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Tampa entertainment calendar Feb. 3-9

03 Today

'A Change Gon' Come': A riveting dramatic production about the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus, 10414 E Columbus Drive. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit Love First Christian Center.

David Nail: Fresh from releasing his newest album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, Nail brings his country roots to Tampa's favorite honky-tonk, 7 p.m. at the Dallas Bull, 3322 N U.S. 301. $15. Call (813) 987-2855.

BalletFleming: Contemporary Philadelphia ballet company BalletFleming performs an evening of rock 'n' roll en pointe. 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave. $5 to $15. Call (813) 259-6490.

McCormick Marimba Festival: An annual festival featuring a solo showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. today and all-day workshops and marimba ensemble performances beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at University of South Florida School of Music, MUS 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-2311.

'Les Miserables': Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, the 25th anniversary production of the musical tells an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. 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; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Irish comedy tour: This show combines the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub with a boisterous comedic trio made up of Detroit native Derek Richards, Boston-born Mike McCarthy and Dubliner Keith Aherne. 8 p.m. in Jaeb Theater at the Straz, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $26.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

'Night Mother': This 1983 Pulitzer Prize winner is a dramatic and emotional depiction of a mother and daughter in crisis. 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets start at $24.50. Last showing at 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit stageworkstheatre.org.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Vivaldi's intimate Four Seasons, Bartók's Folk Dances and Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 will be performed in the tradition of a chamber orchestra, 8 p.m. at the Straz, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15-$45. Call (813) 229-7827.

Richard Thompson Electric Trio: Thompson is a critically acclaimed songwriter, a recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and among Rolling Stone magazine's list of "Top 20 Guitarists of All Time." 8 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $26-$46. Call (813) 274-8982.

'The 39 Steps': A fast-paced theatrical take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film about espionage and spies in London. 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $24.50. Last showing at 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Adam Ferrara: Stand-up comedian and actor — Needles on the FX's Rescue Me — will perform at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $16-$20. Also at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 864-4000.

04 Saturday

Get the message: Kids can send messages in Morse code, become a TV news anchor, create virtual cave art and puzzle over expressions at a traveling exhibition about communication. 10 a.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. Runs through May 6. $9.50-$15. Call (813) 443-3861.

Traveling exhibit opening: "Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs" explores the history of domestic terrorism and espionage from 1776 to Sept. 11, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. On display until June 24. $7-$12. Call (813) 228-0097.

Sleigh Bells with Diplo: Acclaimed Brooklyn metal-pop duo Sleigh Bells will perform with DJ and producer Diplo, 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $23. Call (813) 247-2555.

05 Sunday

'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. Information: (813) 254-1891.

Classic movie: The Tampa Theatre will show a feature-length collection of popular Warner Bros. classic Looney Tunes cartoons including What's Opera, Doc?; One Froggy Evening; A Fractured Leghorn; Home Tweet Home; Duck! Rabbit, Duck!; and Rabbit of Seville, at 3 p.m. at 711 N Franklin St. $7-$9. Call (813) 274-8982.

07 Tuesday

$2 Target Tuesday: Get a cheap peek at the Glazer Children's Museum, from 2 to 7 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $2 for ages 1 and older. Call (813) 443-3861.

They Might Be Giants: The pop-rock group has had a strong following since the '80s. The album Join Us was released last year. 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $22-$24. Visit ritzybor.com.

09 Thursday

Florida State Fair: The annual event includes rides, games, animal exhibits, demonstrations and lots of fried food. 8 a.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. New this year: a 70-foot zip line across a lake, lawn mower races and an indoor extreme sports show. $5-$12. Visit floridastatefair.com.

Oldsmar Cares Wine & Food gala: Wines from around the world, culinary treats, silent and live auctions with vacation prizes, from 6 to 9 p.m. at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, Oldsmar. Proceeds benefit Oldsmar Cares. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Visit oldsmarcares.org/gala.html.

Chef Richie Farina: Bravo's Top Chef season 9 competitor and executive sous chef of Chicago's Moto demonstrates his cooking style, at 6:15 p.m. at Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Wine, beer or other beverage included. $75 per person, per class. Call (813) 653-2418.

Showcase | Monster Jam

Giant custom-designed trucks crush lesser cars and even school buses in competition 7 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. Go early for tailgating, and from 2 to 5 p.m. get a close-up view of the trucks and meet the drivers. Get free pit passes at participating Southern Ford Dealers through Saturday. $15-$35. Call toll-free, 1-800-745-3000.

Tampa entertainment calendar Feb. 3-9 02/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:30am]

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