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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 30

Dine Tampa Bay week: More than 50 restaurants on both sides of the bay are offering three-course, fixed-price menus for $25, $30 or $35 — a bargain in the world of fine dining — through Sept. 6. For a list of restaurants, including links to menus, go to tampa

Music: After years of troubled living, Scott Stapp and his band Creed might finally be back on track. See them at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. $22.25-$35. (813) 740-2446. Also Wednesday is Tears for Fears (Everybody Wants to Rule the World) at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $45.70-$86.15. (727) 791-7400. Country hunks Toby Keith and Trace Adkins team up at 7:17 p.m. Friday at the Gary. $39.25-$83.75. (813) 740-2446.

Carl Hiaasen: The journalist and author will kick off the Evening Tide Talks season with a discussion and signing of his new book, Star Island, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Tickets available only from Inkwood Books and are free with purchase of the book. Call (813) 253-2638. Intended for adults.

Date Night

Aisha Tyler: The comedian has served as a talking head (Talk Soup), a comedic actor (Friends, Balls of Fury), a dramatic actor (Ghost Whisperer, 24), a director and an author. See all that talent at 8 p.m. Thursday and through the weekend at the Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Tribute to Lena Horne: A playful jazz concert by Jayne Trinette, a Tampa resident who has been in major Broadway tours including The Lion King, at 7 p.m. Saturday at American Stage in St. Petersburg. $15 advance, pay what you can at the door. (727) 823-7529. See for more performance dates.

Kids and Family

Gecko Fest: The whimsical free street festival celebrates Labor Day weekend from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. You'll find street performers, vendors and a kids' area with a human hamster wheel. Dress up in your reptilian revelry finest — pets, too — for the walking parade. It ends with the street dance at 8 p.m.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 30 08/29/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 29, 2010 7:15pm]
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