Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, Aug. 21

Explore the Smithsonian’s traveling sports exhibit at the Sulphur Springs Museum, plus listen to live jazz in Safety Harbor or singer Tessa Violet in Ybor City.
"Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," the traveling multimedia exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, will highlight the role of sports and recreation in American culture through Sept. 21. Times (2011)
"Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," the traveling multimedia exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, will highlight the role of sports and recreation in American culture through Sept. 21. Times (2011)
Published August 20
Updated August 20

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The traveling multimedia exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution highlights the role of sports and recreation in American culture. On weekends, look forward to talks and family events, ranging from a lecture on Arthur Ashe to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers experience. Runs through Sept. 21. Free. 11 a.m. Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 935-9402. sulphurspringsmuseum.org.

Jazz Wednesday: Enjoy some live jazz music with Scott Allan Hardy, plus Wayne Levy on keyboards. Hosted every Wednesday. No cover. 7 p.m. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1161.

Tessa Violet: This video blogger and singer-songwriter, who has a new single called Crush, performs in Ybor City. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600. crowbarybor.com.

Gus Johnson: The comedian gained an online following through his YouTube videos. He has shot with Funny or Die and also collaborates with Comedy Central’s digital team. $25, $55 VIP. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Fresh Start: Drag Showcase: This open-mic drag show welcomes all sorts of queer performance art. Sign up downstairs in the back. Seating is first come, first served. Hosted every Wednesday. No cover, food and drink additional. 9 p.m. SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 258-8753.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Kids can escape the heat and watch older flicks for cheap at Regal Cinemas. This week, Trolls and Minons are featured. Tampa’s Citrus Park 20 also shows the films. Runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 4. $1. 10 a.m. Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 525-7777.

TO WATCH

This Way Up, Hulu: The British comedy follows a whip-smart English-as-a-foreign-language teacher (Aisling Bea) who is trying to pull her life back together after a “teeny little” nervous breakdown. The cast also includes Sharon Horgan and Tobias Menzies.

American Factory, Netflix: A revelatory documentary that takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio. There, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires 2,000 Americans. But early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

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