Art installation: The University of Tampa art faculty and students host a White House State Dinners Art Installation at Whole Foods, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. The event is also the launch of Operation Bon Appétit, a grass roots approach to using conviviality and art to involve people in social change. Food and wine provided. Cost is $5. Call (813) 254-8454.
Poet happy hour: Join YellowJacket Press for a TGIF happy hour and prime-time show, 6 to 9 p.m. at Karma Bar & Cafe, 206 N Morgan St. The evening includes food and drink specials, guest poets and readings, book sales, raffle and folk music beginning at 9 p.m. $5 donation supports YellowJacket Press, Florida's only publisher of chapbook manuscripts. Call (813) 228-0870.
Art reception: The West Tampa Center For the Arts hosts the opening reception "Recipe for Water," with Diana Leavengood and Paula Allen exhibiting their interpretations of water through ceramics, drawings, photography and paintings, 6 to 10 p.m. at Gallery 209, second floor, 1906 N Armenia Ave. The event includes live music, appetizers and a bar. $3 donation. Call (813) 453-4381.
Stars and Stripes show: Swing back to the '40s with an United Service Organization re-enactment including a performance by the 18-piece Ten O'Clock Big Band, vintage movies, and tributes to Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and Nat King Cole; 7 p.m. at SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive. Period military or vintage attire encouraged. Cost is $18. Call (866) 468-7630.
U2: After 29 years together, Irish rockers U2 are still going strong and will bring their high energy 360 Tour to Raymond James Stadium, 7 p.m.; 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. Tickets are $30 to $250. Call toll-free, 1-877-598-8698.
ZooBoo: Lowry Park sponsors its family-friendly Halloween event, 7 to 11 p.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave. Haunted houses, trails, a foam factory and boo houses cater to kids of all ages. Most rides are unlimited. Children age 11 and younger can dress up, but ages 12 and older must leave their costumes at home. No toy weapons allowed. Tickets are $17; $14 ages 3 to 11. Call (813) 935-8552.
Howl-O-Scream: Haunted houses, spooky live shows, scare zones and roller coasters in the dark. Busch Gardens opens up to the night crawlers with Howl-O-Scream, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. today and Saturday at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. The event is not recommended for small children. Ticket prices are $69.95 or $29.95 to $44.95 in advance online. For event hours through October, call toll-free, 1-888-800-5447 or visit howloscream.com .
Florida Orchestra: It's a night of Latin fire and passion with the sultry sounds of tango and boleros with the Florida Orchestra's "Rhythms on Fire," 8 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Morsani Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets are $22. Call (813) 229-7827.
Shopping on Bayshore: The Tampa Women's Club presents "Artzy Shopping on the Bayshore" featuring arts, crafts and specialty items from more than 20 vendors in a festive atmosphere, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2901 Bayshore Blvd. Call (813) 839-7457.
'Anything Goes' musical: For one night only, SLT Productions presents Anything Goes, a Cole Porter production, 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets are $30-$35 with student rush tickets available 10 minutes to curtain call. Call (813) 936-0217 or visit tbpac.org.
Thievery Corporation: Washington D.C.-based recording artist and DJ duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, along with supporting artists, compose the dance, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and eclectic lounge aesthetic of Thievery Corporation. They're stopping at the Ritz on tour for their latest album Radio Retaliation, 9 p.m., 1503 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $38.50-$60. Call (813) 247-2555.
'Songs for a New World': Catch the final matinee of University of Tampa students performing the musical revue Songs for a New World, 2 p.m. at the David Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Cost is $10, $5 for seniors and non-UT students; UT students and staff get in free with ID. No reserved seating. Tickets available only at the door. No credit or debit. Call (813) 253-6243.
Swing dance: Swing Gang Tampa Bay sponsors a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at Zendah Grotto, 4109 N Lauber Way in the Drew Park area. Billed as the Tampa Bay area's biggest swing dance, the all-ages party costs $7, or $6 for students with ID. Arrive at 6 p.m. for free dance classes and learn the jitterbug and the Lindy hop. Visit swingang.com.
Woodstock flashback: WMNF's Woodstock Anniversary Tribute/ReCreation features a day and evening of communal magic and amazing music including the Beauvilles (as the Who), the Ditchflowers (as CSNY), Big Wiggler (as Jefferson Airplane), Soul2Earth (as Jimi Hendrix), Blue Dice (as Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Four Star Riot (as Sly and the Family Stone), 4 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Tickets are $13 in advance, $16 at the door. Call (813) 977-6474.
Live jazz: Bungalow Bistro features Denise Moore and Then Some on the veranda rooftop at 7:30 p.m. at 5137 N Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights. Visit bungalowbistrotampa.com.
Scandinavian dance: Learn Swedish and Norwegian dance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave. The class costs $3. Call (813) 254-3350 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hub: The Hub Bar in downtown Tampa is hosting Thursdays 813 Underground Sounds with DJ's N8 and JG, along with Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jager specials, 10 p.m. at 719 N Franklin St. Free. Call (813) 229-1553.