Do It Today: David Gray sings and strums, The Man Who Planted Trees onstage, Take Back the Night in Tampa, Local H in Ybor and more

The Puppet State Theater Company of Scotland presents The Man Who Planted Trees, a multi-sensory updated exploration of Jean Giono's pastoral about a French shepherd and his dog who transform a barren wasteland into a lush forest of sounds, sights and scents. Visit puppetstate.com for more info. The show visits several venues this weekend: 6 p.m. Tues., April 13, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater; 12:15 p.m. Weds., April 14, St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg; 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 15, TECO Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa.


Take Back the Night is a candlelight vigil, silent march and speak-out against sexual violence. USF Victim Advocacy Center Director Nanci Newton gives the keynote address, followed by a reading of sexual violence statistics, a chance to sign the REAL (Relationship Equality and Anti-violence League) Men’s Promise to End Sexual and Relationship Violence, and a chance for survivors to share their experiences. Visit usfnite.com for more info. Tues., April 13, 6:30 p.m., Marshall Student Center, University of South Florida, Tampa.


Local H, the Chicago post-grunge project formed and fronted by Scott Lucas — who sings in a hoarse growl, and plays guitar and bass — has been through a few drummers to get to the current lineup with Brian St. Clair. Local H has one Top 10 hit (1996’s “Bound for the Floor”), but garnered lots of good press for their 2008 concept album, Twelve Angry Months, each track corresponding to a month that takes place in the year after a relationship has ended. Neglected Superhero and Rude Squad open. 7 p.m. Tues., April 13, Orpheum, Tampa, myspace.com/theorpheum. --Leilani Polk


NPR National Library Week events include a chance to meet author Andy Huse. The Tampa archivist and personal historian of the Columbia Restaurant hosts tonight's Spanish-style dinner. 5:30 p.m. Tues., April 13, New Port Richey Library, $1o, nprlibrary.org.

Raspy-voiced singer-songwriter David Gray (pictured) hasn’t made any considerable changes to his formula after 17 years. His eighth and most recent album, 2009’s Draw The Line, is awash with crisp instrumentation, strings and lush harmonies. “Full Steam,” a duet with Annie Lennox, is a blissful piano-driven exchange that builds into a glorious chant showcasing Lennox’s legendary pipes. On his current North American tour, Grey is due to debut some new material from an understated, stripped-down album cut the same time as Line, and due out later this year. 7:30 p.m. Tues., April 13, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, $27.50-$47.50, rutheckerdhall.com. –Matthew Spencer

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