Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 29

Music and Movies in the Park: The Birds: Get ready for Halloween with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The Birds and music by Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues. 6 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 463-4612.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert: Our American Music: Under the direction of Stuart Malina, the orchestra presents pieces by Williams, Copeland, Grofe and Loewe. Come early for pre-concert conversation. 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 892-3337.

Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor: The two-day, multi-venue prelude to Gainesville's punk festival Fest returns with acts like Desaparecidos, Lagwagon, The Menzingers and more. 12 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $80. (813) 248-9500.

Next to Normal: Mad Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning rock opera that explores how a suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Through Nov. 15. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $22-$25. (813) 229-7827.

Discussion with Dave Cook and Amos Heller : Taylor Swift's music director/keyboardist and bassist will discuss topics including performing skills, personal branding and their gear choices for recording and live performance. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 341-4360.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story: Basket ball legend Chris Herren, who played in the NBA and several professional leagues overseas, shares his story of substance abuse, losing everything and the struggle to save his life through sobriety. 7 p.m., Tampa Preparatory High School, 727 West Cass St., Tampa. Free. (813) 384-4216.

Doug Benson: The former High Times' Stoner of the Year is a popular comedian, frequent guest on Comedy Central's @midnight and starred in the documentary spoof Super High Me. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Clips Beer and Film Tour: New Belgium's traveling beer and film festival comes to Curtis Hixon Park as part of a 20-stop tour of beer, food, contests and outdoor screenings of short films by beer fans ends. Benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. 7:30 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (888) 622-4044.

Dean Napolitano: This Long Island native has a narrative style that's a throwback to the comedy of yesteryear. Clearwater native Johnny Oz opens. 7:30 p.m., Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $12. (727) 937-3737.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.

TO WATCH

Bones, 8 p.m., Fox. The show shares some frightful crossover fun with Sleepy Hollow as Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) get involved with the Jeffersonian team probing a case pegged to a 200-year-old headless corpse.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

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