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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, June 7

James Lennon’s image of his wife, Susan Taylor Lennon, is part of his “Live on Stage” exhibition on display in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa. [James Lennon]
James Lennon’s image of his wife, Susan Taylor Lennon, is part of his “Live on Stage” exhibition on display in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa. [James Lennon]
Published Jun. 6, 2019

Live on Stage: Head to the opening reception for Jim Lennon's photographs of live performances captured throughout Tampa Bay. Many of the shots feature the Florida Orchestra, as Lennon would pose as a musician to get them. Runs through July 7. Free. 7 p.m. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at University of Tampa, 310 North Boulevard. (813) 253-6217.

Yngwie Malmsteen: A Grammy-nominated and world-renowned guitarist spotlighting songs from his first solo album, Rising Force, and other top hits. $30 and up. 8 p.m. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Quilt and Textile Exhibits: Don't miss this other opening reception and artist talk for six shows running concurrently: "New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Bowtie," "Jane Sassaman," "Lorraine Turner," "Sheila Frampton-Cooper," "Tribute to Rainbow's End" and "Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild." $10, free for members. 6 p.m. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322.

Awake and Sing!: Kicking off a performance tour to New York City, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay observes its 40th anniversary with a concert series of choral classics from Carmina Burana, Brahms' Requiem and commissions by composers like Eric Whitacre and Stephen Paulus. $25. 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2031.

Tattoo and Art Expo: The three-day celebration of ink includes live tattooing and piercing, seminars, contests, performances, vendors and food trucks. Runs through Sunday. $25 and up. 2 p.m. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5202.

First Fridays: Enjoy an all-day skate session and a current or classic skate video on the big screen, as well as barbecue, a best trick contest and free beer. Hosted the first Friday of each month. $10, free for members. 5 p.m. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.

Kurt Travis: Dance Gavin Dance's former lead vocalist, who is a member of post-hardcore groups Royal Coda and Push Over, takes the stage following the release of his solo album There's A Place I Want To Take You. $15. 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk: Shop for one-of-a-kind creations, visit a gallery, catch a live band and dine at one of the many restaurants along Beach and Shore boulevards. Held every first Friday and third Saturday of the month. Free. 6 p.m. 3101 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 322-5217.

Jarrod Barefoot: An acoustic artist playing on the Tampa Riverwalk next to the fountains. Free. 6 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. (800) 955-1045.

First Friday Art in the Heights: View artwork at participating galleries and boutiques, including the Disco Dolls Studio highlighting the work of Emma Lettera. Free. 6 p.m. 4632 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 641-4367.

Belphegor and Dark Funeral: The death metal outfit from Salzburg, Austria, which formed in 1991 as Betrayer but changed its name to Belphegor, appears with black metal band Dark Funeral out of Stockholm, Sweden. Incantation, Hate, Vale Of Pnath and Nightmarer open. $25 and up. 6 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

What that Mouth Do: Hosted by Forrest Beers, a comedy showcase featuring Christina Galston. $10. 8 p.m. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Nate Najar and Adrian Cunningham: Swing is the Thing!: This guitarist and clarinetist-saxophonist perform their favorites by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, to name a few. $22 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Pirate Flag: A tribute band recreating Kenny Chesney's high-energy country rock concerts. Free. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Tampa Bay Summer RV Show: This huge Florida RV Trade Association show returns with everything from the smallest folding tent camper to the biggest motor homes on the market. Also expect RV financing and insurance and camping club displays to help you get ready for vacation season. $5, $4 first responders, 16 and younger free. 9 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 741-0488.

Big Jay Oakerson: A comedian who has appeared on BET's Comic View, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. Oakerson hosts The Bonfire, the first live weekly show for Comedy Central on SiriusXM radio, as well. $15 and up. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Darryl Lenox: You know the Vancouver comic from Conan and other appearances, in addition to his one-hour Starz special Blind Ambition. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Designated Survivor, Netflix: Kiefer Sutherland's suspenseful political drama was axed by ABC after two seasons, but now finds new life in the streaming universe.

SEASON PREMIERE Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, Netflix: It's back to 28 Barbary Lane as the drama miniseries begins a new chapter. After a 20-year absence, Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to San Francisco, where she is drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and a new generation of queer young residents.

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    After years entertaining tourists in Virginia Beach, the Lost Pearl is settling into its new Tampa Bay home.
  2. Dave Bautista, shown here at his South Tampa office, has been named grand marshal of the 2020 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
    The Guardians of the Galaxy star will lead the Pirate invasion along with Tampa police Lt. Travis Maus, who recently served in the Middle East.
  3. Halsey performs during the European MTV Awards in Seville, Spain, in 2019. [Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP]
    A mix of new hits and blockbuster blasts from the past.
  4. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The massive fandom was built on the strength of a universe that continues to expand beyond the movie theater.
  5. Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of De Johnea Bianca]
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  6. Clay Goodison, of Brandon, pulls sons Parker and Davis and wife Krissy in a pirate ship float after the Gasparilla Preschooler's Stroll in Tampa in 2015. The stroll took place before the Gasparilla children's parade on Bayshore Boulevard. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    Kids plunder the Gasparilla children’s parade, the best college players are here for the East-West Shrine Bowl and more.
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    Watch a theater organ pro perform or wheelchair rugby, attend a steel drum party and more.
  8. Employees working inside Tabanero Cigars, which is one of the stops on a new self-led audio tour produced byt Visit Tampa Bay. [Times 2016)]
    Hillsborough tourism bureau launches audio tour of historic Cuban district.
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  10. Rod Stewart performs at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, in 2018. [BALAZS MOHAI  |  AP]
    Starting Friday, you can secure a spot at a few upcoming shows.