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  1. Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Newsboys

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    Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds

    Plant City : 303 N Lemon St., Plant City, 33563

    It's not just the strawberries that make this event sweet. Though crowds may come for the fruit, they stay for the live entertainment. This year's major headliners include, Reba McEntire, Boyz II Men, Sara Evans, John Legend and interestingly enough Kevin Costner and his band Modern West. Headli …

    Thursday's headliner is Newsboys ($20), with openers Oak Ridge Boys ($15-$20) and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (10:30 a.m., free).

    Price: $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra.

  2. Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: A Taste of Opera

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    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Stuart Malina conducts the morning Coffee Concerts, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts served before the performance. There will be a Pre-concert Conversation one hour before each show.

    Featuring Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Verdi's Triumphal March from Aida and Wagner's Rienzi Overture, among other works.

    Price: $24-$42.

  3. Real Music Series: Exile and Juice Newton

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    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    The series features live mixed music from the 1950s to today. Performances held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Included with daily admission.

    Price: $95, $90 for ages 3-9

  4. Nude Nite

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    Costa Building

    Ybor City : 3606 E Fourth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    This three-night, 21-and-older sensual art event turns an industrial warehouse into a pop-up gallery. The theme this year is "Extreme Dreams" and visitors will explore dream-like experiences in burlesque, live art by body painters, explicit photography, live music and a cast of adult-t …

    Price: $20-$25.

  5. Rock the Park

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    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    This month's concert coincides with Beer Week and features the Pretty Voices, Jordan Esker and the 100 Percent and Sammy White.

    Price: Free.

  6. Melissa Manchester

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The Grammy Award-winning artist who penned the radio classic, Whenever I Call You A Friend, returns to perform at the theater.

    Price: $45-$55.

  7. Glenn and Jessie Close

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    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony award winner Glenn Close and her sister Jessie will discuss dealing with mental illnesses. Jessie is a writer who lives with bipolar disease, but wasn't properly diagnosed until 2004. Her son also lives with schizoaffective disorder.

    Price: $75.

  8. Bright Lights, Big City

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    Freefall Theatre

    St. Petersburg : 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33710

    Follow the sordid adventures of a depraved fact checker at a New York magazine as he plummets into the yuppie party scene. In classic Freefall style,  the black box theater has been turned into a 1980s nightclub setting, with high-top table seating for the guests.

    Price: $21-$46.

  9. Leonard Nimoy Tribute: Star Trek: The Voyage Home

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    Tampa Pitcher Show

    Carrollwood : 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    In memory of Leonard Nimoy, Tampa Pitcher Show runs a marathon of free Star Trek movies.

    Price: Free.

  10. Jekyll and Hyde

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    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota : 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34236

    A dramatic musical adaptation with a pop-rock score of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story of a brilliant doctor whose experiments result in a murderous counterpart.

    Price: $35-$100.

  11. Generationals


    Ybor City : 1812 N 17th St., Tampa, 33605

    The indie pop duo headlines this release party for the print edition of long-running Tampa Bay music blog Suburban Apologist, created by Soundcheck contributor Ray Roa, with Rose Quartz also performing.

    Price: $10-$12.

  12. Anthony Jeselnik

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    Improv Comedy Theater

    Ybor City : 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The comedian, television host, writer and producer is known for his dark comedy style.

    Price: $25.

  13. Plumb House Museum Tours

    Plumb House Museum

    Downtown Clearwater : 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater, 33756

    Clearwater Historical Society offers tours of the historic Plumb House Museum, a two-story, cracker-style wood house (circa 1896) showcasing a variety of antiques and vintage items including uniforms and photos of the Clearwater Bombers champion men's softball team. Also open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. e …

    Price: Free, but donations welcome.

  14. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    For this year's festival (daily through May 17), in addition to nearly 100 topiary characters, outdoor kitchens and Tinker Bells' Butterfly House, Frozen is set to make its first appearance represented in a garden at the World Showcase Plaza, with white and silver blooms. The concert series, ren …

    Price: $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  15. Seuss-Tastic

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    The annual celebration of all things Seuss includes activities, storytime, "Ooblek," Green Eggs and Ham and character appearances. Included with museum admission.

  16. Pinellas Opera League

    Safety Harbor Library

    Safety Harbor : 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    Join the Pinellas Opera League for a DVD viewing of the opera Eugene Onegin, starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala.

    Price: Free.

  17. Tampa Bay Rays (Spring Training): Vs. Baltimore Orioles

    Charlotte Sports Park

    Port Charlotte : 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, 33948

    Come out and check out the new and returning players as they prepare for the 2015 season.

    Price: $10-$29.

  18. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

    Bloomingdale Regional Library

    Brandon : 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, 33594

    To celebrate the great rhyming author who makes childhood more whimsical, Hillsborough county libraries will have stories, games and activities.

    Price: Free.

  19. Fizz and Fashion

    Ashe Couture Boutique

    St. Petersburg : 953 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33705

    Sip champagne as you check out this new fashion boutique. A portion of the sales benefits Great Explorations Children's Museum.

    Price: Free.

  20. Purim in the Palace

    Jewish Discovery Center

    University Park : 1578 Bloomingdale Ave, University Park, 33596

    Masquerade in royal attire as you stroll through the palace courtyard at this party featuring a multimedia Megilla reading, a Purim feast, Hamantashen, royal entertainment and dancing. This celebration commemorates the Jewish people's salvation in Persia of old.

    Price: $15, $50 family.

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