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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 15

Melvin Abston, as Sebastian (center), tries to persuade Ariel (center front), played by Diana Huey, not to leave the ocean with the Calypso-themed song Under the Sea, part of Disney's The Little Mermaid, playing through July 16 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Straz Center.

Melvin Abston, as Sebastian (center), tries to persuade Ariel (center front), played by Diana Huey, not to leave the ocean with the Calypso-themed song Under the Sea, part of Disney's The Little Mermaid, playing through July 16 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Straz Center.

The Little Mermaid: Disney's Broadway hit about a red-haired mermaid who dreams of living in the human world and falling in love. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50-$79.50. (813) 229-7827.

Marie Antoinette: Preview: A contemporary look at the historic pariah looks at Marie Antoinette through the lens of society's obsession with celebrity. Through August 13. $25. 2 and 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$37. (727) 498-5205.

Sun, Swimsuits and Suds: A pub craw with stops at Ybor area pubs and restaurants combines with summer time water fun involving super soaker wars and water balloon fights in the street. Get tickets at After party is at 6 p.m. at Crowbar. 2 p.m., Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, 1800 E Ninth Ave., Tampa. $25 through July 14; $30 day of. (813) 248-3712.

Sex with Strangers: When twenty-something blogger Ethan and 40-something novelist Olivia engage in an intimate relationship, they confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. Through August 6. 3 and 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39. (727) 823-7529.

America II Extreme Mud Wars: This wildly popular day of rolling in a mud pit and slinging dirt returns to Spa Beach with more than 600 people competing in ultimate football, an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumpers, tug-of-war, the eliminator, dodge ball and mud volleyball. Teams of six to 10 must have two women or more per team. A minimum of 5,000 sandbags, 10 eight-ton dump trucks of soil and eight fire hoses will create this messy fun. 9 a.m., Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free (spectators); $500 (team), $60 (individual). Toll-free 1-877-820-2582.

Raptors Up Close: Meet Sarge the American Bald Eagle and learn proper raptor handling techniques. 9 a.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. $10, $5 members. (727) 518-3047.

Kayak Club: A kayaking adventure to explore the park. Includes kayak, safety equipment and instruction. 10 a.m., John R. Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N, Largo. $40, $20 members. (727) 518-3131.

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and stories of the old movie house's secrets, art and architecture. Benefits Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations. 11:30 a.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/1 and younger free. (813) 274-8982.

Reggae Fest: A taste of the islands at this celebration with Jamaican food, Caribbean inspired cocktails and live music. The party goes on until 2 a.m. and features music by Tropic Wave (noon-4 p.m.), Irruption (4:30-8:30 p.m.) and JC2 (9 p.m.-2 a.m.). Noon, Bahama Breeze, 3045 N Rocky Point Drive E, Tampa. Free (food/drink additional). (813) 289-7922.

Art Bazaar Throw Down: This open air art market hits the beach bringing an art competition, organically farmed food and a kids' zone bazaar. 3 p.m., Beach Fire Beach Bar and Grille, 608 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 608-0957.

Betty Fox Band: Soul is what this Tampa-based quartet is all about. The show is a joint fundraiser for the farm and WMNF. AB+ opens. 6 p.m., Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 887-4066.

He Is Legend: The early 2000s rockers will be joined by Islander, To Speak of Wolves and Bad Seed Rising on the Hot Like Sauce tour. 6 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $15-18. (813) 241-8600.

Sunset Sounds: Set sail at sunset and dance the night away to EDM music at sea. 7:30 p.m., Tropics Boat Tours, 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. TBA. (727) 330-7264.

21 Savage: The Atlanta rapper has become a huge up-and-comer in the hip-hop world. 7:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $36-$100. (727) 565-0550.

New Kids on the Block: The Boston boy band takes fans back to their late '80s beginning by embarking on The Total Package tour alongside Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $26.20-$196.20. (813) 301-2500.

Trashion Fashion: An unorthodox fashion show featuring wild designs created entirely from recycled, bizarre products. 8 p.m., ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20, $45 VIP runway seats. (727) 324-3878.

Washed Out: The indie electronic project of chillwave producer, Ernest Greene. 8 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $23. (813) 248-9500.


Splash's Treasure Hunt: There's pirate booty hidden in the water that children ages 12 and younger can find in age-group treasure hunts. 10 a.m., Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. $9, $6 with resident card. (727) 518-3016.


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