'Avenue Q' debut at Straz Center
M.A.D Theatre presents the musical comedy "Avenue Q," debuting Thursday and running through Aug. 19 in Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place.
This comedy follows the life of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, this is not your normal neighborhood. The show is for mature audiences only.
Tickets start at $20, plus service charges, and may be purchased online at strazcenter.org or call (813) 229-7827.
Moroccan madness detailed in GIFF film
The Gasparilla International Film Festival's Global Lens Series presents "Pegasus," a film from Morocco, at 7 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. In this psychological thriller, a psychiatrist is assigned to treat a traumatized pregnant woman. Her father, a tribal chief, had raised her to be the son his legacy demands.
The film is in Arabic with English subtitles. General admission is $8, or $5 for students/seniors and Tampa Museum of Art members. For details, visit www.globalfilm.org
Summer Safari Night features jungle jams
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., stays open late for Summer Safari Night from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be live music, free unlimited rides, special animal encounters, and food and drink. The extended hours are included with regular zoo admission.
For details, go to lowryparkzoo.com or call (813) 935-8552.
Art group hosts August Art Walk
The Ybor City Art Association hosts a summer Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. along the sidewalks of Ybor City. Tour art venues such as the YAA Members Gallery, Hoffman-Porges Gallery, the Singing Stone Gallery, Rudely Elegant Gallery and Artist Arnold Martinez Gallery. Dining spots include Sunday's, The Carne Chop House, JJ's Café, Bernini, Carmine's, Gaspar's Grotto and King Corona Cafe.
For details, call (813) 495-4649 or go to yborartassociation.com.
Saturday and Sunday
'Back to School Bash' at fairgrounds
All About Kids presents the 17th annual Back To School Bash at a new location, the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N.
The two-day event features interactive exhibits and family entertainment, and children can sample treats for their lunch boxes.
Event times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for children and $9 for adults. Parking is $6. Go to www.backtoschoolbash.com
for $1-off adult discount coupon.
Tampa Theatre offers 'first true Hitchcock'
Witness the beginning of the Hitchcock legend when Tampa Theatre presents the 1927 thriller, "The Lodger," at 3 p.m. as part of its Summer Classics.
Though it was his third film, Alfred Hitchcock referred to "The Lodger" as the "first true Hitchcock film" because it was the first to contain many of what were to become his signature stylistic trademarks.
Tickets are $9 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
Madonna birthday bash set at Village
For the second year in a row, Timpano Italian Chophouse will be the venue for Madonna's Birthday Party from 7 to 11 p.m. at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W. Snow Ave.
Taking place on M's actual birthday, the party includes a street closure along with live Madonna music by Phase5, a Material Girl Shopping Spree giveaway from a variety of Hyde Park Village merchants, "Madonna-tinis," and an M look-alike contest. For information, call (813) 251-3500.
Mraz makes a night of it
Singer songwriter Jason Mraz, best known for his hit, "I'm Yours," brings his "Tour is a Four Letter Word" 2012 worldwide tour to the Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Special guest is Christina Perri.
Tickets are $59.50 and $73.50 plus service charges for pit area and reserved seats, $23 for lawn seating, and are available through Ticketmaster.