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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19

The Ritz Ultimate Battle of the Bands: In the finals, local bands will perform two original songs and two covers. The winner is selected by crowd applause at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2555.

Zoo Louie Happy Hour: Lowry Park Zoo's young professional Tower Club hosts a social at Bar Louie with drink and appetizer specials to benefit the zoo. It's at 5 p.m. at 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa; $15 at door.

The Pyknic pArtery Tour: Drop Dead, Gorgeous will perform its entire album In Vogue. Doors open at 5 p.m. at State Theatre in St. Petersburg. $14 to $16. (727) 895-3045.

Battle Pig Showdown: Chef teams from 400 Beach, the Hangar and Parkshore Grill compete to create a signature pork dish, while guests enjoy drinks and light samplings to benefit charity. It's 9:30 p.m. at Parkshore Grill, 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free admission, cash bar. (727) 896-9463.

Kids and family

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth Summer Reading Ice Cream Truck Tour: Head over to Inkwood Books for free ice cream treats in purple, the color of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, the fifth book in the popular series that will be out Nov. 9 (plus you can get a deal on prepaid orders for the book). It's at 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. Free.

To watch

SERIES PREMIERE, Extreme Cuisine With Jeff Corwin, 8 p.m., Food: Corwin heads to New Zealand to sample some Kiwi fare, like green-finned eels, monster crawfish and a mutton dish called Colonial Goose.

NightlinePrime — Secrets of Your Mind: Why We Do What We Do, 10 p.m., ABC: A four-part series about how the human brain works begins tonight. Start by explaining why our memory is so bad we'll completely forget about this series two segments into it.

SERIES PREMIERE, You're Wearing That?!?, 10 p.m., WE: Another show stating that you're unattractive, unable to function in society and deserve to be flogged unless you buy an ungodly amount of makeup and clothing.

More to explore

Be one of the first to reserve a birthday party at the Glazer Children's Museum, opening Sept. 25. Details at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19 08/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:29am]
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