1 May the farce be with you
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum comes to the Carrollwood Cultural Center,4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, July 12-21. The play set in ancient Rome, which opened on Broadway in 1962 and was made into a motion picture in 1966, is the story of a crafty slave who struggles to win — for his master — the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan in exchange for his freedom. Tickets cost $18-24. For more information, call (813) 269-1310 or visit carrollwoodcenter.org.
2 A hit and lots of misses
Forty-seven high-heeled misses will sashay into St. Petersburg on July 6 for the Miss Florida pageant, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at the Mahaffey Theater. You can get tickets to the pageant for $85 but if you just want to see the beauties and don't really care who wins, you can get tickets for the three preliminary events leading up to the crowning — July 9, 10 and 11 — for $40. Tickets at (727) 893-7832 or themahaffey.com.
3 Veterans Wheelchair Games
More than 500 veterans from across the United States and Great Britain will compete July 13-18 at nine venues, including the Tampa Convention Center and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The games, open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition, include 18 different events, from swimming, basketball, table tennis and archery to wheelchair slalom, which is a timed obstacle course. Admission is free. For details, visit va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/index.asp.
4 Not exactly 'My Fair Lady'
If a show dealing with sex, abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide doesn't send you running for the exit sign, you might want to catch Spring Awakening, the winner of eight Tony awards — including best musical. The rock musical that draws parallels between the youth of the late 19th century (when the original play was written) and the youth of today opens July 19 and runs through Aug. 8 at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $37-$44. For details, visit freefalltheatre.com.
5Lions and tigers and bears, six bucks
Get into Lowry Park Zoo, 101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, for $6 on July 21. There's no catch, but get there early because $6 Day at the Zoo is bound to draw crowds. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.lowryparkzoo.com for details.