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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 14-21

Festival of Chocolate: So long New Year's resolutions. Think pastry chef demonstrations, wine and chocolate pairings, a Cocoa Couture fashion show (3:30 p.m. Saturday) and tons and tons of chocolate. It runs Saturday through Jan. 21 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. Included in admission: $21.95, seniors $19.95, children $17.95; some events extra. tampa.festivalofchocolate.com/

Date Night

The Piano Lesson: American Stage in St. Petersburg puts on another in the cycle of August Wilson plays. The Piano Lesson, set in 1936, is about Boy Willie, who wants to sell a family piano for quick cash, but it's not that simple. Preview performances start Wednesday and it opens Friday. See americanstage.org for times and prices. (727) 823-7529.

Herm Edwards: The ESPN analyst and former NFL coach talks about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday at the USF Lecture Series at the Marshall Student Center in Tampa. Free.

Orchestra rocks Michael Jackson: Vocalist James Delisco joins the Florida Orchestra, along with a full rock band, to revisit 40 years of Jackson songs Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 892-5798.

Music: Expect Natalie Merchant to bring a set list of songs from 10,000 Maniacs and 2010's Leave Your Sleep album Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400). Contemporary gospel/R&B artist Mavis Staples hits the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Saturday. $25-$45. (727) 892-5798. It's blues by the bay with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John, Big Sam's Funky Nation and more Sunday at the Sunshine Blues Festival in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. $49.50, sunshinebluesfestival.com.

Kids and family

Treasure Island Kite Fest: Kites will fill the beach sky, with shows set to music, precision flying and huge themed kites. Bring your own, too, Saturday and Sunday behind the Thunderbird Resort. Free.

Monster Jam: There's a new giant truck in town, Zombie, along with your other favorite car crushers Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. $15-$35. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000. You can see various trucks for free Friday around Hillsborough; go to tampabay.com/things-to-do for a list.

Florida Manatee Festival: Celebrate the gentle sea cows with a fine arts show, manatee boat tours, vendors, food and tours of Three Sisters Springs on Saturday and Sunday at U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue in Crystal River. $3, 12 and younger free. floridamanateefestival.com.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 14-21 01/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:24pm]
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