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Erykah Badu performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Erykah Badu performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Gasparilla Music Festival : Five stages overlooking the water host more than 50 bands in various genres including headliner Erykah Badu along with Greensky Bluegrass, MS MR, Houndmouth and more. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $30-$150. (813) 708-8423.

Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Charlie Wilson, Kris Kristofferson: The R & B singer headlines at 7:30 p.m. with opener, Kris Kristofferson at 3:30. 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.

Fanboy Expo: Meet some of your favorite stars and get autographs. Celebrities include: Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeanie), Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show), Verne Troyer (AKA Mini Me in Austin Power films), Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island), Ric Flair (professional wrestler), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Tony Anselmo (the voice of Donald Duck), Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy), and more. 10 a.m., Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $30 Saturday; $25 Sunday. (865) 280-2023.

Brava: Opening Reception: An exhibition by Brava, an artists' collective of seven women including Carolina Cleere and Kim Radatz, featuring work that includes paintings, textiles, sculpture and installation. Remains on display through April 2. 5 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6620.

Exquisite Porch: Opening Reception: A Florida-inspired take on the surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse, whereby artists from Florida and New York City create images of creepy crawlies that are then unwittingly made into collaborations. Remains on display through May 1. 5 p.m., Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-7872.

Growing Up in Neverland: Cocktail Reception: The exhibit features seven renowned and provocative contemporary Cuban artists. Remains on display through March 18. Includes snacks, a private viewing of the exhibition and a chance to meet seven of the eight participating artists. Benefits Cuban Art Group and the UT/Scarfone Gallery. $250. Tickets available at growingupinneverland.org. 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 253-6217.

Coheed and Cambria : The New York-based four-piece band has been rockin' since 2001. Now, they embark on the The Color Before the Sun Tour with Glassjaw and Silver Snakes. 6:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $27.50 advance. (727) 565-0550.

Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade: Krewes from across Florida celebrate St. Patrick's Day with beads, floats and more. 7 p.m., Downtown Ybor City, E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. Free. (813) 248-1898.

Itzhak Perlman: The Israeli-American violin virtuoso has amassed four Emmy Awards and 15 Grammys. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $37.50-$71.50. (813) 229-7827.

Sondheim on Sondheim: This revolutionary biographical revue employs state-of-the-art video to tell the story of Sondheim's life and career in his own words and music. Through April 10. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$43. (727) 498-5205.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Brahms - A German Requiem: The orchestra presents The World's Ransoming (MacMillan) and A German Requiem (Brahms). 8 p.m., Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Former Mermaids Perform: A flashback performance by the "Legendary Sirens," featuring retired mermaids from the '50s to the '70s. 1:30 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $13, $8 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. (352) 592-5656.

TO WATCH

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC. Ariana Grande pulls double duty on tonight's edition. The pop star and actress will both host the show and serve as musical performer.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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