Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Entertainment calendar

21 Today

Earth Day for Kids: The kid-inspired Earth Day celebration starts with a parent/child yoga session followed by a farm tour, photos with tractors, live music, food demonstrations and a visit to the Sunday Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave. Free. Call (813) 887-4066.

Viva La Musica: This Latin music festival at Busch Gardens features food, drink, music and fun for the entire family, bringing together live salsa, meringue and Spanish pop performances from award-winning Latin artists, this week featuring Oscar D'Leon, noon at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $80, $72 ages 3-9. Call (813) 987-5600.

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

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

Family Favorites Film Series: In April and May, the next generation of young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen, this week featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the story of a poor boy who wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all, 2 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 12 and younger. Call (813) 274-8982.

Great Amazing Race: Kids in grades 1-12 can pair up and run, jog or walk this one mile cross country course filled with fun challenges modeled after the television show The Amazing Race, 2 p.m. at Oscar Cooler Park, 770 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd. $40.

AsiaFest Preview Day: Children can learn about Asian culture through traditional performances, entertainment, food sampling and arts and crafts, 2-4 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. Free. Call (813) 443-3861.

In the Next Room: In this comedy set late in the Victorian age, a new medical device is developed to calm women with "hysteria." For mature audiences, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the University of South Florida Theater 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $8-$15.

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 p.m. Call (813) 247-3866.

Musings of a 'Postmodern' Romantic: Tampa Repertory Theatre's second-stage company debuts an expanded new imagining of its poetry performance Musings of a "Postmodern" Romantic by local poet Christopher Hawthorne, 3 p.m. at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave. $15. Call (813) 300-3585.

Steinway Piano Concert Series, With Dorian Leljak: Leljak presents an afternoon of works by Frederic Chopin, 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.

Dance Theatre of Harlem: The troupe is back on tour after an eight-year hiatus, showcasing an eclectic evening of ballet featuring Gloria, Black Swan, Return and Agon, 4 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $29.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Curren$y: The rapper is known for tracks like Jet Life and Where da Cash At and recently released the mixtape New Jet City featuring French Montana and Rick Ross, as well as Wild Splash performers Juvenile and Juicy J, 6 p.m. at Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave. $20. Call (813) 873-8368.

Jim Jeffries: The Australian comedian has developed a strong following with caustic humor similar to Doug Stanhope, yet he may become even more popular after his new FX show Legit. 6 and 8:15 p.m at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $27. Call (813) 960-1197.

Chuck Glass: This Tampa native got his start at the Improv on a dare to sign up for open mic night, and now he returns as a headliner, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Tracy Morgan: The comedian, best known for his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and as Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock, is bringing his hilarious act to Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, 8 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. $55-$65. Call (813) 627-7625.

Peanut Butter Wolf: In a "vinyl edition showcase" of the weekly event Ol' Dirty Sundays, the DJ plays his third Tampa Bay show in two days along with fellow Stones Throw artist J. Rocc, 9 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. Free. Call (813) 241-8600.

24 Wednesday

Open Studio Wednesday and Wine: Enjoy an evening in the Santaella Studio for the Arts building, bring friends, develop your art skill and sip a little wine each Wednesday. Bring your own art materials and easel, 6-9 p.m. at Santaella Studios for the Arts, 1906 N Armenia Ave. $15. Call (702) 244-0789.

Paul Tough Lecture: The author and former New York Times Magazine editor signs and speaks about his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 4401 W Cypress St. Free. Call (813) 872-5241.

Joe Pug: The singer-songwriter, who was put alongside such hallowed names as Bob Dylan and Tom Waits in a Paste review, tours off his newest album The Great Despiser, 8 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 248-4969.

Dean Napolitano: After having started his comedy career touring Florida, Dean is back after opening for Don Rickles and Joan Rivers, as well as appearing on shows like Heroes and The Shield, 8 p.m. today and Thursday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10-$12. Call (813) 864-4000.

25 Thursday

Ignite Tampa Bay: Community members are given five minutes to speak, accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds, meant to generate awareness and stimulate thought and action on the subjects presented. 6:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $16. Call (813) 274-8982.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Resistance is futile" in keeping true Trekkies away when the Emmy-winning two-part episode The Best of Both Worlds is shown as a full-length presentation, 7 p.m. at CineBistro at Hyde Park Village, 1609 W Swann Ave. $12.50. Call (813) 514-8300.

Hamlet: The oft-performed Shakespeare play featuring vengeful Hamlet, his mother and his uncle Claudius gets another rendition, with Jack Holloway in the title role, 7:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St. $20, $15 students/seniors/military.

Dr. Dirty John Valby: Fitting his name, the comedian and classically trained pianist sings dirty ditties while tickling the ivories, 8 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $15-$17. Call (813) 960-1197.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody: If the prose of Fifty Shades of Grey wasn't already comedic enough for you, this parody adds musical numbers, stripteases, jokes and more, 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $35.50 and up. Call (813) 229-7827

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At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

TAMPALife’s quite different at the tail end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade than at the launching point.The funnel cakes and corn dogs are a bit less omnipresent. When the first cars and floats begin to journey down Bayshore Boulevard, you’re onl...
Published: 01/20/18
Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

SOUTH TAMPA Charles P. Hessemer, 90 years young and about as sharp as the palette knives he paints with, finds artistic inspiration in the costumed-clad revelers of Tampa’s favorite annual event. The details in Hessemer’s oil painting s...
Published: 01/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Tweed Ride: This popular leisurely bike ride around downtown St. Petersburg brings out ladies and gents in derby hats, vests, petticoats, lace-up boots and other fashionable vintage choices. Tea and scones served before the ride. After the ride, gath...
Published: 01/19/18
Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Fans of notorious street artist and activist Banksy won’t have to travel too far to see one of his original pieces, thanks to an exhibit opening on Jan. 27 at the Outer Space Gallery in Winter Haven. The "Haight Street Rat" will be on display, on the...
Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

Peter Mayle, whose international bestseller A Year in Provence sent countless tourists to the vineyards and lavender fields of Southern France, has died.In an email, Mr. Mayle’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, reported that he died Thursday in a hospital...
Published: 01/18/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Jan. 19

FestivalsFlorida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo and Rodeo: The three-day event will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport, 2495 Broad St., south of Brooksville. Features ...
Published: 01/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
Published: 01/18/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

On Saturday, the kids get first crack at the booty from the pirates at the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the annual alcohol-free party on Bayshore Boulevard. To kick off the season of Jose Gaspar, the fictitious marauder whose legend has...
Published: 01/18/18
‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

TAMPA — Jose Gaspar, mythical pirate, meet Lord Stanley of Preston. Hang out, get to know one another, have as much fun as possible during the wrinkle in time that makes possible what will likely be a one-time-only encounter. Next weekend, th...
Published: 01/18/18