Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 23

Dick Gregory: With a comedy career spanning six decades, he's listed as one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Stand Up Comedians of All Time, is a civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and has written several books, including a best selling autobiography. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Red Sox: For all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 and under are $2 with the purchase of a full price paid adult ticket. A maximum of two $2 kids tickets can be purchased for each full price paid adult. 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music from jazz to rock, pop to island, plus vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants, crafts, handmade jewelry.. 9 a.m., Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Social: Join the Ocean Cowboys and "saddle up" for a stand-up paddle into the sun to watch it set. 6 p.m., North Shore Park Beach, 1120 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free, $25 board rental. (727) 510-1921.

Skating Party Fundraiser: Wear your best 1970s outfit for this skate party with face painting, hair sprays, a dance room, bounce house and a costume contest. Benefits purchasing the "Bill Yates: Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, 1972-73" photography portfolio for the Museum of Fine Arts. 6:30 p.m., Astro Skate Pinellas Park, 10001 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. $20, $10 ages 17 and younger. (727) 896-2667, ext. 289.

Time Tuesday: The event marks the return of liter night, free pool and darts all night, music by DJ Fuego and tacos from Flavor Deluxx. 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. Free. (813) 241-8600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

The Beach Tampa : Part art installation, part science lesson, you can play in an ocean of 1.2 million white plastic balls in a 15,000 square foot architectural installation. If free timed tickets are sold out online, walk-up tickets are released each day starting at 9 a.m. Open through Aug. 25. 12 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with timed ticket. (813) 301-2500.

Sensory Friendly Films: AMC Theatres and the Autism Society have joined together to present this special series of films in an environment friendly to those affected by autism and other sensory issues. This week features War Dogs. 7 p.m., Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Also held at Regency 20 in Brandon and Veterans 24 in Tampa. $6.50 (price varies by theater). (727) 771-6643.

TO WATCH

PREMIERE Halt and Catch Fire, 9 p.m., AMC: Season 3 picks up in March 1986 as Mutiny leaves Texas for the big leagues of Silicon Valley.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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