Friday, May 25, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 21

Helen Keaney: After honing her comedy skills at the Boston Comedy Club and the Comic Strip, Keaney landed a job co-hosting Short Attention Span Theater on Comedy Central. Show is at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 864-4000.

Steel Magnolias: Tonight is a "pay what you can" preview of American Stage's new play that revolves around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. See it at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Kid Ink: The tattoo-covered rapper performs at 9 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 247-2555.

Ybor Ghost Tour: This ghost tour introduces an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Cuban Club pool, a long deceased shopkeeper of King Corona and lovers sealed in the basement of the Orpheum Theatre. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $25, $10 ages 8-12. (813) 386-3905.

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour: You can't see Michael Jackson live anymore, but you can see this high energy Cirque du Soleil dance and aerial acrobatic show set to his famous jams. Show is at 8 p.m. at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $50-$125. (813) 301-2500.

KIDS AND FAMILY

A Game of Honor: Tribute to Heroes: Bucs stars Mike Alstott and Brad Culpepper join other NFL alumni in a flag football challenge against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team. Come early for a meet and greet with photo opportunities. It starts at 6 p.m. at H. B. Plant High School, 2415 S Himes Ave., Tampa. $10, $5 students, 7 and younger free. (202) 803-1515.

Correction

Terrence Howard is an Oscar-nominated actor. An item on Monday's 2B was incorrect on this point.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox This finale pits Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson against each other, just days after the show reached its 500th episode — and after it got its lowest ratings ever this month. At this point, does anyone really care?

MORE TO EXPLORE

Make plans for the long Memorial Day weekend at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Coming up

Old Crow Medicine Show: The bluegrass group who reimagined Bob Dylan's Wagon Wheel into a crossover hit play St. Petersburg's Jannus Live on Friday. $36-$42; (727) 565-0550.

Memorial Day Weekend: The long weekend's stars are service members and … 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 but a few.

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With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

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Professional wrestlers are telling their stories through comic books

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

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Published: 05/25/18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 26

97X Barbecue, Music and Arts Festival: Alt-rock station 97X expands the annual Memorial Day weekend music festival to show love to all arts with a display by local artists and a music line-up including The Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah and the Lion,...
Published: 05/25/18
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

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It’s where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.It’s where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the program’s biggest road games.It’s where folks showed up in...
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Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

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Published: 05/24/18
Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

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tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

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