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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Nov. 9

A patron holds a handful of ribs at the Northeast Exchange Club's Ribfest Times staff (2008)
Published Nov. 8, 2018

Ribfest: This annual festival kicks off with just $5 admission today. With music, delicious ribs and fair food like funnel cakes, pretzels and more. 4 p.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $5 Friday, $20 Saturday-Sunday. (727) 528-3828;

Simple Minds: Scottish rock band and one of the most successful in the UK will perform as part of their Walk Between Worlds tour. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $40-$65. (727) 893-7832;

Rick Springfield: The Jessie's Girl singer leads this '80s package tour that brings the alt-rock pioneers Greg Kihn (Jeopardy) and Tommy Tutone (Jenny/ 867-5309). 7 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $60-$105. (727) 791-7400;

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime: Rhode Island based-tribute band dedicated to playing the music of Sublime will perform a concert for all ages. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 565-0550;

Ace Frehley: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member and lead guitarist for band Kiss will perform. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$60. (727) 791-7400.

Shakespeare in the City: The St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night's Dream. Through Nov. 11. 7:30 p.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6620.

Tampa Am: Considered the premiere amateur event in skateboarding, the Skatepark of Tampa's annual contest is the place some of the world's best street skateboarders were first brought into the spotlight. The event brings a weekend of parties, bowl jams, concrete jams, tricks and plenty of PBR. Make sure to bring your board. 9 a.m., Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $5-$10 daily, $30 weekend. (813) 621-6793;

Tommy Shillue: He's the host of his self-titled show on Fox News Radio, was a correspondent on the Daily Show, has his own Comedy Central special, is part of Jimmy Fallon's barbershop quartet called the Rag Time Girls and has made the rounds of the late night shows. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$16.50. (813) 960-1197;

Steve-O: With a destiny to hurt himself for other people's entertainment, Stephen Glover attended the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to learn how to do stunts. He went to Hollywood with a dream and home videos of his antics, which eventually landed him on MTV's Jackass with Johnny Knoxville. Almost 20 years later, he's a bestselling author and has been filming a number of stunts, which he will screen for theis Bucket List Tour. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25, $50 VIP. (813) 864-4000;

Kristallnacht Commemoration: The service commemorating the 80th anniversary of "the Night of Broken Glass" includes prayers, candle lighting and free museum admission. "The Night of Broken Glass" marks the first widespread use of massive destruction against Jews by the Nazi regime which was the turning point for Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews. 10 a.m., Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 820-0100;

MyChildren MyBride: Christian metalcore band will perform alongside Secrets and Capture. 6 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $17. (813) 241-8600;

Chopin Project Concert: Nationalism and Exoticism: Featuring Matthew Graybil on piano and Rhiannon Banerdt, violin, this program highlights the variety of ways in which composers have celebrated their own heritage or taken inspiration from faraway lands. The piano/violin duo performance will feature the music of Chopin, Dvorak, Ravel, de Falla, and Saint-Saens. $20. 7 p.m., The Tampa Quaker Meeting, 1502 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $22-$32. (813) 966-1933.

St. Petersburg Opera: Pinocchio: The classic fairy tale is set to the music of Verdi, Mozart and Offenbach. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$75. (727) 822-3590;

Eric Martin of Mr. Big featuring Trixter and Steelheart: 80's Rock/metal trio of artists will perform some of the most iconic Anthem Hits of all time. 8 p.m., Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 GA and $25 VIP Tickets. (727) 822-4562;

John Nemeth: Multiple award-winning blues singer and harp-master will perform with opening performance from Florida's longest running and highly accomplished Backtrack Blues Band. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 in advance. (727) 822-3590;

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King of the Beach Festival: This annual festival held in conjunction with the King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament includes food by local restaurants, arts and crafts, a boat showcase and live music. 5 p.m., Madeira Beach Recreation Center Bandshell, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 216-6601.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Incredible's 2 (PG): Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free The Incredibles 2 on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036;

Tampa Bay Fall RV Show: The Florida RV Trade Association show brings new and used travel trailers, motor homes, tent campers and conversion vans and lots of booths featuring parts and accessories, insurance, RV repair and financing. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $4, 16 and younger free. (813) 741-0488;


SERIES PREMIERE Medal of Honor, Netflix: The intimate documentary series celebrates eight recipients of the military's highest award for valor, bestowed upon fewer than 3,600 Americans since President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in 1861.

SEASON PREMIERE Patriot, Amazon Prime: As Season 2 of the comedy series begins, U.S. intelligence officer John Tavner finds himself without his bag of 11 million Euros and no closer to the goal of influencing Iran's presidential election.

Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m., CBS: For its landmark 200th episode, the show goes retro, with vintage 1940s-era duds and all. In a dream sequence, McGarrett confronts a cold case his grandfather worked on before perishing at Pearl Harbor.


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  1. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  2. The Tampa Bay Lightning has tapped Cigar City Brewing to bring its Jai Alai, Guayabera, and Florida Cracker beers to Amalie Arena as the team’s official craft beer partner. (Photo via Tampa Bay Lightning) Tampa Bay Lightning
    Cigar City also will move its popular annual Hunahpu’s Beer Festival to Amalie Arena starting next March.
  3. Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger. Courtesy of Jay Nolan
    Plus, Tampa’s Sulphur Springs Museum will host Raymond Arsenault for a discussion about ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life.’
  4. Cyclists make their way north at Main Street in Dunedin along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The trail runs from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. There are several options for food and drinks along the trail. CHRIS URSO   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    From the breweries of Dunedin to the Tampa Riverwalk, these rides show off Tampa Bay’s character
  5. Local favorites, the Bearded Brothers, will once again perform at the 15th-annual Music & Motorcycles in downtown Zephyrhills. Ghaith Khder
    The one-day festival brings thousands to the historic downtown area
  6. Humorist Dave Barry's new book, "Lessons From Lucy." is about what he's learned from his dog. Jeffrey Salter
    It’s a power-packed lineup for the area’s signature book event.
  7. South Florida Bulls during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday October 6, 2018 at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA. TRAVIS PENDERGRASS  |  South Florida
    The Bulls tackle a ranked foe at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Friday.
  8. Patrons are silhouetted against the entrance to The Hub. The iconic Tampa bar is celebrating its 70th year.
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    Patrons’ memories of the bar, and a definitive history, remain elusive.