1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 8

Ja Rule and Ashanti: The rapper and R&B singer collaborated on smashes such as Mesmerize, Always On Time and Wonderful in the early 2000s. Hear those songs, plus their own hits like Ja Rule's Put It On Me and I'm Real and Ashanti's Rain On Me. 8 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $35-$100. (813) 247-2555.

Piff the Magic Dragon: A grumpy but lovable comedian and magician, (real name John van der Put) he was a standout of Season 10 of NBC's America's Got Talent. Described as Larry David in a dragon suit, he comes with a trademark chihuahua named Mr. Piffles and performs amazing magic tricks. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25. (813) 960-1197.

Stuff The Bag Sale: All the clothing you stuff into a bag for $5. Rescheduled to this date because of bad weather expected Sept. 1. 10 a.m., CASA Community Center, 1011 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-4912 .

Good Burger Awards: Celebrate the best of St. Petersburg, as local businesses, organizations, and individuals who make a positive impact in the community are honored with Good Burger awards. Categories include Hot Spots, Eats and Treats, Arts and Museums. Online voting for People's Choice (one vote per device) through Aug. 21. Ticket includes cash bar, food and entertainment. Rescheduled to this date because of previous bad weather. 6 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10 until Aug. 21, then $20, or $15 Chamber of Commerce members. (727) 565-0550.

Happy Hour with the Historian: Scott Deitche presents "Cigar City Mafia: A Look at Organized Crime in Tampa." 6:30 p.m., St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $5, members free. (727) 894-1052.

The Underpants: Preview Performance: Steve Martin's farce about a couple's life twists resulting from her pants falling down in public during a parade. Runs through Oct. 2. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Jerrod Niemann: Drink to That All Night with the country singer-songwriter. 8 p.m., The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. Free with entry fee. (813) 987-2855.

Private Lives of Cats and Dogs: The age old story of boy meets girl ... girl meets dog ... dog meets cat ... all heck breaks loose! Through Sept. 18. 8 p.m., Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $16; $14 members and students; $12 opening night. (727) 942-5605.

Spring Awakening: A MAD Theatre production, the rock musical is based on a German play from the late 19th century on the inner turmoil of teenage sexuality. This show contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences only. Through Sept. 18. 8 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50-$37.50. (813) 229-7827.


Swaptember at Lowry Park Zoo, MOSI and the Florida Aquarium: Zoo Pass holders (with valid ID) receive free admission to the Florida Aquarium and MOSI in September. In turn, members of the Florida Aquarium and MOSI receive free admission to the zoo. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.


Better Things, 10 p.m., FX. The offbeat new comedy series focuses on a weary single parent and working actor (Pamela Adlon) with no filter. She's mom, dad, referee and cop to three hard-to-corral daughters.


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