Do It Today: Cinco de Mayo, Steps to Hope, Kevin Devine, and more

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[image-1]We all like to joke about Brooklyn being the Mecca of good indie music, whether it breeds it or draws it lovingly to its creative bosom. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Devine (pictured) is a native, his high, sweet voice a nice complement to music that crosses the line from neo-folk into funny, introspective, rockin' pop music. Devine is currently touring in support of his just-released fifth album, Brother's Blood. Fellow indie Brooklyner Brian Bonz, velvety-voiced Texas-based singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe, and Arizona alt-pop foursome Miniature Tigers provide support. 7 p.m., Orpheum, St. Petersburg, $11 in advance/$13 DOS. Devine also makes a free in-store appearance at the Reax Art Space, today at 3 p.m., 1911 N. 19th St., Ybor City. (Leilani Polk)

Celebrate Mother's Day early with one of the country's most popular radio talk show hosts, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, during Dr. Laura Live! In Praise of Mom. Several local theaters simulcast from the Irvine Barclay Theatre on the University of California campus, where Dr. Laura recounts her life as a career woman turned stay-at-home mom in a live stage show. 8 p.m. Tues. and Wed., May 5-6, at Regency 20, Brandon, 813-243-4955; Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, Tampa, 813-920-9471; Woodland Square 20, Oldsmar, 727-771-2883; and Grove 16 Cinemas, Wesley Chapel, 813-948-5444.Visit or call the box offices of participating theaters for ticket prices and info.

Fanfare Concert Winds stage a free concert, “POPulous- A Musical Tribute to Mankind,” that includes "An American in Paris" by George Gerschwin, Alfred Reed's "Armenian Dances," and Frank Ticheli's "Vesuvius," among other selections. 7:30 p.m., Hillsborough Community College - Ybor Performing Arts Center Theatre, Tampa, free admission.

Wanna celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the observance of the date of a great battle victory that only managed to delay — not stop — the French invasion of Mexico? (Contrary to popular believe, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated here more than in Mexico, and it is not the date of Mexico's actual independence, which is September 16.) The Hut offers 2-for-1 specials on Corona, Landshark and Bud Light, Margarita pitcher and food specials, live music by Spy v. Spy, games and prizes, jalepeno eating contests and more. 4-11 p.m., The Hut Channelside, 514 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $5, 813-307-6395. Casa Tina presents a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta featuring the 12-piece Orquesta Infinidad, salsa dancing and lessons, performances by Clearwater's Dance and Circus Arts, a Sombrero Fashion Contest, and a food tent with specials on ceviche, quesadillas, margaritas, sangria, mojitos and beer. 5-11 p.m., Casa Tina, 369 Main St., Dunedin, free admission, 727-734-9226. And Red Mesa Cantina hosts a happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers $3 margaritas, domestic and import beer bucket specials, tequila tastings, and music in the garden by live Mariachi band Invasor de Mexico, and Roberto Debourg and the Flats. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Red Mesa, 128 Third St. S., downtown St. Petersburg, 727-896-8226.

A collaboration between artists Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten and Leslie Fry culminates with STEPS TO HOPE: a visual art project, an Austria-U.S. exhibition and special cross-cultural reception that features guest speakers (like Andreas Stadler, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York), Austrian and American food and drink, videos, dance, a raffle, interactive games and social networking opportunities. 6 p.m., The [email protected], St. Petersburg, free admisssion.

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