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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 5

2 Trains Running: In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the rise of the black power movement in 1969, a young man learns about social awareness when an iconic Pittsburgh diner is slated for demolition. Show starts at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$49. (727) 823-7529.

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Buckhorn as food trucks line up for this monthly lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. This month, two new trucks, Aloha To Go and Street Surfer, will be joining the party. It starts at 11 a.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. Menu prices vary.

Shen Yun: Classically trained dancers and a full orchestra weave ancient legends with modern heroic tales to explore 5,000 years of Chinese culture. See it at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $52.50-$202.50. (727) 893-7832.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo After last week's disappointing double elimination, it's down to Nick and Nina, which sounds like the title of an NBC sitcom.

Arrow, 8 p.m., CW Is it just us, or do you like Laurel better now that she's a pill-popping boozer? Drink up, Ms. Lance, because the League of Assassins is back.

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COMING UP

Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Gasparilla is over, but you need more beads, right? Get some at this nighttime parade, with more than 100 lighted floats, marching bands, krewes and TV talk-show host Jerry Springer, who returns as a guest. It's free Saturday in Ybor City. (813) 241-6554.

Bands, Brew and BBQ: In the wake of the Blackfish controversy, bands have been dropping out of this SeaWorld/Busch Gardens series, which also features craft beers and food. When it opens at Tampa's theme park on Saturday, who will the act be? Stay tuned for an announcement sometime this week. Included in park admission.

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American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy sees a down-and-out producer and his accountant scheme to produce the most notorious flop in theater history. Through May 13. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Pe...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

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The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

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On its 20th anniversary, Disney's Animal Kingdom credits conservation with longevity

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Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

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