Monday, December 18, 2017
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On your radar: Music and a movie in a St. Petersburg park or a Medicare discussion

Music and Movies in the Park: Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view while listening to music this week by the John Kelly Band, followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated Bogart/Bacall classic The Big Sleep. Music starts at 6 p.m., and the film starts at dark at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 463-4612.

Medicare Forum at Poynter: Join in a community conversation on the future of Medicare hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and AARP. Florida AARP state director Jeff Johnson will moderate the audience discussion, and PolitiFact Florida editor Angie Holan will talk about the Times' fact-checking website. It's at 6 p.m. at Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8215.

Hairspray: The John Waters film that was made into a Broadway musical now becomes a USF production. The story follows Baltimore teenager Tracy's dreams of making the Corny Collins Show. It's at 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15–$20. (813) 974-2323.

Guy Torry: The St. Louis native has been on Def Comedy Jam on HBO, as well as in movies (The Last Stand, Stuck on You, American History X) and on the UPN drama The Strip. See him at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $15–$17. (813) 864-4000.

To watch

Series premiere; Beauty and the Beast, 9 p.m., CW: It's basically a remake of the Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton series from the '80s. Except now, the beast kinda hulks out whenever he gets mad. Let's try to borrow from one genre at a time, please.

Vice Presidential Debate, 9 p.m., major networks: Joe Biden and Paul Ryan compete for who has the hardest job convincing the audience that their guy isn't an emotionless robot.

Season premiere; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 10 p.m., FX: Dennis and Dee's grandfather is on life support when they find out he was a Nazi.

Season premiere; The League, 10:30 p.m., FX: Kevin's wife is about to have a baby and everyone gets invited to the Dallas Cowboys' training camp. Say so long to doing anything like that, Kevin; even if you could go, you'll be too tired.

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