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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 11

La Traviata: This iconic opera tells the tale of a captivating courtesan condemned to die from the ravages of consumption when she meets an earnest admirer, who awakens in her a desire to feel true love. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50-$125. (813) 229-7827.

97X Freesome: The Struts: See British glam-rockers the Struts along with New Jersey indie rockers the Front Bottoms and teenage British singer-songwriter Declan McKenna for free, courtesy of 97X. Check the website for a list of ticket drop locations. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free, ticket required. (727) 565-0550.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Now in its 12th year, the opening race for the Verizon IndyCar series takes place in the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on the 1.8-mile long waterfront course with 14 turns. Free shuttle service will be available from the Tropicana Field parking lot. $10 to park. 7:30 a.m., Race Track Area, Albert Whitted Airport to First Street SE, St. Petersburg. $55-$135. Toll-free 1-877-725-8849.

Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest: Swamp creatures roam the 23rd annual swamp celebration with more than 140 artists and crafters, food, live music, dancing and a swamp monster costume contest. 9 a.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $8, $4 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. (352) 556-5807.

Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Cole Swindell : The Chillin' It country star headlines at 7:30 p.m. with opener, Tanya Tucker at 3:30 p.m. $15-$20. 10 a.m., Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra. (813) 752-9194.

Blessthefall: Calling all metalcore lovers this one's for you. Miss May I, The Plot In You, Sirens & Sailors and A War Within complete the bill. 5:30 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of show. (727) 895-3045.

Fast Friday Grand Prix Block Party: To kick off the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the city is throwing a block party with live music, race car building for kids, food trucks and a screening of Disney's Cars on the north wall of the Museum of Fine Arts. 6:30 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 898-4639.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Inside Brahms' German Requiem: Music director Michael Francis combines an interactive talk with musical demonstrations by the orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. 8 p.m., Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., Lutz. $15. (727) 892-3337.

Come Back Alice: The Sarasota-based Southern gypsy band incorporate a baroque style violin, a funky bass and drums. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.

Inherit the Wind: The great American drama of a science teacher put on trial for teaching evolution is loosely based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Through March 27. 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$40. (813) 374-2416.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Day Out With Thomas: Take a 25-minute ride on a full sized, 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine to meet Sir Topham Hatt. Activities include storytelling, video viewing and live music. Rides depart every 45 minutes. 9 a.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $19-$23. (877) 869-0800.

TO WATCH

Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m, CBS. The team hunts for a Russian spy who stole a flash drive containing classified NSA information. Meanwhile, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) learns why Catherine (Michelle Borth) left him.

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