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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 13-19

Taking Back Sunday will headline the 97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival at Coachman Park in Clearwater on May 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Natalie Escobedo.
Published May 13

Chelsea Handler: The brash comic is at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday for a night of conversation about her introspective memoir, Life Will Be the Death of Me. ($72-$92).

97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival: The alt-rock station takes over Clearwater's Coachman Park on Saturday with Taking Back Sunday as headliner. $35 and up, though you can still find free tickets through Friday at


Music: Sunny, throwback TV Girl plays Crowbar ($13-$15) on Tuesday. Wednesday brings Toad The Wet Sprocket to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($45-$75). Dan Rodriguez brings his groove-based, bluesy sound to Ybor's The Attic on Thursday ($15-$20), the same night Mexican electro-industrial duo Hocico plays the Orpheum ($15). Indie-pop's The Drums with Jonny Pierce plays the Orpheum Saturday ($18). WMNF has organized an Americana festival centered on popular act Have Gun, Will Travel featuring an array of local talents at Skipper's Smokehouse on Saturday ($15).

Kinky Boots: The celebrated Broadway show with music by Cyndi Lauper hits the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Friday through Sunday. ($43 and up).

Kristin Chenoweth: The Tony and Emmy winner with the golden voice returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. $45 and up.

Comedy: It's a good week for comedy fans with Larry the Cable Guy playing two shows Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($59.50-$69.50). Bill Bellamy will issue a booty call to the Improv at Centro Ybor Friday through Sunday ($25). And Side Splitters brings Billy Gardell, from Mike and Molly on Friday and Saturday ($30).

We Just Move On: The Songs of Kander and Ebb: A cabaret show featuring the music of the duo behind Chicago and Cabaret by Broadway talents Haley Swindal (granddaughter of George Steinbrenner returning home to Tampa) alongside Jana Robbins. Sunday at the Straz Center ($25).

St. Pete Opera: Puccini's tragedy Suor Angelica and the comedy Gianni Schicchi are paired for three shows in the coming week. Friday and Sunday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg.($20 and up).

Tampa Bay Boat Show: With summer coming, you can see and compare numerous makes and models at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.


Field of Dreams night: The Clearwater Threshers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic baseball film and you can have your photo taken with Dwier Brown, the actor who played Kevin Costner's father in the film. 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Field. $6-$10.

Jack Hanna Weekend: The internationally-known animal expert will be at Busch Gardens on Saturday and Sunday to share animal facts and his travel tales.


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  1. Margaret Loflin leads Maggie on the Move, one of the local food trucks set to serve at Flavors of Asia. Tampa Bay Times (2012)
    Food trucks offer Flavors of Asia in St. Petersburg, plus the Palladium presents ‘Crossing the Bay’ and Howl-O-Scream invades Busch Gardens.
  2. REO Speedwagon will perform at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on March 1, 2020. Courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas
    REO Speedwagon, Gladys Knight, Kidz Bop, Art Garfunkel and more.
  3. Michael Francis leads a community chorus during one of the Florida Orchestra's Sing Out Tampa Bay sing-alongs. MICHAEL FRANCIS  |  Florida Orchestra
    The music director is entering his fifth year with the orchestra, which has a Beethoven-heavy season opening Sept. 27 in Tampa.
  4. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  5. On Thursday, Spymonkey's "Hysteria" will bring absurdity and physical comedy to the Straz Center through Nov. 3. Courtesy of Jane Hobson
    Spymonky’s ‘Hysteria’ opens at the Straz, the Capitol Theatre celebrates ‘Abbey Road’ and a banned books drag show hits St. Pete Shuffle.
  6. A model walks the runway during Tampa Bay Fashion Week in 2016, wearing a dress by Elizabeth Carson Racker. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times (2016)
    Stylists are here to help you look good. Plus, it’s time for the Dress for Success sale.
  7. St. Petersburg native Bill DeYoung, the author behind "Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down." Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Bill DeYoung will also talk about ‘Skyway,’ his book about the 1980 Tampa Bay disaster.
  8. Tampa Museum of Art features this work and others on display as part of the exhibition "Purvis Young: 91." Courtesy of  Philip LaDeau
    Free Museum Day is here, plus there’s a new show at Mize Gallery and Creative Pinellas showcases emerging artists.
  9. "Rambo: Last Blood" stars Sylvester Stallone. YANA BLAJEVA  |  Lionsgate
    ‘Villains’ and ‘Ambition’ also open, plus Gigglewaters features ‘Mars Attacks!’ before the “storming” of Area 51.
  10. Spymonkey's "Hysteria!" will run at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater from Sept. 19-Nov. 3. Courtesy of Jane Hobson
    Spymonkey’s ‘Hysteria,’ Billy Cobham and ‘Crossing the Bay’ accompany dance experiences and a banned book cabaret.