Wine dinner at Fleming's: Try wine from Sonoma's Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Napa Valley's Rubicon Estate with a five-course dinner that includes lemongrass lobster poached in butter, New York Strip and dark chocolate cheesecake. 6:30 p.m. at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. $100. (813) 874-9463. flemingssteakhouse.com.
Art Show Closing Reception: Play is an art exhibit by University of South Florida students from different art disciplines. Browse during its closing reception from 7-9 p.m. at the USF Centre Gallery, 4202 E Fowler Ave., MSC 2700, Tampa. The reception includes a performance by the student electronic music group SYCOM. Free. (813) 974-5464. ctr.usf.edu/gallery.
Lots of laughs: Comedian Julie Scoggins performs at 8 and 10 tonight; 6, 8 and 10 Saturday night and 7 p.m. Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For prices and more information, call (813) 960-1197 or visit online at sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Blues and boogie woogie: Marcia Ball performs with Julie Black at 8 tonight at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.
An evening of modern and aerial dance: Moving Current Dance Company performs with guest artist Lynne Wimmer at 8 tonight and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of South Florida Theatre 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15, $10 students, seniors and USF faculty/staff. (813) 974-2323.
A 'farce' of a play: The Carrollwood Players perform Unnecessary Farce at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. The comedy is about an embezzling mayor, his female accountant, two cops and a cheap motel. $16, $14 seniors. (813) 265-4000. carrollwoodplayers.com.
Festival of Chocolate: Visit a traveling chocolate exhibit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Taste and buy chocolate and test your chocolate knowledge in a game of Brownie Bingo. The fest features the science and history of chocolate, interactive demonstrations by pastry chefs, chocolate sculptures and cakes, cookies, brownies, ice cream and truffles. The exhibit is included with museum admission. $25.95 adults (13-59), $19.95 child (2-12), $22.45 seniors (60+). Member discounts available. (813) 987-6000. festivalofchocolate.com.
Barkarilla: The Pooch Parade: Dress your four-legged friends like pirates and have dog-friendly Gasparilla fun from noon to 5 p.m. at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Features a costumed dog (and owner) parade down Seventh Avenue, prizes for best costumes, a dog/owner look-alike contest, pet photos, raffles and more. Benefits Animal Based Charities Inc. $5 for humans, free for dogs. (813) 468-9491. gasparsgrotto.com.
JJ Grey & Mofro: On tour to support its latest release, Georgia Warhorse, the band JJ Grey & Mofro performs with the Damon Fowler Group at 6 tonight, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (A Saturday night show is already sold out.) Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.
Book signing with Chef Rock Harper: Chef Rock Harper, season three winner of Hell's Kitchen and National Celebrity Chef for the March of Dimes, signs copies of his book 44 Things Parents Should Know About Healthy Cooking for Kids from 2-4 p.m. at Waldenbooks in Westfield Citrus Park mall, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. (813) 926-6330. westfield.com/citruspark.
Martin Luther King III to speak: Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., speaks on the 25th anniversary of the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. The event is part of the University Lecture Series. Free. (813) 974-9057. uls.usf.edu.
Opportunity Knox: Finals Competition: Comedic competitors Steve Miller and Cabbage will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. An audience vote will determine which comedian wins a paid gig at the Knoxville Side Splitters Club. $11. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.