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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Debbie Reynolds: Now 78, America's sweetheart in Singin' in the Rain and the Tammy film series will do multiple shows Wednesday through Saturday at Busch Gardens' Real Music series. Included with park admission (

Pinetop Perkins: At age 97, the pianist and singer is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen alive, let alone on stage. He performs with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith at 8 p.m. Friday at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. $15 advance, $20 day of show. (813) 977-6474.

Meet the Frommers: Skip the book and get free tips from Arthur and Pauline Frommer, the father and daughter team behind the travel guides, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa.

Date Night

Jimmy Eat World: The emo/power-pop foursome paved the way for bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco. Show is 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ritz Ybor. $27 advance; $30 day of show. (813) 247-2555.

Billy Elliot the Musical: A boy goes from boxing to ballet with the help of music by Elton John. Opens Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, with previews starting Wednesday. Tickets start at $48.

The Frogs: Inventive freeFall Theatre finally gets a space of its own. At 8 p.m. Friday check out its new digs at 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, with The Frogs, a quirky and rarely performed Sondheim musical. $32-$47. (727) 498-5205.

Diana Krall: The jazzy pianist with the velvet voice brings her Quiet Nights tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Friday. $69-$135. (727) 791-7400.

Joshua Bell: The swoon-worthy virtuoso violinist takes classical into the mainstream at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $38-$78. (727) 791-7400.

Kids and family

Monster Jam: Do-over! If you somehow missed it about a week ago, metal will crunch again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. $15-$35. (800) 745-3000. If you want to see monster trucks for free this week, go to

Wing Fest: This outdoor festival features a dozen chicken wing restaurants, a kids zone and tribute bands. It's free, but the wings will cost you. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 5 01/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 8:38pm]
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