Friday, January 19, 2018
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 26

The Weeknd: The Canadian R&B singer who released his new album Kiss Land performs with Anna Lunoe and Banks. Concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $48.50. (813) 229-7827.

The Pretty Reckless: Former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen is the lead vocalist for this alternative rock band that performs at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17. (813) 248-9500.

Carlos Mencia: The host of Comedy Central's show Mind of Mencia for four seasons, Mencia is known for his blunt observations about social, political and racial issues. See him at 8 p.m. at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $28. (813) 864-4000.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: It's the last weekend to see this smash musical about an East German rock 'n' roll goddess who is also the victim of a botched sex-change operation. Show starts at 8 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center in Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Blues Traveler: The New Jersey alternative rock band behind hits like Run Around and Hook plays at 8:30 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. $35. (813) 627-7625.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS Sheldon and Penny get a little cozier than Leonard would like, marking this as the official point in which the show gets too serious for its fan base's liking.

SEASON PREMIERE Parks and Recreation, 8 p.m., NBC Everyone goes to London, but we already know Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving at midseason, so let the mourning of Ann and Chris begin now.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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