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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 18

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Tampa Theatre Winefest: 95 pt+ Tasting: This is rare opportunity to sample eight wines all ranked 95 points or higher by leading industry publications. Many are no longer available for purchase. Also, the theme is Monty Python and the Holy Grape, so come in costume at 6 p.m., The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $50-$85 tastings; $250 pairing; $40 brunch; $200 95 pt+ tasting. (813) 229-6028.

Arnez J: This Def Comedy Jam favorite and former BET ComicView host keeps everyone laughing without using profanity at 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000.

The Afghan Whigs: The alt-rock band is really rocky — no, really: They formed in 1986, split in 2001, reunited in 2006 and split again. So seize your chance while they're back together again (since 2011 this time) at 8 p.m., The Beacham, 46 N Orange Ave., Orlando. $25-$30. (407) 246-1419.

Beyond Belief: An Intimate Evening of Psychological Illusion: Award-winning comedy mind reader Joshua Seth involves the entire audience in a series of mind-twisting games. Adults only at 8:30 p.m. at the Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $38 advance, $45 day of. (727) 896-1080.

Art Makers and Cocktail Shakers: In a two-hour session, students learn basic painting techniques, following step-by-step directions, while sipping cocktails and socializing. Cash bar available. It's at 6:30 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $42, $38 members (includes all materials and one drink). (813) 269-1310.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo: Presented by Jobsite Theater, this English comedy centers on a Jewish family in 1939 who are so assimilated they have a Christmas tree in their parlor. Catch it at 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. It's at 10:30 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.

TO WATCH

Project Runway, 9 p.m., Lifetime Designers must create age-appropriate looks for young models based on the line of American Girl doll characters. Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men is a guest judge, which is odd, because Peggy would never approve of such a silly idea.

MORE TO EXPLORE

The Play Tampa Bay crew talks about kicking off Oktoberfest at Cigar City Brewing in this week's video at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Oktoberfest: We can still celebrate even though it doesn't feel like fall, right? The St. Pete Oktoberfest kicks things off Saturday in the Grand Central District with themed games and contests, food, live music, yodeling and, of course, beer. Free. Also starting Saturday is the weeklong Dunedin Brewery Oktobeerfest with 5K, 10K and 1-mile timed runs. The $25-$55 entry fee includes a T-shirt, free beer, German food and admission to a post-race concert.

Choo Choo Soul: All aboard this singing, dancing, clapping and happening funky train of hip-hop fun from Disney Channel on Sunday at the Straz's Ferguson Hall. $25. (813) 229-7827.