Masquerade in the former Masquerade? Why, yes. Attend the Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball and see performances by Dani Panic, Arica Love and more. Masks and treats are included, and proceeds benefit The Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Event also features raffles and a silent auction, dancing and a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. $20. Order tickets in advance by calling 727-544-8107. Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City.
It's Florida son Tom Petty's big six-o this weekend and WMNF celebrates with yet another tribute benefit, Do Me Like That: A Tribute to Tom Petty. Wake us up when they get to Corey Hart and a dozen bands performing "Sunglasses at Night," okay? Jokes aside, this is going to be a good one. Love, love, love the Petty man. Some other concerts this weekend include Carrie Underwood and Young Jeezy. See Leilani Polk's Upcoming Concerts for her take on the music happenings this weekends.
Stand-up comic, E! TV talk show host, humorist, actress and best-selling author Chelsea Handler doesnt take shit from anyone, and not only will she tell it like it is, shell do it with razor-sharp wit and a toothy grin. Whether shes trading war stories with the guests on her show, Chelsea Lately, hosting the VMAs (which may have been a bit too tame and youthful for her adult brand of barbs), serving as spokeswoman for Belvedere vodka, or writing unabashedly about her experiences in any of her three books, including the latest, 2010s Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. This is her stand-up tour in support of said book; expect bold honesty, ironic self-deprecation and no shortage of riffing on pop culture topics. Fri., Oct. 23, 11 p.m. (8 p.m. show sold out), Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, $62.50-92.50. (Contributed by Leilani Polk)
Ever wonder about Tampa Bays untapped fashion talent? See it for yourself next weekend at Imagine the International Academy of Design & Technologys 25th annual design expo and fashion runway show. The elaborately produced and affordable event highlights 250 professional designs developed by 50 IADTstudents and alumni. Their creations draw on styles from the punk movement to resort wear to cocktail attire. Plus, the expo includes inventive visual presentations by IADT students from various multimedia programs. This year, the academy partnered with local St. Pete non-profit My Hope Chest, which raises money for breast reconstruction for uninsured breast cancer survivors. Sat., Oct. 23; expo at 5 p.m., runway show at 8 p.m.; $25 regular, $50 VIP, (cash only the night of the event); The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 813-889-3400 (Contributed by Lily Reisman.)
Dios mio, its a Day of the Dead fiesta with a contemporary twist at the Tampa Museum of Arts next Art After Dark. The celebration invites guests to slink into skeleton getups; prizes go to the best costume. The Pedro Rodriguez and Jurika band performs salsa music, and Moving Current and University of Tampa dancers lead an audience-participation parade with large-scale puppets known as mojigangas. Giant puppets, eh? Could be charming; could be, um, nightmare- inducing? Local artists display holiday-related works and ofrendas (Day of the Dead offerings), and a community altar allows guests to commemorate their dearly departed. Children from Coleman Middle School, Tampa Prep, Mitchell Elementary and Jefferson High created masks and decorations for the event, and if youre hungry, the museums Sono Cafe serves variations on Mexican fare. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 22, 120 W Gasparilla Drive, Tampa. tampamuseum.org. $10, free for museum members.
Celebrate Day of the "Undead" at the Zombie Nation Book Release Party Oct. 23 at the Pier, when Zombie Nation publishing house celebrates its new creepy collection of short stories. The blowout includes signings by authors, face and body painters, a zombie fashion show and a performance by zombie-fied Americana favorite Have Gun, Will Travel (pictured). The signing takes place in the Piers Dockside Activity Room and the band performs in the courtyard by the Bay (5-8 p.m.). At 7 p.m., all are welcome to participate in Thrill St. Pete, the annual dance to Michael Jacksons "Thriller" on The Pier approach. Event organizers want to beat the Guinness World Record of having the most people dance simultaneously to the tune and urges participants to come out in costume. Following the dance, the party will move to the rooftop to Cha Cha Coconuts, where you can cap it all off with a stiff cocktail. 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 23. Rehearsals for Thrill St. Pete will be held on the third floor of The Pier 7-8 p.m. Thurs., 6-7 p.m. Fri. Visit thrillstpete.com to register. Fee for Thrill St. Pete is $5 for adults and $2 for minors in advance; $8, $5 day of the event. For information, call 727-821-6443.
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