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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday, July 9

Chris McCarrell stars as Percy Jackson in “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” which opens Tuesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. [Courtesy of Jeremy Daniels]
Published Jul. 5

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical: This show, based on Rick Riordan's series of young adult novels, follows the exploits of the son of Poseidon while he tries to manage his newfound powers and keep monsters off his tail, and prevent a war between the gods. Runs through July 14. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

Cow Appreciation Day: Visit any local Chick-fil-A outpost dressed up like a cow to score a free entree. Free. 6 a.m. Locations vary, Tampa Bay. (727) 502-9402.

Sadistik: The alternative Seattle hip-hop artist takes the stage during this great grab-bag of underground rappers, as do Elucid and MTFR. $12 and up. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Cobb Summer Movie Series: Cobb Theatres screen more than 10 films during this seasonal cinematic celebration. Up next are Emoji Movie and Madagascar. Runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 1. Free. 10 a.m. Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 796-1070.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Kids can escape the heat and watch older flicks for cheap at Regal Cinemas. This week, Lego Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World are featured. Tampa's Citrus Park 20 also participates. Runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 4. $1. 10 a.m. Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 525-7777.

To Watch

Love Island, 8 p.m., CBS: Another bizarre reality dating series that sends contestants to a stunning villa in Fiji, where they must couple up. Those who fail to find a partner risk being banished from the island.

I Love You, Now Die, 8 p.m., HBO: A two-part documentary that examines the infamous 2014 case, in which 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in Fairhaven, Mass. Police soon discovered alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to commit suicide.

The Disappearance, 10 p.m., WGN America: Peter Coyote heads the cast in a six-part psychological drama. The story centers around the unexplained and sudden disappearance of a 10-year-old boy, and the investigation that leaves a devastating impact on every member of his family.

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