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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 27-June 2

Memorial Day ceremonies around the Tampa Bay area include the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, where U.S. Army Master Sgt. Scott Neil, who was portrayed in the movie 12 Strong about the horse soldiers who were part of the special operations in Afghanistan after 9/11, will give the keynote speech at 10 a.m. Monday. Times files
Published May 24

Memorial Day: The Bay Pines National Cemetery commemorates Memorial Day on Monday with more than 4,000 expected. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Scott Neil, who was portrayed in the movie 12 Strong about the horse soldiers who were part of special operations in Afghanistan in the first days after 9/11, will be the keynote speaker. 10 a.m. 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg.

Tax-free holiday: Hurricane season is upon us, and the Disaster Preparedness Tax Free Holiday runs Friday through June 6. See for eligible items.


Music: On Tuesday, Phish singer Trey Anastasio has a sold-out show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. Friday, rapper Blackbear brings his Dead 2 the World tour to Jannus ($32.50). Bass-blasting dubstep artist Blanke will have a free show on Friday at the Ritz Ybor if you RSVP on their Facebook page. Saturday brings the return of the Happy Together Tour of '60s greats at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($39). Saturday also brings a reunion of TBone Hamilton & the Blues All Stars with former bandmate Greg Poulos at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin ($18-$28). Mark Farner, the Grand Funk Railroad frontman, will give a free show Friday for downtown Clearwater's Blast Friday block party. The Marly Music Series at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg kicks off Sunday with Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss ($25).

Dio Returns: Sunday's concert at the Palladium in St. Petersburg will feature the holographic likeness of legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010. Several Dio bandmates perform. ($49.50).

Comedy: Some notable funny men in town this week include Black-ish actor Deon Cole, best known for his Conan O'Brien commentaries, Friday-Sunday at the Improv in Centro Ybor ($25 ). Kevin Farley, brother of Chris Farley, performs Thursday-Sunday at Side Splitters in Tampa ($10). And the Straz gets a dose of Southern culture from songsmith Cledus T. Judd on Friday ($25).

Countess Luann de Lesseps: From The Real Housewives of New York City the troubled former Countess and her friends perform a cabaret act Friday at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater ($35-$69.50).

Clearwater Craft Beer Fest: Features food trucks and local restaurants, art, live music and children's area 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday on the 500 block of Cleveland Street in Clearwater.

The Evolution of Drag: Performer Daphne Ferraro wrote this show of "Drag Through the Decades" to kick off Pride month Saturday at the Palladium, St. Petersburg. ($30-$45).

StadiumLinks: Golfing in Raymond James Stadium returns to let you tee off from the upper decks of the stadium Saturday. Register:


Summer Nights at Busch Garden: This weekend brings the return of live entertainment and fireworks each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through Aug. 11.


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  1. Emilia Clarke, left, and Kit Harington in a scene from HBO blockbuster "Game of Thrones." AP
    The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience and the Who come to town, plus a ‘Greatest Showman’ sing-along at Tampa Theatre.
  2. On Saturday, Disturbed will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa. TRAVIS SHINN  |  Warner Records
    The Bucs Beach Bash goes down in St. Pete Beach, Disturbed plays Amalie Arena and the Dance Hall Festival continues at the Studio@620.
  3. Visitor Sara Crigger of Nashville views the Dali masterwork painting "The Hallucinogenic Toreador" (1969-1970) this month with the aid of the Dali app on her smartphone. "Using this is like holding an art history class in your hand," Crigger said. The "Visual Magic: Masterworks in Augmented Reality" exhibit runs through Nov. 3 at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    With augmented reality, 19th century prints, bronzes and food photography, a well-rounded experience awaits.
  4. Salman Rushdie is the author of "Quichotte." Rachel Eliza Griffiths
    The acclaimed author will talk about the book at Tampa Theatre on Sept. 25. | Review
  5. Aaron Shulman is the author of "The Age of Disenchantments." Ecco Books
    The author is reading ‘City of Quartz,’ a history of Los Angeles.
  6. A scene from a balcony cabin on a 2017 Alaskan cruise. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Tampa Bay Times
    You can have the trip of a lifetime without paying for it for the rest of your life.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.