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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, May 15

On Wednesday, catch David Sedaris, whose latest book is ‘Calypso,’ at Tampa’s Straz Center. [Ingrid Christie]
On Wednesday, catch David Sedaris, whose latest book is ‘Calypso,’ at Tampa’s Straz Center. [Ingrid Christie]
Published May 14, 2019

David Sedaris: The best-selling author features a selection of new readings and recollections. A book signing and Q&A follow. $35. 7:30 p.m. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

From Zero to I Love You: Presented by the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, this screening showcases the flick about a Philadelphian who has a thing for married men. $10. 7:15 p.m. CL Space, 1911 N 13th St., Suite W200, Tampa.

Toad the Wet Sprocket: The alt-rock band, together for more than three decades, hit the stage with their musical chemistry. $45-$75. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Orange Blossom Jamboree: Kicking off Wednesday, the four-day music and art festival offers camping, vendors, food and a full lineup of tunes. Bands like Applebutter Express, Holey Miss Moley and Come Back Alice perform. Day passes are limited to Sunday. $80-$110. 8 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-3082.

Grand Opening Party: Welcome Sekuski on the Beach to the neighborhood during this official celebration. Expect wine and sake samples, plus happy hour pricing on bites and beverages. Free. 4 p.m. 524 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 474-2453.

Fresh Squeezed 3: Check out the latest works, ranging from photography to printmaking, dreamed up by emerging Florida visual artists. Participants include Anh Pham, Lance Rothstein, J. Leigh Garcia, Chad Steve and Ericka Sobrack. Runs through June 28. Free. 10 a.m. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.

Wine Class: Chile: Formerly known as Wine Madonna, the new Dracula's Legacy holds a lesson in Chilean vino. Wine guru Sirena Di Vino instructs. RSVP by phone, as space is limited. 7 p.m. $10. 111 Second Ave. NE, Suite 102, St. Petersburg. (727) 289-7257.

Craft Beer Week: Woman Crush Wednesday: Four beers from Clearwater brewery Pair O' Dice take over the Oak and Stone draft lines to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, which began Tuesday. Gals get exclusive access to the free pairing of eats and suds. 6 p.m. 199 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 565-4064.

Join Ride of Silence: Stay quiet throughout this cruise held during National Bike Month to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to public roadways and pay homage to those who have been killed or injured. You're asked to don a helmet and ride no faster than 10 mph. Free. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashely Drive, Tampa.

VW Night: Volkswagen owners gather over pizza and beer, as well as DJ jams from roving record shop Hello Darlin'. Hosted every third Wednesday of the month. 5:30 p.m. 4910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-1516.

Cookies and Stories with a Cop: Grades K through 5 enjoy this morning conversation with a Tampa Police Department officer, who reads stories and answers questions regarding law enforcement. 10:05 a.m. Friends of the Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N Central Ave. (813) 273-3652.

Vision 2020: Planning for Ybor City's Future: Bring your ideas to this community meeting with the Ybor City Development Corporation, which is set to discuss the future of the historic district. Free. 5 p.m. Children's Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E Palm Ave., Tampa. (813)-274-7936.

To Watch

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown, 8 p.m., Fox: Famous people cook for a good cause. Among those competing for their favorite charities are Beverly Hills 90210 alums Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, former Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski and boxing legends Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya.

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