To do today
Killer's Head Tonight is the last night for this one-actor monologue — delivered while the character is strapped to an electric chair — that was written by Sam Shepard and is being put on at Studio@620 by Black Horse Theatre. If you are in the mood for something darker, it's at 8 tonight at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15, $7 students/seniors. (727) 895-6620. thestudioat620.org.
Menkeroni Local comics get the mic tonight, headed by Tampa Bay's Gary Menke. Tickets are $5 at the Improv at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave. in Tampa.
Young Dramatists Project '08 See full-scale professional productions of winning entries in a competition open to Tampa Bay middle and high school playwrights. The stories contain adult themes, so they are not suitable for small children. Show time is 7 tonight and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The final performance is 3 p.m. Sunday at Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. $20-$25, $15-$20 students/seniors. (813) 879-2914.
Beer and Barbecue at SideBerns They'll be grilling and you can be chilling when SideBerns pairs its homemade sausages and charred vegetables with Brooklyn Brewery ales, followed by a macadamia-banana split at this monthly summer event. Go to bernsfinewines.com to register ($45). It starts at 7 p.m. at SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave. Tampa. (813) 258-2233.
Author appearance N.M. Kelby, a Sarasota writer who has been praised by Carl Hiaasen as a "natural-born storyteller" after her past three novels received wide acclaim, will be at Tampa's Inkwood Books tonight at 7. She'll read and sign her latest story of murder in a sleepy town, Murder at the Bad Girls Bar and Grill. Inkwood is at 216 Armenia Ave. S, Tampa. (813) 253-2638, inkwoodbooks.com.
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