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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, May 31

Deon Cole, shown here in an episode of TBS series ‘Angie Tribeca,’ will perform Friday through Sunday at Tampa Improv. [Courtesy of Katrina Marcinowski/Turner]
Published May 29

Deon Cole: The comedian and actor, who appears on Black-ish, has his own Comedy Central special and was a writer on the short-lived Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. $25, $35 VIP. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Blackbear: After the release of his latest album Anonymous, this rapper hits the road as part of his Dead 2 the World tour. $31 and up. 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Countess Luann de Lesseps: The star of The Real Housewives of New York presents a cabaret-style act with songs, stories and anecdotes. $59.50 and up. 8 p.m. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Jungle Prada Site Tour: Go on a guided tour of Jungle Prada, the landing site of the 1528 Panfilo de Narvaez expedition. $10, $4 ages 2-12. 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 430-2677.

Ankle Socks PB&J Sour Release: Bring your growler to the official debut of Pair O' Dice Brewing Company's PB&J-inspired sour. Ankle Socks is brewed with a combination of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, plus roasted peanuts, wheat and milk sugar. Expect a food truck on-site. No cover (food/drink additional). 3 p.m. 4400 118th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 755-3423.

Blanke: This Australian bass-blasting dubstep artist performs for free, but only if you RSVP on Facebook. Free. 10 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Kevin Farley: The brother of late comedy legend Chris Farley has a recurring role on comic Bill Burr's animated Netflix series F is For Family. $10-$16.50. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Steve Arik: Originally from Milwaukee, a comedian who has spent more than 25 years entertaining audiences. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

To Watch

When They See Us, Netflix: Created by Ava DuVernay, a four-part drama series about the notorious case of five teenagers of color — labeled the Central Park Five — who were convicted of a 1989 rape they did not commit. The cast includes Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman and Niecy Nash.

Deadwood: The Movie, 8 p.m., HBO: When David Milch's searing Western left the air after three seasons in 2006, it was denied a proper ending. Now, 13 years later, the show's frustrated fans finally get the closure they craved with a film that reunites us with saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and others as they gather to celebrate South Dakota's statehood. In the story line, former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds reopened. Returning cast members include Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Robin Weigert, Kim Dickens and Gerald McRaney.

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  1. The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Classic cars on both sides of Tampa Bay and the Lightning host the Predators.
  2. The Hillsborough County Fair, shown here in 2012, will continue in Dover with the popular demolition derby on Sunday. Times (2012)
    Big Halloween parties, the second weekend of the Hillsborough County Fair, a rodeo and the return of the SPIFFS folk fair.
  3. On Saturday, visit Artpool Gallery to find a costume and stay for the Halloween Bash featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith
    Check out the Halloween ComicFest at Emerald City and meet the artist behind the Furrybones dolls at Busch Gardens, too.
  4. Corgi dogs, shown here in a 2018 race, will run the dirt track at Tampa Bay Downs during Oktoberfest on Saturday. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2018)
    Enjoy corgi races at Oktoberfest, Tampa Riverwalk trick-or-treating, a free Opera Tampa concert and Henry Plant’s 200 birthday.
  5. On Wednesday, Bishop Briggs will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson
    Bishop Briggs takes the stage at Jannus Live, Jobsite Theater presents ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ and the Bolts play at Amalie Arena.
  6. Posies flower truck sells flowers at Hyde Park Village in Tampa. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Vintage vehicles lend a certain charm to ice cream, flowers, clothing and more.
  7. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make a Dec. 14 appearance in Tampa for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. AP
    The actors, who both have ties to the Tampa Bay area, will also do a question and answer session and meet some fans.
  8. Winter the dolphin, shown here in 2010, calls the Clearwater Marine Aquarium home. Times (2010)
    Celebrate the Halloween season with Winter in Clearwater, plus St. Petersburg mural fest Shine continues and there’s Spooky Bingo in Tampa.
  9. Visit Artpool in St. Petersburg to find a costume and stay for their Halloween Bash on Saturday, featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith
    Big Halloween parties and more murals are going up around St. Petersburg, plus Post Malone, Wynonna and comedian Bill Engvall will be on local stages.
  10. On Sunday, Zac Brown Band will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Courtesy of Diego Pernia
    Sing along to Zac Brown Band in Tampa, attend Open Streets St. Pete or stuff your face at Tampa’s Taste of Latino.