Swim-A-Thon: Inspired by a little girl who overcame her fear of swimming, this event will raise money to provide children with lessons and raise overall awareness. Register by emailing Jen Berenyi at [email protected] and then collect sponsorships or sponsor yourself, 6-8:30 p.m. at New Tampa Family YMCA, 16221 Compton Drive. Donations. Call (813) 866-9622.
Jeff Dye: The Last Comic Standing grad and host of MTV's Numbnuts and Money From Strangers performs a standup show, 8 and 10:15 p.m. today and Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10-$14. Also 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 960-1197.
Eric Lindell: He began his recording career in 1996 as a New Orleans-based artist and has risen as a rock and blues artist, 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $12 advance, $15 at the door. Call (813) 977-6474.
Lend Me A Tenor: The players present Ken Ludwig's farce filled with mix-ups, mayhem and mistaken identities, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway. $18; $15 seniors. Also 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 265-4000.
SkyWatch: Join astronomy experts to see the universe up close, with star clusters and nurseries where stars are being formed. Weather permitting. 8 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 987-6000.
Johnny Rawls: The soul blues singer, guitarist, arranger, songwriter and record producer was influenced by the soul music of the 1960s, 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $10 advance, $13 at the door. Call (813) 977-6474.
Scratch My Back: The annual benefit concert raising funds for Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services features the Lint Rollers (rock), the Quivering Rhythm Hounds (rhythm and blues) and the Groves (acoustic rock), 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $10. Call (813) 977-6474.
Gypsy Wind: The Florida bluegrass, jazz, swing and acoustic group will perform with the Americana band, the Free Range Roosters, 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $7-$10. Call (813) 977-6474.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: 2013 USF Theatre Honors presents an Iraqi translator's struggle through the eyes of a captive Bengal tiger at the zoo during the Iraqi War. For mature audiences, 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 120, 3837 W Holly Drive, Tampa. Free, donations appreciated.
Showcase | Croc Encounters
Sneak Peek Saturdays: Guests can meet many of the preserve's resident giant crocodiles and alligators while on a self-guided tour of the newly renovated alligator and crocodile ponds, tortoise exhibits, many smaller reptile displays, a hands-on animal encounter and a live alligator handling show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Croc Encounters, 8703 Bowles Road. $5; $3 with coupon from website. Call (813) 217-4400. crocencounters.com.