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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Aug. 2

In this 2018 photo, Luke Bryan performs during the CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The country music superstar will hit Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday. [Laura Roberts/Invision/AP]
Published Aug. 2

Luke Bryan: The superstar headliner joins Live Nation's country megaticket. Special guests include Cole Swindell and Jon Langston. $55.25 and up. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446.

Tampa Bay Comic Con: This large celebration of geekery features exhibits, comic books, magazines, toys, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, cosplay, artwork, games and apparel. Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) are among the featured celebrities. $30 and up, 12 and younger free. Noon. Runs through Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 451-4559.

Wendy Williams: The television host presents an evening of comedy and truth with her surprise standup comedy pals. $49.75 and up. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

The Hundred Dresses: Innovocative Theatre showcases the children's play that addresses bullying, xenophobia and empathy. Appropriate for ages 7 and older, the show is designed to encourage family discussions. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. (813) 374-2416.

Girls Night Out: An evening of hilarity with headliner Juanita Lolita, plus Tiffany Barbee and Sheena Reagan. $18 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Tim Montana and the Shrednecks: Known for his appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Fox and Friends, this country rocker performs alongside local group JT Curtis and the Scoundrels. $10 and up. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Matteo Lane: The comedian has appeared on Netflix, Comedy Central and Crashing, an HBO series about the life of standup comics. $12 and up. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Joe List: A finalist of Last Comic Standing who has a special on Comedy Central. $10 and up. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Carmen Ciricillo: This comedian, better known as "the Construction Comic" who hails from Cleveland, has appeared on Discovery Channel. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

To Watch

SEASON FINALE Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 8 p.m., ABC: Time is running short for the team. In the two-hour, action-packed finale, they'll have to go to hell and back to somehow stop the end of everything. Who will survive?

American Masters, 9 p.m., PBS: The latest documentary is a compelling profile of author Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness). Her groundbreaking work transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the mainstream. The film includes interviews with several writers she inspired, including Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood and Michael Chabon.

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    Julie Andrews pays a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, a St. Petersburg pool hosts aqua yoga and Sustainable Buzz takes over the Tampa Riverwalk.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
  8. The Tampa Greek Festival will return to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend. Times (2002)
    Eat around the Tampa Greek Festival or check out standup performances from Cristela Alonzo at the Straz and Dane Cook at the Mahaffey.
  9. Journey will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 21, 2020. Erik Kabik Photography
    Plus, Lyle Lovett, ‘The Dollop,’ Tower of Power and more.
  10. Alice Cooper will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday. Courtesy of Rob Fenn
    Alice Cooper stops by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Skatepark of Tampa welcomes Tampa Am and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ comes to the Straz.