Entertainment calendar

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Spring Home Show: Get remodeling, decorating and product tips from more than 275 companies with 900 exhibits featuring updated technology and tips on customization, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $8, $7 seniors, children under 12 free with an adult. Call (813) 677-6925.

Chalk Walk Festival: Now in its fifth year, the festival features more than 50 sidewalk artists who will create artwork in designated squares, as well as food and entertainment, 10 a.m. at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle. Free. Call (813) 221-2787.

'S Wonderful: Five mini-musicals pay tribute to the styles and places that influenced George and Ira Gershwin's songbook, from their start in New York City in 1916 to New Orleans in the '50s, 1 and 6:30 p.m. at Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $32.50. Also 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Circle Mirror Transformation: When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won, 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets start at $26. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 727-2708.

Anything Goes: When the SS American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love in this Cole Porter musical, 1 and 6:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $46.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners who populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment, street theater, armored contact jousting, human chess matches, art, craft and other vendors, fire-eaters and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $18.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $10.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $35 pet season pass. Call toll-free 1-800-601-4848.

Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl: Enjoy drink specials at more than six bars, including Reservoir Bar, R Bar, Hamburger Mary's, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Elmers Sports Cafe and First Chance/Last Chance, noon-8 p.m. at the Reservoir, 1518 E Seventh Ave. $5. Call (212) 724-3900.

St. Patrick's Day Party at MacDinton's SOHO: Be sure to sport your green because MacDinton's claims to be "the place to be seen in your green." The party, which features live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, beer and corned beef and cabbage, starts at 9 a.m. at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave. $10 after 4 p.m. Call (813) 251-8999.

Irish Invasion at Four Green Fields: Four Green Fields opens at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. There will be a lunch buffet of shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage and fish 'n' chips from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and live music, 10 a.m. at Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St. $10 starting at noon, unless you order the $16.95 buffet. Call (813) 254-4444.

Brandon O'Brien's St. Patrick's Day Party: The day dedicated to all things green includes music by the Tampa Bay Pipe and Drum Band, Irish dancers, Irish food and green beer, 11 a.m. at O'Brien's Irish Pub of Brandon, 701 W Lumsden Road. $10 after 2 p.m. Call (813) 661-9688.

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.

Sail Paddy's Celebration: The Sail Pavilion celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a party in the 360-degree waterfront bar with beer and drink specials, a best pup leprechaun contest for dogs, DJ music and giveaways, 2-10 p.m. at Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St. Free. Call (813) 373-1193.

Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen Movie Series: This series surveys several sex symbols of the silver screen, from Marlon Brando to Clara Bow, and this week features Roman Holiday, the 1953 romance that stars Audrey Hepburn, 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

Rembrandt Art Show Gala: Children ages 5 to 14 can submit works for the 18th annual show, which is on display through Friday, and awards will be presented at this gala and reception, 3 p.m. at the Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 W Swann Ave. Call (813) 251-3780.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Screening: The church hosts a free screening of the 2005 movie based on the first book in C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series, 3 p.m. at Oak Grove United Methodist Church/Church on the Move, 2707 W Waters Ave. Free.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner Cruise: Dine on a buffet of traditional Irish favorites as you take in the view of Tampa's downtown waterfront area, 5:30-8 p.m. at Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive. $54.95, $29.95 children. Call (813) 223-7999.

A Joke Off: There will be eight comics, with two on stage at a time, each vying to come up with the funnier joke about a topic picked by the audience, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Suicide Punchline: Jen Tuder performs her one-person show for one night only, as she uses three characters to examine suicide and survival, 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15, $10. Call (813) 229-7827.

St. Patrick's Day with World of Drum and Bass: Get ready to blow your eardrums and mind at this St. Patrick's Day party with 100,000 watts of bass, thousands of lasers, two-for-one green bottle Heinekens and Central Florida's only stop for the World of Drums and Bass show, 8 p.m. at Club Underground, 802 E Whiting St. $15. Call (813) 221-2582.

The Veldt: If you're aching for My Bloody Valentine to tour, try this underground '90s alternative/shoegaze band from Chapel Hill, N.C., 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $8. Call (813) 248-4969.

The Importance of Being Earnest: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym, Ernest, for their on-the-sly activities, 3 p.m. at Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St. $14, $12 students/seniors/military, $10 children.

Lynne Koplitz: This knockout moved from Alabama to New York with theater on her mind and discovered her talent for standup comedy in the process, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10-$25. Call (813) 960-1197.

