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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 31

Mummies and food trucks: Take in the "Mummies of the World" exhibit at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry in an extra-creepy after-dark party with lots of Tampa Bay's best food trucks on hand. Food truck rally at 7 p.m. Museum admission $10, with Mummies admission $18.95, $16.95 seniors.

Amy Goodman: The Democracy Now host will be following up her RNC coverage with a reception and talk today at 8 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $15 door, $80 VIP at or (813) 238-8001.

Magic Fridays: The male striptease revival lives on! The Florida Chippendales — the group that inspired Magic Mike — are bringing a women-only beefcake show from 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.

Tacky Prom: Tonight is prom night at the [email protected]20 — only this time you'll dress badly on purpose and not because you were swept up in the '80s big hair and sleeves so huge you could hide a cantaloupe in them. There won't be a chaperone in the house, you don't need a date, and you can even have a glass of wine at this adult prom at 7:30 p.m. at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5.

'Cabaret': The classic musical set in the seedy Kit Kat Club was a hit at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg this summer. Now it's back for an encore, with newcomer Jennifer Byrne as Sally Bowles. It runs through Sept. 30. $39-$46. (727) 498-5205.

All American Festival: Today through Labor Day, the Shops at Wiregrass get patriotic with concerts, window displays, children's activities and a sidewalk sale. J.T. Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band will perform free concerts in Center Court (6 to 8:30 p.m.).

Celebrate Oldsmar: Bring blankets and chairs for two nights of family fun with carnival rides and games today and Saturday and live music by the Black Honkeys. There will also be food, inflatables, a touch-a-truck area for kids and a fireworks finale on Saturday. It starts at 6 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar.

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Summer Jam 8: This reliably warm, offbeat Tampa fest is in its eighth season. You can curb your indie cravings until next year's Tropical Heatwave or Antiwarpt with healthy doses of Five Eight, David Dondero, the Applebutter Express, Easter Island, the Owsley Brothers, the Woolly Bushmen, the Rosewoods, Chasing Kings, Bluebird, Jensen Serf Co., Moon Lasso, Mouse Fire, Rec Center, Outmode, Not a Planet. Saturday at 5 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $13-$16. (813) 248-4969.

Bill Maher: The politically incorrect comedian comes to Clearwater for some candid stand-up after the Republican National Convention concludes in Tampa. Coincidence? Saturday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $50, $65 and $89. (727) 791-7400.

Gecko Fest: The quirky street festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition that attracts thousands to Gulfport, where a whimsical costume parade with decorated umbrellas and hats is more charming than cheesy. All day along Beach Boulevard. Free.

Old Skool Labor Day Weekend: This annual beachfront party sends off summer with bikinis, umbrella drinks and live music at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater. The party is Saturday and Sunday, but the highlight is Vanilla Ice and Rob Bass on Sunday. Prices range from free to $20.

Sandbar Concert: If you prefer your Labor Day more laid back, try this floating concert. Wade into the water and listen to live music from a barge off Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. Free.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, [email protected]

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 31 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:46pm]
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