Dark Sparkler: Amber Tamblyn
Best known for her Traveling Pants sisters and Joan of Arcadia, actor Amber Tamblyn, above takes her poetry seriously. Her third book of bleak verse, Dark Sparkler, is a collection on the sexism and ageism that women face in show business. She will be at Tampa's Inkwood Books from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (the same night her husband, comedian David Cross, above, performs at the Straz Center) to discuss and sign her book for free. Let's hope she makes it in person. Due to illness, Tamblyn missed being in St. Petersburg last October for the Times Festival of Reading. Ever the good sport, she turned to Skype for a lively chat with readers in St. Petersburg. Call Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa, at (813) 253-2638.
SET TO STUN: George Takei
78-year-old actor. Civil rights advocate. Survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp. Social media superstar. Cultural icon. There's only one George Takei. The helmsman of the USS Enterprise will be at the University of South Florida Sun Dome at 8 p.m. Monday to share stories about his life, career and fight for social justice. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, he said he's feeling grateful these days. "So when you have such blessings, you have to remember that with those blessings comes responsibility."
Tickets are $27.75-$52.75 at sundomearena.com. (813) 974-3004.
SOMETHING'S FUNNY: Squirm-inducing comedy
The collection of edgy comedians on stages across Tampa Bay this week share a common love of making audiences nervous.
• Not-so-wholesome TV dad Bob Saget is coming off the raging success of Fuller House on Netflix, but the family sitcom is no place for this comic's raunchy act. $35-$55. 8 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
• Arrested Development's David Cross is known for making audiences groan under his scorching social commentary. He recently told the Times he's looking forward to skewering Donald Trump in a red state. To read the interview, click here. $28-$38. 8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
• Iliza Shlesinger is currently making couples uncomfortable on the new TBS game show Separation Anxiety. She's still the only woman and the youngest comic to win NBC's Last Comic Standing, some of the many feminist outrages she makes light of between jokes about Pinterest as "porn for white women." $18-$22. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
• Gallagher, the Plant High graduate who paved the way for cable comedy stars, will smash watermelons and tell jokes with the help of veteran comic Artie Fletcher at 9 p.m. Saturday at the RockHouse Live, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach. $25 ($35 for the Splash Zone). (727) 828-9143. rockhouselive.com.