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Handout photos of Hank Williams Jr., performing Aug. 5 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Credit: David McClister

Handout photos of Hank Williams Jr., performing Aug. 5 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Credit: David McClister

Hank Williams, Jr.: The Tennessee country singer embarks on a tour with Chris Stapleton. 7:15 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $22.50-$98. (813) 740-2446.

Tampa Bay Comic Con: The huge annual convention this year brings costume contests, cosplay and panel discussions with guest artists and voice over artists. Actor Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) and Jack Gleeson (Game of Thrones), and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) will be signing autographs and posing for photos. Photos and autographs are cash only. Noon, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $30-$40 single day, $60 for three days, 12 and younger free. (813) 274-8511.

Recycled Percussion: A mix of unorthodox talent, athleticism and antics, performed on recycled instruments, and on anything you can think of like hubcaps, garbage cans, power tools, and even each other. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29-$49. (727) 893-7832.

SPF Solstice Pre-Launch Party: Mayor Kriseman headlines the party kicking off a month of art and culture activities. Event organizers reveal the slated events for Sept. 24 day-long party, and Rebekah Pulley will perform the Central Avenue Solstice theme song. 6 p.m., Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. No cover. (727) 518-5142.

American Heartbeat: The musical takes place in the recession of 1992 about a Vietnam veteran working alongside day laborers, mostly immigrants, who he used to hire and now has to work side by side with. 7 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II: Led Zeppelin II was the band's first album to go number one and has been certified for sales in excess of 12 million copies. Hear singles including, Whole Lotta' Love, The Lemon Song and more, note for note and cut for cut. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Nick Griffin: Calta Cruise Last Comic Stranded Competition: Six comics from each time slot compete to be a finalist, and Nick Griffin closes the show while votes are tabulated. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $12-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

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 created by the New York design firm Snarkitecture. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers also available through thebeachtampa.com. Open through Aug. 25. 12 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with timed ticket. (813) 301-2500.

TO WATCH

Kitten Summer Games, 8 p.m., Hallmark. Here's a purr-fect viewing option: While human athletes prepare to compete in Rio, little felines will go at it in gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 5 08/04/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 3:13pm]
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