Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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On your radar: Take in a wing-eating championship tonight — or hey, how about a play?

Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship: The chicken wing-eating competition concludes in Clearwater. Watch competitive eating stars like Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas shovel down wings at an average rate of 200 chicken wings in 10 minutes. It's at 7 p.m. at Hooters, 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Free.

Future Tense: This drama follows college students who reunite during a tumultuous storm. Get $5 tickets to this preview performance with the promo code "future­ticket" at brownpapertickets.com (search for Future Tense). Show is at 8 p.m. at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. $12, $8 students. (813) 300-3585.

Lavell Crawford: The season five runnerup on Last Comic Standing has also been on Chelsea Lately, Lopez Tonight and Breaking Bad. See him at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $22–$25.

To watch

Series premiere; 3, 10 p.m., CBS: Three single women with different backgrounds join forces to pick true love out of a pool of 100 suitors.

More to explore

Check out restaurant news and reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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