Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Feb. 15-21

Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best known road races, it draws first-timers to Olympians, including medalists Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan prepping for Brazil. It features a free Health Expo on Friday at the Tampa Convention Center, a 5K and a 15K Saturday, and an 8K and a half-marathon Sunday.

Florida Superstars Dance­sport Championships: Dancers of all ages compete in Latin and ballroom styles Thursday to Saturday at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Renaissance resort. $20-$110.

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Music: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo kick off the week hitting us with their best shot today at the Capitol Theatre ($77-$97). Try not to get Call Me Maybe this week as Carly Rae Jepsen comes Wednesday to the Ritz Ybor ($24-$35). Fresh off performing at the Grammys tonight, singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr. comes Thursday to Jannus Live ($30-$35), the same day Melissa Etheridge takes on the Capitol Theatre ($75.50-$99.50). Bryan Adams takes Coachman Park back to the Summer of '69 on Friday ($20, $60-$100 VIP). And Sunday belongs to the queens: Loretta Lynn at the Mahaffey Theater ($35.50-$65.50) and Patti LaBelle at the Straz Center ($45-$95).

The Book of Mormon: The Tony-winning profane religious satire musical from the creators of South Park is back again, this time at Ruth Eckerd Hall from Tuesday to Sunday. $38-$98. Same-day tickets available by lottery, call the box office for details.

Cosi Fan Tutte: Opera Tampa opens the season with this mischievous comedy about young officers testing the fidelity of their beloveds Friday and Sunday at the Straz Center. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. $69.50.

Kids and family

Wild Kratts Live: The zoologist brothers of PBS science fame come to the Mahaffey stage Friday to explore science concepts central to an animal's life, told in a comedic style for kids. $22.50-$42.50.

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Kick-Off: Outside the Great Explorations Children's Museum on Saturday, there will be an official show car, meet and greets with drivers, and giveaways. Inside, kids can create a foam race car, use toy cars to paint and compete in a pool noodle race. Included in admission: $10, $9 seniors, 1 and under free.

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