Big music: If you're a music fan, this is your week. Proving they can still rock leather outfits (that hopefully stretch) and face paint, Kiss performs with Def Leppard Wednesday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($36-$175). On the much-younger end of the rock spectrum, the mega Vans Warped Tour hits St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on Friday, bringing more than 91 punk, metal and rock bands ($38.50). Warped Tour alums Fall Out Boy and Paramore flash back to the early 2000s and throw in some new hits Saturday at the Amp ($26-$66).
Summer Classic Movie Series: Blazing Saddles: "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges." But you do need $8-$10 to watch the crude classic Western farce Sunday at the Tampa Theatre. (813) 274-8982.
Summer Fantasy: Our idea of a summer fantasy is a nice breeze, but for the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet students, it's performing suites from Don Quixote and Coppelia, led by guest principal dancers from Boston Ballet on Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. $15. (813) 229-7827.
Half Way to Gasparilla Pub Crawl: Pirates love a treasure hunt, and this pub crawl Saturday has a secret route from the Honey Pot in Ybor City. Elaborate costumes are a must; without one, you pay $10 more to join. So air out your Gasparilla garb (please!). $20-$30. (813) 247-4663.
Steve Hynter: Most recognized as "hack" comic Kenny Bania on Seinfeld, the real-life comic is also a perennial TV sidekick, including on Working and Two and a Half Men. He's at Side Splitters Comedy Club Thursday-Sunday. $10-$14. (813) 960-1197.
Kids and family
Pachyderm Pool Party: If last weekend's party for a 66-year-old manatee wasn't enough, you can celebrate Mavi the elephant's first birthday Saturday at Lowry Park Zoo with poolside treats, keeper talks, activities and Radio Disney. Included in admission: $24.95 adults, $19.95 children. (813) 935-8552.
Imagination Movers: The Disney Junior stars need more imagination. For the Rays' Summer Concert Series, they're doing a Christmas in July show at the Trop after Sunday's game against the Red Sox. Included with game ticket.
Free Ice Cream: Wednesday is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, so scream! Or just eat at Outback Steakhouse when Blue Bell gives dine-in guests free vanilla ice cream from 5-8 p.m. Locations: outback.com.
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