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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 6-12

ORG XMIT: NYPK109 Singer Janet Jackson attends the 20th annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York, on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
By Maggie Duffy, Times Staff Writer
Thursday 2 August 2018 16.00

Janet Jackson: The pop icon will be in Control when she brings her State of the World tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Tuesday ($29.95-499.95). amphitheatretampa.com.

Fetish Con: You’ll find even more half-dressed people in downtown St. Petersburg than usual Thursday-Sunday, when the kinky convention descends on the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. The 18th annual trade show brings vendors, models, kinky karaoke, a pervy pool party, Super Heroine Showdown and a nightly Twisted Dungeon play space. 18 and older to attend. $40 (per day); $100 (all access). fetishcon.com.

DATE NIGHT

Music: What’s up with all the music this summer? Get ready for another jam-packed week of concerts. It’s an alt-rock trifecta on Wednesday when Bush, The Cult and Stone Temple Pilots co-headline at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($22-$199), where Grammy Award-winning a cappella cover group Pentatonix performs on Thursday ($25-$159.50) and where rockers Imagine Dragons play Friday ($35-$129.50). Also Friday, emo group American Football takes the Orpheum in Ybor City. Saturday, critically-acclaimed rapper and producer J. Cole hits the Amalie Arena, bringing along Young Thug and Jaden Smith, the rapping and songwriting son of actor Will Smith, who will open the show ($49.50-$149.50). Also Saturday, back at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, hard rockers Five Finger Death Punch team up with Breaking Benjamin ($30-$100). And what better way to wind down the weekend than a Steel Pulse concert? The iconic reggae band plays Jannus Live on Sunday ($25-$30).

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Comedy: Best known for his role in the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy movie The Heat, Adam Ray brings his stand up act to the Improv Tampa Friday-Sunday ($12-$15; improvtampa.com) and Crank Yanker Jim Florentine takes Side Splitters Thursday-Sunday ($10-$16.50; sidesplitterscomedy.com).

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KIDS AND FAMILY

Great Mess-Ploration: Let kids get down and dirty before school starts at Great Explorations in St. Pete on Saturday, with shaving cream art, shake painting, tie dye and sticky sand castles. Included with admission; $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. greatexplorations.org.

Last Blast of Summer: The Glazer’s Children’s Museum ends summer with a bang with games and snacks Saturday-Sunday. Included with admission; $9.50-$15 glazermuseum.org.

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