1. Arts & Entertainment

Things to do in Tampa Bay for June 27

Summer Tandem Series: Bay area jazz singer Whitney James opens Freefall's new summer series, a collection of 75-90 minute shows that feature comedy, jazz, song and dance cabaret acts from local performers. James performs with Michael Royal on piano, Alejandro Areans on bass and Mark Feinman on drums at 7 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 498-5205.

Burger Battle: Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, which has locations in Brandon, Citrus Park and Clearwater, hosts this annual burger eating contest. Contestants will build a half-pound burger, and the fastest eaters advance. Compete in the local showdown for a chance to win $200, or a nationwide grand prize of $2,500. Proceeds benefit Homes For Our Troops. It's at 7 p.m. $10 entry fee.

The Laramie Project: The St. Petersburg College Theater Department presents this play about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard and the community's reaction to it. See it at 7:30 p.m. at St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. $10, free for students/faculty/staff. (727) 791-2548.

Kids and family

Regal Summer Movie Express: Need something to do indoors? Regal Cinema Theaters has started its summer series that features kid-friendly movies for a dollar every Tuesday and Wednesday. Yogi Bear is today's movie; participating locations are Largo Mall 8 in Largo, Citrus Park 20 in Tampa and Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park. Movie starts at 10 a.m. $1 per person. (727) 525-7777.

To watch

America's Got Talent, 9 p.m., NBC We lost all respect for this show when they kept calling St. Petersburg "Tampa" during that last round of auditions. Don't they know both cities are very sensitive about that?

Dallas, 9 p.m., TNT After watching this show for a couple weeks, you should know by now whether you like it or not. That means, you should be able to tell by now it's a pale imitation of the original, and you really should change the channel.

More to explore

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