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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 23

Chelsea Handler: With boozy sass and catty charm, this blond will be throwing bombshells around Carol Morsani Hall tonight in Tampa. The 8 p.m. show is sold out but 11 p.m. might still have tickets. $62.50-$92.50. (813) 229-7827; chelseahandler.com.

St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading: Headliners include novelist Michael Connelly; former U.S. Rep. Buddy MacKay; Goosebumps author R.L. Stine; and Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. For a schedule, see festivalofreading.com.

Tom Petty 60th birthday party and tribute: WMNF salutes the Gainesville native at a party in his honor at Skipper's with 17 bands, 50 Tom Petty originals from 26 albums in a span of six hours. They start free fallin' at 6 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15 at the door. (813) 977-6474; skipperssmokehouse.com.

Styx: This won't be an ordinary Styx show. Alongside the classic hits, the band will perform 1977's The Grand Illusion and 1978's Pieces of Eight in their entirety starting at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are very scarce so try calling (727) 791-7400 first; rutheckerdhall.com.

Young Jeezy: The Hotlanta rapper has made chart-climbing hits and even started a clothing line. See him at 8 p.m. at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $39.99. (727) 565-0551; jannuslive.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Trick or treat at Largo Mall: Store-to-store trick or treating, DJ and dancing, hoop contests, face painting and more noon to 2 p.m. in front of Regal 8 Cinemas at the mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. largomall.com.

TO WATCH

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon: You know the moral: If you keep crying werewolf when there isn't one, no one will help you when you turn into one.

Growing the Big One, 9 p.m., Hallmark: Noteworthy only because it features Shannen Doherty playing a DJ who inherits a pumpkin farm. What range!

MORE TO EXPLORE

In the mood for a movie? Check out showtimes and reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do/movies.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 23 10/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 10:05pm]
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