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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]


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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