Sarah Jarosz and Parker Millsap: The Grammy nominated folk-Americana artist and Americana Music Association nominated rootsy country rocker co-headline a fall tour together. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Carl LaBove: One of the original Outlaws of Comedy, the veteran comic has also appeared on the Tonight Show, Seinfeld and Roseanne. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.
St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. Programs are Thursday nights at the Music Gallery of Clearwater and Friday mornings at 11 a.m. at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts. Preview to Il Trovatore. 6 p.m., Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 530-3304.
Sushi Battle Tampa Bay: Enjoy sushi samples as area restaurants compete to win the Golden Chopsticks for best sushi at this festival with karaoke, Godzilla, taiko drums, sake bombs and sake tastings. 6:30 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $40-$55 general, $20-$25 sake tasting; $70-$95 VIP. (813) 870-2255.
Howl-O-Scream: The theme for this year's scare at Busch Gardens is "Evil Encore." There will be roaming creatures swarming the streets, a hall of demon dolls, thrill rides in the dark and numerous haunted houses. Includes early access to the park at 5 p.m. and remains open until 1 a.m. 7:30 p.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $45 advance online. (888) 800-5447.
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.
Rick Gutierrez: The Fluffy Breaks Even comedian cracks up audiences with his throwback tales on traditional family values and outlooks on marriage. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.
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.
The Blacklist, 10 p.m., NBC. Red enlists Tom and the Task Force to help track a notorious bounty hunter who may know Alexander Kirk's next move. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to determine if Kirk is trustworthy.
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