Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 8

Cyndi Lauper: The Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winning artist tours in support of her forthcoming album Detour, featuring covers of classic country songs with guest stars like Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.75-$88.75. (727) 791-7400.

Music on Main Streets: Brian Leneschmidt: More than two dozen venues throughout the Grand Central District, the EDGE District and Deuces Live Main Street will host live music throughout the week of June 6-12. Find the full lineup at the St. Pete Main Streets Facebook page. The singer-songwriter (acoustic & electric guitar) plays 5-9 p.m. at Ferg's. Also, its Open Mic Night at The Queens Head DJ Don Pablo, 6-9pm at Pom Pom's Teahouse and DJ Craig Durty, 9pm-3am at Enigma St. Pete. 5 p.m., Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-4562.

Davis Islands Garden Club: The club presents its' annual Tour of Gardens, a self-driving tour of Davis Island in celebration of National Garden Week. Reception follows. 5 p.m., Davis Islands Garden Club, 81 Columbia Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 251-3123.

Dunedin Blue Jays: vs. St. Lucie: 6:30 p.m., Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Price varies by event. (727) 733-9302.

Second Screen Cult Cinema: A monthly series presenting unconventional cult films. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Enter the Dragon 7 p.m., The Vault, 655 N Franklin St., Tampa. $5 suggested donation. (813) 382-2976.

Think + Drink (Science) Cafe: Grab a beer or glass of wine and join a forum about cutting edge science. In this portion, landscape ecologist Jason Evans takes a look at "The Interface Between Florida's Human and Natural Systems." 7 p.m., South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $5, $3 members. (941) 746-4131.

A Tale of Two Cities: Pride Night: The one-man comedy recreates Dickens' story with a drag queen who discovers a baby on his doorstep. Through June 26. With a happy hour at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. performance, with a special presentation by scenic designer Jerid Fox and Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project's Garry Bruel. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. (727) 823-7529.

KIDS AND FAMILY

World Oceans Day: Learn about ocean habitats and why they're important to us as you enjoy themed activities, crafts and programs throughout the aquarium. Included with admission. 9:30 a.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site. (813) 273-4000.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE The Americans, 10 p.m., FX. The fourth, and arguably best, season comes to a close as Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) race against the FBI to recover a mysterious package.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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