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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 10-16

A national tour of Rock of Ages returns to the Straz Center in Tampa on June 11-15, 2019. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel, 2018.
Published Jun. 9

Father's Day: Dads get in free with at least one paid admission on Sunday to the Florida Aquarium, the Chihuly Collection, Vertical Ventures, Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, Plant Museum and the Glazer Children's Museum.

Rock of Ages The hair-metal Broadway musical brings a bevy of rock songs to the Straz Center Tuesday through Sunday. $25 and up.

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Music: On Thursday Frank Iero (Formerly of My Chemical Romance) performs with his new band at Crowbar in Ybor City ($20). Classic Albums Live will take on every note of Led Zeppelin I at Clearwater's Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Thursday ($35). Minnesota indie rockers Remo Drive play the Orpheum in Ybor Saturday ($15). The Ritz Ybor has big electronic acts including Thursday's show by Slushii, ($24), Friday's Swedsh electro giants Galantis ($45). And on Saturday it's British trance hero Gareth Emery ($15). Reggae legends Steel Pulse play Jannus Live on Sunday ($25). The Uptown Music Festival of funk and jazz will benefit neighborhood programs Saturday ($15) at

Comedy: The insightful D.L. Hughley, one of The Original Kings of Comedy, performs at the Tampa Imrov Friday through Sunday ($37.50). Four-time Daytime Emmy winner Greg Fitzsimmons, a writer for the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Politically Incorrect, returns to Side Splitters in Tampa Thursday through Saturday ($20). And the oddly eccentric Emo Philips performs Saturday at Largo's Central Park Performing Arts Center ($14.50 and up).

Summer Circus Spectacular: The circus arts still thrive in Sarasota, and their annual showcase of clowns, aerial acts and stunts returns. Previews are $12 for all Tuesday-Thursday, then its $16 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger through Aug. 3 at the Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling Museum.

Sunshine State Cluster Dog Show: This huge dog show at the Florida State Fairgrounds opens Wednesday through Sunday with more than 2,000 dogs competing. $5, 12 and younger free.

Dali exhibits: St. Petersburg's Dali Museum has two new exhibits opening this week, "Visual Magic: Dali's Masterworks in Augmented Reality" using computer enhancement. Also opening Saturday is an exhibit of paintings and prints from the influential Spanish painter, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes. $10-$24; free for children 5 and younger.

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Juneteenth: The holiday to mark the day in 1865 that the last slaves were freed in the United States will be celebrated Saturday with family friendly festivals in Port Richey, starting at noon Saturday at the African American Club, 6105 Pine Hill Road, and also a St. Petersburg block party at 3 p.m. at 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

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