Plan your weekend
Marvel Universe Live: Marvel first paired up with the Ringling Bros’ production company Feld Entertainment in 2014 to create its first live action stunt show. The gang’s back together for the second edition of Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes coming to Amalie Area in Tampa this weekend. This version increased the use of projection mapping to turn a dull, grey floor into virtually any place in the Marvel universe. Avengers like Hulk and Iron Man, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy gang, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and a host of other fan favorites have been assembled for the show, which also has dirt bike stunts, fire dancers and some nifty special effects. There will be six shows running Friday through Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $20-$150 at marveluniverselive.com.
School of Rock: The musical runs through Sunday at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, based on the Jack Black film about a wannabe rock musician who steals his roommate’s identity as a substitute teacher and stumbles into a real educational situation — teaching young aspiring musicians how to rock out for real. There are a lot of jokes for children, but there’s a lot of humor for adults as well. $38 and up. (813) 229-7827. For show times, go to strazcenter.org.
Epiphany: Nowhere in North America is the feast of Epiphany celebrated as it is in Tarpon Springs, where the ceremonies are identical to those taking place in and around Greece. The celebration on Saturday of the baptism of Christ will bring more than 20,000 people to see a procession of children in traditional costumes, choir members and Greek folk dancers and the annual tossing of the Holy Cross in Tarpon Springs Bayou by the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States. The church service starts at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, then at 12:15 p.m. the procession heads to the waterfront where teenage boys dive into the water in an attempt to be the first to find the sunken cross and earn a year of good luck. The Epiphany Glendi (celebration) with food, drink, live music and dancing will be held after at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center at St. Nicholas Cathedral (1:30-6 p.m.) at 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
Free Fallin’: There are many good reasons to be glad 2017 is in the rearview, but one of the biggest is that it’s the year we lost Tom Petty. The rock icon’s death in October sparked a new appreciation around the world for his work . Since Petty’s passing, a slew of tribute shows have popped up. Here’s a good one: Free Fallin’, which has been at it for more than 10 years, playing Petty songs all over the country. If that’s not enough faux-rock for you, get there early for Swingtown, a tribute to the Steve Miller Band. 8 p.m. Friday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19.50 and up. (727) 587-6793. largo.com.
Under 20 Free Passport: American Stage is starting the year off with a deal aimed at creating young theater fans. The Under 20 Free Passport allows people under 20 to get into mainstage productions at no cost. And a new Under 30 Pass offers unlimited access to patrons younger than 30 for $15 a month. Kind of like Netflix, the passes are good one month from the date of purchase for mainstage productions, improv, cabaret or American Stage in the Park as often as they wish. Under 20 Free tickets may be reserved by phone at the box office at (727) 823-7529 (PLAY). Under 20 Rush tickets may also be available without a reservation 30 minutes prior to a performance. Soe shows have mature themes so it is recommend this program for ages 12-19, and 5 and younger are not permitted. American Stage is at 163 3rd St N, St. Petersburg. americanstage.org.
Tim Dillon: The host of the podcast Tim Dillon is Going to Hell appeared on Last Comic Standing and Gotham Live. He performs at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, today through Sunday. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Sleeping Beauty: All the ingredients that have made past performances of the State Ballet Theatre of Russia a success are back: A Tchaikovsky score, director Nikolay Anokhin and a haunting fairy tale. With Sleeping Beauty, dancers continue a standard established by former Bolshoi Theatre prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, an associate of Anokhin’s who founded the State Ballet of Russia. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $31.50 and up. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.
‘ToyMakerz’ Premiere Party: Former stunt man, motorcycle racer and custom vehicle fabricator David Ankin has parlayed his life’s work into a business and reality show about custom racing machines and the people who build them. At 6 p.m. Friday, you can meet Ankin and see "the Beast" — a fierce-looking, two-passenger, street-legal car with racing-style seats and a V8 motor just over the driver’s shoulder — at the premiere for Season 2, Episode 7 of ToyMakerz, Velocity Channel’s show about custom racing machines. No cover. 1916 Irish Pub, 2309 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. (813) 756-6504.
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