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Elmo Makes Music: Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters star in this show about a music teacher who needs help making music, 1 and 4:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $12-$57. Call (813) 974-3002.

Taste of Westshore: Try food from the district's best restaurants from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. Cuisine is featured from restaurants including Brio Tuscan Grille, Centre Club, Seasons 52, Shula's Steakhouse and Roy's. Also includes beer, wine and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds goes to scholarships for culinary and hospitality students. Advanced tickets are $35 general admission, $25 for ages 11-20, free for ages 10 and younger, $50 for VIP. A VIP ticket grants access to a lounge and to craft beer and specialty wine tastings. Add $10 to ticket prices at the door. Call (813) 289-5488. hccfl.edu.

Concertos for Organ and Strings: Haig Mardirosian, organist and dean of the University of Tampa's College of Arts and Letters, and Ryan Hebert, UT assistant professor of music, will perform. The show will include the Sykes Chapel Chamber Orchestra, 2 p.m. at Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-3333.

Upstairs/Downstairs: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Show is free with museum admission. $10 adults, $7 seniors and students, $5 children ages 4-12. Call (813) 254-1891.

Larry Mangum and the Cowboy Orchestra: Twice voted the best country band in North Florida, the group will play a collection of country originals and covers, 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Road. $10 advance, $12 the day of. Call (813) 988-8188.

Kenny Drew Jr. Trio: The jazz trio plays, supporting its first new album in years, which features Evans, Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington standards, 3 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave. $15 advance, $20 the day of. Call (813) 253-7623.

India Night: Virtuoso dancers present individual and group Indian dance performances followed by a dinner banquet. Proceeds benefit needy family assistance and needy student scholarships, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $75-$100. Call (813) 727-9440.

Live music: Anthony Gomes performs with Flannel Church, 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.

Nature program: Park rangers guide children ages 9 to 15, and children at heart, through fun and informative activities, including "Florida Fossils," 10 a.m. at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. $5 per child, adults with children free, adult only $5. Call (813) 987-6204.

Fall farm festival: Celebrate fall with activities for children including hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, games and a pumpkin patch, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Racetrack Road. $10 children, $8 adults. Call (813) 855-8992.

08 Monday

And Then There Were None: In Agatha Christie's murder mystery, 10 strangers are marooned on an island in a house, and each succumbs to a diabolical avenger, 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday in the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $23, $18 students/senior/military. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bike ride: The weekly guided bike ride breaks into groups for slow and fast riders and ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required, helmets suggested, 6 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. Free. Call (813) 225-1777.

Darrell Scott: The country songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose songs have been recorded by musicians including the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and Garth Brooks, will perform, 7:30 p.m. in the Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

09 Tuesday

Good bugs, bad bugs: Find out how to identify common insects and which bugs in your garden are beneficial or harmful, 6:30 p.m. at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road, Seffner. Free. Call (813) 685-1055.

Andrew Bird: The songwriter-musician who plays instruments like the violin and glockenspiel performs. Indie rockers Here We Go Magic open the show, 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $32.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

.Giuliana and Bill Rancic: The E News! host, who battled breast cancer and fertility issues, and her husband will speak as part of the USF Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. USF students with an ID, plus one guest, will receive priority seating at 7:30 p.m.; doors open to the public at 7:45. Call (813) 974-3180.

10 Wednesday

Passion for Pets: Animal lovers can hear testimonials from adopters and learn about the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, while eating a complimentary lunch. Lindsay Milbourne of Fox 13 News hosts, 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St. Free. Call (813) 225-1234.

Flobots: The Denver rap group known for the song Handlebars performs in a show that also includes alternative hip-hop artist Astronautalis, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15 advance, $17 day of show. Call (813) 248-9500.

GZA: The Wu-Tang Clan member will perform 1995's Liquid Swords in its entirety. Rapper Killer Mike also performs, 7 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $24.50. Call (813) 247-2555.

11 Thursday

Hairspray: See the musical at 8 p.m. in Theater 1 at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15-$20.

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!: Writers-actors and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn have adapted their book into a play that gives a humorous 75-minute look inside a relationship that seemed doomed by opposing personalities from the start, 7:30 p.m. in the Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $25. Call (813) 229-7827.

The Colored Museum: The 1986 George C. Wolfe play uses stereotypes and satirical sketches to follow 200 years of African-American history, 8 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $26. Call (813) 251-8984.

Entertainment calendar 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:32am]
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