Do It Today: Lightning vs. Islanders, Art in Bloom and live music from Murs and Sonic Spank


[image-1]Art in Bloom, the annual flower-ama at the Museum of Fine Arts, puts the petal to the mettle with more than 50 floral interpretations that respond to works in the museum's collection and exhibition spaces, including the glass Conservatory. Floral designers refresh the flowers throughout the exhibition. Docent-led tours are open to everyone. March 19-23. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. 727-896-2667. fine-arts.org.


The following live music shows come courtesy of Leilani Polk's Upcoming Concerts and are more than sufficiently distinctive for a DIT mention:


[image-2]Murs w/Whole Wheat Bread/Tabi Bonney The nappy-dreaded LA rap artist otherwise known as Murs forever changed his underground hip-hop rep when he signed to Warner Bros. in 2006 and hit the upper Billboard charts with his third solo album and major label debut, 2008’s Murs for President. The album touches on relationships, racism, life on the road, politics and various other topics as delivered in Murs’ leisurely rhyme-tossing style, and with guest appearances by major league stars like Will.i.am and Snoop Dogg. He put out two collaborative releases in 2010 – Fornever, his fourth album with 9th Wonder, and Melrose with Terrace Martin – and is prepping a new solo EP, Varsity Blues 2. Note: This early weeknight shows begins 7 p.m. (Crowbar, Ybor City, $12 advance, $14 day of show, all ages)


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Sonic Spank w/This Is Art Join the spring break masses for a free Tuesday night Clearwater Beach-side dance party led by Sonic Spank, a Philly instrumental jamtronica trio with a sound marked by heavy zipper-fuzzy synths, tripped-out sample-ridden soundwaves, make-your-ass-shake drum grooves and guitars run through an array of effects pedals. Also on the bill is Nashville-based This Is Art, the solo electro project of musician/producer Art Webb, whose deep basslines and live electronics are delivered over self-recorded samples and stereophonic soundscapes. (The Beach Bar,  Clearwater, free)

Head to the Forum to show some love for the home team tonight. Your support might just help the Bolts regain their thunder as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the N.Y. Islanders.

As of this writing, our NHL team has made it to the playoffs, but the players have run into some bad luck in the last batch of games, conceding the division to the D.C. Capitals. The Islanders, however, have enjoyed a recent winning streak. They are also poised to make the playoffs.

7:30 p.m. the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa; lightning.nhl.com, 813-301-6600.

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