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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 2

Zoo animal ambassador Leslie Beck shows a spotted python to a WaZoo guest in 2004. Photo by Trisha Rothman, Lowry Park Zoo.

Zoo animal ambassador Leslie Beck shows a spotted python to a WaZoo guest in 2004. Photo by Trisha Rothman, Lowry Park Zoo.

WaZoo!: "Drink beer, save wildlife'' is the theme at this year's zoo fundraiser, named a top beer festival by USA Today, with zoo-wide samplings of more than 275 beers from around the world, food from local restaurants, animal encounters and live music. Must be 21. 7:30 p.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $70-$100, $40-$75 designated driver. (813) 935-8552, ext. 329.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels: Tonight, fans get a free Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head. It's also USF Night. First pitch at 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Tampa Bay Comic Con: Special guests today include Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Evan Peters (American Horror Story/X-Men) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings/Indiana Jones). Things kick off at 9 a.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $30, 12 and younger free. (610) 570-4273.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: It's opening night. When a man decides to serve his sentence in a mental institution thinking it will be a better alternative to prison, his plan doesn't account for the nurse who rules the hospital with an iron fist. Through Aug. 31. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$44. (727) 498-5205.

Capitol Classics '70s Movie Series: The Capitol Classics film series presents a series of double feature films, opening with Earthquake and Jaws. 7 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $7. (727) 791-7400.

Made in St. Pete: More than 20 dance crews perform in this show presented by St. Pete-born NBA player Marreese Speights, including We Are Toonz, who created the hit dance "Nae Nae." 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0550.

Yes: The progressive-rock legends perform two classic albums, 1971's Fragile and 1972's Close To The Edge, in their entirety, as well as some greatest hits and new material. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $49.50-$125.50. (727) 893-7832.


Back to School Bash: Check out the latest back to school fashions while meeting Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars. The first 300 fans get a free Back-To-School Style Guide with a photo of Allen for a signature. Things start at noon, the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 994-2242.


The Great Martian War, 9 p.m., BBC America What if Word War I had been a battle between humans and aliens? This faux documentary tells the allegorical tale.


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