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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, April 11

DMX is set to visit Tampa for a Thursday show at Amalie Arena. In this 2015 photo, the rap star performs on the Jannus Live stage in downtown St. Petersburg. [Luis Santana | Times]
Published Apr. 10

DMX: The rap star and actor behind hits like Party Up (Up in Here) celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, on tour. $20-$50. 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Cassadee Pope: This Florida pop-punker-turned-The Voice winner gives country music a go in Ybor City. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Dining Out for Life: Visit more than 40 local restaurants to support the work of Empath Partners in Care with your appetite. At least 25 percent of every bill funds vital services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Kiss: The pioneering rock band say farewell with their "final tour ever" after a 45-year career. $25.75-$996.25. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

SunLit Festival: Don't miss the bash that starts the fifth annual festival off with a bang, as food, speakers, music and performances are in store. Runs through April 17 with various events in St. Petersburg. $35. 7 p.m. Chihuly Museum, 720 Central Ave.

Michael Carbonaro: An acclaimed magician, actor and improv artist that blends magic and bizarre antics, audience interaction and video clips. $35-$55, VIP $170. 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: The fun starts on Thursday with singer-songwriter Curtis Salgado hosting the annual kickoff party. 7 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore: This duo team up to bring their rusty, dusty Americana album, Downey to Lubbock, to life at Skipper's Smokehouse. $22 and up. 8 p.m. 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret: Based on true stories of modern war told from a down-range and home-front perspective, the show in Shimberg Playhouse features an all-veteran-meets-veteran-family cast and musical score. Runs through Sunday. $32.75, $10 discount for veterans and military. 7 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 385-8586.

Stringbreak Music Fest: Four days of camping and more than 25 bands playing alternative country, Americana, rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, roots rock and other tunes. The festival, which kicks off its 15th year Thursday, runs through Sunday. 6 p.m. $20-$125. Noon. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (863) 984-8445.

Hardy Cognac and the Harry Waugh Dessert Room Seminar: This celebration of influential women, which is part of Bern's Winefest No. 22, pairs Winefest speaker Bénédicte Hardy's cognacs with treats dreamed up by Harry Waugh Dessert Room pastry chefs Amber Menendez and Heather Birr in the Epicurean Theatre. $300. 6:30 p.m. Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-2421.

Third Thursday Tampa: The Channel District's street food soiree offers mobile kitchens, live music and Pour House cocktails. Hosted the third Thursday of every month. 6 p.m. Grand Central at Kennedy, 1208 E Kennedy Blvd. (813) 226-0988.

Gary Valentine: An actor, comedian and writer who played Danny on The King of Queens and Kyle on Kevin Can Wait. He also has a special on Comedy Central and has appeared in both Paul Blart: Mall Cop flicks. $15-$18. 8:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Jay Hewlett: He's appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and BET's ComicView. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Eyehategod: Known by fans as EHG, this sludge metal band hailing from New Orleans performs with the Obsessed and Antiseen at Crowbar. $20-$23. 7 p.m. 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Josh Wolf: The host of CMT's first original late night comedy series has made numerous appearances on Chelsea Lately. $15-$17. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Rent!: Ruth Eckerd Hall presents the 20th anniversary Broadway tour of the groundbreaking rock musical centered around a group of aspiring artists. $35-$150. 8 p.m. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

To Watch

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 9 p.m., NBC: The good news is Jake and Amy are celebrating a year of marital bliss. The bad news is work is so busy that they end up celebrating their anniversary in the hospital, standing guard over a comatose perp.

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