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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 15

Kevin James "The Inventor" says he draws on his own nightmares to create some of the magic acts for The Illusionists, running June 15 and 16 at the Straz Center. Courtesy of the Straz Center.
Published Jun. 14, 2018

The Illusionists: Live from Broadway: A group of five magicians perform a range of styles from escapism to comedic magic. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $35. (813) 229-7827;

Summer Nights: Busch Gardens celebrates summer with extended hours, three themed party zones, and there will be fireworks tonight at 9:30 p.m. Included with regular daily admission. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386;

Diego Figuerido: Brazilian guitarist will perform a fusion of jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova with guest vocalist Andrea Moraes Manson. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Reserved $35. General admission $25. (727) 822-3590;

Strait of Gibraltar: Things get complicated, in this romance-turned-thriller. Through June 17. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39. (727) 823-7529;

Tony Rock: Brooklyn-bred Tony Rock, the younger brother of Chris Rock, has stepped into his own as an actor and comedian. He's the host of the HBO's All Def Comedy and appeared in the film Couples Night. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000;

Bret Ernst: He first gained notoriety after appearing in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, and went on to have a recurring role on the Showtime series Weeds. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197;

Charlie Farley: Country singer whose debut album Hog Heaven and follow up album All I've Been Through both charted on the Billboard's Country Albums. Opening act Fast 4 Ward starts at 7 p.m., Farley takes stage at 10 p.m. The event includes a truck show. 10 p.m., Classics, 12400 County Line Road, Hudson. $20 advance, $30 at the door (includes drink voucher). (727) 233-2664.

Figure: DJ and producer that has become a household name in bass music will perform. 10 p.m., Los Dos Plebes, 14042 66th Street N, Largo. $10-$20.

Food Truck Rally: Food trucks gather for waterfront dining,with indoor, air-conditioned seating available, and live music. Food trucks expected to appear include Smokin' Bowls, Cheesteak Truck, Melt Machine, I Wanna Wok and Sexton's Pizza. 6 p.m., Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

Sacred Lands Music and a Meal: With music by the Joe Milligan Project and opening act Pasco Paul Belmore. Homemade meal items from vendors available on site. 7:30 p.m., Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. $12 admission. $8 separate for a meal. (727) 347-0354;


Flick and Float: Cool down at the pool with floats, noodles, diving boards and flume slides while you watch Moana a family friendly film. 7 p.m., Shore Acres Recreation Center and Pool, 4142 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. $3, $2 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. (727) 893-7441;

Dive-In Movies: Bring noodles, floats and chairs to lounge in the pool while watching the animated film Deep on an inflatable screen. 8 p.m., St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. $5. (727) 363-9245.

Sunshine State Clusters: Features thousands of dogs in all breeds competing in showmanship, obedience and rally. Also includes a rowdie dock diving session, dog health clinics, scent work and a barn hunt. 8 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5, children free; $6 parking. (727) 530-0500;


SEASON PREMIERE Goliath, Amazon Prime: Golden Globe winner Billy Bob Thornton returns as beleaguered defense attorney Billy McBride. His focus this time is a case involving a friend's 16-year-old son, who has been arrested for a double homicide. The investigation leads to an even deadlier conspiracy.

SEASON PREMIERE 12 Monkeys, 8 p.m., Syfy: James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly set out on an epic quest, traveling further back in time than ever before. According to legend, their only hope lies with a weapon capable of stopping the Witness for good.


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