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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 8-14

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Mary J. Blige will perform with Nas in Tampa on July 13 at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Published Jul. 3

Mary J. Blige and Nas: The hip-hop legends join forces Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. ($30.50 and up).

Aerial Dragons: Hypnotica: The Tampa troupe that specializes in acrobatic, theatrical circus performances perform at the Straz Center Saturday and Sunday in a show subtitled "Theater of the Bizarre," with a vintage freakshow/carnival flavor. $27.50-$77.


Music: Rock the Yacht brings an overflowing snifter of AM gold to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday with performances by Ambrosi, Stephen Bishop, John Ford Coley, Looking Glass, Player's Peter Beckett and Walter Egan ($33.75 and up). Saxman Dave Koz and Friends will bring along Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore and Aubrey Logan to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($37 and up). Audien brings his pop- and rock-inspired fun to DJ Saturday at the Ritz Ybor ($15 and up). Prog rock's Yes and Asia bring their summer Royal Affair Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. ($63.25 and up). Bradenton's Have Gun, Will Travel will release their sixth album this week and put on a show Saturday at Ybor's Crowbar. ($10)

SharkCon: By combining fun and games, SharkCon also slips in some education. There will be more than 100 vendors of ocean-related merchandise, and you can try indoors scuba diving. There will also be touch tanks, a shark tooth sand dig, bounce houses and slides, all included with admission of $19.95, $4.95 children 13 and younger. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Night Nation Run: Billed as the world's first running music festival 5K, the course at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday will include multiple DJs, an illuminated race course, glow lights, bubble zones and light shows. $25-$80.

MetroCon 17: Florida's largest anime convention, Metrocon runs Thursday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. Day passes are $30-$40; $10 age 6-12; age 5 and younger free.

Adam Rank: The fantasy football expert and co-host of NFL Fantasy Live brings a combination of stand-up comedy and Fantasy Football question and answer session to the Improv in Tampa Wednesday ($30).


Girl Power Fest: With a lineup of women-led bands from around Florida, including Wet Nurse, Reality Asylum, Bitemarks and more, this show benefits Girls Rock Camp St. Pete. $12. 7 p.m. Saturday. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Dunedin Orange Festival: The 10th annual citrus celebration includes craft beer, music, vendors and children's activities. Free. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Dunedin.

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  1. Jeremy Piven participates in the "Wisdom of the Crowd" panel during the CBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at CBS Studio Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 2017. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Invision/AP
    The Emmy-winning ‘Entourage’ star will host a bash on the poolside club WTR.
  2. The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. AP (2015)
    The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
  3. Anjelah Johnson attends the launch event for Kevin Hart's new streaming video network, Laugh Out Loud, in 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. DANNY MOLOSHOK  |  Invision/AP
    A sold-out Tampa show from comedian Anjelah Johnson, the Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Pinellas Park and a Tampa performance by singer Bea Miller.
  4. Bratwurst will be the star of Brat Blast, replacing Ribfest as the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg's big charity fundraiser of the year. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Brat Blast will be the Northeast Exchange Club’s big charity fundraising party this year after the high cost of bands and security for Ribfest cut into its charitable work.
  5. Gondolas move to various locations at Walt Disney World on the Disney Skyliner aerial tram, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Disney officials said the resort’s Disney Skyliner started operating again on Monday.
  6. From left: Jason Mewes as Jay and Kevin Smith as Silent Bob in "Clerks II." The Weinstein Company
    Catch a showing of the ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,’ the Jokes on You Comedy Tour continues and celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Alien.’
  7. Alison Krauss will perform at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 20. Capitol Records
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns with a strong music lineup, Zac Brown Band plays Tampa and Barry Bostwick will be here to screen ‘Rocky Horror.'
  8. On Sunday, Wayne Brady will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Wayne Brady performs at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg hosts the UpDog Triple Crown Challenge and Taking Back Sunday stops by Jannus Live.
  9. J.B. Smoove will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday. RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP
    J.B. Smoove takes the Straz Center stage, plus Roboticon Tampa Bay at the Yuengling Center and the St. Pete Side Lot hosts the Guerilla Art Market.
  10. On Friday, Chris Stapleton will take over Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre for a performance. Courtesy of Andy Barron
    Chris Stapleton appears at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Oktoberfest Tampa begins and Jeanne Robertson stops by the Capitol Theatre.