Plan your weekend
Patton Oswalt One of the most influential comics today, he will riff on obsessive-compulsive disorder one moment and comic book heroes the next, drawing on literature or video games with equal ease. He's the same way as an actor, moving seemlessly from indie films, The King of Queens, to the voice of Remy the rat in Disney's Ratatouille. Bask in his comedy smarts 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $30-$50. (813) 229-7827, strazcenter.org.
Tampa Bay Rays Before Friday's game, fans will receive a Rays Rally `Stache presented by the Dali Museum for the World's Largest Mustache Party. It's also Star Trek Night, and you have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to buy a $25 ticket at raysbaseball.com/specialevents to get a Star Trek foam finger. On Saturday there's a free Kevin Kiermaier "Outlaw" action figure. Sunday is Family Fun Day with post-game activities including Kids Run the Bases and the DJ Kitty Dance Party with mascots and entertainers. Children ages 14 and younger get a free DJ Kitty drawstring bag. Ticket prices vary by game. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. The team plays the Twins at 7:10 p.m. today. Royals are 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
The Great Beer Challenge Lifting weights 12 ounces at a time will get you in shape for The Great Beer Challenge, coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams of four will compete in beer-centered games including corn hole, flip cup, a stein holding competition and even shuffleboard. Winners will be crowned at 5 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend. Participant tickets include full access to the beer games, beer swag and craft SweetWater beer. Advance tickets are $30 per participant, $110 for team of four, $20 for spectators at greatbeerchallenge.com. Tickets are $50 at the door per person, if available. 12:30-5 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2083.
Back to campus
Welcome USF students Food trucks will be welcoming college students on Friday in both Tampa and St. Pete. The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa will host Food Truck Madness for its University of South Florida Week of Welcome. There will be a giant food truck rally, music, games and $5 admission to standard exhibit galleries (students get free admission). It starts at 6 p.m. at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave. There's music and food trucks on the St. Petersburg waterfront to welcome USF St. Petersburg students Friday starting at 6 p.m. near the Port of St. Petersburg, 250 Eighth Ave. SE.
Take the kids
Family Day at TMA Saturday is pay-what-you-will at the Tampa Museum of Art, and it starts with the art, with docent tours at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Artist Susan Fredricks demonstrates the silkscreen process from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Interpretive dance will be performed in the galleries by Demario Henry, and cellist Grace Juliano plays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sono Cafe will hold food tastings. Coloring stations for kids will be set up and films from the National Gallery of Art will be screened from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza (near Ashley Drive at Polk Street).
IIFF returns: Hooray for Bollywood! After skipping a year, the India International Film Festival returns to Tampa this weekend, at Centro Ybor 10 in Ybor City. The celebration begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. with red carpet entrances, a VIP reception and dinner, followed by opening ceremonies at 8 and a screening of Shlok Sharma's provocative love triangle Haraamkhor. Sharma will conduct a Q&A after the film. Tickets for the evening are $50, available at iifftampa.com. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., with afternoon schedules mainly occupied by short film collections. Single screening tickets are $5-$10, and daily passes ($25-$40) are available.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @SharonWn.