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Chester Gregory (Berry Gordy) and Allison Semmes (Diana Ross) star in the first national tour of Motown: The Musical, Aug. 8-13 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Chester Gregory (Berry Gordy) and Allison Semmes (Diana Ross) star in the first national tour of Motown: The Musical, Aug. 8-13 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Motown the Musical: The hit Broadway musical tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50-$85 / VIP $108.50,. (813) 229-7827.

WWE Live: World Wrestling Entertainment draws wrestling stars including Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, Smackdown Women's Champion Naomi, Smacktown Tag Team Champions The Usos, Becky Lynch and many more. Card subject to change up until bell time. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $20-$115. (813) 301-2500.

Fetish Con: You'll find kinky karaoke and antics on the Kinky Red Carpet when the 17th annual trade show returns with vendors, models and much more. Noon, Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $40 per day; $107 advance, $150 day of (all access). (727) 894-5000.

Marie Antoinette: Freefall 411: A contemporary look at the historic pariah looks at Marie Antoinette through the lens of society's obsession with celebrity. Through August 13. A brief talk prior to the performance provides insight to the production an hour before the show. 2 and 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$37. (727) 498-5205.

Melon and Taco Fest: It's all about watermelon and tacos at this huge festival with a Sledge-O-Matic show by Leo Gallagher, an appearance by Artie Fletcher, watermelon contest, watermelon margaritas, music by Stormbringer and more. 1 p.m., Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. No cover. (941) 587-836.

Dali and Beyond Film Series: Savage Messiah: This portion features Savage Messiah, in which a talented young sculptor falls in love with a Polish cougar who provides positive influence on his life and his work. 1 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Prepare for Solar Eclipse: Learn about the solar eclipse taking place on Aug. 21 and get a free pair eclipse-viewing glasses while supplies last. Bring a box and learn how to make a pin-hole projector. 2 p.m., Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace. Free. (813) 506-6770.

2017 Tampa Noles Block Party: Seminoles fans will cram this typically rowdy party to kickoff the football season with live entertainment, drink specials, contests and an 18 venue pub crawl. The party goes on until 2 a.m. 2 p.m., Italian Club (Ybor), 1731 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $25 advance, $40 day of. (850) 445-1097.

Summer Classic Movie Series : The Wizard of Oz (1939): All summer long, Tampa Theatre will show classic Hollywood movies. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $7 members. (813) 274-8982.

St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk: Over 40 studios and galleries come together for one arts celebration. Free trolley available. Map available atstpeteartsalliance.org. 5 p.m., Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 518-5142.

Danielle Mohr: The guitarist plays originals and covers. Coincides with 2nd Saturday St. Pete Art Walk and the closing reception for Martha Gipson's current exhibition, Soar. 6 p.m., St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 710-7716.

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 13. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39. (727) 823-7529.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Mean Girls (PG-13): Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. 8:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.

KIDS AND FAMILY

The Art of the Brick: An elaborate display of more than 100 pieces of Lego artwork. Remains on display through Sept. 4. 10 a.m., Event Space, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. Free. (813) 301-6500.

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