Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, July 17

Preview the Tony-winning musical ‘Fun Home,’ groove to Summer Salt and meet ‘Dolphin Tale’ star Nathan Gamble.
From left: Adrianne Hick, Mollie Posnik and Skyler Rosenthal star in “Fun Home” at American Stage, which will feature a preview performance on Wednesday. [Courtesy of Joey Clay Photography]
From left: Adrianne Hick, Mollie Posnik and Skyler Rosenthal star in “Fun Home” at American Stage, which will feature a preview performance on Wednesday. [Courtesy of Joey Clay Photography]
Published July 16

Fun Home: This Tony-winning musical is based on the memoirs of Alison Bechdel, which follow her at three different ages as she unravels the mysteries of her childhood. Wednesday’s show is a preview performance. Runs through Aug. 18. Pay what you can or $20. 7 p.m. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.

Summer Salt: A “coral reef rock” group known for their retro blend of bossa nova and ’60s oldies pop. Dante Elephante and Motel Radio also perform. $17 and up. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.

Meet the Dolphin Tale Stars: Rub elbows with actors from the Dolphin Tale franchise. On Wednesday, expect a Q&A, plus photo and autograph opportunities, with Nathan Gamble, who played Sawyer. 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.

National Hot Dog Day: Celebrate the summer food holiday by designing your own specialty hot dog, or competing in the wiener-eating contest. Free, food and drink additional. 4 p.m. Caddy’s, 3128 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 592-2842.

BC Murphy: A comedian who’s originally from New York takes the stage. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Kids can escape the heat and watch older flicks for cheap at Regal Cinemas. This week, Small Foot and The Secret Life of Pets are featured. Tampa’s Citrus Park 20 also participates. Runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 4. $1. 10 a.m. Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 525-7777.

Cobb Summer Movie Series: Cobb Theatres screen more than 10 films during this seasonal cinematic celebration. Up next are Smurfs: The Lost Village and Home. Runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 1. Free. 10 a.m. Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 796-1070.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Suits, 9 p.m., USA: The beloved legal drama launches its ninth and final season. The opener picks up with the law firm facing uncertainty yet again after Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) took the fall with the Bar Association to save Harvey (Gabriel Macht). After his sacrifice, Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) is left reeling from the loss of her mentor, and, while trying to console her, Harvey realizes he doesn’t want to lose the most important person to him: Donna (Sarah Rafferty). The new power couple will spend the season trying to balance their relationship with work as they fight to salvage the firm’s tarnished reputation alongside their partners.

SEASON PREMIERE Pearson, 10 p.m., USA: Fans of Suits will want to see what Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) is now up to in the new spinoff. As the series begins, the recently disbarred lawyer is adjusting to life as a fixer for Chicago Mayor Bobby Novak’s (Morgan Spector) and all the thorny issues that come with the job.

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