Thursday, May 24, 2018
Events

North of Tampa event calendar

14 Today

For Better Or Worse: The family of a couple in a "cradle-robbing" marriage aren't happy about the upcoming nuptials, in a game show/talk show-format dinner show that includes audience participation, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Empress Tea Room and Bistro, 12924 N Dale Mabry. $60. Call (813) 988-9027.

XFC 24: Collision Course: The mixed martial arts event returns to its hometown of Tampa with rising star Scott "Hot Sauce" Holtzman in the lightweight championship bout and a middleweight bout between Ricky Rainey and Reggie Pena, 7 p.m. at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $18-$100. Call (813) 974-3004.

Tom Simmons: The comedian, San Francisco Comedy Competition winner and self-described "likable misanthrope" performs, 8 and 10:15 p.m. today and Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10-$18.50. Also 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 960-1197.

15 Saturday

Tampa Roller Derby: Bring a folding chair for a rink-side view of this double header when the Tampa Tantrums take on the Palm City Punishers and the Switchblade Sisters take on the Black Widows, 6:30 p.m. at Downtown Skate, 5313 E Busch Blvd. $10 advance, $15 day of, 11 and younger free. Call (813) 421-2688.

Leonardo Villanueva: The Gospel Music Association award winner performs with special guests pianist Daniel Joiner and vocalist Carmen Rairigh in a concert to benefit Trinity Cafe, 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Free, donations accepted. Call (813) 382-4398.

Sleeping Beauty: America's Ballet School and Tampa City Ballet come together to bring the classic fairy tale to life through the gracefulness of dance. 7 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $20.

Eric Sardinas: The Florida native blues artist jams on the electric guitar, 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $12 advance, $15 at the door. Call (813) 977-6474.

16 Sunday

Father's Day Dine: Your family can enjoy a buffet-style meal, meet and greets with Elmo and other lovable Sesame Street characters, family time and a special treat for Dad. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $22, $15 children. Park admission required. Call toll-free, 1-888-800-5447.

Father Daughter Dance: Former radio personality Stu Robinson and other celebrity guests appear at this event for fathers and daughters to bond, 4-8 p.m. at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St. $40. Call (727) 379-4843.

18 Tuesday

Soul 2 Earth: The seven-piece band is known for its gospel-infused soul, funk and rock sound and will be joined by blues and rock band Cheatwood, 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $7-$10. Call (813) 977-6474.

19 Wednesday

Florida Dance Festival: The University of South Florida hosts its fourth annual Florida Dance Festival, complete with workshops and a variety of performances, today featuring Sheetal Gandhi's Bahu-Beti-Biwi, a portrayal of an Indian-American teenage girl's journey through different generations as she actively resists and redefines freedom, compromise, duty and love, 11 a.m. at University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, 3829 USF W Holly Drive. $7-$23 depending on performance. Call (813) 974-3867.

20 Thursday

Josh Wolf: The comedian is a regular on Chelsea Lately, After Lately and has opened for Chelsea Handler, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $16-$20. Call (813) 960-1197.

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