Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Nov. 16-22

Music: Brian Wilson performs Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater along with fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine ($49.50-$79.50). Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro plays the same day at the Capitol Theatre ($35-$47.50). Christian hip-hop star TobyMac performs Friday at the University of South Florida Sun Dome ($25-$75), the same day the Yuletide progressive metal ensemble Wizards of Winter bring the holidays to the Capitol Theatre ($34.50-$49.50). American Idol and Smash alum Katharine McPhee performs Saturday at the Capitol Theatre ($50.50-$75.50), and gospel, pop and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples follows up the next day ($39.50-$52.50).

USF Lecture Series: Michael Uslan, the longtime executive producer of the Batman movies, shares tales from behind the camera Tuesday at USF's Tampa campus. Free, but seating is limited. (813) 974-2011.

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Florida Orchestra Pops: This week features a 100th birthday celebration of Frank Sinatra with The Best is Yet to Come, I've Got You Under My Skin and I've Got the World on a String. $15-$45. The orchestra performs Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. (727) 892-3337.

Cirque du Chill: Chillounge: It's cooled down just enough to make this outdoor evening especially enticing: The upscale lounge party Saturday at St. Petersburg's Straub Park includes aerialists, jugglers and an aerial balloon show seen on America's Got Talent. $25, $120 VIP. (941) 448-0995.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Sanding Ovations: The sand-sculpting competition and music festival begins with a kickoff party ($10) Wednesday at the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, with master sand sculptors working for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand. Free.

Tampa Bay International Auto Show: New cars, trucks and SUVs will fill the Tampa Convention Center from Friday through Sunday. Test drive new models, and kids can test drive a special electric vehicle. $11, $5 seniors/military/ages 7-12. (310) 531-5984.

All Pro Dad Experience: Fathers and kids can step onto the field Saturday at Raymond James Stadium for an afternoon of bonding through games and fatherhood tips. $15 per family.

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