Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 28

Schoolboy Q and Joey Badass: Schoolboy Q's album Blank Face LP debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart, and his single That Part features Kanye West. Fellow rapper, Badass just kicked off a recurring role on USA's Mr. Robot. 7:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $34.50. (727) 565-0550.

Good People: Set in Southie, a Boston working class drama tackles serious subjects with a light touch. 7 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. (727) 823-7529.

Vanished: Left Behind - Next Generation: Three teens and a child are forced to grow up quickly to survive after a billion people vanish from our country and chaos ensues. 7 p.m., Sundial 19, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12.50. (727) 502-9573.

Skinned Alive: This horror-themed escape room is set as serial killer who has abducted you with a plan to steal the skin off your face. See if you can solve clues and escape the room before he returns with his tools of the trade. Runs daily through Oct. 31. 1 p.m., Escape Thrill, 29261 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $28. (727) 223-5983.

Ybor City Wine Society: Expand your wine palate in weekly wine tasting class with food pairings. Registration preferred. 7 p.m., Ybor City Wine Bar, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 999-4966.

Eric Schwartz : The unassuming nerd unleashes a show filled with musical comedy, physical antics, multicultural satire and social commentary. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $12. (813) 864-4000.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Swaptember at Lowry Park Zoo, MOSI and the Florida Aquarium: Zoo Pass holders (with valid ID) receive free admission to the Florida Aquarium and MOSI in September. In turn, members of the Florida Aquarium and MOSI receive free admission to the zoo. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner: Library staff read stories about art. Story related, hands-on art activities follow. Ideal for ages 4 to 8. Included with museum admission. September's theme is "Books Alive!" 3 p.m., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $6, $5 seniors, no charge for children and students. Admission is by donation Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. (727) 712-5762.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Criminal Minds, 9 p.m., CBS. Begins its 12th season needing to fill the void left by Shemar Moore, who quit, and Thomas Gibson, who was fired. In their place, Paget Brewster and Aisha Tyler were upped to series regulars, and Adam Rodriguez was brought on as a new agent.

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