Top 15 Tampa Bay Area Events for the Week of August 15-21

Tracy Morgan: The Emmy-nominated comedian and ’30 Rock’ actor performs. 21 and over only. $48 to $58. 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: A-List: This month’s community programmer is former Miss Florida FI and local entertainer Stephanie Shippae, whose movie pick is “Kinky Boots.” $9.63 to $11.77. 3 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

2022 US Gymnastics Championships: The annual Artistic Gymnastics National Championships will determine the Junior and Senior Men’s and Women’s National Champions in the All-Around and Individual events. The national convention and accompanying trade show will take place simultaneously at the Tampa Convention Center. $25 and up. 1:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Three gymnastics-related events will take place in the Channelside district of downtown Tampa Thursday through Sunday. [ MATTHEW HINTON | AP ]

Beaz Killer: The comedian from the hit Discovery Channel series “Moonshiners” is bringing his official Bootleg tour to St. Petersburg. $25 to $55. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday. If I Brewed World Brewery, 2200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-201-4484.

Jack Johnson: The singer-songwriter who released his debut album “Bushfire Fairytales” in 2001 performs. 7 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4801 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Flip Circus: World-class clowns, acrobats, jugglers, aerial acrobats, hand balancers and daredevils display their talents up close, with no seat more than 50 feet from the ring. $25 to $65. 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Westfield Brandon, 459 Drive from downtown Brandon. 877-829-7839.

Summer Classics Film Series: The 31st Annual Classic Film Series features silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater organ, sing-along songs and modern classics. This part features the 1942 drama “Casablanca” (PG, 102 minutes). $10 to $15. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

This week, the Tampa Theater's Summer Classics film series features
This week, the Tampa Theater’s Summer Classics film series presents “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. [ Associated Press ]

Dierks Bentley: The Platinum and Gold-certified country singer-songwriter is coming to Tampa. $30.50 to $120.50. 7 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4801 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Gavin DeGraw: The Grammy-nominated singer performs. $39 to $69. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

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Girls’ night: This evening of comedy designed for female audiences features an all-female lineup featuring Helen Keaney, Catherine Maloney and Lindsay Glazer. $15 to $20. 8 p.m. Saturday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays take on the Kansas City Royals. All fans receive a cooler while supplies last. Ticket price varies. 4:10 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Books and Beers: Speed ​​Dating with Books: Grab a beer to sip while listening to quick book presentations in all genres. At the end of the evening, choose the book you want to take home. Includes a paperback. $28. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Grand Central Brewhouse, 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-755-9456.

Cool Zoo: This educational indoor wildlife exhibit features exotic animals including Hopper and Boing kangaroos, Swamp the alligator, Jake the 8-foot boa constrictor from “Snake Farm”, turtles, parrots and more. Free. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 877-730-7469.

Parrots like this can be seen at the Tampa Convention Center's Cool Zoo on Saturdays and Sundays.
Parrots like this can be seen at the Tampa Convention Center’s Cool Zoo on Saturdays and Sundays. [ AYA DIAB | Times ]

Explore more! Days: Immerse yourself in a special exhibition and explore a new world of art each time. This month celebrates National Bee Day. There will be a pre-packaged exploration bag with a bee craft, flower scavenger hunt and more. Included with admission. 11am-2pm Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

Cocktails and Collections | Multiple: Prince Twins Seven-Seven: Cocktails and Collections is a series of thematic events related to art. This month features “Multiple: Prince Twins Seven-Seven” and includes live entertainment, a personalized guided tour, light snacks and art-inspired signature cocktails. $20, free members. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

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