North of Tampa entertainment calendar

28 Today

Casting Crowns: The Grammy-Award winning Christian rock band was formed in Daytona Beach and will bring hits such as Who Am I to the Sun Dome, 7 p.m. at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $22.25-$72.25. Call (813) 974-3004.

Irreconcilable Differences Opening Reception: The annual exhibition features master's research projects by MFA candidates in the School of Art and Art History, along with music, drinks and chicken and waffles provided by Bloom Foodstuff, 7-9 p.m. at University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 Holly Drive. Free. Call (813) 974-2849.

Nick DiPaolo: The comic's mix of mainstream and sarcastic comedy has appeared on The Tonight Show, HBO's Young Comedians Special, Late Night With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien, 8 and 10:15 p.m. today and Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $18. Call (813) 960-1197.

Murder on the Nile: MAS Community Theatre presents a live radio show of the Agatha Christie classic, the story of a newlywed couple on their honeymoon and the fatal circumstances that await them on their voyage, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $15-$20. Also 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 269-1310.

29 Saturday

Splash Dogs: With tails wagging and ears flapping, dogs will run down an aluminum dock and hurl themselves into a pool to see which can jump the farthest, with registration at 8 a.m., practice at 9 and splash rounds at 10, all benefiting Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Courteous Canine, 3414 Melissa Country Way, Lutz. Spectators free, $20 per splash. Call (813) 949-1465.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Once again, pirates dock at the festival for a weekend of free wine tastings, a tattoo expo and contest, best beard competition, a trader's port, swab the deck, press-a-wench, perfect pirate contest and a pickle pie eating contest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $16.95, $8.95 ages 5-12 (advance); $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12 (at the gate); $10 dogs. Call toll-free 1-800-601-4848.

Bulls Around the World: Green and gold abound at this Bulls spirit boosting party with food from area restaurants, entertainment, signature martinis and a silent auction, benefiting the USF Alumni Association, 6:30-10 p.m. at University of South Florida Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $50. Call (813) 727-8782.

R. Kelly: The singer-songwriter and producer will make an appearance at the Carrollwood club (possibly with a performance?), 9 p.m. at Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway. $35-$50. Call (813) 968-1515.

30 Sunday

Taste of Carrollwood: "Eat local, shop local, and go local'' is the motto for this event with complimentary food tastings, drinks and beverages available for purchase, vendors, music and business presentations, with scavenger hunt and other games for the entire family, 2-6 p.m. at India Cultural Center and Hindu Religious Center, 5511 Lynn Road. Free admission, charge for food and drink. Call (813) 264-4638.

31 Monday

Monday Night Jazz Series: Composer and conductor Maria Schneider will lead the USF Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. at University of South Florida Barness Recital Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive. $12, $8 students/seniors. Call (813) 974-2323.

2 Wednesday

Jazztet in Concert: USF's top jazz chamber group will perform selections including Soul Eyes by Mal Waldron, Bolivia by Cedar Walton, Milestones by Miles Davis and more, 7:30 p.m. at University of South Florida Barness Recital Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive. $7, $5 seniors/students. Call (813) 974-2301.

3 Thursday

Behind the Wall Screening: This 45-minute documentary tells the story of Warsaw ghetto survivor Jerry Rawicki's return visit to Poland in 2013, his first since the Holocaust, 6 p.m. at University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-3180.

USF Visiting Artist Lecture: Billie Grace Lynn: The sculptor who won the West Prize 2011 Grand Prize, the West Collection, strives to make pieces in which the viewer interface is both the form and function of the piece, 7 p.m. at USF Fine Arts Lecture Hall, FAH 290, 13001 S Laurel Drive. Free. Call (813) 974-2301.

USF Chamber Winds Concert: The group performs the Grand Partita in B-Flat by Mozart in its entirety, 7:30 p.m. at University of South Florida Barness Recital Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive. $7, $5 seniors/students. Call (813) 974-2323.

The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry: In part of Launching New Plays into the Repertoire, this performance focuses on the victories, defeats and struggles of a group of self-proclaimed freedmen and Seminole Indians, 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Theatre 2, 3829 USF W Holly Drive. $12, $8 seniors/students. Call (813) 974-2323.

North of Tampa entertainment calendar 03/26/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:41am]

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