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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Sept. 6

Get hypnotized by Colin Mochrie at the Mahaffey, attend the Tampa Boat Show or check out the artists’ talk at USF CAM.
Colin Mochrie will perform with hypnotist Asad Mecci on Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [HELEN TANSEY | Mahaffey Theater]
Published Sep. 5

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis: From the minds of Whose Line Is It Anyway? comic Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci comes this comedy experience spotlighting audience participation. $35.50 and up. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Tampa Boat Show: Up to 500 new boats are featured in the water and indoors, alongside accessories, the Yacht Club Lounge on the docks and marine-related activities $12, 12 and younger free. 10 a.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (401) 651-3220.

The Return of the Real: Opening Reception: Check out a discussion from artists Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela, who have responded to the climate of fake news and fabricated fears by rearranging and distorting reality to question its most fundamental premises. On display through Dec. 7. Free, $5 parking. 6 p.m. USF Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-4133.

Haunted Gulfport Walking Tour: Take a guided stroll through the eclectic town’s ghostly history. Benefits Gulfport Historical Society $10, members free. 8 p.m. Gulfport Historical Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 201-8687.

Amazing Grace: A live-concert film of Aretha Franklin performing with Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir in 1972. Free. 7 p.m. Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979.

Inglourious Basterds: Don’t miss the trivia contest before this screening of what many critics call Quentin Tarantino’s greatest film. 6 p.m. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

The Midnight: Catch a performance from the California-based synthwave duo. $22 and up. 8 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave, Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.

The New Rulers: First Friday unites the ska outfit with two other local acts: neo-soul group Ella Jet and Future Soul and folk rockers Steve Connelly and the Lesser Gods. Free. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Vic Dibitetto: The comedian has been described as a cross between Rodney Dangerfield, Ralph Kramden and a bull in a china shop. He also appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. $25 and up. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Florida Bjorkestra Goes Over the Rainbow: This time around, the ensemble of musicians pay tribute to great movie songs, from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory to Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz. $20 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Mariah: The Miami-based bilingual rapper and R&B singer carries a confident style heard in singles like Blah and Perreito. DJs provide the additional tunes. Free till 11pm, $15 after 9 p.m. Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 458-5311.

Buzz Factor: This local band plays various covers of rock greats from the ’70s through the 2000s, including Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Poison, Aerosmith and Billy Idol. Free. 10 p.m. Green Iguana, 4029 S Westshore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 837-1234.

Kurt Metzger: A writer for Chappelle’s Show and Comedy Central Roast who has also appeared on VH1 and the late-night circuit. $10 and up. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Louis Ramey: Originally from Atlanta, this comic has appeared on The Tonight Show and The View, plus Comedy Central. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


The Spy, Netflix: Inspired by the real-life story of former Mossad agent Eli Cohen, a new thriller that follows its title character (Sacha Baron Cohen) — a husband and father — as he goes undercover in Syria in the early 1960s. Eventually, Cohen finds it difficult to strip off his double identity.

SEASON PREMIERE Couples Therapy, 10 p.m., Showtime: The new documentary series eschews reality TV caricatures to take viewers into genuine therapy sessions with struggling couples. Dr. Orna Guralnik, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City, leads the sessions.


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  1. Gondolas move to various locations at Walt Disney World on the Disney Skyliner aerial tram, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Disney officials said the resort’s Disney Skyliner started operating again on Monday.
  2. From left: Jason Mewes as Jay and Kevin Smith as Silent Bob in "Clerks II." The Weinstein Company
    Catch a showing of the ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,’ the Jokes on You Comedy Tour continues and celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Alien.’
  3. Alison Krauss will perform at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 20. Capitol Records
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns with a strong music lineup, Zac Brown Band plays Tampa and Barry Bostwick will be here to screen ‘Rocky Horror.'
  4. On Sunday, Wayne Brady will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Wayne Brady performs at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg hosts the UpDog Triple Crown Challenge and Taking Back Sunday stops by Jannus Live.
  5. J.B. Smoove will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday. RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP
    J.B. Smoove takes the Straz Center stage, plus Roboticon Tampa Bay at the Yuengling Center and the St. Pete Side Lot hosts the Guerilla Art Market.
  6. On Friday, Chris Stapleton will take over Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre for a performance. Courtesy of Andy Barron
    Chris Stapleton appears at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Oktoberfest Tampa begins and Jeanne Robertson stops by the Capitol Theatre.
  7. Lizzo is scheduled to perform during this year's Jingle Ball at Tampa venue Amalie Arena. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    Jingle Ball, which will feature acts like Lizzo and Sam Smith, leads the lineup, along with the Turtles and Kris Kristofferson.
  8. This artful Jack-O-Lantern bandleader on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom,is part of the decorations in place for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party held annually at the theme park. A separate ticket is required to attend for the event running through Nov. 2. Associated Press
    Find a pumpkin, a party or a haunted house this weekend.
  9. Smokey Robinson will visit the new Hard Rock Event Center at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Thursday. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Motown legend Smokey Robinson plays the Hard Rock, ‘And Then There Were None’ opens at Ruth Eckerd and rockers Adelitas Way hit the Orpheum.
  10. For Creatures of the Night, the Halloween event being held weekends at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, there are activities for all ages includes scare zones, nighttime animal encounters and a ghoulish dance party. Courtesy of ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    As we head into Halloween season there’s lots of both scary and kid-friendly choices to get into the Halloween spirit this week.