The Script: The Irish alternative rock trio (Break Even, The Man Who Can't Be Moved) mixes soulful vocals and emotional lyrics to create a fluid, anthemic sound. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $38–$43.
USF Lecture Series: This portion of the free lecture series centers on the human rights group Invisible Children, a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers. 6 p.m., Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free; uls.usf.edu.
Murs: West coast rapper Murs teams up with Ski Beats, McKenzie Eddy, Sean OConnell and Africa-born hip-hop artist Tabi Bonney for a show at 7:30 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $12.
Minaret New Music Concert: The ensemble tonight will perform Phantasia, a haunting, electroacoustic work designed to explore the unique acoustics and architecture of Plant Hall, a signature space on the University of Tampa campus. 7:30 p.m., UT's Plant Hall, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333; www.ut.edu.
Miss Gay USofA at Large 2011 Pageant: Drag queens from across Tampa Bay vie for the crown today through Friday and honor the reign of the Lady Tahjee Iman, the 2010 winner. 8 p.m., The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10 today and Thursday, $20 Friday.
Kids and family
Blessing of the Animals: Bring your pets to the Franciscan Center in Tampa for the blessing of the animals in observance of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The ritual will take place at 6 p.m. and will be led by the Rev. Sean O'Brien of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tampa. All are welcome; no reservations necessary. 6 p.m., Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Ave., Tampa.
Series premiere, American Horror Story, 10 p.m., FX: A Boston family moves to a haunted house in L.A. That's just all the Dodgers fans heckling them.
Season premiere, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central: Wow, a Comedy Central show makes it to a second season. There's something you don't see every day.
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