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On your radar: Watch some super boats, attend Common's lecture, hear some Haggis-powered music, check out some dance pop or enjoy an opera

Super Boat National Championship: Clearwater is the place to be this weekend, with powerboats racing at 200 mph off the coast, a block party in downtown Friday and a concert in Coachman Park on Saturday followed by fireworks at Pier 60 on the beach. Admission to all is free. See clearwatersuperboat.com for schedule.

USF Lecture Series: This year's first guest is Chicago-born rapper Common at 8 tonight. USF students get priority seating at 7:30 p.m., open to general public at 7:45 p.m., at University of South Florida Marshall Student Center in Tampa. Free. (813) 974-9057.

Enter the Haggis: These road warriors have melded traditional Celtic music with ska, punk, jazz and rock to create an endless St. Patrick's Day parade. Show is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $20–$25. (727) 791-7400.

Joe Jonas and Jay Sean: The middle Jo Bro goes solo in a joint tour with British R&B heartthrob Jay Sean. They bring their dance-pop to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. $38–$48. (727) 791-7400.

Date night

Comedy: With a name like Them Idiots Whirled Tour, you know exactly what to expect from Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall at 8 p.m. Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. $59.50. (813) 301-2500. Then it's Adam Carolla, whose podcast became the most downloaded ever this summer, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $24.50–$42.50. (813) 229-7827. Or if you're in the mood for something totally vile, Jim Norton is at the Improv in Tampa with shows Thursday through Saturday $22. (813) 864-4000.

Die Fledermaus: This fun, frothy and flirtatious operetta by Johann Strauss II is the St. Petersburg Opera's new production at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $21.50–$64.50. (727) 822-3590.

The Lady With All the Answers: The play finds Ann Landers in her Chicago apartment in 1975, struggling with a column about her own heartbreak. It opens at 8 p.m. Friday at American Stage in St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 823-7529.

Kids and family

Cute baby animal alert! Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo will celebrate the arrival of a pair of rare clouded leopard cubs from the Nashville Zoo on Saturday with Radio Disney, games and prizes. Zoo admission: $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3–11, 2 and younger free.

More to explore

It's officially fall, so that means Oktoberfests! Find a list under Quick Links at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

On your radar: Watch some super boats, attend Common's lecture, hear some Haggis-powered music, check out some dance pop or enjoy an opera 09/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 9:31am]
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