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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Jan. 25-Feb. 1

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    Gasparilla: It's officially the most swashbuckling time of the year in Tampa. The pirate- (and rum-) heavy festivities include the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival on Friday and Saturday in Curtis Hixon Park (free), the Gasparilla Charity Concert later Friday in the park ($30), the Gasparilla …

    Erika Delgado fist bumps with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Peter Baker during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
  2. 'Big Mike' from 'The Blind Side' combats bullying in Pasco talk Tuesday

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    Quinton Aaron, the actor who starred as Michael Oher — a.k.a. "Big Mike" — in The Blind Side alongside Sandra Bullock, will give a talk about bullying at Saint Leo University in Pasco County. Aaron was bullied as a kid and is the founder of the Quinton Aaron Foundation, which focuses on bullying and …

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Quinton Aaron attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2014 Golden Globes After Party presented by Bombardier, FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier, Marie Claire and Yucaipa Films at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 25

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    Fifty Shades! The Musical Parody: When a ladies book club decides to read Fifty Shades of Grey, their interpretation of the novel begins a sexy, hysterical roller coaster ride featuring dance numbers and original songs with an on-stage band. It's around for two shows: 5:30 and 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the …

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 24

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    Martina McBride: The four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year performs on her tour for new album Everlasting at 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.

    Parade spectators reach out to catch flying bead necklaces along Bayshore Boulevard during the annual Gasparilla Children's Parade on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
  5. Gasparilla Children's Parade route to close roads today

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    TAMPA — Gasparilla opens with a G-rated celebration today as the kids take to the streets in the Gasparilla Children's Parade.

    Parade spectators reach out to catch flying beads along Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard during the annual Gasparilla Children's Parade. [Times (2014)]
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday Jan. 23

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    Kris Allen: The season 8 winner of American Idol performs for the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center benefit concert at 7 p.m. in the Margarete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $20, $25 at the door. (727) 725-4018. (Note: an incorrect day for this show appeared …