Dolan's St. Patrick's Day: Dolan's celebrates St. Patrick's Day weekend with a traditional Irish breakfast, music by five bands, dancing, a variety of Irish food and plenty of beer, 9 a.m. at P.J. Dolan's, 2836 E Bearss Ave. Menu prices vary. Call (813) 374-2338.

St. Patrick's Day Party at the Gathering Place: This party offers green pizza, as well as music, Jameson shots, Green Angry Orchard Cider and other drink specials, 1-8 p.m. at the Gathering Place Wood-Fired Oven, 16319 N Florida Ave. Item prices vary. Call (813) 280-2978.

18 Monday

Adam Johnson Talk: The author of The Orphan Master's Son, named one of 2012's best books by the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and more, speaks and signs books at this luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at University Club, 1 Tampa City Center, 38th floor. $50. Call (813) 223-3737.

Leonard Cohen: Over his four-decade career, Cohen is perhaps best known for his song Hallelujah and numerous covers of it, as well as tracks like I'm Your Man and The Future, 8 p.m. Monday at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $59.50-$250. Call (813) 229-7827.

19 Tuesday

National Ravioli Day: Savor ravioli dishes, from Ravioli alla Vodka, filled with ricotta and pancetta in a rich tomato vodka cream sauce, to Ravioli di Bello, filled with portobello mushroom, and more, all at half price, as Brio celebrates Ravioli Day, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., No. B207. Menu prices vary, starting at $5.25. Call (813) 877-3939.

Women of Distinction Luncheon: Deborah Roberts of ABC newsmagazine 20/20 serves as keynote speaker for the 12th annual event honoring women in west-central Florida who have achieved marked success in their chosen fields and who serve as role models for girls and young women, 11:30 a.m. at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive. $75. Call toll-free 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1690.

Adrenaline Mob: The metal supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Disturbed and Symphony X tours off their 2012 album Omerta, 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $16.50-$18. Call (813) 248-9500.

Bellini and the Sultan: A Comedy in Istanbul: See a staged reading by local playwright Ed Stevens, one of the 2013 winners of Stageworks' Breaking New Ground Playwrights Competition, 7 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $5, $3 students and seniors. Call (813) 727-2708.

20 Wednesday

Chelsea Grin: Continuing a string of metalcore and deathcore shows at the Orpheum, the Salt Lake City screamers play with Attila and others, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $15 advance, $17 day of. Call (813) 248-9500.

Esau McGraw: The comedian has performed on Def Comedy Jam, Last Comic Standing, Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Standup and in Idlewild, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $12. Call (813) 864-4000.

21 Thursday

Dress for Success Tampa Bay Shopping Soiree and Fashion Show: This fashion show featuring spring and summer trends, cosmetic makeovers, raffles and more benefits Dress for Success of Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. at Dillard's at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. $35. Call (813) 342-1220.

Vino Bellisimo Tasting: Taste varieties from one of Tuscany's oldest wine families, Marchesi de Frescobaldi, 6-8 p.m. at Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd. $5. Call (813) 879-2931.

Photo Safari: Join instructors from the museum for an all-access pass to great photo ops in Tampa Bay, this week featuring instructor Joseph Gamble on capturing images of a day in the life of the historic Tarpon Springs community, 7 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive. $55, $45 members. Call (813) 221-2222.

Brad Williams: The comedian, a dwarf and a high-energy performer referred to by Robin Williams as "Prozac with a head," hit it big when he paired up with Carlos Mencia on tour. He performs at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15-$17. Call (813) 864-4000.

The Umbrella Cult: The Sarasota indie group plays with fellow Sarasota residents Physical Plant in a free show, 9:30 p.m. at the Hub, 719 N Franklin St. Free. Call (813) 229-1553.

Spelling Bee for Adults: Prizes will be given for top team, best costume/theme, most spirited and more, with admission including one free drink ticket and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages and food, 5:45 p.m. at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive. $100 for four-person team, $10 to watch. Call (727) 656-7573.

Fun'Raiser with Carl LaBove: The comedian, known as one of the Original Outlaws of Comedy, performs at this fundraiser for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $20-$27. Call (813) 960-1197.

Over his four-decade career, Cohen is perhaps best known for his song Hallelujah and numerous covers of it, as well as tracks like I'm Your Man and The Future, 8 p.m. Monday at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $59.50-$250. Call (813) 229-7827.

Come early to enjoy drinks and samples of food from area restaurants at this private mix and mingle with the festival's stars and celebrities, along with admission to the world premiere screening of Empire State starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, above, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. $60. Call (813) 274-8982.

Entertainment calendar 03/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 1:28pm]

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