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.
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.
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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.