Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, May 9

Turn up with Rufus du Sol, let St. Petersburg Opera take you on an exploration of music and laugh with Luis de Alba.
Rufus du Sol play the Cuban Club in Tampa’s Ybor City on Thursday. [Courtesy of Isabel Durant]
Rufus du Sol play the Cuban Club in Tampa’s Ybor City on Thursday. [Courtesy of Isabel Durant]
Published May 8
Updated May 8

Rufus du Sol: The Australian dance trio hits the stage with their captivating show, relocated to Ybor City “due to overwhelming demand.” $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. (813) 248-2954. cubanclubybor.com.

Cocktails with the Maestro: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads an exploration of music by great Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. Singers from the company’s upcoming Puccini operas appear, too. $20, $17 seniors, $10 students. 6 p.m. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Luis de Alba: A Mexican comic known for the characters he performed on various television programs, including El Pirrurris. This performance is in Spanish. $25. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Kristina Kuzmic: What to expect from the motivational speaker and comedian? According to The Huffington Post, “parenting comedy at its finest.” 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$39. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Preserve theBurg Movies in the Park: Pay what you can to enjoy live music and the Bill Murray favorite that is Groundhog Day. Local vendors offer food, and you’re also welcome to bring your own. Free, but donations appreciated. 7 p.m. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 463-4612.

Bill DeYoung: The author discusses and signs his nonfiction book Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down. Free. 6:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. (727) 894-1052.

Spamilton: An American Parody: A musical spoof of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit in the Jaeb Theater. Runs through Sunday. $30-$45. 7:30 p.m. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Joe Machi: This finalist on Last Comic Standing pays a visit to Side Splitters Comedy Club. $14-$20. 8:30 p.m. 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com

Jeff Gerbino: You might recognize the comic from his stints on HBO, Showtime or ABC’s Good Morning America. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Paradise Hotel, 8 p.m., FOX: Apparently, someone thought television desperately needed another dating show. Behold Paradise Hotel, which is actually a revival of a series that last aired 11 years ago. Kristin Cavallari hosts.

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