HE TALK PRETTY: David Sedaris
The works of humorist and essayist David Sedaris are meant to be read out loud, and on Friday fans can celebrate the paperback release of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls with the author at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Sedaris was discovered by National Public Radio's Ira Glass and his debut in 1992 reading SantaLand Diaries about his experiences as a Christmas elf at Macy's launched a phenomenon. He has since released eight collections of essays and stories including the bestsellers Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Fun fact: Sedaris ranks at No. 25 on stuffwhitepeoplelike.com because "people go crazy and pay to hear him read from his own book. Let me say that again: People will pay to see someone read from a book they have already read." He appears in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. Friday. $30-$55. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
LAST CALL: Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
The party is winding down as Busch Gardens heads into the last weekend of the park's two-month Food & Wine Festival with a free concert by Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona performing Saturday and Jordin Sparks, left, on Sunday. In 2007, Sparks became the youngest winner of American Idol, and she has since released three albums and earned a Grammy nomination. She has also ventured into acting, with guest stints on CSI and Zoe Ever After, and recently joined time-traveling ABC pilot Time After Time. The festival runs noon-9 p.m. this weekend, with gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting at $7.50. Concerts are at 6 p.m., included with admission: $99, $79 for ages 3-9. BuschGardens.com.
COMEDY CHAMELEONS: Blue Collar guys and Bon Qui Qui
Longtime friends Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy arrive at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday — an appearance popular enough for two shows that night at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The superstar Blue Collar Comedy boys have both racked up album sales, their own lines of merchandise and their own channel on Sirius radio. The Southern charmers will each deliver their own shows of redneck jokes and Git-R-Done taglines before coming together on stage for what audiences love most: riffing off each other. $62.50. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Back in 2007, the iPhone was a new gadget and kids were quoting Bon Qui Qui and the "King Burger" skit on the now-defunct MADtv. It's deja vu all over again because just last week the CW announced that MADtv is getting a reboot with a new cast. And comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, right, is still bringing out Bon Qui Qui, jumping in the rap game with her debut album Gold Plated Dreams (featuring the song I'ma Cut You). Billed as Bon Qui Qui with Group 1 Crew, the evening of comedy and music with her alter ego arrives at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center in Tampa. $35-$75. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.