Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday, May 14

Rocktopia and Carl Hiaasen stop by Tampa and St. Petersburg celebrates LGBTQ stories at the Equality Festival.
Largo native Chloe Lowery sings with Rocktopia, which is set to hit Tampa’s Straz Center on Tuesday. [Courtesy of Matthew Murphy]
Largo native Chloe Lowery sings with Rocktopia, which is set to hit Tampa’s Straz Center on Tuesday. [Courtesy of Matthew Murphy]
Published May 13

Rocktopia: This classical-rock chimera features a five-person band, 20-piece orchestra and 30-person choir backing an array of top vocalists in Morsani Hall. $35 and up. 7:30 p.m. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Carl Hiaasen: The Limelight Series presents a talk by the best-selling author, journalist and Florida native behind Assume the Worst. $55-$75. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Equality Festival: In anticipation of St. Pete Pride, the Dramatists Guild showcases staged readings of plays that celebrate LGBTQ stories and characters at St. Petersburg theaters American Stage, 163 Third St. N, and Freefall, 6099 Central Ave. Benefits Equality Florida. Free. 7 p.m.

Free Cone Day: Land one complimentary scoop of ice cream in a sugar cone, cup or wafer cone at the Tampa locations for Haagen-Dazs. Best part? You don’t have to make an additional purchase. 4-8 p.m. Locations vary. haagendazs.us.

Gulfport Fresh Market: A year-round community market that features local vendors selling items like fresh produce, cheese, flowers, garden goods and artwork. Hosted every Tuesday. 9 a.m. 3101 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. gulfporttuesdayfreshmarket.com.

To Watch

Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate, Netflix: A new special that pays tribute to the groundbreaking sketch-comedy show that aired on NBC (1968-73). Joining the party are, among others, Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, Jay Leno, Jo Anne Worley and Rita Moreno.

What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali, 8 p.m., HBO: A compelling two-part documentary that recalls the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures — a boxer who transcended his sport. The film explores Ali’s challenges, confrontations, comebacks and triumphs through recordings of his own voice.

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