Friday, January 19, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 31

Mary Lynn Rajskub: You may recognize this stand-up comedian as Chloe from 24. See her perform at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20-$22. (813) 960-1197.

Margarita Wars: Local mixologists compete for "Tampa Bay's Best Margarita" at this event with Mexican food samples and a churro bar. It's at 6 p.m. at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. $50. (813) 739-4800.

I Am River: Hillsborough From the Heart Opening: This production of murals, video, photography, music and drama tells stories of what the Hillsborough River means to local youths. It's at 4:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-7654.

Epicurean Classes: Speak Italian, Cook Italian: Roberto Alvarez leads a casual class on Italian culture, cuisine and language; watch the chef prepare classic dishes while learning how to communicate in Italian. Starts at 7 p.m. at Epicurean Theatre at the Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $65. (813) 999-8735.

Inventing Van Gogh: It's your last week to catch this Jobsite Theater production about a contemporary painter hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait. Show is at 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Free Golf: Every day until the end of August, kids 5 to 15 can get a free small bucket of range balls to hit on the Ace Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview, or at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa, Wentworth Golf Club or Crescent Oaks County Club in Tarpon Springs. Starts at 8 a.m.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE The Quest, 8 p.m., ABC Producers of The Lord of the Rings and The Amazing Race partnered on this new competition series, which pretty much sums it up: 12 contestants are thrust into challenges against the backdrop of a medieval world called Everealm.

MORE TO EXPLORE

We've got a new Play Tampa Bay video previewing the weekend's top events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

WaZoo: "Drink beer, save wildlife." Sounds perfect, right? You'll get your chance at Saturday's Lowry Park Zoo fundraiser, with some 275 beers and food from local restaurants. $40-$100. (813) 935-8552, ext. 329.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: If you're looking for something different on stage, get right in the middle of the mental patients' group therapy circle for the Freefall Theatre play, starting Saturday in St. Pete. $20-$44. (727) 498-5205.

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