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Top things to do in Tampa Bay Aug. 17

Vince Neil, from left, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee pose for a photo at Motley Crue and Kiss the 2012 Mega Tour news conference, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Los Angeles. KISS and Motley Crue will launch their 40 city tour on July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

Vince Neil, from left, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee pose for a photo at Motley Crue and Kiss the 2012 Mega Tour news conference, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Los Angeles. KISS and Motley Crue will launch their 40 city tour on July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

Motley Crue: This is one show fans won't want to miss as Alice Cooper opens for the legendary metal band during "The Final Tour," at 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20-$119. (813) 740-2446.

The Whispers and the Manhattans: Over the past four decades, this popular R&B group has produced a string of hit songs including Kiss and Say Goodbye and Shining Star. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50-$70.10. (813) 229-7827.

Rays Fitness Challenge: An elimination style individual competition to test athletes of all fitness levels. Ticket includes admission to the game and a T-shirt. 7:45 a.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $55, $35 noncompetitors. (727) 825-3209.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees: Kids 14 and under get a "Mr. Happy" smiley face bobblehead. 1:40 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Summer Nights: This is the last day of Busch Gardens' extended hours, the Kinetix rock-fueled acrobatic show, fireworks and DJ dancing. Park opens at 9:30 a.m. at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $95, $90 for ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

Gary Conrad: G-rated: Children as young as 12 are invited to this tuned-down comedy hypnosis show with an emphasis on safety, propriety and good clean fun. 4:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 864-4000.

Cinema at MFA: Desert of Forbidden Art tells of Igor Savitsky's rescue of 40,000 pieces of artwork forbidden by Soviet rule and the creation of a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan. 2 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. (727) 896-2667.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Back to School Drive: The first 100 children 5 to 14 will receive a brand new book bag, and boys 5 to 17 will receive a free hair cut. Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be on hand to take pictures and give out autographs at noon, Westside Barbershop, 2800 N MacDill Ave, Tampa. Free. (813) 966-3180.

The Grand Brony Gala: Today's festivities will be dedicated to My Little Pony's youngest fans, not just the grown-up bronies. 9 a.m., Embassy Suites Tampa - USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. $20-$77, $185 VIP; grandbronygala.com.

TO WATCH

The Strain, 10 p.m., FX An eclipse marks the viral apex, which may hit a bit too close to home given the ebola news. Hopefully ebola doesn't cause a vampire outbreak.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay Aug. 17 08/15/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 4:31pm]

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