Friday, April 20, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 17

Blessthefall: The metalcore outfit will perform with a full lineup including Silverstein, The Amnity Affliction, Secrets and Heartist at 6 p.m. at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17.

Manchester Orchestra: The indie rock band who performed on The Late Show With David Letterman and during December's 97X Next Big Thing right here in Vinoy Park will share the spotlight with Balance and Composure, and Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band. Show is at 6 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $20.

"Cured" Party: The networking benefit includes a live performance by American Idol finalist Shannon Magrane, dancing, music by DJ Shizm, an auction and samples of Fontana Pisco, a colorless grape brandy from Peru. Benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's at 5 p.m. at the Westin Tampa Bay, 7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $25. (727) 299-2460.

Iliza Shlesinger: The Last Comic Standing winner recently released her own standup special War Paint. See her at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Flicks and Food Trucks: Grab some grub from more than a dozen food trucks offering a wide variety of tastes, beers and micro-brews. Then find a seat to watch 10- to 15-minute independent films with live music between films. This portion features the four winners of the Hillsborough County student short film festival. It's at 8 p.m. at Grand Central at Kennedy, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free admission (food and drink additional). (813) 481-8805.

TO WATCH

Community, 8 p.m., NBC After the study group learns about Greendale's brilliant, reclusive first dean (guest star Chris Elliott) who disappeared in the 1970s, they search for his hidden computer lab.

SEASON FINALE Scandal, 10 p.m., ABC It's just a normal Election Day, folks. You have your exit polls, your pundits and your assassin moms out to get the president in what's billed as an "explosive" finale.

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