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Film producer Carlo Ponti kisses Italian actress Sophia Loren, in a reastaurant in Bougival, France, on April 9, 1966. The couple denied rumours that they had got married earlier in the day. (AP Photo)

Film producer Carlo Ponti kisses Italian actress Sophia Loren, in a reastaurant in Bougival, France, on April 9, 1966. The couple denied rumours that they had got married earlier in the day. (AP Photo)

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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