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Entertainment events this week in Hillsborough County

Today

Lots of laughs: Comedian Brad Williams performs at 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For pricing, call (813) 960-1197, sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Tampa Oratorio Singers: The group performs Beethoven's Mass in C at 4 p.m. at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 San Jose St., Tampa. $20 for general admission, $10 for students. Call (813) 253-6047. palmaceia.org.

Live music: Maria Muldaur performs with John Frinzi at 6 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499. skippers smokehouse.com.

Gorey Stories: Jobsite Theater puts on this collection of creepy vignettes inspired by author Edward Gorey, 4 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Thursday in the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28. Call (813) 229-7827.

Phoenix: The play about two strangers asks tough questions about the purpose of life, 3 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St., Ybor City. $20, $15 students, seniors and military. Call (813) 253-7000.

Ian Bagg: The comedian who has performed on Comedy Central Presents and Dr. Katz, hosted Hollywood Burn and appeared on MVP: Most Vertical Primate, performs at 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Call (813) 864-4000.

Fall farm festival: Celebrate fall with children's activities including hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and games, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road. $10 children, $8 adults (pumpkin purchase not included). Call (813) 855-8992.

The Screwtape Letters: Based on C.S. Lewis' novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, the play follows Satan's top psychiatrist as he trains demons on how to ruin the life of an unsuspecting human, 3 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $39-$59, $25 students. Call (813) 229-7827.

Downtown market: Stroll along and view the wares of more than 50 vendors, with crafts, local fruits and vegetables, and prepared foods, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 600 and 700 Blocks of N Franklin Street. Call (813) 649-8747.

Art walk: Tampa's downtown waterfront district "Gets Its Art On" with crafters and artists selling their creations, live music, drinks and face painting, noon to 5 p.m. at That's Amore Restaurant, 700 Harbour Post Drive. Free. Call (813) 451-7936.

Ybor home tour: This self-guided home tour features eight historic V.M. Ybor homes, a former brick grocery store being converted to an architectural design studio and the last operating cigar factory in Tampa, noon to 4 p.m. at Academy Prep Center of Tampa, 1407 E Columbus Drive. $8 advance, $10 day of. Call (813) 263-7388.

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

Spoken word: The event offers readings from Tampa Writing Alliance authors and opportunities for aspiring authors to network and socialize, 2 p.m. at James Joyce Irish Pub, 1724 E Eighth Ave. Free. Call (813) 247-1896.

Images of Fright: This spooky symphony celebrates the Halloween season with scary songs like Funeral March of a Marionette and Night On a Bald Mountain, 2 p.m. at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. $20. Call (813) 253-7000.

Nosferatu screening: Watch one of history's first horror films, the 1922 German silent vampire film Nosferatu, featuring a live organ accompaniment by Steven Ball, 3 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $12. Call (813) 274-8982.

Trunk or Treat: The family-friendly Halloween event includes costume contests, balloon animals, face-painting, games, crafts and more, 4:30 p.m. at the Warehouse/Element Church, 2702 Causeway Center Drive. Free. Call (813) 620-3770.

Gymnastics champions: Team USA's top performing gymnasts make a stop in Tampa after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, 6 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $25-$200. Call (813) 301-2500.

Little Tunes: See this play about growing up in the '70s before it heads to New York, 7 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St., Ybor City. $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. Call (813) 253-7808.

Concert: California indie hip-hop group Why? and Naytronix of Tune-Yards perform, 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $13 advance, $15 day of show. Call (813) 241-8600.

The Bangles: The all-girl group best known for hits Walk Like an Egyptian and Manic Monday performs, 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road. $36. Show is 21 and up only. Call toll-free 1-866-502-7529.

29 Monday

Bike ride: 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.

Abandon All Ships: The Canadian metal-core band performs with For All Those Sleeping, Skip the Foreplay, Upon this Dawning and Palisades, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.25 advance, $15.25 day of show. Call (813) 248-9500.

Titus Andronicus: The indie punk-metal outfit plays to promote their new album Local Business. Hard-core band turned Matador Records signee Ceremony also performs, 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $12 advance, $15 day of. Call (813) 241-8600.

31 Wednesday

Halloween Spree: The family-friendly Halloween event features trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, a costume parade and a visit from the Sid the Science Kid from PBS Kids, 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $5. Call (813) 443-3861.

Halloween carnival: Featuring a spooky haunted house, costume contests, games, prizes and candy, 6 to 9 p.m. at Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar. Registration begins at 6 p.m., contest begins at 6:30. Free. Call (813) 749-1260.

Music series: Phase5 performs as part of the Hyde Park Village Live Music Series, 7 to 10 p.m. at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle. Free. Call (813) 251-3500.

Undead Film Festival: Spooks invade the theater for this series of five-minute zombie films, 8 p.m. at Centro Ybor 20, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $5. Call (813) 242-0664.

Disgruntled Clown: The Improv celebrates Halloween with Disgruntled Clown, who isn't a monster like the one in It, but still wouldn't be welcome at a children's party, 8:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Black Moth Super Rainbow: The experimental collective returns to the Crowbar for a Halloween show, 9 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $12-15. Call (813) 241-8600.

Nero: The British electronic duo and BBC Sound of 2011 nominees known for their remix of the Streets' Blinded by the Lights performs at 9 p.m. at the Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30. Call (813) 873-8368.

01 Thursday

Cirque Italia: Italian entertainers perform ACT XII under the big top at 7:30 p.m. on the property adjacent to MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Features aerial acts, hand-balancing acts, contortionists, Hula Hoops and other stunts. $25-$40 for adults, $10-$35 for ages 2-12. Call (941) 907-8572. cirqueitalia.com.

Rock the Park: The monthly music series showcases Roadkill Ghost Choir, The Vodkanauts and Electrigeez. Food and beverages available on site, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Free. Visit rocktheparktampa.com.

Kids can put on their trick-or-treat costumes and come to the Florida Aquarium's event with children's entertainment, goodies and all the galleries, 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $2 kids in costume, $12 ages 12 and older. Call (813) 273-4000.

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