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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 19-25

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour: Don't stop 'til you get enough of the King of Pop, first with his new album, Xscape, and now this Cirque du Soleil show bringing the late MJ's tunes to life at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday. $50-$125. (813) 301-2500.

Memorial Day Weekend: We'll bring you events honoring service next Monday, but the long weekend's other star is festivals: the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday and Sunday [$139-$209; (813) 350-6545], Saturday's Tampa Bay Margarita Festival at Curtis Hixon Park [$20-$100] and Oldsmar Freedom Fest Friday to Sunday [free; (813) 855-4233], to name a few.

Date night

Pint of Science: If you want people to listen, use beer. Some 20 scientists are doing just that with talks in bay area pubs this week, starting at 7 tonight with topics like "Survival of the Misfits" at the Amsterdam in St. Petersburg. Reserve your free spot and see the full lineup at

Music: Foreigner and Styx bring back the '70s and '80s at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday [$85-$135; (727) 791-7400], and Old Crow Medicine Show, the bluegrass group who reimagined Bob Dylan's Wagon Wheel, play St. Petersburg's Jannus Live on Friday [$36-$42; (727) 565-0550]. Lucinda Williams, once named America's Best Songwriter by Time, plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Saturday [$42.50-$57.50. (727) 791-7400].

My Generation: Lecture Series: This talk will get you ready for the new "My Generation — Young Chinese Artists" exhibit that will be shared by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Museum of Art, opening June 7. Professor and artist Kirk Ke Wang will speak on China's Cultural Revolution on Thursday at MFA. Included in admission: $17, $15 military/seniors, $10 children/college students.

Kids & Family

A Game of Honor: Tribute to Heroes: Bucs stars Mike Alstott and Brad Culpepper and other NFL alumni play flag football Wednesday against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team at Tampa's Plant High. Come early for a meet and greet. $10, $5 students, 7 and younger free.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox: Friday night's game at the Trop is a three-fer: the Ticket Tandem item is an Alex Cobb Military Bobblehead, there's a Rays Irish Heritage T-shirt package for $35 (code: Irish1), and it's Volleyball Night (lower level seat and a volleyball T-shirt for $30 with code Spike1).

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 19-25 05/18/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:56pm]
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