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14 Today

Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series: This monthly summer lunch and concert party in the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square will have food for sale from downtown eateries, accompanied by live music in the park, this month featuring Stacey Knights, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Boulevard and Morgan Street, Tampa. Free.

Brews and Bites: This rolling celebration is held the second Friday of the month, with a fleet of food trucks, beer garden and craft beers, live entertainment from local musicians and a 360-degree waterfront bar, 6-10 p.m. at Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Menu prices vary. Call (813) 373-1193.

Corinna Vallianatos and John Capouya Reading: The writer, who recently released My Escapee-Stories, holds a reading along with the UT journalism professor and author, 7 p.m. at Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-6243.

XFC 24: Collision Course: The mixed martial arts event returns to its hometown of Tampa with rising star Scott "Hot Sauce" Holtzman in the lightweight championship bout and a middleweight bout between Ricky Rainey and Reggie Pena, 7 p.m. at the University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $18-$100. Call (813) 974-3004.

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, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Also 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

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. 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $18. Also 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

TampaWrights2: This festival of one- act plays features a strong cast of popular local actors, including Emily Belvo (Ophelia in TampaRep's Hamlet), David Barrow (who appeared in last year's festival), Landon Green, Kim Goodman, Julia Rudgers, and Robb Lee, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave. $15 at the door, $12 group rates. Also 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 300-3585.

Broncho: The Oklahoma garage-punk group will perform, along with local punk band Feral Babies, 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $8. Call (813) 248-4969.

Crookers: Though Bot may have left the duo, the Italian DJ Phra is still going strong, and he won't be alone, performing with Nerd Rage and Mr. Saturn, 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. $15. Call (813) 873-8368.

15 Saturday

Bald Is Beautiful Day: In honor of those battling cancer, the Ybor City Saturday Market celebrates the inaugural Happy Bald Day with contests for bald categories including smoothest, most wrinkled, most moles, cutest bald baby, oldest and youngest, and a best tasting "meat-bald" contest and a "meat-bald" eating contest, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave. Free. Call (813) 241-2442.

Father's Day at the Zoo: Father's get into the zoo free with their son or daughter's adult or child paid admission, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday 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: Dads get into the aquarium at no charge with any other full-price paid admission, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday at Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $21.95, $18.95 for seniors 60+, $16.95 for kids 3-12. Call (813) 273-4000.

Sustainable Seafood Festival and Market: The aquarium will end Sustainable Seafood Week with its first annual Seafood Now event featuring a seafood buffet, interactive children's games, eco-friendly crafts, cooking demos, live entertainment and extended hours, 9:30 a.m. at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $15.95-$21.95. Call (813) 273-4000.

Gelatin Plunge: Put on your bathing suit and join area media personalities, sports stars and politicians in a gigantic pool filled with blue gelatin as a benefit for the Children's Cancer Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ribit's Bar-B-Que, 401 S Howard Ave. $500 individual, $300 per person team (minimum through fundraising). Call (813) 367-5437.

Gettysburg Diorama Experience: In honor of the battle's 150th birthday, the gallery re-creates the scene with a 13- by 5-foot field dotted with miniature figurines and battlefield talks with local re-enactors and historians, 12:30-2 p.m. at Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway. Free. Call (813) 875-0511.

Mad Science: Planets And Moon: Children in grades K-5 can explore the farthest reaches of our solar system, 3:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Tigers Jaw: The pop-punk band plays a Tampa date on its final tour along with Pianos Become the Teeth and Dad Punchers, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $13-$15. Call (813) 382-3477.

Miranda July Reading: The filmmaker of The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know (which scored multiple Cannes awards), also a performance artist and author, holds a reading, 7 p.m. at Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free.

Don Me Now Launch Party: Tampa's new styling and fashion salon opens its door for a party with complimentary champagne, appetizers, featured sales and chance drawings, 7-9 p.m. at Don Me Now: Styling and Clothing Lounge, 1627 W Snow Circle. Free. Call (813) 253-8880.

An Evening with Cesar Millan: Dog Whisperer: In this live multimedia seminar, TV's Millan will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners, 8 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $35.75. Call (813) 229-7827.

Porter Robinson: After performing at Ultra in Miami, the electronic dance music producer and DJ takes his talents to Tampa, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. $15. Call (813) 873-8368.

16 Sunday

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. $35 advance, $40 day of. 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 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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 musical 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 like 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.

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 West Baker Street. $10. Call (813) 707-0788.

Showcase | Treasures of the Hard Rock

This traveling memorabilia exhibit features iconic items from two collections pulled from Hard Rock's vault, "Gone Too Soon" and "Music Gives Back — Rock 'N' Roll Philanthropy." "Gone Too Soon" pays tribute to music greats whose lives and careers were cut short, such as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley. The "Music Gives Back — Rock 'N' Roll Philanthropy" collection focuses on artists who have worked with Hard Rock on various charitable campaigns throughout its history, such as Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, through June 22 in the casino and inside the cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. Free. Call (813) 627-7625.

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