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Today

Oktoberfest Tampa: Enjoy live music and the Oktoberfest Games, featuring events that include a keg toss, stein holding, "carry the wench" and corn hole, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $8. Call (813) 397-8722.

Hairspray: See the musical at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15-$20. Call (813) 974-2323.

Guy Torry: The comedian and St. Louis native, seen on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam on HBO and in movies including The Last Stand and American History X, performs, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15-$17. Show is 21 and older. Call (813) 864-4000.

Weekend fall plant festival: Find orchids, begonias, tropical plants and others, garden accessories and decor from more than 60 vendors and plant clubs. Also includes a scarecrow display and kids activities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive. $5, kids under 12 and members free. Call (813) 974-2329.

Fall farm festival: Celebrate the season 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.

Lots of laughs: Comedian Jimmy Shubert, known for his recurring role on the sitcom King of Queens and his parts in films including Coyote Ugly, the Italian Job and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, performs, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For pricing, call (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

'Karen's Deal' benefit: This annual fundraiser is called Karen's Deal, in memory of local musician Karen Deal, who died in 2010. Features performances by Deal's husband — Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famer Marty Balin — and the Lint Rollers, Kristyn Barney and Arch Thomas and the Gary Schutt Band. There will also be raffles for $2,000 worth of goods and services, including a tandem skydive session, dance lessons and dinner tickets. 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 suggested minimum donation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Lifepath Hospice. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.

Carrollwood Cultural Center Children's Theater Series: Broadway Bound performs How to Eat Like a Child, 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. The show is a musical romp through the sorrows and joys of childhood. Children will learn lessons like "how to beg for a dog," "how to torture your sister," "how to act after being sent to your room" and "how to laugh hysterically." $7 general admission, $6 for members and $24 for a family four-pack. Call (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter. org.

Steinway Piano Series: Svetozar Ivanov performs a multimedia recital inspired by Jean Cocteau's 1930 film Le sang d'un poet, 4 p.m. in MUS 101 at the University of South Florida School of Music, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $8-$12 in advance, $10-$15 day of show. Call (813) 974-2311. music.arts.usf. edu.

Tuesday

Carrollwood Cultural Center Children's Theater Series: The A.C.T. for Youth performs Florida Treasures: A Viva Florida History Exploration, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. The play is about two Florida tourists who magically are transported back in time to journey through 500 years of Florida history. $7 for general admission, $6 for members and $24 for a family four-pack. Call (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.

Thursday

"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. Also 3 p.m. Oct. 21. Call (813) 251-8984.

Entertainment calendar 10/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:32am]

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