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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, Sept. 18

Ring in National Cheeseburger Day, watch Bad Religion play Jannus Live or laugh with YouTubers Drew Gooden and Danny Gonzalez.
BurgerFi builds its signature cheeseburger with two Angus beef patties, double American cheese, lettuce, tomato and house sauce. [Courtesy of BurgerFi]
Published Sep. 17

National Cheeseburger Day: Want to celebrate? Buy one cheeseburger at BurgerFi (Tampa, Trinity and Seminole) and get a second for $1. Order $5 cheeseburgers from Caddy’s on Central (217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg) all day. Or pair the cheeseburger at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa) with a glass of Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon or Mer Soleil Reserve Pinot Noir for $30.

Bad Religion: The ’80s punk legends tour alongside folk-punk singer-songwriter Emily Davis and the Murder Police. $29.50. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Drew Gooden and Danny Gonzalez: These former Vine stars and vloggers offer a comedic medley of music, sketches and improv as part of their We Are Two Different People tour, featuring guest Kurtis Conner. $25.50 and up. 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (727) 229-7827.

Dominic Fike: This Naples singer-rapper has caught the music world’s ear with breezy, hip-pop ditties like his breakthrough single 3 Nights. Deb Never opens. $30-$35. 6:30 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Strung Out and the Casualties: The California punk/metal fusion group performs alongside the New York street punks with a gothic flare. $19. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

The Pump and Dump Show: An adults-only evening of comedy, music, prizes, games, swearing and commiseration about life before parenthood. $30. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.


SEASON FINALE MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox: They stood the heat and didn’t get out of the kitchen. Now the three Season 10 finalists duke it out one more time to determine a champion. The challenge: execute a stand-out, three-course meal for the judges.

SEASON FINALE America’s Got Talent, 8 p.m., NBC: All summer we’ve been watching singers, dancers, magicians, beat boxers, various animal acts and more parade across the stage. Now it’s time to get down to business and crown a winner during a two-hour season finale.


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  1. Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. PAUL A. HEBERT  |  Invision/AP
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
  2. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    There are lots of parties this week for both kids and adults, as well as many pumpkin patches.
  3. Hauntizaar, hosted at St. Petersburg venue the Studio@620, will feature Frank Strunk III's Little Creep series of toothy metal smiles on Saturday. Courtesy of Frank Strunk III
    Plus, Zen Glass presents Pendant Palooza and a streetwear popup shop hits Mergeculture Gallery.
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. COLE BURSTON  |  AP
    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
  5. Earlier today• Arts & Entertainment
    From left: A scene from 1975's "Rocky Horror Picture Show," starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon. 20th Century Fox
    The star of ‘Rocky Horror’ will screen the movie in Tampa and other Halloween-themed fun, plus the Tattoo Arts Convention and “Brick History.”
  6. The Florida Orchestra's Pops in the Park will return to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg and River Tower Park in Tampa this weekend. Times (2013)
    Make a picnic basket for Pops in the Park, take the kids to Marine Quest or Oktoberfest and enjoy no traffic at Open Streets St. Pete.
  7. Jeremy Piven participates in the "Wisdom of the Crowd" panel during the CBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at CBS Studio Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2017. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Invision/AP
    The Emmy-winning ‘Entourage’ star will host a bash at the poolside club WTR.
  8. The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. AP (2015)
    The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
  9. Anjelah Johnson attends the launch event for Kevin Hart's new streaming video network, Laugh Out Loud, in 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. DANNY MOLOSHOK  |  Invision/AP
    A sold-out Tampa show from comedian Anjelah Johnson, the Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Pinellas Park and a Tampa performance by singer Bea Miller.
  10. Bratwurst will be the star of Brat Blast, replacing Ribfest as the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg's big charity fundraiser of the year. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Brat Blast will be the Northeast Exchange Club’s big charity fundraising party this year after the high cost of bands and security for Ribfest cut into its charitable work.