Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 1

An Evening with Sophia Loren: The Academy Award winner and one of the most celebrated beauties of the 20th century arrives for a candid conversation about her long, storied career with Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$95. (727) 791-7400.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: The annual festival will screen some 115 shorts, films and documentaries at Tampa Theatre and Centro Ybor 20. View the GIFF website for a complete listing of movie times, events and locations. 4 p.m., Centro Ybor 20, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Ranges from free to $10 for each film. Packages available. (813) 260-4433.

Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival : This year's smorgasbord includes spoken word artist Andresia Moseley, award-winning puppeteer Zach Dorn, a mix of dance companies and the poets of the Heard 'Em Say Youth Arts Collective. 6 p.m., Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $25-$30; $55-$60. (813) 739-4879.

Coolio: The Gangsta's Paradise rapper headlines a Tampa Bay Storm post-game concert on "Throwback Night" which features throwback uniforms and giveaways of replica championship rings. 9 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Included with ticket. (813) 301-6600.

Chasco Fiesta: Located adjacent to the park on Bank Street, this year's nine-day festival carnival has a midway with a special area for younger children offering them more minimally frightening rides. 5 p.m., Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Free to attend. Wristband for carnival rides: $15-$25 (varies by day). (727) 842-6055.

Hairapalooza: Eighties bands Ratt, Firehouse and Trixter headline with local support provided by CrushTone and Edge of Red. 6 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $39.99, VIP $99.99. (727) 895-3045.

African Children's Choir: The program features children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. 7 p.m., Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Donations welcome. (727) 446-3001.

(Title of Show): M.A.D. Theatre presents the Tony-nominated one-act musical comedy about writing a musical comedy. Called simply (Title of Show), the show chronicles its own creation. Through April 17. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25. (813) 229-7827.

A Tribute to Louie Armstrong: Featuring James Suggs and his Friends. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of. (727) 822-3590.

Rhythm in the Night: Irish Dance Spectacular: A troupe of 18 dancers tell a tale of good versus evil, love and salvation through Irish step dancing. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25-$45. (727) 893-7832.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Films in the Park: Brave: Bring chairs and blankets for the city of Dunedin's family movie screening beginning after the sun sets. 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Free. (727) 812-4530.

TO WATCH

Dead 7, 8 p.m., Syfy. This is the boy-band nightmare we've all been waiting for. Nick Carter, pictured, of the Backstreet Boys wrote and stars in the campy Western about a ragtag group battling a zombie plague. The cast includes Carter's bandmates A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough, along with members of 'N Sync, 98 Degrees and O-Town.

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