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Race, Religion and the Media With news cycles dominated by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's connection to presidential candidate Barack Obama and the controversy over the prosecution of Muslim students from Tampa, issues of race and religion continue to be among the biggest media stories of the year. The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists teamed up with local human-rights groups for a free public forum tonight at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd. Pastors, civil-rights activists and reporters will take part in a panel discussion and take questions from the audience. It starts at 7 in the Student Services Auditorium. Free.
Terrence Brewer The popular San Francisco jazz guitarist plays at 7:30 tonight at the Jaeb Theater at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $20 advance, $25 day of show. (813) 229-7827.
Florida Orchestra Catch a Masterworks concert tonight of Beethoven and Brahms, with Stefan Sanderling conductor, at 8 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $19-$54. Toll-free (800) 662-7286.
Generations of Laughter Is Grandma acting a little funny? That's a good thing in this multigenerational show at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa. Funny women in their 20s, 40s and 80s — Zan Aufderheide, Jodi White and Dottie Casper — show off their improv skills at 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets $10-$14 at (813) 960-1197, sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Gary Owen The funny ex-military man got his start in black comedy clubs, which is unusual for a white guy. Even more unusual: His racial humor won him the "Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego" contest, followed by his first of many appearances on BET's Comic View in 1997. He plays the Tampa Improv in Centro Ybor today through Sunday. Tickets are $14-$18 at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.
Betrayal This mystery is American Stage's first production of a Harold Pinter play, this one a 1978 work about an adulterous affair. See a preview tonight at 7:30 before Friday's official opening. American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg. $22 previews, $35 opening night, all others $26-$30, (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
Sex and the City Get a jump on girls night out with select midnight showings of the hottest chick flick in ages. The Regal 20 at Citrus Park Town Center is showing it at midnight, as is Muvico at Baywalk in downtown St. Petersburg.