Country Music: Catch a preview screening of the new documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns, who traces the history of American country music. The Easy Posse Band provides the tunes at a free street party before showtime (5 to 7 p.m.), while a panel discussion follows the movie. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.
Emerging Artist Exhibit: The opening reception showcases a performance by Siobhan Monique, Lisa Rowan’s literary reading and visual art by Anna Ayres, Christina Bertsos, George Retkes and several others. On display through Sept. 22. Free. 6 p.m. Gallery at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. creativepinellas.org.
TIGLFF Launch Party: See the trailers for the 30th annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s featured flicks. Admission includes one free cocktail, plus music from DJ Hural Knight and food. A cash bar is planned, too. $45. 7 p.m. Rialto Theater, 1617 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 221-8808. tiglff.com.
Madtown: This local hardcore art celebrates the release of their new album True Colors with guest performances from Guerrilla Warfare, Control System, Losing Vision and Malice Strikes. Donations of clothes, toiletries and canned goods for the homeless are mandatory. $10 in advance, $12 at doors. 6 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600. crowbarybor.com.
Smooth Jazz Concert: The show highlights guitarist Ron Hark, who has performed alongside legendary artists like Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker. More recently, he opened for Rascal Flatts and Patty Loveless. Free. 6:30 p.m. Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1525.
The Happy Prince: This edition of a LGBTQ Film Series features the story of the Oscar Wilde’s final days. Free. 7 p.m. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1074.
Florida College Concert Series: Enjoy a guest recital of concert pianist Jasmin Arakawa, assistant professor of piano and piano area coordinator for the University of Florida. Free. 7:30 p.m. Florida College Puckett Auditorium, 119 N Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace. (813) 988-5131.
Grateful Dead Nite: Uncle John’s Band keeps the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead alive. Hosted every Thursday. Free. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.
Steve Lolli: This Los Angeles comic hosts the podcast “Pep Talks” with Eddie Pepitone. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.
Democratic Presidential Debate, 8 p.m. ET, ABC: Expect a few fireworks as the front-runners finally come face-to-face at Texas Southern University in Houston. The once-massive field has been trimmed to 10, making it a one-night event.
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