Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 16

Tattoo Arts Convention: Get tattooed on site by world famous artists, see sideshow acts and meet television celebrities like Ink Master contestants James Vaughn, Kyle Dunbar, Big Ceeze and Mark Longenecker. All-in-all there will be 200 artists at the event like legends, Shanghai Kate & Bowery Stan Moskowitz. 2 p.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $20 per day, $40 weekend; ages 12 and under free. (813) 274-8511.

Pave the Way Drawing: Grand prize drawing for the cruise for two or big screen TV for our "Pave the Way" campaign to raise funds for improvements to the existing parking lot. We are also selecting the winner of the handmade quilt donated by the Fiber Arts Group. 3 p.m., East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 773-2665.

Raise You Up: Inspired by the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, the 11th annual gala includes cocktails, silent auction, dancing, live music by the Southtown Fever Band and a seated dinner on the main stage. Benefits programs at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. 6:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $250-$350. (727) 712-2760.

The Underpants: Jobsite Theater's production of Steve Martin's farce about a couple's life twists resulting from her pants falling down in public during a parade. Runs through Oct. 2. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Selwyn Birchwood: The blues guitar and lap steel player delivers his original songs with the intensity of a revival tent preacher. $10-$13. Julie Black opens. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Private Lives of Cats and Dogs: The age old story of boy meets girl ... girl meets dog ... dog meets cat ... all heck breaks loose! 8 p.m., Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $16; $14 members and students; $12 opening night. (727) 942-5605.

Ari Shaffir : The comedian has standup specials on Comedy Central and his own late-night television series, This Is Not Happnening. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Terry Bozzio: The drum legend will present a solo performance on the world's largest tuned drum and percussion set. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24.50-$39.50. (727) 587-6793.

Brooks Wheelan: The stand-up comedian was a former Saturday Night Live cast member. 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

$6 Admission Days: In celebration of the museum's sixth anniversary, everyone gets $6 admission through Sept. 30. 10 a.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $6. (813) 443-3861.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Z Nation, 8 p.m., Syfy. The zombie dramedy launches Season 3 with a two-hour opener and we're told that things are going to get really "cray-Z." We wouldn't want it any other way.

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