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Tony Rock: Host of the newly revamped legendary talent competition Apollo Live, this comedian and actor (and brother of Chris Rock) has starred in films with Will Smith and Queen Latifah, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Call (813) 864-4000.

TampaWrights2: This festival of one-act plays features a strong cast of popular local actors, including Emily Belvo, right, (Ophelia in TampaRep's Hamlet), David Barrow (who appeared in last year's festival), Landon Green, Kim Goodman, Julia Rudgers and Robb Lee, 3 p.m. at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave. $15 at the door, $12 group rates. Call (813) 300-3585.

Neville's Island: Middle managers on a wilderness team-building exercise find themselves in a slapstick nightmare when their boat hits the rocks and leaves them stranded on an uninhabited island. For mature audiences. 4 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $18. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Father's Day at the History Center: Fathers get free admission to the History Center with one paid admission, with exhibitions including "Circus! The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier" and "The Big Picture: A Selection of Circus Photographs from the Burgert Brothers Collection," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students with ID, $7.95 children ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and under. Call (813) 228-0097.

Father Daughter Dance: Former radio personality Stu Robinson and other celebrity guests appear at this event for fathers and daughters to bond, 4-8 p.m. at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St. $40. Call (727) 379-4843.

Father's Day at the Zoo: Dads get into the zoo free with their son or daughter's adult or child paid admission, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

Father's Day at the Aquarium: There's no charge for Dad with any other full-price paid admission, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $21.95, $18.95 for seniors 60+, $16.95 for kids 3-12. Call (813) 273-4000.

Fathers Day 5K: Honor all fathers at this chip-timed 5K race or walk, which includes T-shirts, drinks and snacks, 9 a.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. $40. Strollers are welcome. Call (813) 274-8184.

Father's Day at Dinosaur World: Dads get free admission to Dinosaur World with one paid child's admission, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road. $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $12.95 for seniors. Call (813) 717-9865.

Dads Jump Free: Take Dad to the Boing trampoline center and he jumps free with your paid one-hour session, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Boing Jump Center, 622-624 Ware Blvd. $10 per hour plus $2 equipment rental; $9 each additional hour. Call (813) 341-4897.

Father's Day Boats and BBQ Lunch Cruise: Give Dad a break from the grill and treat him to a barbecue buffet on the water. Dad sails free for the first 50 families buying three paid tickets. Noon-2:30 p.m. at Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive. $44.95, $29.95 children. Call (813) 223-7999.

Father's Day at Henry B. Plant Museum: Fathers and grandfathers get free admission to the museum whether their children are with them or not. Regular admission for additional family members. Noon-5 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. $10, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 4-12. Call (813) 254-1891.

Father's Day Dine: Your family can enjoy a buffet-style meal, meet-and-greets with Elmo and other lovable Sesame Street characters, family time and a special treat for Dad. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $22, $15 children. Park admission required. Call toll-free, 1-888-800-5447.

Father's Day at Glazer Children's Museum: Dad gets in free to play with radio-controlled cars, helicopters and water toys, 1-6 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Call (813) 443-3861.

Father's Day Prime Rib Dinner Cruise: Dad can feast on the king cut while cruising the waters of Tampa Bay. Buy three tickets and Dad is free for the first 50 dads. 5-8 p.m. $54.95, $29.95 children. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999.

Summer Classic Movie Series: All summer long, Tampa Theatre will show classic Hollywood movies. This week's feature is National Lampoon's Vacation, about a devoted but dim-witted dad who heads out on a cross-country road trip in an effort to make his family vacation to Walley World a memorable one. 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

Michael Blackson: Dubbed the African King of Comedy, having been born in Ghana, the comedian has also appeared in Next Friday, 9:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $25, $35 VIP. Call (813) 864-4000.

Tom Simmons: The comedian, San Francisco Comedy Competition winner and self-described "likable misanthrope" performs, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10-$18.50. Call (813) 960-1197.

17 Monday

Josip Novakovich and Barbara Ras Reading: The Man Booker International Prize Finalist and author and the poet will speak and hold a reading, 7 p.m. at Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-6243.

