Wednesday, May 23, 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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Pasco Events for May 25

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