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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, July 19

In this 2015 photo, Natasha Leggero speaks at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. The comedian will perform Friday and Saturday at Tampa Improv. [Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
In this 2015 photo, Natasha Leggero speaks at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. The comedian will perform Friday and Saturday at Tampa Improv. [Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
Published Jul. 18, 2019

Natasha Leggero: The actor, comedian and writer, who stars in her own Comedy Central series Another Period, brings a couple of sets to town. $25 and up. 8 and 10 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Singing in the Rain: Based on the iconic film, this musical shows how things change for two silent movie stars once "talking pictures" were on the horizon. Runs through July 28. $23 and up. 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon mission with hands-on space and engineering activities, as well as a live broadcast with experts discussing experiences from NASA sites. $12.95, $10.95 seniors/military, $7.95 ages 3-12. 1 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.

Jedi Academy: Take the kids to participate in a physical training session centered around "the force," the power of positive thinking and personal responsibility. Free. 2 and 3 p.m. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665. eastlakelibrary.evanced.info.

Next Generation Ballet: Dance students from across the U.S., Mexico, Hong Kong and Canada showcase what they learned in classical ballet, contemporary dance and musical theater. $15. 7 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Rebel Heart: A performance that mixes some of today's most popular country songs with other hits ranging from pop and rock to the blues. Free. 5 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 953-3368. vanwezel.org.

Drilled! The Musical: This musical political satire, from the writer and director of Webb's City, makes fun of right and left wing extremists, the executive office, the health care system and dentistry. $18 and up. 6 and 9 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts students present this classic farce. Runs through Saturday. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Brett Ernst: The comic has appeared on Comedy Central and the film Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. $10 and up. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Meet the Dolphin Tale Stars: Rub elbows with actors from the Dolphin Tale franchise. On Friday, expect a Q&A, plus photo and autograph opportunities, with Nathan Gamble (who played Sawyer), Austin Highsmith (who played Phoebe) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (who played Hazel). Highsmith also signs her book. Runs through Monday. Included with admission. $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12. 10 a.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790. seewinter.com.

To Watch

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Netflix: Jerry Seinfeld returns with his roving series. Dropping by for some highly caffeinated adventures this season are, among others, Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick and Jamie Foxx.

More to Explore

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

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