Friday, February 23, 2018
Events

On your radar: A Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert, a Food Truck Fiesta and golf in the dark

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: Teddy Abrams conducts a program with Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Liszt's Les Preludes and Schumann's Manfred Overture. It starts at 10 a.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $24–$42; package deals available. (727) 892-3337.

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. See it at 8 p.m. at American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39; $20 student advance, $10 student rush. (727) 823-7529.

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: The first Wednesday of the month brings a fleet of food trucks to Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. Starts at 11 a.m.

Glow Golfing: Who says you can't play golf in the dark? The waterfront course and the balls are lit by glow sticks in this nine-hole, par three, four-person scramble. Tee off at 6:45 p.m. at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. $25, $40 twosome. (727) 360-6062.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Tour the galaxy with a self-proclaimed crazy person as your guide in the play made famous by Lily Tomlin. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 498-5205.

Urban Cowboys: The Wild West meets the city in this tribute to honky-tonk. Hear some of your favorite tunes made famous by Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and George Strait at 7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. $19–$36. (941) 366-9000.

To watch

Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC: Rayna is unhappy to learn Deacon is now in Juliette's band. Well, who wouldn't want to hang with the girl from Heroes?

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 10 p.m., CBS: Thanks to a crossover with CSI: NY, Ted Danson and Gary Sinise are in the same episode. They will spend five minutes comparing their respective movie scenes with Tom Hanks, who would make a cameo if only this show were on NBC.

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The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

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Published: 02/23/18
Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

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