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Things to do Wednesday, July 30

Mark Knopfler performs tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall, with Jesca Hoop opening. But if you didn’t already get tickets, too bad. The show is sold out.

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Mark Knopfler performs tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall, with Jesca Hoop opening. But if you didn’t already get tickets, too bad. The show is sold out.

To do today

Criss "Mindfreak" Angel Try not to giggle when the party boy explodes in a maelstrom of smoke and debris tonight in Clearwater. The illusionist will attempt to survive the implosion of the old Spyglass Resort at 215 S Gulfview Blvd. in Clearwater Beach for a live broadcast of his A&E show Mindfreak. The public is invited to attend the event, but you'll have to watch from a distance. The mind-freaking begins at 10 p.m.

Journey Ear worm alert! We dare you not to hum Wheels in the Sky all day or annoy your co-workers with Don't Stop Believin' at your cubicle tomorrow if you go to tonight's show of Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick at the Ford Amphitheatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa; $25-$125. Call (813) 740-2446 or visit livenation.com.

Improv Comedy Show Theo Von, the cutie from Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back, will join the 420 Friendly Comedy Tour at the Improv tonight and Thursday at 8 at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa; $12. Call (813) 864-2200 or visit improvtampa.com.

Stand-Up, Fly Away Competition It's Round 3 in Side Splitters Comedy Club's search for Tampa's funniest amateur. Tonight at 8:30, competitors hope to end up on top because the winner gets to go to the Aspen Comedy Festival. The club is at 12938 N Dale Mabry. Admission is $10. Call (813) 960-1197 or visit sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Live Music Series Get through hump day with this free summer music series at Hyde Park Village, 742 S Village Circle in Tampa. Hear Offshore Riot from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from drink sales benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay.

Mark Knopfler His show at 8 tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall is sold out, but just so you know, the British guitarist, singer, songwriter, film score composer and co-founder (with his brother David) of Dire Straits (Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life and Brothers in Arms) will take the stage and Jesca Hoop will open the show.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne wynne@tampabay.com

Things to do Wednesday, July 30 07/29/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:04am]

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