Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for April 6

Tampa Bay Comic Con: This huge two-day annual convention starts up today with an appearance by Drake Bell of Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh as well as a costume contest, artist throwdown and more than 100 tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork and trading cards. Sunday, Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney from AMC's hit show The Walking Dead will host a meet-and-greet. It starts at 10 a.m. at Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Tampa Airport, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa. $10, 12 and younger free. (407) 619-2128.

Chillounge Night: This date night destination brings chic, South Beach-style furniture to one of Tampa's best downtown areas overlooking the Hillsborough River. The outdoor party features food vendors and cash bars, a Brazilian samba parade, fashion show, DJ dancing, live music and fireworks. It begins at 7 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Park. $30 at the gate, $95 VIP. Toll-Free 1-888-695-0888.

Florida Orchestra Pops Concert: A Symphonic Night in Havana: Sarah Hicks conducts classically trained Cuban group Tiempo Libre in high-energy timba style music, mixing jazz, salsa, son, conga, cha-cha-cha and more. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 893-7832.

Club Jaeb Concert Series, with Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein: Merritt, a Grammy Award-nominated alt-country darling, performs solo and with Dinnerstein, a pianist known for her interpretations of Bach, Beethoven and Shubert. They join forces in this concert featuring music written specifically for the duo. See them at 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center in Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.

TO WATCH

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC Melissa McCarthy hosts, guaranteeing at least three uncomfortable sexual situations, two swear words slipping past the censors and a fat-joke reversal.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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