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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Sept. 20

Food trucks offer Flavors of Asia in St. Petersburg, plus the Palladium presents ‘Crossing the Bay’ and Howl-O-Scream invades Busch Gardens.
Margaret Loflin leads Maggie on the Move, one of the local food trucks set to serve at Flavors of Asia. [Tampa Bay Times (2012)]
Published Sep. 19

Flavors of Asia: Local food trucks serve up Asian-inspired dishes as well as their regular menus. Vendors and a taiko performance are also planned. The first 300 attendees take home a free fan or pair of chopsticks. Free, food and drink additional. 6 p.m. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. (813) 784-2119.

Crossing the Bay: From the creators of Webb’s City: the Musical, this new musical goes back to the 1880s to tell the story of the founding of St. Petersburg. It’s inspired by Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. $29 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Howl-O-Scream: During the annual Halloween celebration, hop on thrill rides with zombies and goblins, tour haunted houses and walk through all sorts of scare zones. Runs select nights through Nov. 2. $39.99 and up. 7:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Grease 2: The campy 1982 sequel to Grease, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, takes center stage as part of the Rewind series. $8, $5 members. 10:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Girls Night Out: Comedian and actress Aniria headlines, alongside emcee Nancy Francis, comic Angela Nacca and guest Lindsay Glazer. $18 and up. 7:30 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. (813) 645-7651.

scarlxrd: The British rapper brings an exciting fusion of trap music with screaming vocals usually reserved for metal outfits. $22. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t: Up next for Eckerd College’s International Cinema Series? An intimate portrait of female friendship that is both personal and political. Free. 7 p.m. Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979.

Music and a Meal: Singer-songwriter Catherine Costa opens this Beatles show from performer Elaine Silver. Food is available for $8 extra. $12. 7:30 p.m. Sacred Lands, 1620 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 367-3592.

Orange Grove Dance: Under the direction of Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, the dance troupe presents their works “Holding, Here” and “Frequency." $15. 7:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at Hillsborough Community College, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-7623.

Scream-A-Geddon: A spooky, monster-filled celebration featuring multiple scare zones, among them Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. Runs through Nov. 2. $21.95 and up. 7:30 p.m. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412.

Aquaman: After spending the day swimming and sunbathing, wind down with this PG-13 film as part of the Slide-In Movies series. The wave and main pools remain open until Aquaman is over. Included with admission. 7:30 p.m. Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Gipsy Kings: The Grammy-winning Euro-folk fusionists showcase their signature blend of flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop. $46 and up. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Albert Castiglia: Catch a performance from this Miami blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. $10 and up. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Carl LaBove: The longtime comic has appeared on The Tonight Show, HBO and Showtime. $10 and up. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Matt Holt: This Kentucky comedian’s album, Acting My Age, is available on SiriusXM and iTunes. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


Criminal, Netflix: A new and extremely stripped-down police procedural. The action is confined exclusively to those tense moments during an interrogation and the conflict between the cops and the prime suspect. No car chases. No gun battles. Just heated discussions.


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