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24 Today

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 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.

25 Saturday

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.

26 Sunday

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.

28 Tuesday

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.

30 Thursday

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.

North Tampa entertainment calendar 05/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:36pm]
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