Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 9

Lewis Black: A Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and author. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.

Joel McHale: One of TV's busiest comic presences, McHale hosted E!'s The Soup and starred in NBC's Community. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45.50. (813) 229-7827.

Gulf Coast MakerCon: This celebration of the "Do-It-Yourself" spirit includes electric race cars, a gaming expo, cosplay laser tag, young makers zone, robot rodeo, mechatronics and drones. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $16, $15 seniors, $13 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. (813) 728-2822.

Springfest: The mystical "Garden Art and Faerie Festival" transforms the park into an ''enchanted village." The dog-friendly event Includes May Pole dances, a costume contest, garden art, flower and plant sale, pixie dusting, children's area, live music and a beer garden. 10 a.m., Clymer Park, Gulfport Boulevard S and Beach Boulevard S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 322-5217.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Chris Young: The second annual festival runs weekends noon-9 p.m. through April 24, with gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting at $7.50. Live entertainment is at 6 p.m., included with admission. There are food and wine "sampler" tickets available for $24.99-$44.99 that get you five to 10 smaller-sized samples of the food and drinks available at the festival. 12 p.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade: Up to 50 wildly decorated boats will parade down the Pithlachascotee River. Parade begins at U.S. 19 bridge, travels to downtown New Port Richey, turns at the Main Street bridge and returns to Sims Park. 1 p.m., Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Spectators free. (727) 842-6055.

Spring Beer Olympics: Grab up to five friends to make a superheroes or villains themed team to compete in flip cup, beer pong, cornhole and other beer-worthy contests on this pub crawl. 6 p.m., The Boxcar, 349 Main St., Dunedin. $25.

Mixtape: Opening Reception: Chad Mize aka Chizzy presents an exhibit of 43 artists that celebrates cassette culture, with music by DJ RePete, beers from Green Bench and live t-shirt printing by Extra Medium. 7 p.m., Black Amethyst Tattoos and Gallery, 689 Ninth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 498-6459.

Old Florida Soiree: Dress in vintage clothing and take a step back in time for this shuffleboard party with live music by the Vultures, a Hootenanny by the Corn Hole Heroes, beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers. 7:30 p.m., Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. $40 advance, $50 at the door. (727) 328-0300.

The Wilson Van: Paul, Mark and Patrick bring their rock covers and originals, along with the Ries Bros. Proceeds benefit The Wilson Family Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that funds charities that help veterans and first responders, children with special needs and promote the arts. 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21.39-$51.99. (727) 895-3045.

Corey Smith: The Georgia artist has been playing progressive country for over a decade. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22 advance, $27 day of. (727) 565-0550.

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: And the Tony Goes To: Tony Award winner Stuart Malina teams up with Tony nominee Christiane Noll Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro for a salute to Broadway shows and songs. 2 and 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Flirt Nightclub Reunion: Alyssa Edwards, from RuPaul's Drag Race, hosts this reunion party with performances by Jasmine International, Esme Russell, Dulce Andrews, Faith Taylor, Erika Norell, Desiree Demornay, Cezanne and Natasha Richards 9 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10, $15 ages 18-20, $20 meet and greet. (813) 247-2555.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Frozen Fest: Frozen Four fans can enjoy interactive games, activities, skill challenges and entertainment on the West Plaza. 4 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 301-6893.

TO WATCH

Outlander, 9 p.m., Starz. Our favorite time-traveling nurse returns for Season 2. The story picks up with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) arriving in France, hellbent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion and stopping the Battle of Culloden.

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