1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 30

Sylvia: In this comedy, empty nesters Greg and Kate put their marriage to the test when Greg brings home Sylvia, a street smart lab/poodle mix. Ends today. 3 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Gary Owen: The comedian starred in the Think Like A Man films, was a regular on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and has had comedy specials on Showtime and BET. 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $22-$25. (813) 864-4000.

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Back Yard: Ending today, the Smithsonian's traveling Exhibition Service brings this look at the suburban back yard as an American original invention. 10 a.m., Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students with ID, $7.95 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 228-0097.

Summer Classic Movie Series : Phantom of the Opera: The season closes with the silent film, Phantom of the Opera (1925). In the film, a mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. Accompanied with a live organ. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members; $12, $10 children/seniors/members (July 26 and Aug. 30). (813) 274-8982.

Tribal Seeds: The California reggae band bring their Summer Smoke Out Tour to the courtyard venue with, Expanders and Arise Roots. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 565-0550.


2015 MTV Video Music Awards, 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV. Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she's back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads everyone with nine, including Video of the Year. Somewhere, Kanye West is throwing a tizzy fit.


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