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North of Tampa entertainment calendar, June 24-28

24 Today

Spoken Word: The Tampa Writers Alliance will hold readings of original fiction, nonfiction and poetry along with live music, critiques and author signings. 4-6 p.m. at O'Brien's Irish Pub, 15435 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 264-6859.

Hooked on Hope Benefit: Damon Fowler, Betty Fox and the Dirty Bastards and Luna Blue play at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Proceeds benefit Hooked on Hope, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research and the USF Breast Health Center in Tampa. $10 suggested minimum donation. Toll-free 1-800-594-8499.

El Nombre de Espana: Enjoy a cash bar and lunch before catching a show of songs and dances from Spain, noon at Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave. $40. (813) 936-0217.

Classic film series: Catch The Gang's All Here, 3 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. (813) 274-8982.

25 Monday

Dino fun: Take a journey to learn about prehistoric times, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $9.50-$15. (813) 443-3861.

Bike ride: The weekly guided bike ride breaks into groups for slow and fast riders and ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required, helmets suggested, 6 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. Free. (813) 225-1777.

Bingo benefit: Drag queen Melanie Minyon keeps you in stitches as the numbers are called; proceeds benefit St. Pete Pride, 7:30 p.m. at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 1600 E Seventh Ave. $10. (813) 241-6279.

26 Tuesday

Bluegrass: Swinging Bridge plays with the Cotton Eyed Does at 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. Toll-free 1-800-594-8499.

Beat Connection: The psychedelic pop group performs with White Arrows, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $9-$11. (813) 248-9500.

27 Wednesday

Music series: Roctopus plays as part of the Hyde Park Village Live Music Series, 7 to 10 p.m. at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle. Free. (813) 251-3500.

Tech N9ne: Hip-hop artist Tech N9ne performs at 7 p.m. at Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $27. (813) 868-7600.

28 Thursday

Adult jam skate: Come skate to all of your old-school favorites, 9 p.m. at United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave. $7. (813) 876-5826.