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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19

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L to R Otto, the autopilot, Leslie Nielsen and Robert Hayes from the 1980 movie Airplane!

Paramount Pictures L to R Otto, the autopilot, Leslie Nielsen and Robert Hayes from the 1980 movie Airplane!

Movies on the Patio: Airplane: Costumes are encouraged for this '80s cult classic. Surely, you say, that can't be serious. It is serious, and don't call us Shirley. It's at 7 p.m. at Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg; museum galleries are closed. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Michael McDonald and Toto: Their rock 'n' roll friendship dates back to McDonald's appearance on Toto's I'll Be Over You in 1986. Now, they co-headline a tour that stops at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$95. (727) 791-7400.

Wordier than Thou: Prose and Short Story Open Mic: Featured readers Julie Armstrong and Thomas Hallock from the USF St. Pete English department are followed by 10-minute open mic slots, with no poetry or music allowed. It's at 7 p.m. at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-6620.

Art Critiques at Studio 1212: Got art you want an honest opinion on? Studio 1212 invites all artists to bring up to two unframed, unfinished paintings to the gallery for a free critique at 10:30 a.m. at the studio, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 446-4566.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Toddler Takeover: Designed for children 5 and younger, this early childhood program focuses on emotional and social development as well as motor skills at 10 a.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

TO WATCH

Wizard Wars, 10 p.m., SyFy We're not talking Harry Potter here, but the Wizards, a team of world-renowned professional magicians who try to out-illusion challengers. Trust us, when magicians compete to entertain, we are the winners.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Love live music? Find out who's playing locally at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Sharknado 2: The Second One: If you missed the sensational shark-infested cyclone (or if you just want to live it again), SyFy's campy reply to Shark Week is coming to theaters Thursday: Pinellas Park's Park Place Stadium 16, Brandon's Regency 20, Tampa's Citrus Park Stadium 20 and Oldsmar's Woodlands Square 20. Ticket price varies by theater.

The Divine Sister: If you your laughs a little less sharky, this stage comedy homage to Hollywood film nuns tells of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior, determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. $30. Opens Thursday at Tampa's Stageworks Theatre. (813) 374-2416.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19 08/18/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 3:04pm]
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