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Elizabeth A. Baker performs at the Palladium, Taste of Design pairs amateur cooks with local chefs and singer-songwriter Austin Lucas plays Crowbar.
Elizabeth A. Baker will visit the Palladium in St. Petersburg for a performance on Thursday. Courtesy of Charlotte Suarez. [CHARLOTTE SUAREZ  |  Charlotte Suarez]
Elizabeth A. Baker will visit the Palladium in St. Petersburg for a performance on Thursday. Courtesy of Charlotte Suarez. [CHARLOTTE SUAREZ | Charlotte Suarez]
Published Aug. 21, 2019

Elizabeth A. Baker: Intersect: Pianist John O’Leary and special guests join the experimental composer, author and co-founder of the Florida International Toy Piano Festival for improvisational music and visual projections. Baker explores individual, diverse voices “representing trans, femme, nonbinary, queer and black individuals through the medium of sound.” $12 and up. 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Taste of Design: Teams of eight amateur cooks partner with four local chefs, including Greg Baker, formerly of the Refinery, and King of the Coop’s Joe Dodd, to execute a wine-paired tasting menu using state-of-the-art kitchen tools. Spectators determine the winner by popular vote during the 5:30 p.m. reception. $75, $500 per team; $40 reception. 3 p.m. Caspers Food Service Design, 6845 Maple Lane, Tampa. (813) 229-3411.

Austin Lucas: The singer-songwriter, who recently released his seventh studio album Immortal Americans, takes the stage for a performance. Geri X and Mountain Holler open. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Rich Guzzi: As seen on Access Hollywood and TMZ, this comedy hypnotist’s act incorporates audience participation. $10 and up. 8:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Darryl Rhoades: The Atlanta comedian has appeared on Nickelodeon and the 2009 movie Crazy Heart. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ’s, 5501 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


SERIES FINALE Baskets, 10 p.m., FX: It’s time to say farewell to the rodeo-clown comedy. The hilarious series about Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis) and his extended kooky family signs off with the Season 4 finale.


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  4. Iriann Paynewhite of Dade City enjoys a ride on a lady bug on opening day at the Pasco County Fair. The fair continues through Feb. 23 at the county fairgrounds in Dade City.
  5. The Pasco County Fair will kick off on Feb. 17 in Dade City.
  6. Country crooner Doug Stone headlines this weekend's Florida Bluegrass Classic at Florida Classic Park in eastern Brooksville. Stone performs at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22. He is known for hits such as "I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)" and "A Jukebox With a Country Song."
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  8. An undated image of Florida State Fair attendees enjoying a roller coaster.
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  11. Posies Flower Truck will be making the rounds in the Tampa Bay area over the next few days.
  12. There are two free opportunities in Tampa and New Port Richey this weekend for star gazers to use powerful telescopes to view the night sky.