Do It Today: World Refugee Day events, shake it up with Shakespeare at the Bard-tini party, and meet Thomas Daly, author of Rage Company: A Marine's Baptism by Fire

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Thomas Daly, a 2000 Plant High School graduate who joined the Marines after college and served as an artillery officer holding a number of billets ranging from forward observer to intelligence cell leader signs his memoir, Rage Company: A Marine's Baptism by Fire. Thurs., June 17, 7 p.m., Inkwood Books, Tampa.

The St. Pete Shakes Company is bringing the Bard Bayside -- but before they can begin, they need some seed money. Give them a hand at tonight's fundraiser, the Bard-Tini Party, where you'll hear live music, see body-bending acrobatics by Acrobellum, and sip the specialty cocktail of the evening: the Bard-tini. Paddy Burkes donates 25 percent of the evening's proceeds to St. Pete Shakes. Thurs., June 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Paddy Burkes, St. Petersburg.

For tonight's Art Lecture Series: Post Impressionism, CCC Art Curator Mary Ellen Bitner offers insight on painters who changed the way we think of art, and how they moved from impressionism to the modern era in art. Artists on the easel include Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, the Blue Riders and the Secessionists. Thurs., June 17, 6:30 p.m, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, free.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are over 69,000 refugees in the U.S. seeking asylum, and over 279,000 settled refugees in our country currently. Tampa Bay hosts several events celebrating and recognizing the courage and experiences of local refugees for World Refugee Day. In Tampa, there's a Global Celebration at the historic Centro Asturiano building in Ybor City, which features Socheata Poeuv's film New Year Baby (pictured), the story of a Cambodian native who grows up in the U.S. unaware of her parents' experiences during the Khmer Rouge genocide. After the screening, a panel of local refugees will share their personal stories. 5-8 p.m. Thurs., June 17, Centro Asturiano, 1913 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, free. —Mitch Perry

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