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10 Today

Greg Fitzsimmons: In addition to being a well-respected New York comic, he is also an author and host of the radio show and podcast The Greg Fitzsimmons Show, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. Call (813) 864-4000.

MOMologues 2: Off to School: This sequel to The MOMologues offers a frank and funny look at the elementary school years, from homework hell to multitasking mania, 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $26, $10 military/artists/students/seniors (65+). Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 727-2708.

Opera Tampa: A Masked Ball: Illicit love and political intrigue are woven through Verdi's romantic tragedy about a king who falls for his best friend's wife, 2 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $34.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Sunday Bicycle Rides: A leisurely 13-mile ride through the quiet streets of Seminole Heights. Riders must wear a helmet and maintain a speed of 10 to 12 mph. Call (813) 254-8882. 8 a.m. Free. Memorial Middle School, 4702 N Central Ave., Tampa.

Big Picture: The local rock band plays a string of free shows throughout the Tampa Bay area, 10 a.m. at Hillsborough High School, 5000 N Central Ave. Free. Call (813) 276-5620.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.

Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen Movie Series: This series surveys several celebrities, from Marlon Brando to "It" girl Clara Bow. This week's film is The Lady from Shanghai, the 1947 thriller directed by Orson Welles features the man himself acting alongside Rita Hayworth. 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9 general admission, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

Ira Sullivan: The multifaceted jazz musician, who started off in the '50s Chicago jazz scene before moving to Florida in the '60s, as he performs in Tampa for the 17th consecutive year, 3 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave. $25, $20 members, $10 students, free HCC students and staff. Call (813) 253-7695.

Farm to Fork Dinner: Sweetwater Organic Community Farm hosts its annual dinner with farm-inspired courses, each created with produce and ingredients straight from area farms, and locally sourced meat and vegetarian selections, 5-10 p.m. at Samba Room, 1502 S Howard Ave. $50 including drink tickets. Call (813) 251-4022.

Bands, Brews & BBQ Series: John Kay & Steppenwolf: The 1960s band, best known for its song Born to Be Wild and its appearance on the Easy Rider soundtrack, features original frontman Kay, 5 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Theme park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Love Lit: Look for a litany of love in literature at this event, where books both innocent and adult are auctioned in this benefit for Bluebird Books and the Open Book Exchange, 6-9 p.m. at Tempus Projects, 5132 N Florida Ave. Book prices vary. Call (813) 340-9056.

Photo Safari: Join instructors from the museum for an all-access pass to great photo ops in Tampa Bay, as Chip Weiner leads a fun night in a target-rich environment at the Florida State Fair, 6 p.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 North U.S. 301. $55, $45 for members. Call (813) 621-7821.

Luenell & Friends: If the prostitute from Borat sounds romantic to you, catch the Valentine's Day show of this comedian, who also appeared in That's My Boy and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 9:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $25 advance, $35 day of. Call (813) 864-4000.

If Music Be the Food … : Rather than food for thought, this concert offers music for food, asking for cash and nonperishable food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest in exchange for classical chamber music, 2 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Free. Call (813) 269-1310.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Pre-Audition Classes: Interested in becoming a cheerleader for the Bucs? These non-mandatory classes cover choreography, dance techniques and more, 3:30 p.m. at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $35. Call (813) 974-3004.

Steinway Piano Concert Series: With Noel McRobbie University of South Florida graduate McRobbie presents "A Musical Kaleidoscope," featuring works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann, 4 p.m. at University of South Florida School of Music MUS 101, 4202 East Fowler Ave. $8-$12 advance, $10-$15 day of. Call (813) 974-2311.

11 Monday

Club Jaeb Concert Series: The Straz Center's Jaeb Theater transforms into an intimate music space featuring a wide variety of genres, including folk, Americana, alternative and country, featuring Cheryl Wheeler, whose works have been recorded by Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Holly Near and Dan Seals, 7:30 p.m. at Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28.50 per show. Call (813) 229-7827.

Happy Birthday Barley: East-West Animal Hospital wants you to join in wishing Barley, the hospital's opossum mascot, a happy first birthday with catered food, cake, drinks, door prizes, giveaways and a raffle, 6-7:30 p.m. at Tropical Village Plaza, 1524 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Free. Call (813) 948-6534.

12 Tuesday

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes demonstration of Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and the old movie house's secrets, stories, art and architecture, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $5 adults, $2 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/one and younger free. Call (813) 274-8982.

Business Expo: Ybor at Work: The Ybor Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy a soup, salad and sandwich lunch while checking out what more than 20 area businesses have to offer, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E Seventh Ave. $15. Call (813) 248-3712, ext. 22.

Scott H. Biram: The country-punk singer-songwriter survived a serious car accident, scours the world and styles himself as a one-man band, 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $7. Call (813) 241-8600.

Jonathan Richman: Setting a trend for future punk solo artists, Richman started off in the Modern Lovers before moving on to quieter music, also appearing in There's Something About Mary and on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $12 advance, $15 day of. Call (813) 977-6474.

13 Wednesday

Real Music Concert Series: Sha Na Na: The rock group, the only band Grandpa wanted to see at Woodstock on The Simpsons, also appeared in Grease and their own show Sha Na Na, 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Theme park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Murs: The rapper and frequent Crowbar visitor has worked as a solo and group rapper, released records on Def Jux and Warner Bros. and appeared in video games like Tony Hawk's Underground, 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $12-$15. Call (813) 241-8600.

Jake Iannarino: You may recognize this fearless comic from movies such as The Hot Chick and The Animal with Rob Schneider, but he'll tackle taboo subjects head-on in this standup performance, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Alan Rosen Talk: The author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The History and Meaning of Interviewing Holocaust Survivors and student of Elie Wiesel discusses his book, 4 p.m. at University of South Florida Tampa Campus Library , 4202 E. Fowler Avenue. Call (813) 974-2729.

14 Thursday

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Enjoy a light "love-themed" dinner set to passionate love songs underneath a changing sky that takes you to the most romantic cities in the world such as Paris, Buenos Aires and Fiji, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $100 per couple, $80 members. Call (813) 987-6000.

Wild at Heart: This Valentine's Day event for ages 21 and older includes a progressive dinner with stories about the pairing, partnering and mating habits of the zoo's residents, 6:30-10 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $65, $60 pass members. Call (813) 935-8552.

Opera Tampa — POPera: Opera goes Broadway in this program with selections from three musical titans, Kern's Showboat, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Bernstein's Candide, 7:30 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $34.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

UniverSoul Circus: You'll see Caribbean dance, Chinese aerialists, contortionists, a Russian swing, comedy and animals including elephants, tigers and dogs in this circus in the Raymond James Stadium parking lot, 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. $18-$30. Call toll-free, 1-800-316-7439.

Showcase | Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year: Dragon Dance: It's a great day to gamble as the lucky dragon dances across the casino floor, with hourly giveaways of 1,000 red mystery envelopes containing $5 and more, noon-3 p.m. today at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. Free. Call (813) 627-7625.

Chinese New Year at Glazer: Children can learn about Chinese culture and welcome the year of the snake, 1-6 p.m. today at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Call (813) 443-3861.

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Valentine's Day comedy

Valentine's Day with Aries Spears: The former Mad TV cast member puts on a show for couples mad for each other, with dinner, dessert, champagne and a rose. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $49. Call (813) 864-4000.

Valentine's Day with Gary Valentine: In a serendipitous bit of timing, the comedian, The King of Queens actor and brother of Kevin James plays a Valentine's Day show with $40 lovers packages available, 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10 advance, $12 day of. Call (813) 960-1197.

Entertainment calendar 02/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 3:07pm]

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