Pablo Francisco: In addition to his Comedy Central specials They Put It Out There, Ouch and Bits and Pieces, Pablo has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. See him at 8 p.m. at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.
Mystery of Edwin Drood: The audience votes on the ending to this "whodunnit" play when a man who is part of a love triangle turns up dead. Curtain is at 8 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center in Tampa. $22. (813) 229-7827.
Celebri-Chef Cookoff: Local chefs compete using mystery ingredients to create a menu judged by local judges, while guests enjoy food, beer and wine during this Dine Tampa Bay kickoff event. It starts at 6 p.m. at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. $25. Dine Tampa Bay week starts Friday at restaurants all over Tampa Bay.
The Vanilla Fudge concert scheduled for Saturday at the Friday Morning Musicale Theatre in Tampa has been canceled. Ticketholders will be automatically refunded. For more info, see soundstagelive.net.
NFL Preseason Football, 8 p.m. ESPN It's the new coach bowl tonight, with the San Diego Chargers and new coach Mike McCoy going to the Windy City to face the Chicago Bears and coach Marc Trestman. Well, to sort of face. It's preseason, after all.
Pawn Stars, 9 p.m., History A 2004 Red Sox World Series ring comes to the shop. You can tell it commemorates the Bosox because it's gaudy, overpriced and no one wants it.
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