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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 1

Abby Mueller as Carole King in 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.' Photo by Joan Marcus.
Abby Mueller as Carole King in 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.' Photo by Joan Marcus.
Published Apr. 29, 2016

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical: The Tony Award-winning show about Carole King's rise to fame features her most memorable songs, including "I Feel the Earth Move," "Natural Woman," and "You've Got a Friend." Through May 1. The Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. show will be sign language interpreted. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $55-$135. (813) 229-7827.

Ruby Rose: The Australian DJ gained popularity from starring on Orange is the New Black. Noon, Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $25. (813) 281-8900.

Tampa RiverFest: Locations along the 1.8 mile path will offer different activities, kid's play zones, pet-friendly activities, dragon boat races, music, food and drink. 8 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 221-3686.

Flamingo Festival: Join Sunken Gardens in welcoming its new flamingo residents at this party with music, children's activities, vendors, food and beer. Wear pink and save $1 off admission. Noon, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $4 ages 2-11, members free. (727) 551-3102.

Tampa Bay Storm: Jacksonville Sharks: It's Heroes and Villains Day with a costume contest, post game player autographs and a family movie. 2 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $11.75-$122.25. (813) 301-2500.

George Washington Day: In commemoration of the 227th anniversary of the first presidential inauguration, Dean Malissa, the official George Washington interpreter at Mount Vernon, will recreate old times with costumed meet and greets, a Revolution era weaponry display, quill pen calligraphy writing and colonial era games. Paying adults can bring up to three children for $1 each. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students with ID, $7.95 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 675-8985.

The Maids: A Jobsite Theater production of the 1947 play by French novelist Jean Genet. It was inspired by a famous 1933 French murder trial of two sisters, employed as maids, who gruesomely killed their employer and her adult daughter. Through May 22. 4 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Spamalot: LGBT Night: The American Stage in the Park production of the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Monty Python parody of the legend of King Arthur. No alcohol or pets are allowed, but concessions (including alcohol) will be available. Through May 8. Come early for a Tea Dance. Half the proceeds from tickets sold at the Metro Community Center go back to LGBT programs. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $25-$38. (727) 823-7529.

Chris Isaak: The rock musician tours in support of his latest album release, First Comes The Night. $89-$99. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Chris Kattan: The former Saturday Night Live cast member created such memorable characters as Mr. Peepers, Mango, and was one of the head-bobbing Butabi Brothers with Will Ferrell, characters which were continued in the movie, A Night at the Roxbury. 7 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $22. (813) 960-1197.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Beethoven's Eroica Symphony: Under the direction of Michael Francis, the orchestra presents City Noir (Adams) and Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" (Beethoven). 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.


Sweetfields Sunflower Maze: Get lost in a 6-acre labyrinth made of sunflowers. Enjoy hay rides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, pig and rubber duck races, a tree fort and storytelling. 10 a.m., Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (352) 279-0977.


SEASON PREMIERE, Penny Dreadful, 10 p.m. Showtime. The Victorian horror drama returns for a third season that will introduce Dr. Jekyll and Dracula to the mix. In the opener, Scotland Yard Inspector Rusk (Douglas Hodge) keeps a wary eye on his prisoner Ethan (Josh Hartnett) while on a train speeding through the desert. Elsewhere, a mysterious Native American man confronts Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), and Vanessa (Eva Green) seeks the help of Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) to battle a new evil.


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