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10 Today

'S Wonderful: Five mini-musicals pay tribute to the styles and places that influenced George and Ira Gershwin's songbook, from their start in New York City in 1916 to New Orleans in the '50s, 4 p.m. at Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $32.50. Also 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Iliza Shlesinger: The Dallas native, the only female and the youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC's Last Comic Standing, performs at 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $20. Call (813) 864-4000.

Circle Mirror Transformation: When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won, 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets start at $26. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 727-2708.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners who populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment, street theater, armored contact jousting, human chess matches, art, craft and other vendors, fire-eaters and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $18.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $10.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $35 pet season pass. Call toll-free 1-800-601-4848.

Fishhawk Duathlon: This event with two chip-timed 3-mile runs and a 10-mile bike ride with goodie bags, awards, food and drinks benefits MS Society/Team Rockwell, 7:30 a.m. at FishHawk Ranch, adjacent to Mosaic, 13830 Circa Crossing Drive. $45. Call (813) 546-9221.

Very Glorious Sour Beer Breakfast: The second annual event features breakfast, snacks and a variety of sour beers to sample, noon at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $35. Call (813) 248-4969.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.

Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen Movie Series: This series surveys several sex symbols of the silver screen, from Marlon Brando to Clara Bow, this week featuring It, the 1927 silent film featuring Bow as a salesgirl and the original "It" girl, 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

The Importance of Being Earnest: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym, Ernest, for their on-the-sly activities. 3 p.m. at Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St. $14, $12 students/seniors/military, $10 children.

Peter Rabbit and Friends: Play 'N Around Theatre Company brings Beatrix Potter's The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends to life through music, dancing and audience participation, 2-3:30 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $7, $6 members. Call (813) 269-1310.

Steinway Piano Concert Series: Jose Lopez presents music by Jewish composers, including Aaron Copland, Fanny Mendelssohn, Judith Shatin, Erich Korngold and Charles Valentin Alkan, 4 p.m. at University of South Florida School of Music, MUS 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $8-$12 advance, $10-$15 day of. Call (813) 974-2311.

Sock Hop: Elvis impersonator Elvis Wade provides the dancing music at this ice cream social-style sock hop, 6 p.m. at Faith Outreach Center, 7607 Sheldon Road. Free. Call (813) 887-3354.

11 Monday

Spring Break Camp Connect: Turn spring break for kids in grades K-4 into an educational, hands-on experience as Camp Connect explores what's in our back yards, with sessions running from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. today through Thursday at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $45 full day, $22.50 half-day. Call (813) 443-3861.

Carson Kressley: The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fashion expert (and Dancing With the Stars contestant) talks about fashion and his outlook on life, 11 a.m. at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive. $55 members, $65 nonmembers, $100 VIP. Call (813) 831-5390.

Garth Stein Book Talk: The author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, a book about a Seattle car driver and his dog told from the dog's point of view, discusses and signs his books, 7 p.m. at Tampa Preparatory High School, 727 W Cass St., Tampa. Free. Call (813) 251-8481.

Club Jaeb Concert Series: Richard Shindell: The artist first gained worldwide attention during a European tour with Joan Baez and has since formed Cry Cry Cry, a folk supergroup with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky, 7:30 p.m. at Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

12 Tuesday

Anything Goes: When the SS American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love in this Cole Porter musical, 7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $46.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

13 Wednesday

Education Is Key Breakfast: Tampa's children's museum hosts a breakfast honoring the best educators, with Mayor Bob Buckhorn as keynote speaker and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman hosting, 8-9:30 a.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $2,500 for 10-seat table. Call (813) 443-3861.

Humane Society Benefit Wine Tasting: Help animals in need while savoring varieties from Faust, Guigal, Klinker Brick and others at this wine-filled evening with appetizers from CDB's Southside and fine cheeses, 6-9 p.m. at Tasting Location, 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. $25, $40 per couple. Call (813) 837-8941.

Ken Miller: The eighth of 10 boys hails from Greensboro, N.C., and hits on topics like weight, divorce and dating at 30, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

A Born This Way Ball of Our Own: Those missing out on Lady Gaga after she canceled her concert due to a hip injury can attend this party featuring music that benefits the Born This Way Foundation, 9:30 p.m. at Factoria, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Free before 10:30 p.m., $5 after 10:30.

14 Thursday

T.D. Allman Book Talk: The Florida historian who has written about the state for Esquire and National Geographic talks about his newest book, Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.

Much Ado About Nothing: Jobsite Theater puts on a rendition of this oft-produced Shakespeare comedy (Joss Whedon's next film is a modern adaptation), which follows a battle of the sexes, 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28. Call (813) 229-7827.

Jo Koy: You've seen him on the late-night circuit and as a weekly guest on Chelsea Lately, and now you can see one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" at the Improv, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25, VIP $55. Call (813) 864-4000.

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