Inventing Van Gogh: In this Jobsite Theater production, a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait. Tonight at 8 p.m. is a preview performance, and admission is half price: $14. The show opens for real on Friday and runs through Aug. 3 at Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.
Al Romas: Using his life as a married man as a springboard, this 16-year veteran comic takes a sarcastic approach and draws on experience performing "everywhere and anywhere." At 8 p.m., he's at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $12. (813) 864-4000.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2014 Presentation: The movie The Delta, about a young man's failed attempts to mask his infatuation for men, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 828-0735.
Small Brains En Masse: A video installation by Dennis Hlysnky expresses the artist's wonder and intrigue in a flattering study of St. Petersburg. It's at 7 p.m. at [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6620.
Think + Drink (Science) Cafe: Hanover College chemistry professor Craig Philipp talks about what those long lists of ingredients actually do for your drinks. Features a selection of drinks including Philipp's own 7 Day Bourbon. It's at 7 p.m. at South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Free. (941) 746-4131.
SERIES PREMIERE Extant, 9 p.m., CBS The 13-episode mystery thriller from executive producer Steven Spielberg stars Halle Berry, above, as an astronaut who returns from a year alone in space — and yet is pregnant.
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America II: Extreme Mud Wars: Last we heard, competitor slots were almost gone, but the real (and free!) fun is in watching other people get dirty in the obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war and more. It runs Saturday and Sunday at Spa Beach in downtown St. Petersburg. (877) 820-2582.
Marvel Universe Live: Your favorite Avengers come to life on stage — a world premiere — so nerds of all ages, assemble! The pyrotechnic and stunt-packed show is Thursday through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. $40-$120. (813) 301-2500.