Sam Smith and Cam: On Friday, Sam Smith (Stay With Me) is coming to Tampa with opening act Cam, whose latest country single Diane is one of Nashville’s most rollicking of the past year. Smith is the headliner but both acts are worth catching in their own right. 8 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25.75 and up. (813) 301-2500. Amaliearena.com.
SharkCon: In its fifth year, this weekend of science and shark conservation is becoming more like a comic con, with Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss at a noon panel Saturday with other actors and the screenwriter of the 1975 classic. And actors from Sharknado including Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo and Gena Lee Nolin will be there at noon Sunday. There’s also a shark tooth dig pit, paddleboard clinic, scuba pool, shark ride, mermaids, marine rescue exhibits, STEM projects and shark dissection. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Bonus: Jawing With Richard Dreyfuss: The Oscar winner will talk about his career and the making of Jaws from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday. The $49.99 includes VIP front-line access to all the panels and meet and greets all weekend at Shark-con.com.
Extreme Mud Wars: The wildly popular day of rolling in a mud pit and slinging dirt returns to St. Petersburg, though at a new location. Extreme Mud Wars will have contests in ultimate football, belly bumpers, dodgeball, tug-of-war, an obstacle course, joust pit, the eliminator and mud volleyball. Teams of six to 10 must have two women or more per team. It takes 10 dump trucks of soil and eight fire hoses to create this messy fun at Lake Vista Park this year, since construction around the Pier made the previous Spa Beach location impossible. It’s free for spectators, with food trucks and a beer garden on site. To play, it’s $500 for a team, and individuals can be placed on a team for $65. Sign up at extrememudwars.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (877) 820-2582.
Chihuly Anniversary Weekend: To celebrate its eighth anniversary, admission is $5 at the Chihuly Collection of glass art from famed artist Dale Chihuly. In addition to the permanent collection of glass art, a special exhibition is on display. "Storytellers" features artists that use or imply narratives in glass. On display through Oct. 31. 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 896-4527. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Bad Jews: The pla by Joshua Harmon is the New York Times’ pick for best comedy of this season. A grandfather’s valuable heirloom shifts relatives from grief to competition, questions about who was closer to the deceased and even their theological purity. Runs Friday through Aug. 5. 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39 and up. A preview today starts at 8 p.m. and costs $29. (727) 823-7529. For show times, go to americanstage.org.
The Cool Art Show: always held in the middle of summer, always in the sweet, sweet air conditioning of the Coliseum, is a fine St. Petersburg tradition. Sponsored by the Professional Association of Visual Artists, the show returns Saturday-Sunday, with a broad range of artists working in fine art media, including paintings and photography, and fine craft, including jewelry, metal, glass and ceramics. I like that the show always offers work for different tastes, from the very traditional to the contemporary, like Calan Ree’s ethereal ceramic sculptures, pictured. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free. 535 Fourth Ave. N. pava-artists.org.
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Take the kids
Back to School Bash: The last thing some kids might want to do in the middle of summer is to go to the Back to School Bash, but this event at Westfield Brandon on Saturda sounds pretty fun. For starters, everyone gets free school supplies, and the first 250 kids get a free backpack. From noon-2 p.m. kids can meet the Lightning’s Thunder Bug and DJ Kitty from the Tampa Bay Rays. Parents can get information on school resources and health and wellness services while kids enjoy a scavenger hunt, face painting, a photo booth and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of JCPenney at 459 Brandon Town Center. westfield.com/brandon.
Air Conditioning! Cool off at this year's Cool Art Show all weekend
The Perfect Storm: A new series at Tampa Theatre pairs popular films with experts to discuss themes of science, technology, engineering and math in the film. This week brings The Perfect Storm, the story of a crew trapped aboard a fishing vessel stuck in a giant storm, with George Clooney. After the screening, Fox 13 meteorologist Dave Osterberg discusses weather patterns that created the "perfect story," and what a perfect storm in Tampa Bay would look like, and provides tips on weathering the 2018 hurricane season. 4 p.m. Friday. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 2-12, $7 members, 1 and younger free. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.
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