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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, Oct. 17

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. [PAUL A. HEBERT | Invision/AP]
Published Oct. 16

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Boyz II Men headline this 40th annual celebration of music, with the Soul Rebels taking the stage first. Runs through Sunday. $20. 3:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Hillsborough County Fair: A traditional showcase of carnival eats and rides featuring a rodeo, tractor pulls and a demolition derby, to name a few. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. 5 p.m. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover. (813) 737-3247.

Picture My Life: The exhibit and silent auction spotlights photography by this year’s Picture My Life class, made up of refugees who live in Tampa Bay. Tickets include food and drinks. $50 and up. 6 p.m. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 271-0499.

Face to Face and Lagwagon: Enjoy this anti-establishment tag team consisting of two Southern California punk rock groups. $26.50. 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-2518.

Amigo the Devil: Dabble in the dark side with this artist’s uniquely macabre folk songs, alongside dark neo-folk artist King Dude and “satanic doo-wop” duo Twin Temple. $15. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Juan Wauters: The singer mixes folk and Latin roots in his new album Introducing Juan Pablo. Brother Cephus and Acho Brother open. $8. 7 p.m. Hooch and Hive, 1001 W Cass St., Tampa. (813) 251-1234.

Heather Land: A Southern comedian known for her viral “I Ain’t Doin It” videos who’s also a musician. Her live act includes her sarcastic observational humor and ditties. $29.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Damn the Torpedoes: As part of the Classic Albums Live series, observe the 40th anniversary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ third album. Released in 1979, Damn the Torpedoes spotlights songs like Don’t Do Me Like That, Refugees and Here Comes My Girl. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Tim Dillon: A comic with a Comedy Central special who hosts the podcast Tim Dillon Is Going to Hell. $10 and up. 8:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Danny Bevins: The comic has appeared on Showtime’s Road Dogs and also won the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Anjelah Johnson: This comedian known for her MadTV stint that spawned characters like the abrasive King Burger employee Bon Qui Qui, and numerous Netflix specials, presents a sold-out show. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Sacred Heart Fall Festival: Rides, live music, games and carnival-style food drives the popular festival, hosted annually. Benefits Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Free, $20 and up armbands. 6 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 7809 46th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-4447.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot: Watch the slacker duo, first introduced in Clerks, embark on another cross-country mission after they discover that Hollywood is rebooting an old movie based on them. Gibsonton’s Riverview 14, Tampa’s Citrus Park 20, Pinellas Park’s Park Place Stadium 16 and Oldsmar’s Woodlands Square 20 screen the film, too. $15 (price may vary by theater). 7 p.m. 2496 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. (813) 685-3396.


Liberty: Mother of Exiles, 9 p.m., HBO: A new documentary that explores the surprising past and the culturally relevant present of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Included: What Lady Liberty means to people around the world as a symbol of freedom and a beacon of hope for immigrants.


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  1. Third Eye Blind will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Courtesy of Danny Nolan
    Jannus Live welcomes a performance by Third Eye Blind, watch ‘Signature Move’ in Gulfport and the Gallery at Creative Pinellas brings the Arts Annual.
  2. Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes pose during an interview on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles to promote "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." WILLY SANJUAN  |  Invision/AP
    A daylong music festival aims to preserve a Tampa landmark, Jay and Silent Bob visit Tampa Theatre and Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens.
  3. Theo Tamborlane's oil on canvas, "City Scape XII," is one piece of art that will be shown during the Studio Waltz in Dunedin and Palm Harbor on Nov. 16. Theo Tamborlane
    Tour some art studios, gaze at the stars or cuddle puppies while you get a firefighter’s autograph.
  4. Pieces of jewelry by Cindi Samaha, who will be a featured artist at the Tampa Museum of Art's Holiday Shopping Event. Courtesy of Cindi Samaha
    Plus, the Dunedin Arts and Crafts Festival, Tampa Bay Holiday Market and Booze and Boutiques shop hop.
  5. Julie Andrews will appear in conversation at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
    Julie Andrews pays a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, a St. Petersburg pool hosts aqua yoga and Sustainable Buzz takes over the Tampa Riverwalk.
  6. On Tuesday, the Straz Center will host the Super Scientific Circus. Times
    The Super Scientific Circus visits the Straz, plus Titus Andronicus perform at Crowbar and Vintage Trouble at Ruth Eckerd.
  7. There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
    Veterans Day, Julie Andrews talks about her practically perfect career and country stars line up for Q-105′s Guitar Pull.
  8. Two Disney employees and a former middle school assistant principal are among the 17 accused of possessing and sharing child porn. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged more than 600 felony counts of child pornography possession to the 17.
  9. Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Invision/AP
    Eric Andre appears at Tampa Theatre, plus the Veterans Day Fall Fly in Treasure Island and AJR plays the Yuengling Center.
  10. This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo, shows a manhole cover surviving from communist times in Berlin, when Volkseigene Betriebe, or Publicly Owned Enterprises, manufactured manhole covers for East German streets. MARKUS SCHREIBER  |  AP
    Travelers, look closely for signs that the city was once split in half.