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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Aug. 23

Midnight Madness in Dunedin, author Renato Rampolla talks dignity at Oxford Exchange, Science After Dark at MOSI and Tampa Bay Screams opens in Tampa.
On Friday, the skatepark at Dunedin’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is one of the many ways kids can enjoy Midnite Madness. [DOUGLAS CLIFFORD  |  Times (2007)]
On Friday, the skatepark at Dunedin’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is one of the many ways kids can enjoy Midnite Madness. [DOUGLAS CLIFFORD | Times (2007)]
Published Aug. 22, 2019

Midnite Madness: Ages 9 to 14 enjoy a late night of skating, extreme inflatables, outdoor laser tag, games, miniature skate park jams, a snack food buffet, prizes and giveaways. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920.

Renato Rampolla: As part of the weekly Cafe Con Tampa series, the author who spent 18 months photographing and talking with homeless people in various locales, including Tampa Bay, discusses his book Dignity No Matter What. $12 donation. 8 a.m. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Tampa Bay Screams: A horror convention and film festival featuring three days of memorabilia, DVDs, posters and all things spooky. Toxic Avenge creator Lloyd Kaufman and Friday the 13th Part III star Catherine Parks are among the special guests. Runs through Sunday. $15 and up. 5 p.m. Ramada Westshore Tampa Inn and Conference Center, 1200 N West Shore Blvd. (813) 282-3636.

Science After Dark: Hosted after hours and limited to adults, this hands-on experience promises appetizers, a beer and wine sampling, robots, astronomy and rockets. $14.95, $12.95 members. 6 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. (813) 987-6000.

Ruined Conflict: The alternative electronic outfit plays a blend of synth-pop. Voicecoil and Blue Images open. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Larry Ford: Catch the Grammy-winning gospel singer who has performed in 49 states and more than 30 countries. $10 donation. 7 p.m. United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W, Sun City Center. (813) 634-2539.

Some Sort of Show: A sketch comedy show showcasing local standup comics. $15. 7:30 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., No. 151, Tampa. (813) 374-2416.

Papadosio: This self-described “space rock” band brings a fusion of rock, jazz and electronic styles. $23.50. 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Cinema on the Sand: A Facebook poll determines which flick is projected on a screen aboard a floating boat. You can watch in the water, or enjoy from a blanket on the sand. Free. 8 p.m. Upham Beach, Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245.

Artimus Pyle Band: Led by the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, the group plays Skynyrd hits like Sweet Home Alabama and What’s Your Name. $24.50 and up. 8 p.m. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

F and R Music Project: Fred Schmid and Rich Allen, members of the disbanded Tampa Bay reggae-rock group Facility, are back together as an Americana-meets-blues duo hosting the release party for their new EP. Mutual Friends and Camille Dupree open. $10. 8 p.m. The Blue Note Bar, 1510 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa. (813) 695-8977.

Peace of Woodstock: Relive the world-famous music festival with a variety of tunes from Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Janis Joplin, to name a few. $20 in advance, $25 at doors. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Rich Guzzi: As seen on Access Hollywood and TMZ, this comedy hypnotist’s act incorporates audience participation. $10 and up. 8 and 10:30 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, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


13 Reasons Why, Netflix: Season 3 of the controversial drama series whisks viewers back to Liberty High School, where there’s never a shortage of secrets, lies and unbearable teen angst. Eight months after preventing Tyler from committing an unthinkable act at the Spring Fling, Clay, Tony, Jessica, Alex, Justin and Zach find ways to shoulder the burden of the cover-up together while helping Tyler move toward recovery. And although Katherine Langford’s Hannah Baker is no longer central to the show, another death — teased to in the show’s ominous trailer — will be at the center of things.

BattleBots, 8 p.m., Discovery: We love the names of the mechanical combatants. Vlad the Impaler, OverKill, Gammatron and KillerHurtz, among others, compete in the robotic demotion derby.


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  1. A mystery billboard. A Tampa photographer's journey. A cruise to the Bahamas. Here's what leap day means to Floridians. [Clockwise from left: Times archives, Amie Santavicca and screenshot from]
  2. The Black Keys will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sept. 4. [Alysse Gafkjen]
  3. Jewelry by Navajo artist Artie Yellowhorse, who will be at St. Petersburg's Red Cloud Gallery on Feb. 28 and 29. [Courtesy of Red Cloud Gallery]
  4. Paella and other seafood offerings will be offered at the SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival this weekend in Hudson. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  5. The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival will return to Tampa on Feb. 29, running weekends through April 26. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
  6. FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Disney CEO Robert Iger arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", in Los Angeles  The Walt Disney Co. has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, FIle) [JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]
  7. The second annual Tampa Taco Fest will return on Feb. 29 to Al Lopez Park. [Courtesy of Tampa Taco Fest]
  8. Feb. 24• Arts & Entertainment
    Strawberry shortcake is among the attractions at Plant City's Florida Strawberry Festival, which will kick off on Feb. 27. [Tampa Bay Times (2016)]
  9. New '47 brand caps featuring spring training designs are on display as the Phillies reveal what's new at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. ALLIE GOULDING  |   TimesGuests walk down Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Disney World in Orlando.
  11. A rendering of the new Ulta created by Hennon Group Architects and included in the permits for the building filed with the City of Tampa. [Hennon Group Architects]
  12. Four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba will play the Jaeb Theater at Tampa's Straz Center on June 5. [Straz Center for Performing Arts]