Monday, February 19, 2018
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On your radar: Mummies of the World opens at MOSI, and comedian Christian Finnegan performs in Tampa

Mummies of the World opens: The traveling exhibit involves 21 museums worldwide, making it the largest exhibit of human and animal mummies ever assembled. Runs through Sept. 3 at Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. $18.95, $16.95 seniors, $12.95 ages 2–12; $5 additional each MOSI exhibits or IMAX; mosi.org.

Christian Finnegan: The comedian — seen on Best Week Ever and Chappelle's Show is on the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? He performs at 8 and at 10:30 p.m at Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $15–$17. (813) 864-4000.

Blast Friday: The free street celebration features music by '70s radio kings Firefall (You Are The Woman, Just Remember I Love You) at 5:30 p.m. in Clearwater's Cleveland Street District.

Date night

Florida Orchestra: A Musical Feast: James Tocco performs Eduard Franck's Piano Concerto No. 1, plus overtures from Weber, Wagner and Nicolai, at 8 p.m. at the Straz Center in Tampa. $15–$45.

To watch

Series premiere; Whale Wars: Viking Shores, 9 p.m., Animal Planet: The Sea Shepherd faces off against the Faeroe Islands to stop natives who have been whaling for centuries.

CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS: A dismembered body is spread out over four locations.

More to explore

Find free events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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