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Things to do April 2

What’s creepier? That the folks in Avenue Q use puppets onstage, or that we can equate each puppet with someone we know?

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What’s creepier? That the folks in Avenue Q use puppets onstage, or that we can equate each puppet with someone we know?

To do today

Avenue Q The foul-mouthed muppets with the hilarious, Tony-winning score tell a risque story about making it in the Big Apple. Leave the kids at home for this puppet show, which is at 7:30 tonight and runs through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50-$72.50. (813) 229-7827.

Meet the drivers IndyCar Series drivers Danica Patrick, A.J. Foyt IV, Ryan Hunter-Reay and racing greats Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser, Jr., are raising money for charity today at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. At 3:30 p.m., the drivers and media personalities will pair up and race custom-painted 18-inch race cars for 20 laps on the seventh floor of the south parking garage off N Orient Road. The winner's favorite charity gets $5,000 and the runner-ups get $1,000 each. There's a meet and greet with the drivers afterward from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tom Simmons He's been described on some blogs as the funniest comic you've never heard of. A garage-band comic only the cool kids are into. His act ranges from the everyday wonder of being a new father to searing political commentary. Check him out today through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at Coconuts Comedy Club Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $15. (727) 360-5653.

Thomas Brown This Tampa native first got on stage as a dare. He now has a thriving comedy career and was named one of the top entertainers for Carnival Cruise Lines. See him tonight at 8 through Saturday at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10-$16. (813) 864-4000.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Coming up

Honda Grand Prix Grab some ear plugs and catch the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights Series and American Le Mans Series, as well as daily air shows, drifting exhibitions, concerts, interactive attractions, parties and family entertainment Friday through Sunday in downtown St. Petersburg. Gates open 8 a.m. Practice runs are Friday and Saturday, and racing starts Saturday at 1:25 p.m. General admission: $25 Fri.-Sat., $40 Sun.; 12 and younger $10 Fri.-Sat., $15 Sun. (727) 898-4639, ext. 225.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Starting Thursday, the Jobsite Theater takes audiences on a Shakespearean-inspired carpet ride where Hamlet is retold from the point of view of two bumbling support players. The play runs through April 20. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays; Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $24.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Things to do April 2 04/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 7:12am]
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