Comedy legends: Can you think of a better cross-bay comedy showdown for a Wednesday night than Mel Brooks versus John Cleese and Eric Idle? At the Straz Center in Tampa, the director will talk about his classic Blazing Saddles after a screening ($49-$99; $300 VIP), while at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Monty Python greats mix storytelling, music, footage and a Q&A both Wednesday and Thursday ($59.50-$99.50). And don't forget SNL veteran Kevin Nealon at the Palladium Theatre on Saturday ($37.50-$52.50).
Pops in the Park: The popular date night and family outing returns this weekend when the Florida Orchestra puts on free shows of symphonic and pop favorites in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on Saturday (with fireworks!) and in River Tower Park in Seminole Heights on Sunday. (727) 892-3337.
The Naked Magic Show: This is more magic than Magic Mike but probably just as naked. Magicians Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne perform tricks in the buff in their boisterous, R-rated show Friday at the Straz Center. $49-$59. (813) 229-7827.
Music: The Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns Thursday-Sunday to Coachman Park with Sheryl Crow, the O'Jays, Gladys Knight, Buddy Guy, the Avett Brothers, Big Sam's Funky Nation and more ($15-$150, 12 and younger free). Chillin' Music Fest brings reggae-rock vibes to Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday with O.A.R, Ballyhoo, Hor!zen, UNRB, Resinated and more. $30-$110 advance, $50-$150 at the gate.
Carmen: The St. Petersburg Opera Company opens the season Friday at the Palladium Theatre with the tale of the fiery gypsy and her soldier lover. $22-$67. (727) 822-3590.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Alvin and the Chipmunks Live: Have you really lived if you haven't heard hits by One Direction, Maroon 5 and Elvis performed in chipmunk voices? We think not. The trio and the Chipettes go on Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater. $27.50-$57.50. (727) 892-5798.
Streetcar Fest: Ding. Ding. Ride Tampa's historic streetcars for just 25 cents Saturday. Live music, entertainment and activities at most stops. (813) 254-4278.
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