Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 16

USF Lecture Series: Harry Belafonte: The actor, activist and singer developed a deep friendship with King and played a key role in the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington. Belafonte is expected to provide the audience with his perspective on social issues, from the Black Lives Matter movement and equal rights struggles, to U. S. foreign policy and humanitarianism in Africa. 8 p.m., University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-3180.

Real Music Series: Michael Cavanaugh: The series features live mixed music from the 1950s to today. Performances held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Stanleyville Theater. Included with daily admission. The star of the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Cavanaugh pays tribute to iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers Billy Joel and Elton John in a modern pop rock extravaganza. 11:30 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386.

Hungrytown: Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson make up the acclaimed acoustic duo Hungrytown, and their music has appeared in Portlandia and The Daily Show. 5:30 p.m., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4970.

National Geographic Live!: View from Above with Terry Virts: The speaker series showcases the writers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists and explorers of National Geographic. The NASA astronaut shares images of the earth taken from his seat on the International Space Station. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20-$35. (813) 229-7827.

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series: Sterling Watson and poets: Authors present readings from their works followed by book signings. Novelist Sterling Watson (Suitcase City), St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace (Shimming the Glass House) and poet Major Jackson (Roll Deep) 7 p.m., Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 864-7994.

Tango Fire: Experience the passion of a late night in Buenos Aires as the art of the Argentine Tango dance unfolds, accompanied by the music and song of the great Tango masters. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $32.50-$52.50. (727) 893-7832.

Forever Plaid: Four young singers killed in a car crash posthumously hit the stage for one last performance full of barbershop quartet harmonies and 1950s nostalgia. Through March 11. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $42. (813) 229-7827.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE: Black Lightning, 9 p.m., CW: The network gets its first black superhero show with Jefferson Pierce as Black Lightning, who’s able to wield and control electricity. But this new series is more than just action-packed crime fighting. It’s mature and grounded in the real world.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 16

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd: Multi-platinum selling artists team up to co-headline their Dazed and Blazed summer tour with special guests Lil Skies and O.T. Genasis. 6 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29-$125.95. ...
Published: 08/15/18
What’s in theaters this week: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Mile 22,’ ‘Alpha’

What’s in theaters this week: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Mile 22,’ ‘Alpha’

NOW PLAYING: CRAZY RICH ASIANSAn Asian-American New Yorker (Constance Wu) on her first trip to Asia finds out her longtime boyfriend (Henry Golding) is one of Singapore’s most desirable bachelors in Crazy Rich Asians. His judgy mother (Michelle Yeoh)...
Published: 08/15/18
Art events: Sound controls light at the Ringling while antiquity gets a monumental update at TMA

Art events: Sound controls light at the Ringling while antiquity gets a monumental update at TMA

AUDIO VISUAL: VOLUMESEdgy, experimental performance art comes to the Ringling Museum in the form of Volumes, an immersive audio-video installation by Brooklyn-based artist Ezra Masch. The beats of a drummer’s live performance activate a three-dimensi...
Published: 08/15/18
Dining events: Bolts Brew Fest, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Dining events: Bolts Brew Fest, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

BOLTS: BREW FESTI was going to list all the craft brewers whose wares will be on offer at 7 p.m. Friday at this year’s Bolts Brew Fest, a Tampa Bay Lightning benefit for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. But with 50 local breweries alone, and another ...
Published: 08/15/18
Top things to do this weekend: Rock memorabilia, Halloween at Disney, TICA Cat Show

Top things to do this weekend: Rock memorabilia, Halloween at Disney, TICA Cat Show

MUSEUM: Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll RevolutionAn unusual exhibit coming to the Florida Holocaust Museum, Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution is a display of the life of the flamboyant concert promoter synonymous with classic rock. Grah...
Published: 08/15/18
This week’s best concerts: Journey, Def Leppard, Wiz Khalifa, Lindsey Stirling, more

This week’s best concerts: Journey, Def Leppard, Wiz Khalifa, Lindsey Stirling, more

HALLWORTHY? Journey and Def LeppardWith Bon Jovi and Dire Straits off the board, Def Leppard, left, is now the bestselling rock band not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (The not-yet-eligible Coldplay and Linkin Park are bridges we’ll cross down th...
Published: 08/15/18
What’s on stage: Countdown Improv Festival, comics Michael Coylar and Alonzo Bodden

What’s on stage: Countdown Improv Festival, comics Michael Coylar and Alonzo Bodden

SAY YES: COUNTDOWN IMPROV FESTIVAL Since its debut in Tampa last year, the 3-2-1 Improv Festival has grown in size and scope, adding acts and changing its name. Now the Countdown Improv Festival, this three-day celebration of spontaneity brings 39 gr...
Published: 08/15/18
5 things to do under $5: Duck Race, pet adoption drive, Reel Western Movie Series

5 things to do under $5: Duck Race, pet adoption drive, Reel Western Movie Series

1 Incredible Duck Race: The Hillsborough River will be awash in yellow when the Kiwanis Club of Tampa lets loose some 10,000 rubber duckies to "race" and win their adoptive parents cash prizes. The first-place duck gets $5,000, second place is $1,000...
Published: 08/15/18
Busch Gardens, SeaWorld holding flash sale this week with BOGO admission

Busch Gardens, SeaWorld holding flash sale this week with BOGO admission

Busch Gardens and its sister park SeaWorld are having a flash sale this week that can save you more than $50 on admission tickets, but the offers expire Sunday. Calling it a BOGO Back to School sale, Busch Gardens announced Tuesday you can buy one s...
Published: 08/15/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 15

Doug Benson: The stoner comic is known for his podcasts and films, including Super High Me. He also has his own Comedy Central show, The High Court. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.Hedwig...
Published: 08/14/18