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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 21

Monster Jam: Giant trucks will crush lesser cars and even school buses in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger. See the trucks and meet the drivers from 2 to 5 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. $15-$35.

Aries Spears: Maybe if we're lucky, the Chicago native and MADtv regular will break out some of his killer impressions: Shaquille O'Neal, Jay-Z, LL Cool J and many others. Shows are 7:30 and 10 p.m. at the Improv in Ybor City. $20. improvtampa.com.

Photo Album Art Show: More than 30 Tampa artists have re-created their favorite album covers in photographs. Look for record collectors trading albums too at 8 p.m. at the Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Free. thebricksybor.com.

Book Talk with Chris Matthews: The bestselling author and host of Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show will speak at noon at Tampa Tribune Auditorium, 202 S Parker St., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-2638.

Florida Manatee Festival: Includes fine arts/craft show, manatee education, manatee boat and kayak tours, food and children's activities at 9 a.m. in downtown Crystal River. $3. (352) 726-2801.

Kids and family

Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: It's the kids turn at Gasparilla with family activities, a parade at 3:30 p.m. on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa and a fireworks display at 7. New this year: Jose Gaspar comes to life on board the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship in Hillsborough Bay after parade. Festivities start at 11 a.m. Free; reserved seating $23. (813) 251-8844.

to watch

SERIES PREMIERE Bayou Billionaires, 9 p.m., CMT A Louisiana clan finds out their land contains a huge natural-gas deposit. Who needs The Beverly Hillbillies when you have this?

More to explore

Enjoy this lovely weather at an outdoor farmer's market. Find one at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 21 01/20/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 10:38pm]
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