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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, Aug. 22

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]
Published Aug. 21

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. tbfad.com.

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. crowbarybor.com.

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. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

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. coconutscomedyclubs.com.

TO WATCH

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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