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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, Nov. 7

Alice Cooper stops by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Skatepark of Tampa welcomes Tampa Am and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ comes to the Straz.
Alice Cooper will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday. [Courtesy of Rob Fenn]
Alice Cooper will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday. [Courtesy of Rob Fenn]
Published Nov. 6, 2019
Updated Nov. 6, 2019

Alice Cooper: The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer performs as part of his “An Evening With” tour, in which he debuts the new “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” show. $51.25 and up. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Tampa Am: Bring your best tricks to this annual bowl jam for cash prizes. Ages 21 and older can enjoy the open bar. $10 and up. 7 p.m. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.

Hansel and Gretel: A retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale drives the show for children in Ferguson Hall. $6.50. 10:45 a.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Jay Mohr: The actor, comedian and sports radio host, who nabbed roles on TV and in movies like Jerry Maguire, goes back to his standup roots. $30. 8:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Tampa Bay Fall RV Show: Take the family to check out new and used RVs. Prizes and demos are also planned. $5, free for 15 and younger. 9 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (800) 330-7882.

Riverhawk Music Festival: Now in its 19th year, the four-day festival features a lineup of more than 20 bands on multiple stages. There are craft exhibitors, food, drinks, children’s activities and camping. Runs through Sunday. $15 and up, free for 12 and younger. 6 p.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (863) 984-8445.

Santa’s Flight Academy: Children become members of Mr. Claus’s flight crew, helping elves inspect and power his sleigh. A snowfall dance party and a visit with Santa himself is included. Runs daily through Dec. 24. Free. 10 a.m. International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 342-3790.

Thievery Corporation: The electronic duo mixes elements of dub, reggae, Indian classical, hip-hop and Bossa Nova. $32.50. 6 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-2518.

Corey Smith: This Georgia singer-songwriter, known for songs like coming-of-age anthem Twenty-One and the nostalgic If I Could Do It Again, hits the stage for the Boots on the WTR series. $10. 6 p.m. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 265-1234.

Astronomy Night: See the moon, Saturn, Uranus, the Andromeda galaxy and other sky wonders through a number of large amateur telescopes. Telescopes are provided by members of the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club. $3, $1.50 children. 7 p.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-9410.

The Taming of the Shrew: The Studio@620 presents this production as part of its series Shakespeare in the City. Runs through Nov. 17. Free. 7:30 p.m. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Terry Fator: A headliner at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas for more than 10 years, this comic ventriloquist brings five new characters on his tour. $49.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Parasite: The new black comedy follows two Korean families — one rich, one not so much — whose fates intertwine. $13, $10 members. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin tribute band plays, featuring Jimmy Page’s iconic double-neck guitar, John Bonham’s drum solo and the legendary group’s greatest hits. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Doug Canney: This comedian, originally from North Carolina, has appeared on WB’s One Tree Hill, HBO and the award-winning short film Lonely Ben. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


Young Sheldon, 8 p.m., CBS: Put me in, Coach! Craig T. Nelson, who once headlined the sitcom Coach (1989-97), is back on the sidelines — this time as a chauvinistic Little League instructor who balks when Missy wants to try out for the team.

Will & Grace, 9:30 p.m., NBC: Will discovers a way to finally get back at Jack for years of relentlessly mocking his hairline. Meanwhile, Grace is determined to prove she’s strong enough to handle the challenges of being a single mother.


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