Thursday, December 14, 2017
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On your radar: Trey Songz bring slow jams and club hits to the Straz — and there's always the Strawberry Festival

Trey Songz: The hip-shaking, money-making R&B hitmaker will bring his arsenal of slow jams and club hits (like Bottoms Up and Can't Be Friends) to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. $48.50–$84.50. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

Midday Live Music Series: Maurice Hines: A legend of both the dance floor and behind the microphone, Hines performs Cole and Sinatra at 2 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $19.50. (727) 892-5798; mahaffeytheater.com.

Florida Strawberry Festival: The annual festival with fun on the midway, strawberry concoctions and big country entertainment features Brenda Lee at 3:30 p.m. ($15–$20) and country superstar Vince Gill at 7:30 p.m. ($35). Festival opens at 10 a.m. at 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. Admission: $8, $4 ages 6 to 12 advance; $10, $5 youths at the gate. Children 5 and younger free. (813) 752-9194; flstrawberryfestival.com.

Capitol Classics Film Series The Natural: The baseball film stars Robert Redford as a baseball player who comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary talent. It's at 3 and 7 p.m. at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $5. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

St. Petersburg Opera: Samson and Delilah: Passion and sexual desire collide with politics and religion in Camille Saint-Saens' opera at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $21.50–$64.50. (727) 822-3590; stpeteopera.org.

Kids and family

$2 Target Tuesday: Everybody gets in for $2 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. (813) 443-3861; glazermuseum.org.

To watch

Season premiere: Breaking In, 9:30 p.m., Fox: Christian Slater's company is bought out by a big corporate team. Contra Security will now be ADT, and your bill will go up $8 per month for no good reason. Happened to Brinks, too.

Extreme Couponing: Holiday Hauls, 10 p.m., TLC: The mere thought of Boxing Day sales must set the coupon clique on edge. There's so much couponing, you'd better get the ER on speed-dial.

More to explore

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

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