18 Tuesday

Millennium Dancesport Championship An Evening at the Tropicana: The ballroom is transformed into a Cuban night hot spot complete with the famous Tropicana Club showgirls for the arrival of a five-day ballroom and Latin dance competition featuring top competitors from around the world, 9-11:30 p.m. at Marriott Tampa Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave. $25-$150. Also 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Call (863) 668-9668.

'Magic and Mayhem': In this comedy magic show, children in grades K-5 join a pirate crew looking for buried treasure, only to discover that the treasure is in the books, 1 and 2:15 p.m. at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way. Call (813) 273-3652.

Khaled Hosseini: The author of The Kite Runner will conduct a book talk and sign his much-anticipated third novel, And the Mountains Echoed, with Rob Lorei of WMNF-FM 88.5 as the moderator, 6:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $35. Call (813) 274-8982.

Steve Kistulentz, Donald Morrill and Heather Sellers Reading: The authors of The Luckless Age, Impetuous Sleeper and You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know, respectively, hold a reading, 7 p.m. at Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-6243.

.Heart: Put on your best cigarette smoke-soaked jacket from the '70s and head over to see the band belt out tracks like Barracuda and Crazy on You, along with tribute band Led Zeppelin Experience, featuring Jason Bonham's son and a 30-minute Zeppelin tribute, 7:30 p.m. at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $25-$75. Call (813) 740-2446.

Samantha Crain: The Oklahoma songwriter will perform folk rock and indie songs such as Santa Fe and Devils in Boston, as Y Los Dos Pistoles and DieAlps also play, 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $8 advance. Call (813) 248-4969.

Soul 2 Earth: The seven-piece band is known for its gospel-infused soul, funk and rock sound and will be joined by blues and rock band Cheatwood, 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $7-$10. Call (813) 977-6474.

19 Wednesday

A Kaleidoscope of Stories: Storyteller Tamara Green shares African tales of kindness, sharing and respect in this program for children in grades K-5, 1:30 p.m. at Egypt Lake Partnership Library, 3403 W Lambright St. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Busted Blues Band: The acoustic band plays at this event to kick off the Summer of Discovery simultaneously with 155 Renaissance Hotels around the world, 6-10 p.m. at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. $5 beer, wine and food. Call (813) 877-9200.

Denis Johnson Reading: The author of Jesus' Son and National Book Award Winner Tree of Smoke holds a reading, 7 p.m. at Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-6243.

Menopause the Musical: In this parody set to tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s, four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common except a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, sex and more, 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $45. Also 2 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Grizzly Bear: Another longtime Tampa holdout, the Brooklyn indie band known for songs such as Two Weeks and While You Wait for the Others performs along with opener Majical Cloudz, 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $28.50. Call (813) 247-2555.

Florida Dance Festival: The University of South Florida hosts its fourth annual Florida Dance Festival, complete with workshops and a variety of performances, today featuring Sheetal Gandhi's Bahu-Beti-Biwi, a portrayal of an Indian-American teenage girl's journey through different generations as she actively resists and redefines freedom, compromise, duty and love, 11 a.m. at University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, 3829 USF W Holly Drive. $7-$23 depending on performance. Call (813) 974-3867.

20 Thursday

Jessica Anthony, Stefan Kiesbye and Jeff Parker Reading: The authors of The Convalescent; Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone; and Ovenman, respectively, hold a reading, 7 p.m. at Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free.

Beatriz Williams Book Talk: Join the author as she discusses and signs A Hundred Summers, about New York socialite Lily Dane, who has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, R.I., on Memorial Day 1938, 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.

Felipe Esparza: The most recent winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, best known for his irreverent on-stage persona, wild hair and his often-imitated phrase, "What's up fool?" performs, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $17-$20. Call (813) 864-4000.

Good Old Days: Reminisce with a musical revue featuring songs from the '40s through the '70s, 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 26, 2207 W Baker St. $10. Call (813) 707-0788.

Josh Wolf: The comedian is a regular on Chelsea Lately and After Lately, and has opened for Chelsea Handler, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $16-$20. Call (813) 960-1197.

Things to do in the Tampa area 06/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 9:58am]
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