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Top things to do this week: Marvel Universe Live, comedian Brad Garrett, Epiphany

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne
Thor, Captain America and Black Widow are part of Feld Entertainment's "Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes." | Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

SUPERHEROES: Marvel Universe Live

Marvel fans, assemble! The multibillion-dollar juggernaut paired up with the Ringling Bros. production company Feld Entertainment in 2014 to create its first live action stunt show. The gang’s back together for the second edition of Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes coming to Amalie Area in Tampa this weekend.

This version increased the use of projection mapping to turn a dull, gray floor into virtually any place in the Marvel universe (including Black Panther’s home of Wakanda) and motion tracking devices even adjust as sets and doors move. Avengers like Hulk and Iron Man, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy gang, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and a host of other fan favorites have been assembled for the show. The group unites in keeping the powerful Wand of Watoomb away from Thor’s brother Loki.

"This is an original storyline within the Marvel lore, so there’s something for serious Marvel fans, but if you’ve never seen or read anything about this, there’s still enough for those fans as well, with big motorcycle jumps and chase scenes," said Chris Nobels, senior director of production for Marvel Universe Live.

There will be six shows running Friday through Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $20-$150 at marveluniverselive.com.

COMEDY: Brad Garrett

He might be best known for his Emmy-winning role as Ray’s sad-sack brother Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, but Brad Garrett’s standup career has spanned more than 30 years, starting as one of the youngest comics ever to appear on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. In the late ’80s he opened for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in Las Vegas — where he recently opened his own comedy club at the MGM Grand. His trademark voice has created animated favorites in Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Tangled, but don’t let that make you think you are in for G-rated comedy. The show is for mature audiences only. 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$65. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

CROSS DIVERS: Epiphany

Nowhere in North America is the feast of Epiphany celebrated as it is in Tarpon Springs, where the ceremonies are akin to those taking place in and around Greece. The celebration on Saturday of the baptism of Christ will bring more than 20,000 people to see a procession of children in traditional costumes, choir members and Greek folk dancers and the annual tossing of the Holy Cross in Tarpon Springs Bayou by the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States. The church service starts at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, then at 12:15 p.m. the procession heads to the water, where teenage boys dive in an attempt to be the first to find the sunken cross and earn a year of good luck. The Epiphany Glendi (celebration) with food, drink, live music and dancing will be held after at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center at St. Nicholas Cathedral (1:30-6 p.m.) at 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

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