Friday Extra Concert Series: Blues guitarist Kraig Kenning performs with a multicultural fusion group called SAA at 7 p.m. at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8184.
'The Nerd': Carrollwood Players presents the play at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $18, $15 for seniors. Also at 8 p.m. Saturday. (813) 265-4000. carrollwoodplayers.org.
Lots of laughs: Comedian Lynne Koplitz performs at 8 and 10:15 tonight; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For pricing, call (813) 960-1197; sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Live music: Boom Chick performs with Lipbone Redding and the Whiskey Gentry at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free. Toll-free 1-800-594-8499; skipperssmokehouse.com.
Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (TMYO) Concert: The Sunrise Quartet performs at 4 p.m.; TMYO's Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 5:30 p.m. and the Symphony Orchestra, TMYO's advanced full orchestra, performs at 7 p.m. at the University of South Florida School of Music MUS 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave., MUS 101, Tampa. $8 for students, $12 for adults. (727) 204-3072. music.arts.usf.edu.
Bullsfest: The annual fundraiser for USF Athletics, is at 6 p.m. in the University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Includes cocktails, hors d' oeuvres, dinner and auctions. Dressy casual attire is appreciated. $150 per person or $1,000 per table. (813) 974-4223. www.mybullsclub.com.
Drag Queen Movie Night: See a Queens of Royal-T drag show, featuring performances by Taryn Michaels, Ambrosia Chanel and Alexandra Michaels at 10:30 p.m. at the Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. After the show, watch the movie Girls Will be Girls. $8 plus one drink minimum. (813) 963-0578.
Sounds of Swing: The Carrollwood Cultural Center's swing band, Sounds of Swing, performs at a dance and tea party for mothers and their loved ones at 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. Ticket holders who show up at 1 p.m. receive free dance lessons. Advance tickets are $10 for members, $12 for non-members, $11 for seniors (65+) and free for moms. All tickets are $2 more at the door. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.
Take Back the Night: Musicians including Wendy Rich, Shawn Brown, Sugar and Spice, the Sofa Kings, the Mighty Good and Strong Band, Betty Lou Fox, Patty Sanphy, Sandy Ross, William Hellum-Brusso and Trevor Bystrom perform at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Includes an appearance by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles. The show is the 17th annual benefit concert to raise money for the Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County, Inc. and to raise awareness about domestic violence. $10 suggested minimum donation. Toll-free, 1-800-594-8499; skipperssmokehouse.com.