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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Aug. 15-21

Comedy star Tracy Morgan yuks it up in Tampa and the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s A-List choice is screened in St. Petersburg this week.
Tracy Morgan performs at Tampa's Improv Comedy Theater this weekend.
Tracy Morgan performs at Tampa's Improv Comedy Theater this weekend. [ MITCHELL ZACHS | Associated Press ]
Published Aug. 15

Tracy Morgan: The comedian and “30 Rock” actor who was nominated for an Emmy performs. 21 and older only. $48-$58. 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: A-List: This month’s community programmer is former Miss Florida F.I. and local entertainer Stephanie Shippae, whose movie pick is “Kinky Boots.” $9.63-$11.77. 3 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

2022 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: The annual national championships for artistic gymnastics will determine the men’s and women’s junior and senior all-around and individual event national champions. The accompanying National Congress and Trade Show will run concurrently in the Tampa Convention Center. $25 and up. 1:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Three gymnastics-related events will take place in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa from Thursday through Sunday.
Three gymnastics-related events will take place in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa from Thursday through Sunday. [ MATTHEW HINTON | AP ]

Killer Beaz: The comedian from Discovery Channel’s hit series “Moonshiners” brings his Official Bootleg tour to St. Petersburg. $25-$55. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday. If I Brewed the World Brewery, 2200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-201-4484.

Jack Johnson: The singer-songwriter who released his debut album “Bushfire Fairytales” in 2001 performs. 7 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Flip Circus: World-class clowns, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, hand-balancers and daredevils display their talents up close, with no seat more than 50 feet from the ring. $25-$65. 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive. 877-829-7839.

Summer Classics Movie Series: The 31st annual series of classic movies features silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, sing-alongs and modern-day classics. This portion features the 1942 drama “Casablanca” (PG, 102 minutes). $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

This week, Tampa Theatre's Summer Classics Movie Series features "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
This week, Tampa Theatre's Summer Classics Movie Series features "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. [ Associated Press ]

Dierks Bentley: The Platinum- and Gold-certified country singer-songwriter comes to Tampa. $30.50-$120.50. 7 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Gavin DeGraw: The Grammy-nominated singer performs. $39-$69. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

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Girls Night Out: This evening of comedy designed for female audiences features an all-female lineup starring Helen Keaney, Catherine Maloney and Lindsay Glazer. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Saturday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays face the Kansas City Royals. All fans get a cooler while supplies last. Ticket price varies. 4:10 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Books and Brews: Speed Dating With Books: Grab a beer to sip as you listen to rapid-fire book pitches across all genres. At the end of the evening, pick the book you want to take home. Includes one paperback book. $28. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Grand Central Brewhouse, 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-755-9456.

Cool Zoo: This indoor educational wildlife exhibit features exotic animals including kangaroos Hopper and Boing, Swamp the alligator, Jake the 8-foot boa constrictor from “Snake Farm,” turtles, parrots and more. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 877-730-7469.

Parrots such as this one can be seen in Cool Zoo at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Parrots such as this one can be seen in Cool Zoo at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. [ AYA DIAB | Times ]

Explore More! Days: Delve into a special exhibition and explore a new world of art every time. This month celebrates National Honey Bee Day. There will be a pre-packaged exploration bag with a bee craft, flower scavenger hunt and more. Included with admission. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

Cocktails and Collections | Multiple: Prince Twins Seven-Seven: Cocktails and Collections is a series of themed events with connections to art. This month features “Multiple: Prince Twins Seven-Seven” and includes live entertainment, a customized docent tour, light bites and art-inspired signature cocktails. $20, members free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

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