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The Today show Quick! Turn on the TV! If you haven't slept through it already, Today is visiting Tampa Bay! Time to show the world we can hold up signs that say it's our birthday and squeal for the weather man, too. Anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker will be broadcasting from UT's new student center and Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to appear. It's part of the NBC morning show's week of live shots from states that will be hotly contested in the presidential election. And that's not all that's hot. Let's hope Roker will give us some good news about some cooler weather. 7 to 11 a.m. Plant Park at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. (813) 253-3333.
Tomboy Tools seminar Forget the Tupperware. Put away the knitting needles. Toss the Oprah Book Club paperback. This time, the ladies are taking back the table saw. Tomboy Tools creates products designed to empower women in their pursuit of DIY. Their tool parties give women a chance to come together and learn how to get their hands dirty with hands-on demonstrations of several home-repair projects. Granted, Tomboy Tools hopes you ladies will buy a few tools while you're there, but even if you don't, you're sure to learn a thing or two about how to use them. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25. (813) 977-6474. tomboytools.com.
Vagina Monologues Since its premiere more than a decade ago, the Vagina Monologues has sparked a world-wide discussion of women and their sexuality. The stories it tells have been appended and re-examined as the world has changed but the struggles of women have not. The show continues to generate controversy and appeal, as author Eve Ensler has said: "It's been noted that there are two things on every college campus, a Starbucks and a V-Day" — the annual celebration of women's rights founded by Ensler. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA's effort to help teenage mothers. 10:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 7 p.m. Tue. and Sun. Sept. 23-Oct 12. American Stage, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Pay-what-you-can, all performances. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
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