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Top Tampa Bay area events for the week of May 22-28

Get your fill of Cuban sandwiches, or dance, dance, dance at the electronic Sunset Music Festival.
 
Watch as area chefs attempt to build a world record-setting 280-foot-long Cuban sandwich at the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City on Sunday. The sandwich is expected to feed around 700 people experiencing homelessness.
Watch as area chefs attempt to build a world record-setting 280-foot-long Cuban sandwich at the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City on Sunday. The sandwich is expected to feed around 700 people experiencing homelessness.
Published May 22, 2023

Cuban Sandwich Festival: Enjoy music, cultural entertainment, salsa lessons, vendors and a sampling of some of the best Cuban sandwiches by area chefs. Also, see an attempt at creating a world record-setting 280-foot-long Cuban sandwich to feed more than 700 local people experiencing homelessness. No cover. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday (May 28). Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.

Tens of thousands of people attended the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium parking lot in 2022.
Tens of thousands of people attended the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium parking lot in 2022. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Sunset Music Festival: The electronic music event features a cross-section of genres, from house and techno to trance and bass. For tickets, go to smftampa.com. $159.95. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday-Sunday (May 27-28). Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Tampa Bay Rays: This week, the Rays face the Los Angeles Dodgers, and there are a few promotions.

  • Friday (May 26) is Devil Rays Day, and the Tampa Bay Rays will wear throwback Devil Rays uniforms. All fans get a Rays reverse bucket hat while supplies last. $10-$350. 6:40 p.m.
  • On Sunday (May 28), all fans 14 and younger get a free Tyler Glasnow bracelet while supplies last. $10-$383. 11:35 a.m.

Games take place at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 727-825-3137.

Chicks in the Office: The Barstool Sports podcast turns into a live show with special guests, trivia, prizes and drinks. $39-$69. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 24). Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8981.

Christopher Paolini: The bestselling fantasy author celebrates the launch of his new novel, “Fractal Noise.” $28.99, which includes a copy of the book, at oxfordexchange.com/pages/calendar. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 23). Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-253-0222.

Shrimpfinity: This art exhibit includes shrimp sculptures, projections of animated shrimp dancing and a larger-than-life shrimp cocktail. Remains on display through May 29. $22-$27, free for children 4 and younger. 5-10:30 p.m. Monday (May 22 and 29), noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 25), noon-10:30 p.m. Friday (May 26), 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday (May 27), 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday (May 28). Fairgrounds St. Pete, 2606 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

The crustacean takes center stage at Fairgrounds St. Pete’s installation, "Shrimpfinity" by Milagros Collective.
The crustacean takes center stage at Fairgrounds St. Pete’s installation, "Shrimpfinity" by Milagros Collective. [ AYA DIAB | Times ]

Women Want Everything: Rod Grant’s locally made comedy about four clueless misfits who set out on a journey to discover what women want makes its red-carpet world premiere. $21.40. 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday (May 27). Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

Casserole: This comedy centers around a dinner thrown by a chef to be featured in a cookbook. $45 (dinner and show). Reservations required. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday (May 25), 4 p.m. Friday (May 26), 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday (May 27), 4 p.m. Sunday (May 28). Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater. 727-446 5898.

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Jobsite Theater’s Alice: This original cabaret, which includes puppets, celebrates the work of Lewis Carroll (”Alice in Wonderland,” “Through the Looking Glass”). $24.50 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (May 25-27), 4 p.m. Sunday (May 28). David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

A Night at the Oscars: The Florida Orchestra presents music from the silver screen with themes from more than a dozen Academy Award-winning films, including “Jaws,” “Out of Africa,” “E.T.” and “Titanic.” Note: This concert is presented without video. $50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday (May 27). David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 727-892-3331.

Tip “T.I.” Harris: The rapper whose achievements include several Grammy awards performs his standup routine. $50-$65. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (May 27-28). Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Christie Lenee: The singer-songwriter whose sound has been described as “ranging from transcendental folk-pop to virtuosic instrumentals” performs. $25-$55. 7-8:30 p.m. Friday (May 26). Catherine A Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-893-1070.

Coin Show: The Pasco Coin Club will show, buy, sell and appraise coins, currency, bullion, stamps, jewelry and more. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (May 27). Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. 727-534-7597.

Members of the Pasco Coin Club will appraise coins in Hudson on Saturday.
Members of the Pasco Coin Club will appraise coins in Hudson on Saturday. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

Wawa Summer Fun Days: Families can roam the gardens and listen to the singing tower for free the last Thursday and Friday of the month through September. Free. Registration required. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday (May 25-26). Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales. 863-676-1408.

Big John Exhibit: Check out Big John, the largest triceratops ever unearthed, in this immersive new exhibit. Included with admission. Go to bigjohndino.com for reserved timed tickets. $18, $2 off for military/first responders/educators/seniors, 1 and younger free. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Opens Friday (May 26). 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. 813-443-3861.

Sophie B. Hawkins: The singer-songwriter who had a top 10 hit with “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” performs at 7 p.m. Saturday (May 27). $40 and up. MUSIC4LIFE Living Arts Center, 1204 Rogers St., Clearwater.