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Plan your weekend Jan. 15-17: MLK parades, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Fest

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend: Before Monday's parades in Tampa (noon at Cuscaden Park) and St. Petersburg (11 a.m. downtown), this weekend brings the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest, a weekend celebration by national, local and regional acts including Jonathan Butler (Saturday) and Angie Stone (Sunday); health and wellness seminars, cultural activities, displays. Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 1-888-224-1733 ext. 3143. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Take the kids

Monster Jam: Giant trucks crush lesser vehicles Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Party in the Pits from 1:30 to 5 p.m., then head to Raymond James Stadium for the 7 p.m. show where they have brought in truckloads of dirt to create racing and freestyle competition arenas. $15-$125.


Sunshine Music Festival: Live Nation and Tedeschi Trucks Band are returning for a fourth year for this festival at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Pete's Vinoy Park. Co-organizers Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will likely preview songs from their new album, Let Me Get By, and there is a strong bill of blues, jam and Americana acts, including the Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Jorma Kaukonen, the Revivalists and Hard Working Americans, a Southern rock supergroup led by singer-songwriter Todd Snider. $49.99 and up.


Jane Lynch: Glee's Sue Sylvester is one of the most in-demand comic actors around. She even does a Songs That Made Us Cry When We Were Kids medley, so be prepared to burst into tears. The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. $45 and up. (727) 791-7400; For pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin's interview with Jane Lynch, see


Jim Norton: Profanely funny author and actor Jim Norton, co-host of The Opie with Jim Norton Show on Sirius XM Radio, performs today through Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa. Shows are for 18 and older. $35.


Cocktails & Couture The Ritz Ybor on Saturday hosts this avant-garde art and fashion bash. Expect three themed rooms at the event sponsored by Tampa Bay Fashion Week. Runway shows by local designers and boutiques will take over the Cirque Werk Theater. Tickets for this 18 and up event are $15, $20 day of show. VIP admission, for 21 and up, is $50 and includes runway seating, skip-the-line privileges, a swag bag and two free drinks. Proceeds benefit Pride & Passion at the Tampa Museum of Art. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2555.


Winter Jam: One of contemporary Christian rock's biggest tours returns to Tampa for its annual date at Amalie Arena. Smash Aussie duo For King and Country and rock and country songwriter Matthew West top the bill at Winter Jam, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, with support from RED, NewSong, Sidewalk Prophets and Crowder, among others. Tickets aren't sold for Winter Jam; admission is a suggested $10 donation at the door.

Get swinging

Florida Orchestra: It's back to the 1940s for the Florida Orchestra this weekend, and they are bringing along award-winning swing dancers in Pops concerts with songs like In the Mood and film and Broadway tunes; $15-$45 at 8 p.m. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. On Saturday, 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. And on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. For more, see

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, swynne@ Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend Jan. 15-17: MLK parades, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Fest 01/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 5:22pm]
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