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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, May 1

The Illusionists bring their energetic show to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. [Courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall]
The Illusionists bring their energetic show to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. [Courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall]
Published Apr. 30, 2019

The Illusionists: A group of magicians specializing in different kinds magic, including stage illusions and mind reading (freaky!). $35-$150. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

UT/TMA Performing Art Series: The University of Tampa College of Arts and Letters collaborates with Tampa Museum of Art to present a performance of OPUS: Forever Young, under Tara Swartzbaugh's direction. This series takes place the first Wednesday of every month. Free. Noon. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130.

Whiskey Wednesday: Heaven Hill drives the Mandarin Hide's whiskey tasting and education event. Expect $6 cocktails made with a variety of dark spirits from the distillery. 6 p.m. 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 440-9231.

Beltane Fest: The family-friendly celebration welcomes summer with a bill of local vendors, presentations and other activities — not to mention herbal iced teas, live DJ tunes and vegan hot dogs. 3 p.m. Bodhi Basics, 240 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 222-0463.

Spring Music Spectacular: Music Made in America: The Patel Conservatory's music department and community partner performance groups spotlight American composers. 7:30 p.m. Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 222-1040.

May Day Wine Tasting: Bandit Coffee Co. has started offering natural wine, which is showcased during this after-hours sampling sesh with beverage company City Beautiful. You're gonna want to take advantage of the $5 discount on bottles as well. $5. 7 p.m. 2662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Winging It: Check out the thesis show from USF St. Petersburg's graphic design seniors. 5 p.m. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Comedy Night: Touring comedian Steve Miller hosts this evening of comedy, where Cam Bertrand and Marie Williams also hit the stage. 9 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa. (813) 234-1000.

Gov't Mule: The rock band brings their spring tour to town. $38.50. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Tampa Community Band: A grassroots outfit featuring musicians of all ages. Free. 7:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 877-3105.

Poke Fish & Smoothie King Give Back: This pair of area businesses donate 15 percent of their sales to the American Cancer Society. 5 p.m. 4424 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

May Day Labor Celebration: Enjoy a labor trivia quiz and 50/50 raffle while ringing in the original Labor Day, plus guest speaker Ed Bruno. Bruno is the former national organizing director of National Nurses United. 7 p.m. If I Brewed the World, 2200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-4484.

To Watch

Knock Down the House, Wednesday, Netflix: This inspiring documentary tracks the grassroots campaigns of four progressive female congressional candidates who sought to change the balance of power during the historic 2018 midterm elections. They include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Amy Vilela of Nevada, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia. All were charismatic outsiders who challenged powerful male incumbents. (Spoiler alert: Only Ocasio-Cortez wins.) The film captured two major prizes at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Billboard Music Awards, 8 p.m., NBC: Kelly Clarkson hosts the celebration of chart-topping acts. Among the performers are Madonna and Maluma, who will combine on their new single Medellín. Also: Mariah Carey is honored with the Icon Award.

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