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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 18

Picking Up Sticks: This fast-paced comedy about family, loss, love and commitment follows a detective on his search for a 4-year-old girl. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-6620.

Thomas Gold: The German house/electronic DJ has performed all over South America and Europe. See him at 10 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $30. (813) 247-2555.

Top Rated Tasting Benefit: Sample acclaimed Kathryn Hall and Walt wines paired with tapas to complement each wine. Proceeds benefit Moffitt Cancer Center and Cure on Wheels. It starts at 6 p.m. at Toast Fine Wine & Cafe, 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa. $50. (813) 632-3105.

Community Harvest at Columbia Restaurants: When you dine at any Columbia Restaurant location in September, five percent of your check will be donated to non-profit groups and local charities. Menu prices vary.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Survivor, 8 p.m., CBS This year, former players return to the show with their friends and family members in tow — including Tampa's Monica Culpepper and her husband, NFL player-turned-lawyer Brad Culpepper. Brad knows a thing or two about serious drama — have you seen his TV ads?

SEASON PREMIERE Key & Peele, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central Hey, Comedy Central, if you can arrange it so there's a new episode of Key & Peele, Kroll Show and/or Drunk History every week, we'd appreciate it. Thanks, guys.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find movie times and reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Orlando's jam-packed scare fest opens Friday with attractions based on the The Walking Dead, American Werewolf in London, Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead and more. It runs through Nov. 2 on select nights. Tickets are $42.99 Florida residents, $91.99 general at halloweenhorror nights.com.

Russell Brand: His comedy tour, the Messiah Complex, touches on everyone from Jesus to Gandhi to Adolf Hitler. So nothing will be even close to politically or culturally correct. He's at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Friday. $35-$67. (813) 229-7827.

Fiddler on the Roof: It's the classic musical, but this is St. Petersburg's Freefall Theatre, so don't expect it to be presented the classic way when it opens the season Saturday, with previews Thursday and Friday. $16-$44. (727) 498-5205.

Air Potato Picking Contest: George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo needs volunteers to pluck a pesky weed (bor-ing!) so they're disguising the event as a contest. Brilliant! On Saturday, pick as many air potatoes as you can and you'll be rewarded with prizes for most picked, ugliest and largest potatoes.

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At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

TAMPALife’s quite different at the tail end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade than at the launching point.The funnel cakes and corn dogs are a bit less omnipresent. When the first cars and floats begin to journey down Bayshore Boulevard, you’re onl...
Published: 01/20/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 22-28

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 22-28

Gasparilla Pirate Festival: Saturday’s the big day for Tampa to celebrate the legend of the mythical pirate Jose Gaspar. The day begins when pirates invade Tampa on a fully rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, with cannons booming and a mas...
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Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

SOUTH TAMPA Charles P. Hessemer, 90 years young and about as sharp as the palette knives he paints with, finds artistic inspiration in the costumed-clad revelers of Tampa’s favorite annual event. The details in Hessemer’s oil painting s...
Published: 01/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Tweed Ride: This popular leisurely bike ride around downtown St. Petersburg brings out ladies and gents in derby hats, vests, petticoats, lace-up boots and other fashionable vintage choices. Tea and scones served before the ride. After the ride, gath...
Published: 01/19/18
Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Fans of notorious street artist and activist Banksy won’t have to travel too far to see one of his original pieces, thanks to an exhibit opening on Jan. 27 at the Outer Space Gallery in Winter Haven. The "Haight Street Rat" will be on display, on the...
Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

Peter Mayle, whose international bestseller A Year in Provence sent countless tourists to the vineyards and lavender fields of Southern France, has died.In an email, Mr. Mayle’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, reported that he died Thursday in a hospital...
Published: 01/18/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Jan. 19

FestivalsFlorida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo and Rodeo: The three-day event will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport, 2495 Broad St., south of Brooksville. Features ...
Published: 01/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
Published: 01/18/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

On Saturday, the kids get first crack at the booty from the pirates at the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the annual alcohol-free party on Bayshore Boulevard. To kick off the season of Jose Gaspar, the fictitious marauder whose legend has...
Published: 01/18/18