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 Jordan Foote as Vincent van Gogh and Steve Fisher as Patrick Stone in "Inventing Van Gogh."

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Jordan Foote as Vincent van Gogh and Steve Fisher as Patrick Stone in "Inventing Van Gogh."

Inventing Van Gogh: In this Jobsite Theater production, a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait, which has never been seen until now. Show's at 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. It runs through Aug. 3; read our review at tampabay.com/things-to-do. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Cultura Profetica: Making music since 1966, this Puerto Rican reggae band has toured across the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico and the United States. Show is at 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $23. (813) 247-2555.

Steve Hynter: Most recognized for playing hack comic Kenny Bania on Seinfeld, this real-life comic is also a perennial TV sidekick, including on Two and a Half Men, CSI, Friends and The X Files. Catch him at 8 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $12-$14. (813) 960-1197.

Art Makers and Cocktail Shakers: In a two-hour session, students learn basic painting techniques, following step-by-step directions from an instructor while sipping cocktails and socializing. Cash bar is available. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $42 (includes all materials and one drink). (813) 269-1310.

Dov Davidoff: Combining hyper ADD and audience connection, Davidoff puts on one of the most high-intensity shows in standup at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Best for ages 3 to 5, this event features story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. This week features Take the Tadpole by Karen Wallace. It's at 10:30 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE Hell's Kitchen, 8 p.m., Fox Two finalists must create and prepare five unique dishes for the final service. The winner gets to "work" for Gordon Ramsay. The loser? He's forced to accompany Gordon to Hotel Hell.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Keep up to date on the hottest concerts in town at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Coming up

Summer Classic Movie Series: Blazing Saddles: "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges." But you do need $8-$10 to watch the crude classic Western farce Sunday at the Tampa Theatre. (813) 274-8982.

Pachyderm Pool Party: If last weekend's party for a 66-year-old manatee wasn't enough, you can celebrate Mavi the elephant's first birthday Saturday at Lowry Park Zoo with poolside treats, keeper talks, activities and Radio Disney. Included in admission: $24.95 adults, $19.95 children. (813) 935-8552.

Summer Fantasy: Our idea of a summer fantasy is a nice breeze, but for the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet students, it's performing suites from Don Quixote and Coppelia, led by guest principal dancers from Boston Ballet on Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. $15. (813) 229-7827.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 24 07/23/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:27pm]

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