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The three-day Sponge Docks Art & Craft Festival features fine arts and crafts, plus food and music, all in a quaint dockside setting. It's free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (352) 344-0657.

Skyscraper Day In honor of National Skyscraper Day, celebrate by looking at how big math and science ideas help to build and maintain these buildings in cities all over the world, then get the chance to engineer your own skyscraper. Included with general admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $9.50 children, $15 adults, $12.50 military and seniors. (813) 443-3861.

Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman Large-scale photographs evoking the nostalgia and wealth of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced in present-day Cuba, through Sept. 15. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission to the museum is free on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., as part of an Art on the House program. Admission: $10; $7.50 seniors, groups, military plus one guest; $5 students; children ages 6 and under free. (813) 274-8130.

Metropolis of Kotopoulis A retrospective of the two- and three-dimesional works by Dino Kotopoulis, through Sept. 15. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. $5, $4 seniors, free for children and students. Sunday admission is a suggested $5 donation (but visitors may pay what they can) and includes free docent-led tours at 2 p.m. (727) 712-5762.

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell Fifty-seven artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum that explore the myriad ways American artists engaged with modernity, including works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery and Norman Rockwell, through Sept. 8. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. $25, $20 seniors, $10 students. Free admission Mondays to art museum only. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. (941) 359-5700.


'Inch' into the Straz

The groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of Hedwig Schmidt, a East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation. A preview of this Jobsite Theater production is at 8 p.m. Wednesday; regular performances run Sept. 6-29. $28. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

ART A novice art collector's friendships are strained when he asks them to evaluate his newly acquired piece in this Tony Award-winning production. Twenty-four pieces of art from the Duncan McClellan Gallery will be on display during the show. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday-Thursday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 8. $29-$39. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Maybe Baby It's You This comic look at relationships bounces from film noir to junior high school to Greek mythology as two actors riff off of 26 theater characters. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $26. New Stage Theatre, 11650 131st Street N, Largo. (813) 817-2585.

For Better or Worse Lillian is about to marry the much younger Martin, and his family isn't happy about it. This game show/talk show format includes audience participation. 6:30 p.m. Friday. $60. Empress Tea Room and Bistro, 12924 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. (813) 988-9027.

Death of a Diva Tragedy strikes when a world-famous entertainer is murdered at her most recent album release party. $60, includes dinner and show. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Empress Tea Room and Bistro, 12924 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. (813) 988-9027.


Return of a King

Just last week FX announced it was developing an autobiographical comedy starring a stand-up comedian. No, not Louis CK. They already have that one. This one is by D.L. Hughley, "an unapologetically honest family man and radio host." The star of the sitcom The Hughleys and one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film The Original Kings of Comedy, Hughley has had a wide-ranging career in acting, writing and even political commentary on CNN's D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. He's famous for his politically savvy satire that is often counter to conventional wisdom. You can see his stand-up act 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Improv in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City $30. See

Helen Keaney The Home Shopping Network host has had stand-up appearances on A&E's An Evening at the Improv and Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh. Geeks might recognize her voice as the female lead on the popular video game Pandemonium. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $12. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000.

Mike Winfield The comedian hosts Fuse's show Off Beat and had a role on The Office. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$18.50. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Stand-Up Here Comedy Series Monthly show that features 90 minutes of comedy by four different comedians. 8 p.m. Saturday. $12.50. TECO Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Whodi 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Mike Rivera 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 937-3737.

The Big ticket: Matt & Ben

Before she was crowned one of the coolest and most creative queens of young Hollywood, Mindy Kaling and her best friend Brenda Withers were aspiring (and probably envious) actors just out of Dartmouth when they penned the wicked satire Matt & Ben, which imagines the story behind Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's rise from Boston nobodies to Hollywood golden boys thanks to Good Will Hunting. As in the off-Broadway production of 2003, which starred Withers and Kaling (who went on to fame in The Office and her own critically loved show The Mindy Project), Matt and Ben are played by women. This time Tampa actors Molly Leigh Healy and Lydia Marie Ferry take over the roles at Creative Loafing's CL Space in Ybor City through Saturday. In real life, the men wrote that hit film themselves, but in this version of the story the script drops mysteriously from the heavens and they come to realize that they're really being tested by a higher power. The bromantic comedy also takes the Beantown pair down a notch. Matt is a striver with blinding ambition and Ben is a not-too-bright palooka. "Acidic, funny and affectionate," the New York Post declared, "Matt & Ben spoofs Hollywood's best friendship." Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15 and $10 for students, seniors and the military at 1911 N 13th St., Tampa. The producers promise free beer or wine with valid ID. Seating is general admission. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Art, stage, comedy 08/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:40am]
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