Things to do in Hillsborough County

Times (2011)

Times (2011)

Showcase | DinoQuest 2

The outdoor display features lifelike and life-sized dinosaurs, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $18.95-$23.95, plus $4 additional attraction fee. 2 and younger free at all times. Call (813) 935-8552.

14 Today

Discover the Dinosaurs: Expo Hall will be stampeded by more than 60 moving, animatronic and museum-quality dinosaurs for families to get a close look, touch and even ride on. Face painting and gem and fossil mining are available for an additional charge, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $17, $15 seniors, $12 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free (exhibit only); $20 ages 2-12 (exhibit plus). Call (651) 766-2800.

'S Wonderful: Five mini-musicals pay tribute to the styles and places that influenced George and Ira Gershwin's songbook, 4 p.m. in Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50. Also 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Three friends set out on a road trip searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback in this glitzy and eye-popping musical, 1 and 6:30 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $46.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

In the Next Room: In this comedy set late in the Victorian age, a new medical device is developed to calm women with "hysteria." For mature audiences. 3 p.m. at the University of South Florida Theater 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $8-$15. Also 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Visit www.arts.usf.edu.

Musings of a Postmodern Romantic: Tampa Repertory Theatre's second-stage company debuts an expanded new imagining of its poetry performance by local poet Christopher Hawthorne, 3 p.m. at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. $15. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 300-3585.

Woods, Water and Wildlife: Explore Nature's Classroom at this open house with arts and crafts exhibits, live music, children's activities, food vendors and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nature's Classroom, 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa. $5 per carload. Call (813) 987-6969.

Plant festival: Find orchids, bougainvillea, carnivorous plants, African violets, garden accessories and more from 70 vendors and plant clubs, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5, kids under 12 and members free. Call (813) 974-2329.

Suncoast Gun Show: Show for gun collectors, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts featuring firearms-related accessories, knives, ammunition, concealed weapons and firearms safety classes and more. 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9, 12 and younger free. Call (954) 922-9258.

Downtown Market: Stroll among more than 50 vendors offering crafts, fresh local vegetables and fruits, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street, Tampa. Call (813) 221-3686.

Viva La Musica: The Latin music festival features food, drink and family fun with 3 p.m. concerts on Gwazi Field with live salsa, merengue and Spanish pop performances. Included with park admission. Noon at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $80, $72 ages 3-9. Call (813) 987-5600.

Taste of South Tampa: Entry fee includes unlimited samplings of food from 35 South Tampa restaurants, plus soda and beer. Features live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Michael J. Cruz Fund, 1 to 4 p.m. at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa. $40, $20 ages 11-20, 10 and younger free. $50 VIP tent. Call (813) 637-0156.

Upstairs/Downstairs: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.

Family Favorites Film Series: The series continues with the G-rated adventures of Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs who learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett, 2 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $9, $7 for 12 and younger. Call (813) 274-8982.

The Cave Singers: The Seattle indie-folksters featuring members of Pretty Girls Make Graves play with grunge-influenced group Bleeding Rainbow, 7 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $12. Call (813) 241-8600.

Chuck Glass: This Tampa native got his start at the Improv on a dare to sign up for open mic night. Now he returns as a headliner. 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Comedy Queen Pageant: Kathryn Nevets, Miss Tampa Bay Comedy Queen 2012, is the featured guest for this pageant with scored categories for comedic talent, outrageous evening gown, 60-second spokeswoman and presentation, 8 p.m. at the Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10, $15 at the door. Call (813) 247-4663.

Frankie Paul: The comic from Melbourne who says, "Everything I've learned, I've learned under a palm tree," performs, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$25. Call (813) 960-1197.

Chapter Two: The Carrollwood Players put on another Neil Simon play about a widowed writer trying to find love again, 3 p.m. at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $18 general admission, $15 seniors. Call (813) 265-4000.

Meet the American Girls: The New Tampa Players community theater groups presents a play based off of the popular American Girl dolls Felicity, Samantha and Molly and their stories, 1 p.m. at the Acting Studio, 122 Flagship Drive, Lutz. $12. Call (813) 386-6687.

Farmers market: The family and dog-friendly market includes organic produce, handmade goods, artisan breads, local honey, take-home foods and live music, noon to 4 p.m. at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Free. Call (813) 887-4066.

The Pied Bag-Piper of Hamelin: The story of the Pied Piper and Scottish flair are combined in this children's event with songs and audience participation, 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $7 general admission, $6 members, $24 family four-pack. Call (813) 269-1310.

15 Monday

Film series: The Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival features Salaam Dunk, about the young women on the Iraqi basketball team at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani in Kurdistan, 5 p.m. at Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. Call (813) 258-7431.

Bill Burr: The comedian who has released numerous specials including You People Are All the Same, has appeared on Chappelle's Show and Breaking Bad and hosts The Monday Morning Podcast performs at 8 and 10:15 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. Call (813) 864-4000.

16 Tuesday

Honors symposia: Audrey Colombe, associate professor of English, and University of Tampa honors student Madeline Townsend present "The Messiest of Motivations: 'Love' in Fiction," 4 p.m. at the University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. Call (813) 257-3545.

17 Wednesday

Open Studio Wednesday: Enjoy an evening in the Santaella Studio for the Arts building, bring friends, sip wine and develop your art skill. Bring your own art materials and easel, 6 to 9 p.m. at Santaella Studios for the Arts, 1906 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. $15. Call (702) 244-0789.

18 Thursday

The Good Doctor: Patel Conservatory puts on a rendition of Neil Simon's seven-sketch play based on Anton Chekhov's stories, 7 p.m. in Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15. Call (813) 229-7827.

Lewis Black: The acerbic comic-actor-author has a love-hate relationship with America that he expresses, often loudly, in his standup routine, 8 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $39.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Zeds Dead: Named after the Pulp Fiction character, the Toronto electronic duo tours after releasing their new record Hot Sauce this year, 9 p.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. Call (813) 873-8368

Jim Jeffries: The Australian comedian with caustic humor and the new FX show Legit performs, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $27. Call (813) 960-1197.

Things to do in Hillsborough County 04/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 4:32pm]

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