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FOR FUTURE FILE USE A patron walks by the garden baskets at the Colorfield Farms booth Saturday at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Petersburg. LARA CERRI | Times (2011)

Things To Do Planner: Alton Brown, Antiquarian Book Fair and SunLit Fest, Green Thumb Festival

ALTON BROWN: Eat Your Science "I don't want to give too much away, but this time we're going to play a little game while we're at it," TV chef Alton Brown said of his new live show coming to Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. "Plus, you'll see things I've never been allowed to do on TV." His …

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  1. Hooper: Saint Leo writers retreat offers breath of fresh air

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    I've got a secret.

    Don't tell anyone.

    On May 20, I'll be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, but if you think I'm going to show up for my session and leave, guess again.

    Poet Jesse Millner is one of the featured speakers at the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 23

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    Neil Diamond: The legendary singer-songwriter known for hits like Sweet Caroline and Cherry Cherry, will bring a tour celebrating 50 years in the music business. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75-$145.75. (813) 301-2500.

    For music planner on 4/20/17: Handout photo of Neil Diamond, performing at Amalie Arena on 4/23/17. Credit: Universal Music Enterprises.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

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    Mainsail Art Festival: In addition to 250 professional artists, Mainsail presents the Young at Art student show, Kids Create activity tent, live music and a variety of culinary art food vendors. 9 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-7039.

    A customer browses Orlando resident Richard J. Auger's photographyat the 40th annual Mainsail Art Festival in Vinoy Park Saturday, April 18, 2015. Auger's color work includes photos from Bermuda, South Carolina and Florida. The photographer uses Velvia slide film and prints his and mounts his own canvases. He has a second booth with all black and white prints that were taken on film. The festival continues Sunday 10AM-5PM. In addition to 250 professional artists, Mainsail presents the Young at Art student show, Kids Create activity tent, live music and a variety of culinary art food vendors. New this year for the 40th annual event, the festival has increased cash awards to $64,000 featuring the $10,000 Best of Show Gold Award. A free shuttle will be running through downtown Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 21

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    Kenny G: The Grammy Award-winning contemporary jazz saxophonist will be joined by ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro. 8 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $29-$45. (727) 791-7400.

    Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA's Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  5. Plan your weekend: 'Hairspray' in the park, Mainsail art fest, Neil Diamond, Earth Day

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    Plan your weekend

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    Hairspray: There's a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. today, and then the American Stage in the Park production starts at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through May 14 at Demens Landing Park, St. Petersburg. Artistic staff are planning a concert-like experience. …

  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

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    American Stage in the Park: Hairspray: Catch the Tony Award-winning musical based on the John Waters film for American Stage's annual play in the park. Through May 14. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can preview night.  (727) 823-7529

    Allyson Pace who plays Tracy and David Michael Bevis who plays Link Larkin pose for a portrait on the set of Hairspray in Demens Landing Park on April 12, 2017. The annual American Stage in the Park performance begins on April 19th and runs through May 14th. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times