Behind the Gates: When 17-year-old Bethany disappears while on a school trip to Israel, her parents feverishly search for her throughout Jerusalem and find themselves in a world of political clash and extreme orthodoxies, 4 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28, previews $10. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.
War Horse: Handspring Puppet Company brings galloping, charging horses to life with its life-sized puppets, 1 and 6:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $44.50. Call (813) 229-7827.
Hamlet: The oft-performed Shakespeare play featuring vengeful Hamlet, his mother and his uncle Claudius gets another rendition, with Jack Holloway in the title role, 3 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St. $20, $15 students/seniors/military. Also 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck's classic story of friendship, loyalty and the American dream is brought to the stage in this adaptation directed by Richard Coppinger. 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $26; $22 seniors; $10 students. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (727) 488-4322.
Cycle the Hills of Temple Terrace: Cycle from Seminole Heights to Temple Terrace, following the Hillsborough River as it twists and turns across the city on a 30-mile route, 7:30 a.m. at Sabroso's Restaurant, 5214 N Nebraska Ave. Free. Call (813) 236-8119.
Viva La Musica: This Latin music festival at Busch Gardens features food, drink, music and fun for the entire family, bringing together salsa, meringue and Spanish pop performances from award-winning Latin artists, this week featuring the El Grand Combo, noon at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $80, $72 ages 3-9. Call (813) 987-5600.
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., Tampa. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.
Family Favorites Film Series: Young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen in May. This week features The Muppet Movie, where Kermit and his friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood while a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit, 2 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 12 and younger. Call (813) 274-8982.
Tampa Bay's Children Chorus: The group has graced the stages of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays games, and now they perform "Classics to Broadway!" with a variety of styles and solos, 4 p.m. at Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrison Ave. $5, free under 12. (813) 294-9443.
Club Jaeb Concert Series: The Straz Center's Jaeb Theater transforms into an intimate music space featuring a wide variety of genres, including folk, Americana, alternative and country, this month featuring Lori McKenna, the Boston-based singer-songwriter who nods to Nashville but stays rooted in her own world, 7:30 p.m. at Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28.50 per show. Call (813) 229-7827.
Target Tuesday: Get a peek at the hands-on museum through this event presented by Target offering free admission to everyone from 2 to 7 p.m., perfect for an after-school or post-nap diversion, at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. Free. Call (813) 443-3861.
Olly Murs: The English pop singer who became famous on The X Factor has since made his own music, including Troublemaker featuring Flo Rida, 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $20. Call (813) 247-2555.
Brian Posehn: The Mr. Show and Sarah Silverman Program star's last album title Fart and Wiener Jokes should give an idea of his sensibility, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $20. Call (813) 864-4000.
Rodriguez: The Detroit folk singer-songwriter barely made a blip in America before becoming a cult music superstar in South Africa. His story forms the basis of the acclaimed documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which won an Oscar for best documentary. Jenny O. also plays, 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $35.50-$45.50. Call (813) 229-7827.
Armin van Buuren: The Dutch musician, voted the best DJ by DJ Mag, will be touring as his new album Intense will be released, and after gigs at Ultra Music Festival and Madison Square Garden, 8:30 p.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. $45-$55. Call (813) 873-8368.
Some Sort of Show: This sketch comedy show puts on a performance with the theme of "Cops, Robbers and Robbersons," 9 p.m. at Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave. $5. Call (813) 248-2356.
Nick Griffin: The cynical comedian has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and WTF with Marc Maron, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10-$18.50. Call (813) 960-1197.