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Comedian Patton Oswalt performs Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa.Getty Images

Stage Planner: Patton Oswalt at the Straz, and Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

CHIT-CHAT: PATTON OSWALT Fans of comedy know Patton Oswalt as an original talent and one of the most influential comics working today. He will riff on obsessive-compulsive disorder in one moment and comic book heroes the next, drawing on literature or video games with equal ease. Millions of children who don't know …

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  1. 'Bye Bye Birdie' comes out on top in Richey Suncoast Theatre's Charlie Awards

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — The musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie was the big winner at the 2015 Charlie Awards ceremony Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, picking up six awards in the musicals division. In the plays division, the farce Whose Wives Are They Anyway? won four awards.

    The musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie was the big winner at the 2015 Charlie Awards ceremony Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, picking up six awards in the musicals division.
  2. Music Planner: Earl Sweatshirt arrives, Geri X opens up, bands tackle Taylor Swift in Ybor

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    ODD BIRD: EARL SWEATSHIRT

    At some point, Earl Sweatshirt had to show up. For years, his mysterious backstory — exiled as a teen to a boy's academy in Samoa, MIA as his rap crew Odd Future rose to stardom, plagued by addiction and health issues that kept him out of the public eye — …

    Earl Sweatshirt will perform Tuesday night at the Orpheum in Ybor City.
  3. Moving Current dance collective opens its 18th season

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    TAMPA — Moving Current dance collective is officially an adult.

    Guest choreographer and former artistic director of Moving Current, Erin Cardinal, returns to the bay area for the dance company’s fall concert, which begins today.
  4. Stage Planner: Patton Oswalt at the Straz, and Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

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    CHIT-CHAT: PATTON OSWALT

    Fans of comedy know Patton Oswalt as an original talent and one of the most influential comics working today. He will riff on obsessive-compulsive disorder in one moment and comic book heroes the next, drawing on literature or video games with equal ease.

    Comedian Patton Oswalt performs Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa.
  5. 'Suds' strikes all the right notes at Show Palace Dinner Theatre

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    Poor Cindy, she just can't get a break. She has a dead-end job in a laundromat, her pen-pal boyfriend has dumped her because of her poor penmanship, her aunt and uncle have just been wiped out in a car wreck and left her with a $10,000 bill from the IRS, and someone just ran over her beloved cat … all this on her …

    Four cast members make up Suds, the Rockin’ ’60s Musical Soap Opera, now playing at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre. The story follows laundromat worker Cindy, who has had the worst birthday with a breakup, deaths and a big IRS bill. It runs through Sept. 13.
  6. Five reasons 'Hamilton' is a Broadway game-changer

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    Hamilton, the megabuzzy biomusical about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers, opened this month to glowing accolades. In his review, New York Times critic Ben Brantley wrote: "Yes, it really is that good."

    Lin-Manuel Miranda portrays Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. The biomusical, which features a diverse cast, officially opened in August and has received critical acclaim.
  7. Stage Planner: Rob Schneider at the Improv, National Theatre Live streaming at Straz

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    Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider headlines at the Tampa Improv Comedy Club this weekend, part of the comedian's return to standup that began a couple of years ago after a 20-year absence.

    Rob Schneider will bring his standup routine to Tampa Improv this weekend.
  8. Music Planner: Funk Fest, Rob Thomas, an all-new Yes and beer with Umphrey's McGee

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    KICK-START THE JAMS: FUNK FEST

    Funk Fest returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday for yet another hot, sweaty night of booty-knocking soul jams. You could be forgiven for missing the news, though — Funk Fest has popped up at various venues across Tampa Bay over the last six years, with …

    Jodeci brings ’90s R&B to Tampa with other headliners SWV and Dru Hill at Saturday’s Funk Fest at Raymond James Stadium.
  9. Review: Stageworks' 'Sylvia' more than the sum of its paws

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    TAMPA

    Cecil the lion had a name and we were outraged. The Chick-Fil-A cow has none, and we laugh.

    Kari Goetz and Harold Oehler star in 'Sylvia' at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.
  10. Season tickets on sales for 2015-16 PHSC Performing Arts Series

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts 2015-16 season will kick off with a little Elvis and wrap up with a James Taylor tribute band, with nods to Frankie Valli, Billy Joel and other rock legends also on tap.