Kenny G: The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist may be a punch line (or the next Betty White) to some, but he has fused elements of R&B, pop and Latin into his smooth jazz show. See him at 8 tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater; $39.50-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.
Mardi Gras: It's time to get your gumbo on and let the good times roll on Fat Tuesday, when the Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade gets rolling at 5 p.m. on Main Street. And over in Ybor City, they are throwing a big Mardi Gras Fete starting at 6 p.m. with a free creole buffet and the Dixieland Quartet Second Line Band in the 1700 block of E Seventh Avenue.
Degas: One of the most anticipated art exhibits in a long time, this display of works by the French impressionist bronze artist starts Saturday and runs through June 19 at the Tampa Museum of Art. Admission: $10; students $5; children ages 6 and under free. tampa museum.com.
Music: The Florida Strawberry Festival continues with a sweet music lineup: Clint Black today, Billy Ray Cyrus on Saturday and the festival's biggest name, Lady Antebellum on Sunday (but there's only a few day-of grandstand tickets available for this sold-out show); flstrawberryfestival.com. If you want the exact opposite of the wholesome country scene, try Wild Splash starting at 1 p.m. Saturday with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson and more in Clearwater's Coachman Park. $22-$75. See wild941.radio.com.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Bickering, tense marriages are splayed in Edward Albee's masterpiece at American Stage. Previews start Wednesday, with the official opening Friday at the St. Petersburg theater. $29-$50. (727) 823-7529.
Lewis Black: The profane rants and withering sarcasm of the angriest man in comedy blasts into the Straz Center in Tampa at 8 p.m. Thursday for his show, In God We Rust. Tickets start at $39.50. strazcenter.org.
Kids and Family
Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade: Like a green Gasparilla, the parade skips through Ybor City starting about 8 p.m. Saturday. Free.
Harlem Globetrotters: Admit it, that water bucket full of confetti gag never gets old. See the new generation of comic hoopla at two shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum. $15-$106. (813) 301-2500. Sorry, Amazing Race fans, Flight Time and Big Easy aren't coming to this one.
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