Do It Today: All Out Rep and Secret Theatre produce Half Dozen the Other in Ybor, New Seeds Salon at Sacred Grounds, and St. Pete Times journo Thomas French signs Zoo Story

Half Dozen the Other (cast pictured right) is a stage show on speed: All Out Rep and Secret Theatre offer six 10-minute plays by local authors that range "from the comical to the macabre." secrettheatre.net. July 15-24, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; additional 11 p.m. performance Sat., July 24, silver Meteor Gallery, Ybor City, $6 and $12 in advance; $9 and $15 at the door.

Sacred Grounds, Tampa's own indie, LGBT-friendly coffeehouse, hosts two installments in the New Seeds Salon tonight. First, Dr. Joanne Waugh presents Feminist Philosophy at 8 p.m.; then at 9 p.m., Floridian author, poet and musician Q-Fraz waxes poetic, accompanied by the cultural rhythms on Djembe drums from Grenadian percussion artist Najah. newseedsfest.org,  Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, Tampa, free.

Pulitzer-winning St. Petersburg Times journalist Thomas French discusses and signs Zoo Story: Life and Death in the Garden of Captives, his behind-the-scenes look at Lowry Park, one of the country's most popular — and controversial — menageries. The animals aren't the only residents of this wild kingdom — they're everywhere, from boardmembers, to caregivers, and a "visionary CEO whose ambitions bring the zoo to its breaking point." inkwoodbooks.com. Thurs., July 15, Inkwood Book, Tampa.

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