Gilbert Gottfried: Don't let the voice behind Aladdin's Iago and the Aflac duck fool you, the comedian told the dirtiest joke in The Aristocrats, a documentary about the world's dirtiest joke. He has appeared on numerous Comedy Central roasts, and Gen Xers remember him as the host of USA's Up All Night. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $23-$27. (813) 960-1197.
Music and Movies in the Park: Raiders of the Lost Ark: Free and secure valet bicycle parking available. This week features Raiders of the Lost Ark with music by Ari and the Alibis. 6 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 463-4612.
Veronica M Trunk Show: Sip mimosas while shopping styles that are available only at the show. Plus, a 10 percent discount on all Veronica M merchandise. 10 a.m., Cerulean Blu, 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free to attend. (727) 498-8984.
The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies: Oscar Wilde's classic satire on conventions and propriety is even more biting when played against the zombie apocalypse. Through Nov. 1. 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Preview performances $21; $21-$48. (727) 498-5205.
Greg Fitzsimmons: The comic and Emmy Award-winning writer has two Comedy Central specials. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.
Howl-O-Scream: There will be roaming creatures swarming the streets, thrill rides in the dark and seven haunted houses. Remains open until 1 a.m. on select nights. 7:30 p.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $45-$70 advance online. (888) 800-5447.
Lights Rise on Grace: Interracial couple Large and Grace put their relationship on hold when Large goes to prison, where he establishes a meaningful relationship with a fellow inmate in this examination of race, sexuality and unconventional notions of family. Through Oct. 25. 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30; $15 preview night Oct. 8; $40 opening night Oct. 9. (813) 374-2416.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.
Season Premiere The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., the CW. Season 7 opens with Elena out of the picture for good. That forces a bummed-out Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to try to move on.
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