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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.

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.

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

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