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Tampa Bay Comic Con More than 20,000 people are expected to smash into Comic Con when it runs at the far more spacious Tampa Convention Center Friday through Sunday. It helps that stars Lauren Cohan and Chad Coleman from AMC's The Walking Dead, based on the long-running graphic-novel series by Robert Kirkman, will be there, as will HBO Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams, Rory McCann and Jason Momoa. And Katniss Everdeen's little sister, played by Willow Shields, from The Hunger Games, will be there. The event runs Friday (noon to 6 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $20 for one-day admission, $45 for three days, 12 and younger free. Autographs from celebrities cost extra. (407) 619-2128.

Reality TV

"Below Deck" Wrap Party The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is holding a wrap party for the Bravo breakout hit reality show Below Deck with Tampa Bay native Adrienne Gang at Monday's finale. Bravo's Andy Cohen has called the show the Downton Abbey of yachting, an upstairs/downstairs view of insufferable wealthy guests who rent yachts for upward of $200,000 a week and the crew that lives and works together. Gang, 29, has been mostly shown as a perfectionist villain. The wrap party will be 8 to 11 p.m. Monday at the Hard Rock, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. It's free entry, cash bar.


Kevin James Before he was Paul Blart or a grown-up, James was a working class funnyman whose stand-up comedy landed him at No. 89 on Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest comics of all time, calling him a "modern-day Ralph Kramden." Following his successful 2012 return to stand-up, James is back with another tour that will bring him to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater for a sold-out show on Saturday.


Liquid Desires This year's Zodiac Group fundraiser is set in the 1960s and 1970s, a time when Dali was known to frequent nighttime hotspots like the famed Studio 54. Enjoy craft-beer sampling, themed food and live music. Period dress encouraged. Benefits Dali Museum and its programs. $50, $35 members. Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Christian rock

Jars Of Clay They've spent their career amassing a following of devotees addicted to the band's uplifting sound, which marries the anthemic, moving qualities of modern praise and worship music with the listener-friendly ideals of the best alternative rock on the radio. Jars' 16 LPs, live discs and compilations hold enough hits (Love Song For A Savior, Eyes Wide Open and Two Hands) to make them mainstays at Christian rock festivals like Disney World's Night Of Joy, but they'll stuff as many bodies as possible into St. Petersburg's State Theatre for this relatively intimate performance Sunday with The Last Bison, A Friendly Reminder. The show is at 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.


White Party Break out your snappiest white attire for this party at the Zone Lounge on Saturday with live music, fire dancers, raffles and a silent auction. Your $5 entry benefits the charity of your choice of the 1:FaceWatch foundation. That's the slick time-piece company that made news for its innovative way of raising money for world charities. (One white watch feeds 16 African children; one black watch supports eight cancer patients ) The party starts at 7 p.m. at 121 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-5599.

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Plan your weekend Aug. 23-25 08/21/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:09pm]
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