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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]
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, 2019

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. livenation.com.

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. tampabaycomicconvention.com.

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. themahaffey.com.

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. stageworkstheatre.org.

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. mypalladium.org.

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. improvtampa.com.

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. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

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. coconutscomedyclubs.com.

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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