Monday, November 20, 2017
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Kegs For a Cause: Craft beer and music combine in this benefit for Whole Planet Foundation, with a complimentary Whole Foods Market pint glass while supplies last and beer-themed prizes, 12-7 p.m. at Reilly's Westshore Taphouse, 3681 S West Shore Blvd. Menu and beer prices vary. Call (813) 839-7551.

'S Wonderful: Five minimusicals 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.

Brad Williams: The dwarf comedian with giant talent hit it big when he paired up with Carlos Mencia on tour, and Robin Williams called the high-energy performer "Prozac with a head," 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $15-$17. Call (813) 864-4000.

Circle Mirror Transformation: When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's 6-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. Call (813) 727-2708.

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. $15.95 advance, $7.95 ages 5-12 advance; $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.

Repticon: Vendors will be on hand with reptile pets and everything related to reptiles, amphibians, exotic animals, as well as raffles, seminars and children's activities, 10 a.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Call (863) 268-4273.

Hyde Park Village Art Fair: Hyde Park Village's signature art festival will feature artists from around the country including top local talent in paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle. Free. Call (561) 746-6615.

Race Illiteracy: This race hopes to raise money to build a library in a town outside of Kayunga, Uganda, 8 a.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. $22. Call (813) 394-4845.

Sunshine Sunday: This special day for children with special needs includes reduced lighting and sound, special programing and resources for children and families with special needs, with this month featuring an egg hunt, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $5, members free. Call (813) 443-3861.

Harbour Island Art Walk: Browse local artists' work, with food, drinks, fashion, jewelry, a kids' art space and more, 12-5 p.m. at Harbour Island, 700 Harbour Post Drive. Free.

New York Yankees Spring Training: Watch the team play against the Tampa Bay Rays today, Houston Astros on Tuesday, and Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, 1:05 p.m. today and Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive. $17-$33. Also 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Call (813) 875-7753.

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.

Nate Najar and John Lamb: This Tampa Jazz Club event brings together the nylon string fingerstyle guitarist and former bassist for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, 3 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave. $20, $15 members, $10 students with ID, free HCC students and staff. Call (813) 253-7623.

Anything Goes!: The duo of Sonny and Perley present this tribute to Cole Porter, 3 p.m. at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Tampa Oratorio Singers: The 60-member choir performs Gabriel Faure's Requiem and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna with the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church Choir, 3:30 p.m. at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 San Jose St. $10. Call (813) 247-3866.

Wet Willie: In a somewhat unusual show for the Orpheum, the '70s Alabama rock band behind Keep On Smilin' plays with original frontman Jimmy Hall, 5 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $20 advance, $50 VIP. Call (813) 248-9500.

Easter Bonnet Bar Hop: Put on your fluffy Easter bonnet and join the "bunnies" as they hop their way through multiple bars in GayBor, where the hopping may turn to flopping with a free shot at each stop, 5 p.m. at Bradley's on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave. $15. Call (813) 241-2723.

Las Damas de Arte Gala: This Las Damas de Arte (the Ladies of Art) gala will feature music, food, art and re-enactors for two of the most famous ladies of art — Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, 6 p.m. at Bob Smith Black Box Theatre at Tampa Preparatory School, 727 W Cass St. $40 advance, $45 day of. Call (813) 251-8481.

Alicia Keys: The singer is touring off her new album Girl on Fire, but she's just as well-known for her earlier albums Songs in A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys, with R&B singer Miguel and The Voice winner Jermaine Paul opening, 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $45.25-$100.25. Call (813) 301-2500.

HRVRD: The Charlotte post-rock band plays with fellow North Carolinians Junior Astronomers, who have played with Polvo and Des Ark, 9 p.m. at the Hub, 719 N Franklin St. Free. Call (813) 229-1553.

Carl LaBove: One of the original Outlaws of Comedy, he has made a name for himself as one of comedy's wittiest storytellers and on TV in Seinfeld and Roseanne, and on the big screen in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 3 and 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 960-1197.

Taste of New Tampa: Families can enjoy food sampling, sipping, clowns, a battle of the bands, headline acts, children's area and mingling with neighbors, noon-6 p.m. at Primrose School of Tampa Palms, 5307 Primrose Lake Circle. $5 wristband, $1 per tasting ticket. Call (813) 293-2464.

Steinway Piano Concert Series With Mikhail Kopelman and Anna Gourfinkel: Russian violinist Kopelman (concert master of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, first violin of Borodin and Tokyo string quartets) is joined by pianist Gourfinkel, 4 p.m. at University of South Florida School of Music, MUS 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $8-$12 advance, $10-$15 day of. Call (813) 974-2311.

26 Tuesday

Robotics: Children in grades 3-5 can discover how putting together simple machines can create a one-of-a-kind robot. 3 p.m. Free. Town 'N Country Regional Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 21

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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 22

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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/19/17
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Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/19/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 18

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Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

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Published: 11/17/17
With Harry Potter’s Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

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Published: 11/17/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 19

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Storytelling company hosts poetry contest

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