Monday, December 11, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

Flashdance: Water will likely drop and leg warmers will definitely be donned in this musical version of the 1983 film about a Pittsburgh woman who dreams of being a professional dancer. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center in Tampa. $44.50-$79.50. (813) 229-7827.

Live-Action Oscar Shorts Screening: Tampa Theatre provides a rare opportunity to see the live-action shorts nominated for an Oscar — Death of a Shadow, Henry, Curfew, Buzkashi Boys and Asad — before the awards ceremony. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at 711 Franklin St. in Tampa. $10, $8 senior/military/members. (813) 274-8982 .

Gary Conrad: The comedy hypnotist invites volunteers on stage then quickly takes them to a hypnotic state, where they become performers in his skits. See him at 8 p.m. at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 864-4000.

The Piano Lesson: After arriving in Pittsburgh from the South, Boy Willie decides to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations for some quick cash in this August Wilson play. Curtain is at 8 p.m. at American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39; $20 student advance, $10 student rush. (727) 823-7529.

Matt Woods and Adam Lee: The two country troubadours play in the bay area en route to SXSW's MidCoast Takeover Party. Catch them tonight at 7 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 248-4969.

TO WATCH

Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC David Faustino from Married ... With Children is a guest star. Start a pool on how many minutes it takes for Ed O'Neill to make a winking reference to the old show. We say before the credits even roll.

American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox The 40 semifinalists head to Las Vegas to be culled from the group, one by one. And find out some details about Britney Spears' new casino show.

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In the mood for music? Check out all of the big concerts happening this week at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Stars Behind the Bar: Celebrities including Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, baseball legend David Wells and more will dole out drinks for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Belly up to the bar Thursday at 6 p.m. at Pete & Shorty's of Pinellas Park, 7402 49th St. N.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: This weekend kicks off seven weekends of Medieval madness on the grounds next to MOSI in Tampa. It starts with a Buccaneer Beer Fest — huzzah! Tickets are $15.95-$18.95, kids $7.95 to $10.95 at bayarearenaissancefest.com.

Spring training: Baseball season is here, with spring training games starting around the Tampa Bay area this weekend. The Rays spring training game is Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte; $10-$27.

$5 Day at the Zoo: Sunday it's just $5 to get into the Lowry Park Zoo. It's normally $24.95 so that savings draws a crowd; 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa.

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