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On your radar: See circus animals up close, bring your pooch to Barkarilla, get lost in a huge home show or check out some good tunes

Circus Animal Walk: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Tampa, so don't miss the elephants and other animals parade from Union Station to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa at 10 a.m. today. The circus opens Wednesday with a new animal this year — the mythical dragon — along with acrobats and clowns. Shows continue through Sunday at the Forum. $16–$85. (813) 301-2500.

Barkarilla: Because you can't have too many pooches with eye patches. This unofficial kickoff to the Gasparilla season has a pirate-costumed dog (and owner) parade down Seventh Avenue, prizes, pet photos and lots of grog at noon Saturday at Gaspar's Grotto in Tampa. $5.

Home Show: This is touted as "Florida's Largest Home Show," and with 900 exhibits, who's to argue? Find answers to remodeling and landscaping questions Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. $8, $7 seniors, 12 and younger free. (813) 677-6925.

Date night

Million Dollar Quartet: The recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins inspires a musical, running Tuesday through Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $38.50. (813) 229-7827.

Comedy: Kevin Hart is one of the hottest comics on tour, so it's no shock that all nine of his shows Wednesday through Sunday are sold out at the Improv in Tampa. But you've got options. America's Got Talent judge and comedian Howie Mandel is at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Wednesday. $69-$85. (727) 791-7400. Or catch SNL alum and political pundit Dennis Miller on Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35–$80. (727) 892-5798.

Music: Legendary blues artist B.B. King, 86, croons at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Saturday. $39.50–$79.50. (727) 791-7400. More than three dozen bands will perform David Bowie songs in honor of his 65th birthday (which is Sunday). Two shows: at 7 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg and 6 p.m. Saturday at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. $9–$12 in advance.

Kids and family

Epiphany: This grand tradition in the Greek Orthodox Church starts with church services Friday morning before a procession at noon to Tarpon Springs Bayou, where teen boys will dive to see who comes up with the coveted cross. Free.

More to explore

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On your radar: See circus animals up close, bring your pooch to Barkarilla, get lost in a huge home show or check out some good tunes 01/01/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 2, 2012 8:50am]

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