Tracy Collins, or Tracy Dot Com to her many fans, spotlights her entertainment picks for the upcoming week and weekend.
Tess Gerritsen Book Signing, 5 p.m. Monday, Jacksonville Main Library. Tickets: free to $50.
Author Tess Gerritsen will be in town to promote her latest literary addition, “Die Again.” The author of “Rizzoli & Isles” will discuss how she became a best-selling author and give fun facts about the TV show of the same name. Enjoy an evening with Tess free starting at 6:30 p.m. or buy a ticket ($35 single, $50 couple) to the private VIP Meet & Greet with wine and cheese at 5 p.m. Go to JPLFoundation.org for more information.
Phil Vassar, Friday, doors open at 6 p.m. Mavericks at The Landing. Tickets: $20-$30.
Country music fanatics: This is one show you do NOT want to miss. I’ve seen Phil Vassar in concert, and even though he has not recorded an album in a couple of years, his hit songs not only range over a 15-year span, he is also responsible for writing mega-hits for other artists. In addition to being a packed-out sing-along show, his stage presence is nothing short of watching a modern-day Jerry Lee Lewis. Get your tickets online now at MavericksAtTheLanding.com. This will be a sold out show.
The Wolfson Children’s Challenge, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, EverBank Field. Registration: $20-$150.
This event is on my radar thanks to my friend Toni Chadwell who started a team for her son called Team Hayden. It is a widely attended event with multiple ways to participate. Select a 1-mile fun run, participate in a 30K, or put together a team with a combined total of 55K. Not a runner? All spectators are free to come cheer on the runners, and you have an option of making a donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Just log on to WolfsonChildrensChallenge.org to find out more.
“The Best of The Second City,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Times-Union Center for Performing Arts. Tickets: $50.
If you are a huge fan of “Saturday Night Live” — like me — then you probably already know about The Second City. Many of the sketch comedy actors we have fallen in love with got their start with this comedy troupe. Now the Chicago-based group’s road show is bringing to life 55 years of scripted and improve humor. And come ready to be part of the show.
JacksonVegas EP Release Party, 9 p.m. Saturday, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $10.
I’m thrilled to be giving some love in my column today to my dear friend and uber-talented musician Grant Nielsen. His band, JacksonVegas, is hosting an EP release party of its latest collaboration, “Someday Is As Good As Any Day.” Doors open at 9 p.m., and the first 100 people in the door will receive a free copy. But if you want to pre-order yours now, visit JacksonVegas.com/Music.
Tracy “Dot Com” Collins, Goodwill’s vice president of public affairs, is known around the area for her entertainment insight. Her mantra: If you’re bored in Jacksonville, it’s your own fault.