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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, May 26

McLaren and two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso is a blur leaving the pits during practice. However, you won’t see him on Sunday. The Spaniard failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. [AJ MAST | Associated Press]
Published May 23

Indianapolis 500: Watch the 103rd running of the country's biggest race. Simon Pagenaud is the pole sitter at the Brickyard, while the big news is that McLaren and two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso failed to qualify. Keep an eye on St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais. 11 a.m., race at 12:29 p.m. TV: NBC.

Pizza Pop Up: Orlando's Pizza Bruno fires up its mobile brick oven to offer Neapolitan-style pies at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails. In keeping with Sunday tradition, the bar spotlights drink specials, including half off for hospitality industry employees. 6 p.m. 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 873-6664.

Party & Bullshtt: A Biggie Smalls Birthday Celebration: Celebrate the belated birthday of late rap legend Christopher Wallace, who would have been 47, with a stacked tap list. Oh, and there's a PB&J bar. 11 a.m. Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, 2927 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2810.

Stars and Stripes USO Show and Dance: This eighth annual soiree returns to showcase swing music, jitterbug lessons, taxi dancers, historic displays, a fashion show and period characters, in addition to a cash bar. Military or vintage attire is encouraged. $30-$45. 7 p.m. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5202.

Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto features concertmaster Jeffrey Multer, followed by Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. $18 and up, free for kids and teens in advance. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 892-3337.

Shephard's Memorial Weekend: The four-day continues at three locations throughout the Clearwater Beach resort. On Sunday, expect 3LAU with Grandtheft, Lodato and actress Taryn Manning (she's also a singer and songwriter). $25, $34 four-day pass. 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 442-5107. eventbrite.

Sunset Music Festival: Catch big-name DJs, performers whose sets were canceled last year and other intriguing acts during the two-day celebration. $109.95 and up per day, $189.95 and up for the weekend. 3 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Clearwater Music and Arts Festival: Enjoy this new two-day festival's lineup of art, plus Southern rock and country musicians, downtown. Free. 12:30 p.m. 301 Drew St.

Tampa City Ballet: This contemporary dance company explores the rich history of Tampa neighborhood Ybor City. $28-$36. 6 p.m. HCC Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa.

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  1. The Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times (2012)
    The expansion ‘fundamentally changes our business model’ said the not-for-profit theater’s CEO.
  2. Truth Hurts" wasn't originally featured on the 11-track "Cuz I Love You," but her record label added it to the deluxe version of the album, released on May 3. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    The songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, who worked on “Healthy,” claim say they deserve writing credit on “Truth Hurts.”
  3. Ginger molasses spice cookies LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI  |  Special to the Times
    They’re loaded with fresh seasonal spices, plus pecans and raisins.
  4. Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. PAUL A. HEBERT  |  Invision/AP
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
  5. Screenshot of Austin Davis from a Vice News documentary on Youtube. Vice News/Youtube
    The 20-year-old Keystone Heights resident has selective eating disorder believed to stem from childhood trauma.
  6. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    There are lots of parties this week for both kids and adults, as well as many pumpkin patches.
  7. Hauntizaar, hosted at St. Petersburg venue the Studio@620, will feature Frank Strunk III's Little Creep series of toothy metal smiles on Saturday. Courtesy of Frank Strunk III
    Plus, Zen Glass presents Pendant Palooza and a streetwear popup shop hits Mergeculture Gallery.
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. COLE BURSTON  |  AP
    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
  9. University of South Florida professor Jay Hopler. Courtesy of Jay Hopler
    Plus, Diane Dewey will sign her memoir at St. Petersburg bookstore Haslam’s.
  10. The John's Pass Seafood & Music Festival will return to Madeira Beach for its 38th installment this weekend. But the Friday event, Flavors of the Gulf, is a big draw for gastronauts. SCOTT KEELER  |  Times (2016)
    Flavors of the Gulf and two stone crab fests embrace Florida seafood, plus a mac 'n' cheese fest, Top Local Chef and a gardening class.