Monday, February 19, 2018
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On your radar: Hear from a veteran cave explorer — or Debbie Reynolds

National Geographic Live: Cave Diver Kenny Broad: In "Beyond the Invisible: Secrets of the Blue Holes," this veteran cave explorer tells of the harrowing expeditions he takes into some of the most dangerous places on Earth at 7 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $19.50. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

PAM: Poetry Art and Music: [email protected] becomes an environment for artistic expression, with the walls of the studio as an open canvas for visual artists and an open mike for musicians and poets at 7:30 p.m. at [email protected] in St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-6620; studio620.org.

Capitol Classic Film Series: Bull Durham: In this film starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, a fan has an affair with one minor league baseball player each season. Shows are at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $5. (727) 791-7400.

Debbie Reynolds: Widely known for her role in Singin' in the Rain, the longtime entertainer will perform an afternoon of music and comedy at 1 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $30.50–$39.50. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

Date night

Come Fly Away: This new musical combines the music of Frank Sinatra with a 14-piece big band and choreography by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out) at 7:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

To watch

Series premiere: Best Ink, 10 p.m., Oxygen: Former Americal Idol hopeful Kimberly Caldwell hosts this reality series about tattoo artists who ink folks to vie for a $10,000 prize. You have to wait two weeks before judging, though.

Ringer, 9 p.m., CW: The title of the episode is "Let's Kill Bridget." Poor Sarah Michelle Gellar can't get any breaks.

Justified, 10 p.m., FX: Raylan deals with a pair of hit men from Detroit. Oooh, are Ben Wallace and Ndamukong Suh the guest stars this week?

More to explore

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