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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday, April 16

On Tuesday night, stop by Tampa Theatre to check out ‘The Chaperone,’ written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
Published Apr. 15

The Chaperone: Silent film star Louise Brooks is the focus of this drama written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and adapted from Laura Moriarty's best-selling novel. Runs through April 23. $8-$11. 7:30 p.m. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: Don't miss Game 4 just because the Bolts aren't playing the Columbus Blue Jackets at home. Sparkman Wharf offers food and beer specials, tunes and giveaways for fans catching the action on the big screen at its waterfront digs. 6 p.m. 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 345-5881.

Howl! A Night of Poetry and Music: This SunLit Festival event, presented by Friends of the Jack Kerouac House, spotlights a live reading of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and musical performances. Donations encouraged. Free. 7 p.m. Old Key West Bar and Grill, 2451 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. kerouachouse.com.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: Look forward to midway rides, fair food, pig races, camel rides, a helicopter experience, music and hypnotist and magician Lance Gifford. $8, ages 4-12 $4; ride armbands $20-$25. 5 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Authors Showcase: Novelist Steph Post (Miraculum) discusses and signs her books. Free. 6:30 p.m. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2655.

Melody Artisans: Hosted by Joshua Reilly, an open mic-style showcase featuring performances from songwriters. Tuesday's theme is "Habitat," so keep that in mind. 7 p.m. Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-5953.

Blow Your Own Glass Egg: One of the Morean Arts Center's demonstration team instructors shows you what it takes to pull off a hand-blown glass sculpture, paperweight or egg (it's April, after all) in 30 minutes. $75. 10 a.m. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 827-4527. moreanartscenter.org.

Selecting Quality Plants: Learn how to choose top-notch flora for your landscape with help from urban horticulturist Pamela Brown, who leads this Palm Harbor Library lecture. Free. 2 p.m. 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-3332. eventbrite.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: The annual event highlighting sculptures made out of sand inside a 21,000-square-foot tent continues. Runs through April 28. $10 adults, $8 children 4-10, free for 3 and younger. $8 for seniors, military, police, firefighters and teachers with proper identification. 10 a.m. 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 871-8060. sugarsandfestival.com.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Bless This Mess, 9:30 p.m., ABC: In the new comedy series, Lake Bell and Dax Shepard star as New York newlyweds who decide to drop everything and move from the big city to rural Nebraska. Apparently they never watched the horror show known as Green Acres.

More to Explore

Find date night ideas and things to do with kids at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

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