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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 8

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Actor/comedian Gilbert Gottfried performs at the International Myeloma Foundation's 6th Annual Comedy Celebration hosted by Ray Romano benefiting The Peter Boyle Research Fund at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on October 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for IMF)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actor/comedian Gilbert Gottfried performs at the International Myeloma Foundation's 6th Annual Comedy Celebration hosted by Ray Romano benefiting The Peter Boyle Research Fund at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on October 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for IMF)

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.

TO WATCH

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.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 8

10/07/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 2:49pm]
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