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Ashley George joins her 4-year-old daughter, Jazmyn, on a teacup ride at the Florida State Fair Wednesday.

CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times

Ashley George joins her 4-year-old daughter, Jazmyn, on a teacup ride at the Florida State Fair Wednesday.

17 Today

Valentine's Day at Dino World: Love is in the air at Dinosaur World with buy-one-get-one-free adult admissions, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road. $14.95. Call (813) 717-9865.

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+). Call (813) 727-2708.

Nunsense A-Men!: The original Nunsense is performed completely in drag in this musical comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who start a highly successful greeting card company, 2 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $20. Call (813) 229-7827.

Aries Spears: As a principal cast member on Fox's hit sketch comedy show MADtv, Aries brought a fresh, hip style to the program and created its most popular bit, "Talkin' American." Aries performs at 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $22-$24. Call (813) 864-4000.

Black History Month Weekend at Glazer: Honor the achievements of famous African-Americans and their contributions to culture and history, 1-6 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Call (813) 443-3861.

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, 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.

Tampa Vacation Expo: Meet Regina and Pat, the stars of the PBS travel show Grannies on Safari, at this event where AAA travel consultants and representatives from cruise and tour partners introduce various vacation destinations and provide on-site bookings, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. Call (813) 289-5800, ext. 6542.

Graffe String Quartet: In 2010, the Graffe String Quartet was awarded the Czech Chamber Music Society Prize at Dvorak Hall in Prague, designating it the most distinguished young ensemble in Central Europe. The quartet performs at 2 p.m. at University of Tampa Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-3333.

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.

Beautiful Africa Benefit: This benefit includes a screening of the movie Restore Gulu: Child Soldier No More, followed by a performance by the Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda, 5 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $25 general admission, $20 students/seniors, $50 VIP. Call (813) 274-8982.

Mark Kroos: This finger-style guitarist who uses a double-neck guitar for a diverse sound incorporating folk, indie, Celtic and rock performs at 7 p.m. at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt St. Free. Call (813) 253-5388.

Ida: The quiet, sparse indie band plays a similarly quiet and sparse venue in their first Tampa show in 13 years and their only southeastern date, 7:30 p.m. at Watermark Church, 6608 N Central Ave. $15. Call (813) 237-1707.

Sean Larkins: As a founding member of the Black Top Circus, one of the only black improv groups in the nation, he focuses on action, skit writing, impersonations and developing original characters, including his famous "Roach Man." He performs at 9:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $12. Call (813) 864-4000.

USF Spring Dance Concert: This year's dance concert includes Connecting in Reverse, a piece about disconnecting from a community, and Las Desenamoradas, a piece inspired by a Frederico Garcia Lorca play, 3 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $12 advance, $15 day of general admission; $8 advance, $10 day of students/seniors. Also 8 p.m. Thursday.

Prisoner of Passion: A different kind of Passion play, this work focuses on Paul and Luke with dialogue taken straight from the New Testament, 2 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $24 advance, $26 day of general admission; $20 advance, $22 day of members. Call (813) 269-1310.

Bands, Brews & BBQ Series: Barenaked Ladies: The smart-aleck Canuck band behind hits like One Week and Brian Wilson, as well as the theme song for The Big Bang Theory, plays at 5 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Rahn Hortman: The Tampa comedian performs a brand of generally clean comedy he credits to the influence of Bill Cosby, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10 advance, $12 day of. Call (813) 960-1197.

18 Monday

It's in the Bag Tasting: Bring a bottle of wine to participate in "blind tasting'' where guests vote for their favorite, 6:30 p.m. at the Wine Studio, 4106 Henderson Blvd. $5, plus bottle of wine, if desired. Call (813) 374-8866.

Jon Snodgrass and Cory Branan: The former Drag the River member and fellow singer-songwriter play a brand of alt-country with punk rock roots, 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $7 advance, $10 day of. Call (813) 248-4969.

19 Tuesday

Flashdance: Water will likely be dropped and legwarmers will likely be donned in this musical version of the 1983 film about a Pittsburgh woman dreaming of being a professional dancer, 7:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $44.50-$79.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Jukebox the Ghost: The indie rock band, touring off their new album Safe Travels, plays with fellow Philadephia-turned-Brooklyn transplants Matt Pond PA, 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $12-$15. Call (813) 241-8600.

Lindsey Stirling: Between her YouTube channel, social media outlets and strong word-of-mouth buzz, Stirling's electronic violin, dubstep style, has gained legions of fans worldwide, 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $23.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Puppet Show: Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together: As part of the Black History Month celebration, children ages 4 and older can learn about friendship and diversity through this African puppet tale, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Lutz Branch Library. Call (813) 264-3827.

Midnight Swinger: It's hard to pin down the style of the Midnight Swinger — think '60s Vegas lounge act with maybe a bit of today's flash. 8 p.m. today and Wednesday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10 advance, $12 day of. Call (813) 960-1197.

20 Wednesday

Puppet Show: Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together: As part of the Black History Month celebration, children ages 4 and older can learn about friendship and diversity through this African puppet tale, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Cyrus Greene Park, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. Call (813) 242-5350.

Real Music Concert Series: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.: The couple, who were both members of pop group the 5th Dimension and briefly had their own CBS show in 1977, perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. today and Thursday at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Lotus: The instrumental electronic jam band that created a sound they've coined "jamtronica" performs at 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $18. Call (813) 247-2555.

Gary Conrad: The comedy hypnotist who invites volunteers on stage then quickly takes them to a hypnotic state, where they become performers in the many skits he has developed over the years, performs at 8 p.m. today and Thursday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. Call (813) 864-4000.

21 Thursday

Puppet Show: Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together: As part of the Black History Month celebration, children ages 4 and older can learn about friendship and diversity through this African puppet tale, 10:30 a.m. at Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE. Free. Call (813) 645-6028.

$75,000 Fantasy Blackjack Tournament: Play 10 hands head to head with the dealer, with a $3,500 cash prize for 1st place and prizes up to 5th place, 5-11 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. $25. Call (813) 627-7625.

Dark Star Orchestra: Dark Star Orchestra shows are built off the extensive catalog of the Grateful Dead, along with some covers and a few originals, 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $29.50. Call (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Questions My Mother Can't Answer: A moving and funny one-woman show written and performed by Andrea Caban, whose character goes on a mind and body-healing mission after being hit by a New York City cab, interviewing eight women in the process of looking for a female role model, 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28. Call (813) 229-7827.

UT Spring Dance Concert: The university puts on a free dance concert featuring works by both faculty and guest choreographers, 8 p.m. at Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-6243.

Hard Rock Rising: Battle of the Bands: Nine local bands complete in qualifying rounds, 8:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road. Free. Call toll-free, 1-866-502-7529.

Steve Byrne: Both the comedian's TBS show Sullivan & Son and stand-up deal with race, and his combined Irish and Korean heritage, 8 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $18 advance, $20 day of. Call (813) 960-1197.

Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare's black tragedy about a Roman general has been made into a film, a musical and even a band, and now USF puts on a version directed by British International Theatre's Helen Tennison, 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $12 advance, $15 day of general admission; $8 advance, $10 day of students/seniors.

The 2013 event runs through Monday and includes rides, games, animal exhibits, demonstrations, concerts and, of course, lots of fried food stuffs that have no business being fried. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $8-$12 ages 12 and older, $4-$6 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. Also 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday. Call (813) 621-7821.

Entertainment calendar 02/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 2:14pm]
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