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Luis Santana  |   Times (7/27/2013, Tampa, FL)   An unnamed Storm Trooper braves the Florida heat outside at 13th Annual MetroCon at the Tampa Convention Center. [Luis Santana | Times]

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Luis Santana | Times (7/27/2013, Tampa, FL) An unnamed Storm Trooper braves the Florida heat outside at 13th Annual MetroCon at the Tampa Convention Center. [Luis Santana | Times]

Metrocon: The focus is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork, but the event covers elements of anime-influenced pop culture, from video games to pop music. It opens at noon, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $10-$100. (813) 898-1310.

Morris Day & The Time: Formed in 1981 by Prince, the Time went on to release four jammy, rock-infused '80s funk albums. Comedian Mark Curry opens at 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$59.50. (727) 893-7832.

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day: Visit any Chick-fil-A restaurant dressed as a cow from head to hoof and you'll be rewarded with a free meal. A partial costume receives a free entree. Find restaurants at chick-fil-a.com/Cows/Appreciation-Day or call (813) 286-0534. Hours vary by location.

Sarasota Improv Festival: The annual funny fest brings 17 of the hottest groups on the national improv scene. See floridastudiotheatre.org/ for a full lineup. 6 p.m., Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. $59 weekend pass, $49 night, $10-$25 per event. (941) 366-9000.

Clearwater Threshers vs. Palm Beach Cardinals: Pitch 4 Pink with an Old School Show by Coolio and Slick Rick. 6:30 p.m., Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.

Hair: In the Broadway musical, a group of hippies searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era America. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $25.50, $12.50 students. (727) 587-6793.

Inventing Van Gogh: It's opening night for this Jobsite Theater production about a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait. Through Aug. 3. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dive-In Movies: Catch Disney's Cars 2 at the St. Pete Beach city pool with Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. $4. (727) 363-9264.

TO WATCH

Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize, 9 p.m., PBS Comedy icon Carol Burnett becomes the 16th person to win the prestigious humor prize, and pals Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Julie Andrews are there to cheer her on.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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