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Tampa entertainment calendar Jan. 6-Jan. 12

06 Today

Florida home show: Shop, compare and save on affordable ways to organize, repair, remodel, refurbish and landscape your home, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Try products, talk to experts, learn about the new colors for 2012 and get information at more than 900 exhibits. $8, $7 for seniors, free for ages 12 and younger. Also from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Visit

'Million Dollar Quartet': A musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $38.50. Also at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Kevin Hart: Popular touring comedian who has had cameos in a slew of comedies including The 40-Year Old Virgin and Modern Family. 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $35. Also at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 864-4000.

07 Saturday

Idea Zone weekend workshop: Idea Zone activities include high-tech gaming and simulations, fashion design, robot building and science experiments, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $16.95-$20.95 Call (813) 987-6000.

Roosevelt rowing regatta: This inaugural event celebrates the winter tradition of northern rowing teams arriving in Tampa to train on the Hillsborough River, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Park, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. $20-$125, includes lunch. A portion of proceeds benefit the Stewards Foundation. Wear fashionable outdoor event attire. Call (813) 253-3333 or visit

Barkarilla: The Pooch Parade: Dress your four-legged friend like a pirate and bring him out for some dog-friendly Gasparilla fun, noon at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave. $5, benefits Animal Based Charities Inc. Call (813) 248-5900.

'Doublewide Lust': A dark comedy about a dysfunctional family living in a double-wide trailer. As the patriarch looks for love, his son seeks escape. 8 p.m. at The Asylum Theater, 7921 N Armenia Ave. $7. Call (813) 933-7803.

08 Sunday

Seminole Heights market: Browse a mix of seasonal and locally farmed produce, organic, specialty and all-natural ready-to-eat foods, arts and crafts, and watch cooking demonstrations, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hillsborough High School, 5000 N Central Ave. Call (813) 649-8747.

'Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel': Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life. 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Donations accepted. (813) 254-1891.

Margaret McAlister retirement concert: The church organist of 65 years will showcase her talents one last time during a farewell concert, 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Tampa, 412 Zack St. Free. Call (813) 276-1681.

Al Romas: With 16 years' experience, Romas is a veteran of television appearances, including VH-1's Standup Spotlight and Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater, and headlines regularly in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

10 Tuesday

'Love, Loss and What I Wore': An intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman and the recollections of the Ephrons' friends, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday in Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $38.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

11 Wednesday

Florida RV SuperShow: More than 1,200 RV units will be on display alongside seminars, exhibits, supplies, accessories, clowns and live entertainment. 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $10, ages 16 and younger admitted free. Call (813) 741-0488.

Alex Scott: Scott is featured in this Real Jokes, Real Laughs stand-up comedy show, hosted by Tampa comedian Davell Taylor. 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Leader of the Pack: A jukebox musical by 108 North Theatre, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave. $20 for show only, $40 with dinner package on Fridays. Proceeds benefit the Mary and Martha House for abused women. Dinner at 6 p.m. Call (813) 229-2214.

12 Thursday

Heritage movie night: This family-friendly heritage event features the movie Blood Done Signed My Name with guest speaker Benjamin Chavis, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $10. Call toll-free, 1-888-224-1733, ext. 3143.

Coffehouse films: This monthly film festival is dedicated to showcasing local independent short films. 7 p.m. at the Buzz, 710 Harbour Post Drive. $5 donation. Call (813) 224-9214 or visit

Marsha Ambrosius: The R&B songbird is a former member of the English soul duo Floetry. 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $24.50-$39.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

'The 39 Steps': A fast-paced theatrical take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film about espionage and spies in London, 8 p.m. in Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $24.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Gary Valentine: Best known for his nine seasons on The King Of Queens, Valentine has also starred in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. 8 p.m. in Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $17-$20. Call (813) 864-4000.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Greatest Show on Earth roars into town bringing dare-devilry, stunts, the world-famous clown alley and lots of animals, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. This year's show, Dragons, pays tribute to the Year of the Dragon using dragon lore mixed with circus feats of Shaolin Kung Fu warriors, charging Cossack riders, Asian elephants, fierce tigers and more. $16-$85. Also at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 301-2500.

Tampa entertainment calendar Jan. 6-Jan. 12 01/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 1:31pm]
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