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Top 10 Tampa Bay events for the week of July 5-11

Summer showers are here, so indoor activities are most of this week’s highlights
Brad Paisley, pictured at a show in Nashville in 2014, will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Brad Paisley, pictured at a show in Nashville in 2014, will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Published Jul. 5
Updated Jul. 5

Brad Paisley: The Grammy Award-winning country singer performs with Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe. $22-$99. 7:30 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has some new sea creatures - mermaids - now through July 15.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has some new sea creatures - mermaids - now through July 15. [ Clearwater Marine Aquarium ]

See Mermaids: Clearwater Marine Aquarium extends its hours for the summer and invites visitors to see live mermaids in the dolphin complex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 15. Guests can get photos with a mermaid from 10 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m., and kids can take a swim with a mermaid in a virtual reality experience. Mermaid-themed glitter tattoos, hair clips and cupcakes will be available for purchase. Included with admission. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.

Summer of Soul: More than 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival that took place the same summer as Woodstock. Even though it was only 100 miles away, it received virtually no media coverage. This movie features never-seen-before footage of performances by Black artists including Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, B.B. King, the Staple Singers and Gladys Knight and the Pips. $10.70, $8.60 child/senior/military. 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

Drone Light Show: The Duke Energy Drone Light Show celebrates the first anniversary of the St. Pete Pier with an aerial display by 300 drones equipped with LED lights. The first 2,000 audience members get interactive wristbands. Programming starts at 5 p.m. with bands and DJs. The drone show is at 9 and can be viewed from all downtown waterfront parks except Vinoy Park. Free. 5-10 p.m. Tuesday. Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Generation Championship Wrestling: Live Forever II: Generation Championship Wrestling celebrates its third anniversary with matches featuring Stunt Marshall, “The Gold Rush” Solomon Stone, Queen Aminata, Kiah Dream, “The Future” Skye Blue and more. There will be a cash bar and food truck on site. $10-$20, $5 ages 9 and younger, veterans free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Egypt Shrine Center, 5017 E Washington St., Tampa. 813-562-9599.

Local Brazilian music group O Som Do Jazz will be joined by guitarist Tabajara Belo on Sunday at the three-day Latin Jazz Fest at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.
Local Brazilian music group O Som Do Jazz will be joined by guitarist Tabajara Belo on Sunday at the three-day Latin Jazz Fest at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.

Latin Jazz Fest: EMIT presents a series of Latin jazz concerts. Friday features the MJR Latin Project and Friends. The performance mixes original works by Mauricio J. Rodriguez and Vicente Viloria with new Cuban contemporary music and Latin jazz staples. Saturday features Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City. Ortiz is known around the world for his conga performances and his knowledge of rhythm and percussion. Sunday features Tabajara Belo and O Som Do Jazz. The Brazilian guitarist performs a solo set before joining the Brazilian jazz group. $25 (each day). 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Summer Classics Series: Tampa Theatre’s annual Summer Classics movies series continues this week. Thursday features the 122-minute, R-rated 1989 war drama Glory. Sunday features the 136-minute, unrated 1959 thriller North by Northwest. Theater capacity is limited. $10, $7 members; $13, $10 members (silent films). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Cleveland Indians (Monday-Wednesday) and the Toronto Blue Jays (Friday-Sunday). Socially distanced pod seating has been eliminated, but fans who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear a mask. Also, the 300 level will be closed, offering fans a better view of the field. Fans will get an Austin Meadows Bobblehead on Tuesday and Ugly Sweater Socks on Sunday. Ticket prices vary. 7:10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Friday, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, 1:10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s comic fantasy, about a group of humans who find themselves bewitched by fairies, will be performed. Masks are required for people who are not fully vaccinated. $15. 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-451-2391.

Riley Keough and Taylour Paige star in "Zola."
Riley Keough and Taylour Paige star in "Zola."

Zola: A waitress is seduced into a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida, but things quickly go wrong and it transforms into 48 hours of “hoeism” in Tampa. Rated R for strong sexual content, language, graphic nudity and violence including a sexual assault. $10.70, $8.56 seniors/students/children. 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.