Friday evening concerts:
Now in its 27th year, the Friday Extra Concert Series kicks off at 7 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, with Latin act the Acho Brothers followed by a jazz performance by NJ Ladyfingers.
The Friday Extra Concert Series is Tampa’s oldest concert series and showcases local musicians. Admission is free; blankets, chairs and coolers are allowed, but no alcohol is allowed. The Tampa Tribune is a sponsor of the event.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt join forces for the first time in “Night,” a collaboration uniting the classical, folk and rock worlds. To celebrate the release of their “Night” album, Dinnerstein and Merritt perform as part of Club Jaeb’s concert series at 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28.50 and may be purchased online at strazcenter.org or by calling (813) 229-7827.
Tampa Bay Comic Con returns to the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W. Cypress St., for two days of convention fun. There will be 100 tables of comic books, videos, toys, action figures, anime, video games, Star Wars, artwork, trading cards and more. Meet artists and celebrity guests and enter the costume contest.
Admission is $15 for one day or $25 for both days; children age 12 and younger are admitted free. For a schedule of events, go to www.tampabaycomiccon.com.
Bring the kids:
Tampa Theatre kicks off its Family Favorites movie series at 3 p.m. with a screening of the 1987 feature film “The Princess Bride.” See swashbuckling, giants, monsters, chases, escapes and true love in this delightful fairytale brought to life.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children, and are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin St. For information call (813) 274-8981 or go to www.tampatheatre.org.
Classical a cappella:
Florida Pro Musica presents a concert of a cappella masterpieces at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N. Florida Ave.
The one-hour concert includes William Byrd’s “Mass for Four Voices,” and motets by Renaissance composers Palestrina, Lobo, Isaac and Walter. Three madrigals from 16th century England are included plus 19th century works by Liszt and Bruckner.
Tickets are $20; call (813) 494-4709 or go to www.FloridaProMusica.com.