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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Aug. 24

Don’t miss the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, ‘Showgirls’ commentary from comedic drag performer Matthew McGee or the Incredible Duck Race.
On Saturday, Monster Jam Triple Threat will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa with two shows. [SHAWN HANCOCK | Feld Entertainment]
Published Aug. 23
Updated Aug. 23

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series: Watch as eight Monster Jam trucks, speedsters and ATVs tear up the dirt. $15 and up. 1 and 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (800) 745-3000.

Showgirls: Comedic drag performer Matthew McGee provides commentary for a screening of the 1995 hit. Come dressed in a raunchy, leopard print or sequined outfit. Benefits Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. $20. 7:30 p.m. Metro Inclusive Health, 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-3854.

Incredible Duck Race: The Hillsborough River turns into a sea of yellow as the Kiwanis Club of Tampa tosses in more than 15,000 rubber ducks for a “race.” The first three to cross the finish line win their adoptive parents cash prizes. $5. 10 a.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 504-9133.

Wearable Art 15: This runway show features creations from artists like Frank Strunk III and Melissa Dolce and includes a pre- and after-party. Expect a new fashion boutique as well as an exhibit of artful shoes. $20 and up. 7 p.m. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin. (727) 298-3322.

Train Show: Check out vendors selling model trains and other collectibles. A running train layout is planned for kids, too. $5, 12 and younger free. 9 a.m. Lopez Hall, 7177 58th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 244-1341.

David Crosby: Remember My Name: This new documentary explores the life and works of music icon David Crosby. $11, $8 members. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

College Football Kickoff Bar Crawl: Hop aboard the Crawler Party Bus for this pub crawl that brings a free shot at each stop, food and drink specials, a beer pong tournament and a beer shotgun. $15 and up. 3 p.m. The Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa. (650) 440-2390.

Rodeo Fest: Take a trip to the wild west with bull riding, barrel racing, four-horse relay racing, mounted shooting and mutton busting (read: children riding sheep). $15. 5 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (412) 592-6916.

Gecko Ball: Now in its 11th year, the beloved celebration offers appetizers, a cash bar, live tunes, dancing, the crowning of the Gecko Queen, a costume contest and auctions of artist-made geckos. $35. 6 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 623-0524.

Acro Yoga: Enjoy a combination of yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. You get a free gift from Fabletics if you’re one of the first 25 people there. Free. 8:30 a.m. International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 342-3797.

Tyler Cassidy: Formerly known as Froggy Fresh, the edgy comedic rapper is known for viral Youtube hits like The Baddest and Best Friends. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Women of God: Opening Reception: Religion, technology, collaboration and feminism are anchors for artist Mikaela Williams, who works in video and performance art. Dubbed a “video survey,” the exhibition traces the artist’s evolution through different characters and music styles. Runs through Sept. 14. Free. 7 p.m. Tempus Projects, 4636 N Florida Ave, Tampa. (813) 340-9056.

Rex Floyd: This four-man Pink Floyd Tribute band performs favorites from albums like Wish You Were Here, Animals and Ummagumma alongside a theatrical laser video presentation. $10 and up. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Dukes of Juke and Blue Dice: Both acts are decades-long veterans of the local blues and jazz circuits. $15 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Zacarias Ferreira: This Dominican bachata singer and pop star performs a variety of hits from his more than two decades in music. $35 and up. 9 p.m. Grand Sixty, 1608 E State Road 60, Valrico. (813) 458-5311.

Jon Z: Since being discovered on Youtube for his freestyling, the Puerto Rican rapper and producer has developed his own following for his quirky trap and reggaeton-influenced sound. $25 and up. 9 p.m. Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 458-5311.

Cash Cash: The New Jersey-based electronic producers and DJing have collaborated with artists like Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. $15 and up. 10 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

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. 11 a.m. Ramada Westshore Tampa Inn and Conference Center, 1200 N West Shore Blvd. (813) 282-3636.

Rich Guzzi: As seen on Access Hollywood and TMZ, this comedy hypnotist’s act incorporates audience participation. $10 and up. 6, 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.


Hitsville: The Making of Motown, 9 p.m., Showtime: The feature-length documentary chronicles the remarkable success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next month. It focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.


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