Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 19

Full Force Celebrity Talent Search: Comedian Chris O'Baby hosts this talent search with guest performances by Vivica Fox (Empire/Independence Day), RL (the voice of Next), the Full Force Brothers (Ain't My Type of Hype/House Party), Alia Davis (Allure) and the Beat Down Band. The winner of the show gets $500 and the opportunity to open for a future show. 8 p.m., Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. $25-$35. (407) 230-4919.

Gary Owen: In addition to numerous comedy specials on Showtime and Starz, he's appeared in the films Think Like a Man, Ride Along, Little Man and Meet the Blacks. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $27-$30; $40 VIP. (813) 864-4000.

Avenue Q: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Many performances have already sold out; check their website. 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Bit Brigade: The video game/live rock act will perform alongside Spar and Boy Without Batteries. 8 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $7. (813) 248-4969.

End of the Rainbow: The play uses the lens of Christmas 1968 to see the ups and downs of Judy Garland. Through June 4. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$47. (727) 498-5205.

Bike to Work Day: Meet at the historic train station to join Mayor Rick Kriseman for a bike ride to Williams Park for free coffee and doughnuts. Also meets at Coffee Pot Park and Bartlett Park. 7 a.m., Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 892-5328.

St. Petersburg Opera: Mornings With the Maestro: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 896-2667; stpeteopera.org.

Friday Movie Time: Allied: Popcorn and drinks are provided for weekly movies. The story of how the pressures of war test the relationship between a Canadian intelligence office and a French resistance fighter on a deadly mission. 1 p.m., Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $2, $1 with rec. card. (727) 298-3299.

Chefs Showdown: Palms of Largo chefs compete for bragging rights. Sample their dishes and cheer on your favorite. 1:30 p.m., The Plaza at The Palms of Largo, 385 Alternate Keene Road., Largo. Free. (727) 240-5278.

Food Trucks: Rally Around Town: Street Food and Night Market: Food trucks gather for waterfront dining,with indoor, air-conditioned seating available, and live music. 6 p.m., Port of St. Petersburg, 250 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 892-5715.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dinos Alive: Life-like and life-size dinosaurs. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission. $32.95, $24.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

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