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North of Tampa entertainment calendar

Today

Lots of laughs: Comedian Tom Arnold, known for his roles in Roseanne, True Lies and Hit and Run, performs at 8 and 10:15 tonight and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For pricing, call (813) 960-1197; sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Rock show: The Honey Island Swamp Band performs with Beth McKee and Flannel Church at 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$15. Toll-free, 1-800-594-8499; skipperssmokehouse.com.

Saturday

Elmo Makes Music: Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters star in this show about a music teacher who needs help making music. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $12-$57. (813) 974-3002.

Folk music: WMNF presents Caravan of Thieves with Applebutter Express and the Mud Flappers at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 238-8001; skipperssmoke house.com.

Sunday

Taste of Westshore: Try food from the district's best restaurants from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. Cuisine is featured from restaurants including Brio Tuscan Grille, Centre Club, Seasons 52, Shula's Steakhouse and Roy's. Also includes beer, wine and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds go to scholarships for culinary and hospitality students. Advanced tickets are $35 general admission, $25 for ages 11-20, free for ages 10 and younger, $50 for VIP. A VIP ticket grants access to a lounge and to craft beer and specialty wine tastings. Add $10 to ticket prices at the door. (813) 289-5488. hccfl.edu.

Larry Mangum and the Cowboy Orchestra: This band — twice voted the best country band in North Florida — plays a collection of country originals and covers in the UU Dome at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 988-8188.

India night: Virtuoso dancers perform individual and group Indian dances followed by a banquet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Proceeds benefit financially struggling families and scholarships for financially struggling students. $75-$100. (813) 727-9440. msc.usf.edu.

Live music: Anthony Gomes performs with Flannel Church at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. Toll-free, 1-800-594-8499; skipperssmokehouse.com.

Thursday

Hairspray: See the musical at 8 p.m. in University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15-$20.

North of Tampa entertainment calendar 10/02/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 2:35pm]

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