30 Seconds to Mars: Dreamy Jared Leto is not the only reason to look your best at this free show; mtvU will be filming it for later use. The stage will be set up on the USF Meadows lawn, corner of 50th Street and Holly Drive in Tampa, at 7 p.m.
Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park: Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a night of music under the stars from the Florida Orchestra at 7 p.m. at River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St., Tampa. Free.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Today's smooth schedule includes the Organic Trio (5 p.m.), Kyle Wolverton (7 p.m.) and Norman Brown's Storming Jazz with Brenda Russell & Jessy J (9 p.m.) at Clearwater's lovely Coachman Park. Free.
Sugarland: The Grammy-winning country-singing duo stops at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa just days before the release of the album The Incredible Machine. Show is 7:30 p.m. $25-$49.75. (813) 740-2446.
Refractory: A New Media and Installation Art Show: For one night only, the abandoned Tampa Armature Works building is transformed by moving images and media art, including a Dream Machine, a stroboscopic flicker device producing a giant pillar of moving light. Starts at 8 p.m. at 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. $5.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Ghostbusters: Beach Theatre gives a free screening of the '80s hit movie with an appearance by "the Real Ghostbusters" at 6:30 p.m. at 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach.
SERIES PREMIERE: School Pride, 8 p.m., NBC: The makers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fix up rundown schools, because taxpayers and the government sure as heck aren't going to do it.
SEASON PREMIERE: World's Strictest Parents, 9 p.m., CMT: These disobedient kids need more shame, not discipline, to turn their lives around.
MORE TO EXPLORE
Producers of The Amazing Race are in town today to hold auditions for Focus Rally: America, a reality web series. Details at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Tickets for the John Mellencamp concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall go on sale at 10 a.m. today. An incorrect time appeared Thursday.