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BRYAN THOMAS | Times (Tampa, February 24, 2011) On February 24, 2011, Placido Domingo salutes opera singers Micaela Oeste and James Valenti before conducting Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall.  At Opera Tampa's "A Night of Stars" Concert, Domingo, a member of the famous Three Tenors, received a key to the City of Tampa from Mayor Pam Iorio as well as, conducted the first piece of the night.

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BRYAN THOMAS | Times (Tampa, February 24, 2011) On February 24, 2011, Placido Domingo salutes opera singers Micaela Oeste and James Valenti before conducting Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall. At Opera Tampa's "A Night of Stars" Concert, Domingo, a member of the famous Three Tenors, received a key to the City of Tampa from Mayor Pam Iorio as well as, conducted the first piece of the night.

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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