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Temple Terrace Senior Expo: Numerous exhibits by area professionals with information on financial planning, health, fitness, home improvement, recreation and health screenings, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 E Whiteway Drive. Free. Call (813) 506-3360.

Cigar City Brewery Dinner: In honor of Tampa Bay Beer Week, Cigar City Brewing and Fleming's hosts a five-course dinner with craft brews from Cigar City, from cider to Baltic porter and Double American black ale, and courses including braised short rib, imperial escargot ragout and more, 6:30 p.m. at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd. $85. Call (813) 874-9463.

Of Sound Mind and Dead Body: One of the world's foremost magicians dies during his own act, leaving millions up for grabs in this murder mystery dinner theater event, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Empress Tea Room and Bistro, 12924 N Dale Mabry. $60; $45 with ad at purchase. Call (888) 643-2583.

The Importance of Being Earnest: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym, Ernest, for their on-the-sly activities. 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St. $14, $12 students/seniors/military, $10 children. Also 3 p.m. Sunday.

Swamp Sista Lala: Coinciding with International Women's Day, this show features numerous female performers including Beth McKee Band, Tasmania-born Audrey Auld and others, 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $10-$15. Call (813) 977-6474.

09 Saturday

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon: Triathletes ages 7 to 14 swim 100 or 200 meters with the current in the Rambling Bayou, bike 1 1/2 to 3 miles through the Busch Gardens parking lot and run one-half to 1 mile through a grassy field, earning a T-shirt, finishers medal and a $20 discount on admission to Adventure Island, 7 a.m. at Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive. $35 advance, $40 day of. Call (813) 342-4075.

Sea Monsters Revealed Opening: Life-sized displays of giant squids, mako sharks and whale sharks have their insides exposed, and a submersible and touch pool are also included in the exhibition, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $18.95 adults, $16.95 seniors 60 and older, $12.95 for children 2-12. Add $5 for admission to all MOSI exhibits. Call (813) 987-6000.

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. today and Sunday 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.

Adventure Island Grand Opening: Tampa's popular water park brings the "Tropical Wildlife" back for another season when Adventure Island reopens the water slides and wave pool for another season, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday at Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive. $42.99, $38.99 ages 3-9, 2 and younger no fee. Call (813) 987-5600.

Strings in the Spring: The third annual concert features Carrollwood resident and pianist Franz Mantini and special guest and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, 8 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $18 advance, $20 day of show; $16 advance, $18 day of show (seniors); $14 advance, $16 day of show (members). Call (813) 269-1310.

Bikini Laser Tag Party: This all-night party goes over the top with a harem section for single women, singles bowling lanes, woodland creature costumes, beer pong tournament, date auction and fire spinning until 7 a.m. 10 p.m. at Terrace Sports, 5311 E Busch Blvd. 10 p.m. $20 advance, $30 at the door, $10 wearing full animal costume. Call (330) 536-3730.

10 Sunday

Peter Rabbit and Friends: Play 'N Around Theatre Company brings Beatrix Potter's The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends to life through music, dancing and audience participation, 2-3:30 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $7, $6 members. Call (813) 269-1310.

Steinway Piano Concert Series: Jose Lopez presents music by Jewish composers, including Aaron Copland, Fanny Mendelssohn, Judith Shatin, Erich Korngold and Charles Valentin Alkan, 4 p.m. at University of South Florida School of Music, MUS 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $8-$12 advance, $10-$15 day of. Call (813) 974-2311.

Sock Hop: Elvis impersonator Elvis Wade provides the dancing music at this ice cream social style sock hop, 6 p.m. at Faith Outreach Center, 7607 Sheldon Road. Free. Call (813) 887-3354.

North of Tampa entertainment calendar 03/07/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:47pm]
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