Saturday, January 20, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 12

Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour: The cast of the TBS sitcom about a not-so-family-friendly family bar is on tour, promoting the show that airs Tuesday nights. See the show at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Miniature Tigers: The alternative band performs songs from latest album Cruel Runnings. The Griswolds and Finish Ticket open at 7 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $11. (813) 241-8600.

Summer Nights: This is the last week to catch Busch Gardens' summer celebration with extended hours, the Kinetix acrobatic show, fireworks and DJs. Park opens at 9:30 a.m. at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Included with regular daily admission: $95, $90 for ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

Volunteer Talent Showcase: American Stage's supporters show off their passions on stage through music, comedy and drama. Also, the theater auctions original props from the 2013-14 season. It's at 7 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can at the door. (727) 823-7529.

Shark Week at the Aquarium: Take a bite out of shark week with themed scavenger hunts, interactive games, learning activities, shark dive shows and mermaid appearances. It's at 9:30 a.m. at Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $23.95, $20.95 for seniors 60+, $18.95 for kids 3-12. (813) 273-4000.

The Secret Lives of Florida Birds Opening Reception: Enjoy complimentary appetizers, wine and tea as you check out Emily McNiel Levy's one-woman show of bird and nature paintings. Remains on display through Sept. 6. It's at 6 p.m. at Bamboozle Cafe, 516 N Tampa St., Tampa. Free. (813) 223-7320.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays: Teens and tweens ages 11-17 can get one last summer hurrah with a glow-in-the-dark pool party with Guitar Hero on a giant screen, prizes and dancing with the lifeguards. It starts at 8 p.m. at Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. $4-$5. (727) 518-3016.

TO WATCH

Nature's Weirdest, 9 p.m., BBC America Learn about French bees that make multi-colored honey, why whales and dolphins have forged friendships, and people around the world who report hearing "alien-like" sounds from the sky. Uh, come again? Aliens are invading and you people are worried about purple honey?

MORE TO EXPLORE

Summer's almost over, so find back-to-school events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Coming up

Less: Karleigh Chase's one-woman show about being a homeless female opens at [email protected] in St. Petersburg on Friday, and the gallery will also have paintings by a previously homeless artist and music by a band comprised of homeless or previously homeless musicians. The show runs through Sunday. $15, $10 students/seniors. (727) 895-6620.

Craft Beer Experience: More than 100 beers will be pouring at the Mahaffey Theater Saturday with food from downtown St. Petersburg restaurants starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35. (727) 893-7832.

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