend with two big openings. Marvels of Illusion at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg ( delves into what Dalí did so well: double images and illusions. At the Tampa Museum of Art is Poseidon and the Sea, which explores myths and iconography of the Greek god (

IIFA Watch Party: Didn't get enough Bollywood thrills when the International Indian Film Academy Awards invaded Tampa Bay in April? The city of Tampa has you covered. A free IIFA Watch Party will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown's Curtis Hixon Park. Also featuring vendors and food trucks.

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