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DinoQuest 2: The outdoor display features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Additional attraction fee applies: $4 adults during park hours, $9.95 Dino Nights after hours; 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Thursday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

Questions My Mother Can't Answer: A moving and funny one-woman show written and performed by Andrea Caban, whose character goes on a mind- and body-healing mission after being hit by a New York City cab, interviewing eight women in the process of looking for a female role model, 4 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28. Call (813) 229-7827.

Owen Benjamin: The standup comedian has appeared on Steve Byrne's Sullivan & Son and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, as well as The House Bunny and Chillerama, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Call (813) 864-4000.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners who populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment, street theater, armored contact jousting, human chess matches, art, craft and other vendors, fire-eaters and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $15.95 advance, $7.95 ages 5-12 advance; $18.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $10.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $35 pet season pass. Toll-free 1-800-601-4848.

Brewers Ball: This event features live music and samples of the gold medal-winning beers from the Best Florida Beer Championships commercial competition, noon-5 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba. Beer and event prices vary. Call (813) 248-2954.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel: 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. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.

Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen Movie Series: This series surveys several sex symbols of the silver screen, from Marlon Brando to "It" girl Clara Bow. This week's film is To Catch a Thief, the Alfred Hitchcock film featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in her last appearance as one of Hitchcock's famed blonds, 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9 general admission, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

St. Andrew Fine Arts Concert Series Kyoung and Won Cho: The husband and wife operatic duo have performed solo and together around the world, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd. W. $10. Call (813) 642-8125.

Creole Choir of Cuba: Ten vocalists from Cuba lend their voices to passionate and richly layered harmonies in this performance, 4 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $20. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bands, Brew & BBQ Series: The Goo Goo Dolls: The Buffalo, N.Y., band became famous in the '90s for hits like Iris and Slide, and continue to make music to this day, 5 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Theme park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Screening: The documentary, which is the subject of the Tampa Bay History Center's new exhibition, follows a 1,000-mile trek from the Everglades to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 6:30 p.m. at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St. Free. Call (813) 274-8615.

Excision: Although the Ritz Ybor is apparently not large enough for his "Executioner" effects show, the Canadian dubstep artist should still bring plenty of noise, 9 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $25. Call (813) 247-2555.

Roz G: This contender from Season 4 of Last Comic Standing comes to the Improv for one night only, 9:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15. Call (813) 864-4000.

The Importance of Being Earnest: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym, Ernest, for their on-the-sly activities, 3 p.m. at Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St. $14, $12 students/seniors/military, $10 children.

Staibdance: The well-known dance choreographer and Emory Dance program faculty member George Staib brings his work to USF's stage, 2 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $16 general admission, $12 seniors, $11 students with ID.

Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare's tragedy has been made into a film, a musical and even a band, and now USF puts on a version directed by British International Theatre's Helen Tennison, 3 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $12 advance, $15 day of general admission; $8 advance, $10 day of students/seniors.

Mike Baldwin: Hailing from Kansas City, the comedian won 2011's Seattle Comedy Competition, which also helped launch Mitch Hedberg, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $14-$25. Call (813) 960-1197.

College Eligibility & Recruiting Super Seminar: After the basketball game against DePaul, this seminar discusses NCAA and NAIA eligibility and offers preregistered attendees the chance to win up to three free game tickets, 4:15-5:45 p.m. at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-3004.

Music Beyond the Chamber: The chamber musicians will collaborate with USF faculty on Mozart pieces in the School of Music's Barness Hall, 7:30 p.m. at University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $15 general admission, free USF students.

4 Monday

USF Lecture Series: Jerry Greenfield: The Ben & Jerry's co-founder speaks on entrepreneurship and sustainability in business — two things important to Ben & Jerry's, which has won Small Business Persons of the Year awards and is dedicated to sustainable dairy farming. And yes, there will be ice cream. 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-3180.

7 Thursday

Video Arcade: Open Score: The museum holds an outdoor screening of Robert Rauschenberg's 1966 video piece Open Score, which inspired the exhibition of the same name, 6 p.m. at University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 Holly Drive. Free. Call (813) 974-2849.

Amazing Johnathan: Starting his professional career as a street performer in San Francisco, the Amazing Johnathan has turned his talent for magic into one of the most unique comedy routines on stage, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $20-$27. Call (813) 960-1197.

Entertainment calendar 03/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 1:44pm]

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