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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Oct. 18

Peruse the chalk art festival in Clearwater Beach, ‘The Last Podcast on the Left’ visits Tampa Theatre and taste the Flavors of the Gulf at John’s Pass.
Susan Kelly of West Palm Beach puts the finishing touches on her "Harry Potter" chalk art at the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival in 2017. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2017)]
Published Oct. 17

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: Over three days, 40-plus artists transform the Beach Walk sidewalks of south Clearwater Beach into spectacular canvases. Vote for the People’s Choice, which gets awarded at noon Sunday. Other highlights include arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ zone, live music and an open-air art gallery. Runs through Sunday. Free. 9 a.m. Between Second and Fifth streets on Gulfview Boulevard. clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.com.

The Last Podcast on the Left: Hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover the dark side of humanity as part of the series A Nightmare on Franklin Street. $29.50 and up. 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Flavors of the Gulf: Held in conjunction with the weekend-long John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival, the sampling sesh pairs dishes by top area restaurants with craft beer brewed locally and beyond. Benefits A Reel Future. $40, $60 two. 6 p.m. John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, 12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach. (970) 708-7997. johnspassseafoodfest.com.

Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly: The award-winning hip-hop artist and chart-topping rapper bring their tour to town, along with Alabama rapper YBN Nahmir and North Carolina rapper Strick. $25.75 and up. 8 p.m. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. (813) 974-3111.

Coheed and Cambria: The prog rockers team up with the Contortionist and Astronoid at 98RocktoberBreast, where a portion of each ticket sale goes to Moffitt Cancer Center. $29.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com.

Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention: More than 400 tattoo artists from around the globe gather at this three-day festival featuring tattoo competitions, circus sideshow-style acts, vendors and meet-and-greet opportunities with Ink Master and other tattoo television stars. Runs through Sunday. $20, $40 three days; 11 and younger free. 2 p.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (215) 423-4780. villainarts.com.

Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour: Learn spooky secrets and stories during the “balcony to backstage” stroll. $15, members free. 11:30 a.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett: The Museum of Fine Arts antiquities scholar presents the “In the Shade of the Stoa: The Ancient Trade in Greek Painted Vases” conversation alongside Dr. Sheramy Bundrick. Included with admission. $10 and up. 11 a.m. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.

Oktoberfest: This party under a big top features arts and crafts, a carnival, German food, drinks, tunes, dancing and contests for stein holding, log sawing and keg hurling. $5, 12 and younger/military free. 5 p.m. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-4233.

Patch Bash: A pumpkin patch sets the scene for the Halloween celebration with games, “trunk or treat,” bounce houses and snacks. Costumes are encouraged. Free. 6 p.m. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. (727) 584-8165. stpaulumc.org.

Latin Jazz Night: St. Petersburg College kicks off its Jazz on the Lawn series with a student performance, plus O Som Do Jazz’s Brazilian flair and Fusion Beat’s mix of Latin jazz and funk. Free. 6 p.m. St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 341-4772.

Oktoberfest: Dress in German attire and groove to live Bavarian music at this festival with a welcome beer, appetizers and a dinner buffet. $49. 7 p.m. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. (727) 724-7706. safetyharborspa.com.

Sock Hop: Dance to jams from the Legendary Impacs while donning a poodle skirt or leather jacket. $15, $25 two. 7 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1070.

Hippie Bash: Now in its fourth year, the annual bash offers a silent auction, groovy dancing, a marketplace and a costume contest. Benefits Village Partners International. $50. 7:30 p.m. The Orlo, 315 S Plant Ave., Tampa. (813) 875-2655. villagepartnersinternational.org.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: See the musical horror comedy with the longest-running theatrical release in history. Encouraging audience participation, a shadow cast performance by Interchangeable Parts is also planned. $9.50. 8 p.m. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. largoarts.com.

The Merry Widow: Franz Lehar’s operetta is full of waltzes, telling the story of recently widowed (and terribly wealthy) Hannah Glawari and the attempts by various suitors to win her affections. $15 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-2040. stpeteopera.org.

Halloween Light Show: A display of thousands of lights dancing to Halloween tunes as well as creepy effects. Benefits Clothes to Kids. Free, donations appreciated. 8 p.m. Sylvan Ramble Lights, 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa. (813) 296-8805. sylvanramblelights.com.

Haunted Ape Escape: The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary’s annual family-friendly event takes you through scare zones across the park. Expect entertainment and drinks and snacks for sale, too. Kids younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $6. 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-5897. suncoastprimate.org.

Mystery Skulls: This electronic indie pop outfit is known for their viral animated music videos. $15 and up. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600. crowbarybor.com.

Luenell: A comedian and actress who played Borat’s “hooker with the heart of gold” before going on to appear in several other films and on television. $20. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

You Are My Brother: This concert by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay celebrates unity and brotherhood. Price TBA. 8 p.m. King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church, 3150 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 389-6313. gmctb.org.

Horny Little Devils: Demons and devils come together for dancing with a DJ-led soundtrack, drink specials, LED horns while supplies last and a themed drag show by Amy DeMilo, Alisa Summers, Amanda D’Rhod and others. Free, $5 after 10:30 p.m. 10 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Another chance to catch the cult classic and Interchangeable Parts’ shadow cast performance. Prop bags are available for purchase. $5, $9 with unlimited soda and popcorn. 11:59 p.m. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

German American Society Oktoberfest: Hosted under a giant outdoor tent, a party featuring Bavarian brews, food, dancing and live tunes. Price TBA. 5 p.m. German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-6782. germantampa.com.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: This 40th annual celebration of music continues with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Robert Randolph. Runs through Sunday. $20. 4 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

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. hillsboroughcountyfair.com.

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.

Tim Dillon: A comic with a Comedy Central special who hosts the podcast Tim Dillon Is Going to Hell. $10 and up. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

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. coconutscomedyclubs.com.

TO WATCH

Living with Yourself, Netflix: Paul Rudd stars in this unconventional comedy. He plays Miles, a beleaguered man struggling through life. When he undergoes a cutting-edge spa treatment that promises to make him a better person, he finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved clone of himself. As he deals with the unintended consequences of his actions, Miles finds he must fight for his wife, Kate (Aisling Bea), his career and his very identity. The eight-episode series is told from multiple perspectives, keeping viewers off-kilter along the way.

Looking for Alaska, Hulu: A limited series based on John Green’s popular young-adult novel, drops all eight episodes today. The story follows teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer), as he enrolls in a boarding school where he immediately falls for Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth). But after an unexpected tragedy, he is forced to learn some vital lessons about life.

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Find date night ideas and things to do with kids at tampabay.com/events.

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