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Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium to run the specially built track a second time. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits. $15-$185. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 7 p.m. Saturday. monsterjam.com.
Coin: When Coin played the State Theatre last spring, fans spent the day camped out on the sidewalk for a shot at a spot near the stage. That says a lot about the Nashville pop-rock band’s allure. Their disco-tinted blend of post-punk and pop — part Phoenix, part Grouplove, part Walk the Moon — buoys their effervescent 2017 album How Will You Know If You Never Try, and their single Talk Too Much has been a favorite of local alt-rock fans. Hyped Utah pop-rockers the Aces (Fake Nice) open at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.
Localtopia: What started five years ago as a showcase of St. Petersburg businesses and merchants has expanded to a full-fledged festival known as Localtopia that returns to Williams Park on Saturday. There’s a market featuring local artists, and they’ve added live music, a Skate Village with ramps and vendors, a Family Village where you can paint the Nomad Art Bus and a Health and Wellness Village. New this year is the Eco Village, featuring two tiny houses from St. Pete Eco Village. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. Saturday at Fourth Street and First Avenue N. $5 suggested donation.
Florida Orchestra: This pay-what-you-can "Rags to Mozart Family Concert" features a 35-minute performance by the orchestra’s Reed Trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon) to introduce young children to classical music. Activities including the instrument "petting zoo" start 45 minutes before the concert, held at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave., Tampa. (727) 892-3337. The orchestra has another pay-what-you-can chamber performance by the french horns at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Donations benefit the museum.
The Barber Of Seville: Opera Tampa opens its season with Rossini’s most famous and successful work. "For a reason, this is one of the top 10 shows in all the canon of opera," said guest conductor Jorge Parodi. "It’s consistently at a high level musically. One number after the next are really first-class numbers, and they’re all show stoppers." 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $66.75 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Something new to Eat: Heights Public Market food hall at Armature Works now open
Mo’Nique: Actor and stand-up star Mo’Nique broke into comedy as a no-holds-barred, brutally honest champion of heavyset women on showcases like HBO’s Def Comedy Jam or BET’s Comic View. That led to her starring role as a single mother attending college with her daughter on the UPN sitcom The Parkers. Then along came Precious, for which she won an Oscar. Mo’Nique still isn’t afraid to speak her truth. Brace yourself when she brings her fierce comedy act to the Improv for four shows Friday and Saturday. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $40. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Light Cloud at Glazer Museum: On Friday, the Glazer Children’s Museum unveils a huge new sculpture called Light Cloud that blends the boundaries of art and interactive learning. Miami artist Ivan Depeña will be there for the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday unveiling the floor-to-ceiling glowing tubes of light, visible from the street. Kids can use touch sensors to create changing light and soundscapes as they learn about mixing the colors of light. Included with admission: $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, 1 and younger free. Note that Tuesday is the monthly Free Tuesday at the Museum with free admission from noon to 7 p.m. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.
Take Me To the River: The 2014 documentary Take Me to the River sought to shine a light on the under-appreciated icons of Memphis soul. Four years later, that light is still shining bright, as a revue based on the movie hits Tampa. A trio of legendary Delta soul and bluesmen — Bobby Rush (Chicken Heads), Don Bryant (I Can’t Stand the Rain) and 2017 Grammy winner William Bell (You Don’t Miss Your Water) — will hit the stage together at 7 p.m. Friday. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $39.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
The Verve Pipe: If you attended high school in 1997, it was pretty tough not to fall hard for the Verve Pipe’s The Freshmen. Never mind the song’s bleak lyrics, which singer Brian Vander Ark has said were a fictionalized amalgam of stories about a suicide and an abortion — it was a song about ninth grade! Cool! While the Verve Pipe ended up with a few other good ones, like Photograph, The Freshmen alone will be worth the price of admission at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 241-0110. facebook.com/theatticyborcity.
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