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PATEL CONSERVATORY STUDENT SHOWCASE

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After a summer of honing, training and exploration, the students of the Patel Conservatory will display their talents to the public. The show will feature music, theater, dance and media arts. 7 p.m.; TECO Theater, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; $3.50-$5. Call 229-7827.

Talib Kweli: In 2002, this rapper broke through the mainstream with the release of the critically acclaimed album Quality, featuring the Kanye West-produced single Get By. Now, he's on tour promoting his upcoming album Ear Drum. The album, out Aug. 21, is the first release on his recently created label Blacksmith Music. Opening acts include DJ Chaps plus other special guests. 8 p.m.; State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; $18 advance, $20 day of show. Call (727) 895 3045.

4 Saturday

Back to school event: All About Kids Back to School Bash is an annual two-day hands-on convention for kids and their families. Parents and kids will enjoy a fun-filled day of information and activities. There will be door prizes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa; $1 for children, $8 for adults. Call 274-8511.

Goo Goo Dolls: Since their 1989 release of Jed, the Goo Goo Dolls have traveled down a road that some might consider long and rocky. The group found its groove with the release of the song Iris, which was featured on the City of Angels sound track. Now, with their 2006 release Left In Love, the Dolls will perform for bay area fans. 7 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa; $15-$45. Call 287-8844.

Wazoo: Lowry Park Zoo's Wazoo was featured as one of the "10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country" by USA Today. The event features beers and beverages from around the world, food sampling from local restaurants, a wine garden and live entertainment. 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa; $65-$75. Wine garden tickets can be purchased for an additional $10; and designated driver tickets are $20. Call 935-8552, ext. 276.

5 Sunday

Tampa Theatre movie classics: Mel Brooks scored his first hit with Blazing Saddles, a raucous Western spoof starring Cleavon Little as the newly hired sheriff of Rock Ridge. In the three-time Oscar-nominated film, Sheriff Bart teams up with the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) to foil the railroad-building scheme of the nefarious attorney general. Audience members are invited to don their best Western getup and participate in a movie-themed costume contest. 3 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $6.50-$10. Call 274-8982.

The Lucky 21: The nationwide standup competition hosted by Ziddio.com and the Comedy Festival takes local comedians from across the nation and decides which ones will win a trip to perform live during the Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on Nov. 14-17. Two rounds of comedy and voting by a panel of judges will determine the fate of the comedians. 7 p.m.; Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; $8-$10 advance, $10-$12 day of show. Call 960-1197.

7 Tuesday

John Mayer: This guy can rest his laurels on more than just dating Jessica Simpson. After giving us hit songs such as Your Body Is a Wonderland and Waiting on the World to Change, Mayer is touring the United States to showcase his music. The tour also features the talented Ben Folds. 7 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 N U.S. 301, Tampa; $29.50-$52.50. 740-2446 or 287-8844.

Comedy show: Media personalities from TV and radio will hit the stage and try to make you laugh. The charity comedy show, titled The Decidedly White-Collar (Hopefully) Comedy, One-Night Tour, features such local personalities as WFTS-TV Ch. 28 evening anchorman Brendan McLaughlin, Bay News 9 morning anchorwoman Jen Holloway, Jack Harris and Tedd Webb of WFLA-AM 970, and more. All proceeds go to local charities. 8 p.m.; Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa; $10; 864-4000 or www.improvtampa.com.

8 Wednesday

Rich Guzzi: Rich Guzzi is said to have had a knack early on for soliciting laughter. Now he uses comedy in a hypnosis show with audience participation. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Call 864-4000.

9 Thursday

Hurlyburly: This play features main character Eddie and his best friends engaged in a wild life of witty repartee, ex-wives, future lovers, hard partying, sex, lies and self-obsession. The production runs through Aug. 26; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays; Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; $19.50-$24.50. Call 229-7827.

2007 DCI World Championships Quarterfinals: Calling all drum corps fans! Citrus Park's Regal movie theater hosts a one-time only viewing of the Drum Corps International quarterfinals live from the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.; 7 p.m., Regal Citrus Park 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa; $15 for students, $18 for adults. Call 920-0835.

Next week

Toby Keith, Aug. 10, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa.

Summer Safari Nights, Aug. 10, Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa.

Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Aug. 11, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa.

Summer Classic Movie Series, Aug. 12, Tampa Theatre, Tampa.

Compiled by Jonathan Milton and Eric Smithers.

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