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Top 10 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Aug. 2-8

Styx, Korn and the star of ‘American Choppers’ are in town, and WWE star Titus O’Neil helps needy students go back to school
Styx rocks Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday night.
Styx rocks Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday night.
Published Aug. 2

Styx: Legendary, multi-platinum rockers STYX, with Tommy Shaw on vocals and James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and drummer Todd Sucherman return to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Set list may include hits like Mr. Roboto, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time On My Hands and Lady. $40.50-$100.50. 8 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Korn and Staind: New Metal band Korn became popular in the ’90s with its self titled debut album. They perform with Staind. $29-$89. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. Highway 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Tampa Fringe Festival: This year’s festival features 13 companies performing a variety of shows including comedy, theater, improv and storytelling. All shows have never before been on a main stage. The venue is dry, so a map of walkable bars will be provided. Ticket price varies by show. 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Art Gallery and Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 727-513-8433.

This month, Gulfport's First Friday Art Walk features a display of artist-inspired geckos to be auctioned off at the Gecko Ball Aug. 28. Photo courtesy Repticon
This month, Gulfport's First Friday Art Walk features a display of artist-inspired geckos to be auctioned off at the Gecko Ball Aug. 28. Photo courtesy Repticon [ EVERYTHING AT REPTICON SLITHERS OR CRAWLS, INCLUDING THIS COLORFUL GECKO OR GREEN PYTHON. VENDORS WILL BE ON HAND WITH REPTILE PETS AND EVERYTHING RELATED TO REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, EXOTIC ANIMALS, AS WELL AS RAFFLES, SEMINARS AND CHILDREN?S ACTIVITIES. FEB. 23-24 AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS.PHOTO COURTESY REPTICO ]

Small Town Big Art: Follow the flags for live street music and artist clusters displaying paintings, jewelry, glass, mixed media sculpture and more at Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk. Free. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Near the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. While you’re there, head to the Catherine Hickman Theater for the Art Gecko Show. Artists conceptualize and create larger-than-life geckos. Show also features other works from the artists’ collections. Reception includes appetizers and a cash bar. Geckos will go up for auction at the Gecko Ball on Aug. 28. Free. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-893-1070.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Mariners in front of a larger capacity of fans. Capacity has increased to 25,000 fans, and is expected to remain at that for the rest of the season. However, the 300 level remains closed. Ticket prices vary. 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, 1:10 p.m. Wednesday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Pool Party Sundays: DJ Snake heats up the dancing on the pool deck with hits including Turn Down For What. $95-$150. Noon-8 p.m. Sunday. WTR, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 727-490-9835.

WWE global ambassador Titus O'Neil hosts a back to school event for needy Hillsborough County students Saturday.
WWE global ambassador Titus O'Neil hosts a back to school event for needy Hillsborough County students Saturday. [ EDUARDO A. ENCINA | Tampa Bay Times ]

Bullard Foundation Back to School Bash: WWE star Titus O’Neil hosts this annual event with physicals, eye exams, haircuts food and fun. Also, rap star Flo Rida introduces a “battle of the bands” featuring area high school bands. Needy Hillsborough County students in grades K through 12 can pick up one of 30,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies (while supplies last). Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-350-6500.

Summer Classics Series: The Summer Classic Series has returned and Thursday features the 1d 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot. Sunday features the 1952 Gene Kelly classic musical Singin’ in the Rain. $10, $7 members; $13, $10 members (silent films). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. 813-274-8286.

Summer Circus Spectacular: The Circus Arts Conservatory and the Ringling Museum presents a showcase of some of the finest circus artists from around the world. Runs through Aug. 14. $18, $12 ages 12 and younger. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday. Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-360-7399.

Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers walks through the new OCC Road House & Museum in Clearwater. Meet him and get autographs Aug. 9.
Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers walks through the new OCC Road House & Museum in Clearwater. Meet him and get autographs Aug. 9. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

American Choppers star: Meet, shake hands, get an autograph and pose for photos with Paul Teutul Sr., star of the popular American Choppers reality television show and founder of Orange County Choppers. Free. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 9. OCC Road House and Museum, 10575 49th St. N, Clearwater. 727-231-1510.