Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for June 5

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Buckhorn as food trucks line up for this lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. This month's fiesta will feature Not Your Ordinary Food Truck, Dude & His Food, Dochos, Maggie on the Move, Michelle Faedo and more. The trucks open up at 11 a.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa.

Taj Mahal: The musician celebrates four decades of blues, roots and reggae. He is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time and has scored two Grammy awards from his albums. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $42-$55. (727) 822-3590.

ZZ Ward: To the unseasoned ear, ZZ Ward's boisterous vocal on cuts like Put The Gun Down and Move Like U Stole It could easily be mistaken for Adele. She performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2555.

Tropicana Field Ballpark Tours: Take a 90-minute, behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. See the Rays' dugout, Press Box, Touch Tank, 162 Landing, Hitters Hall of Fame and more. Still and video cameras welcome. Tour begins at 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3-14, 2 and younger free. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

TO WATCH

CMT Music Awards 2013, 8 p.m., CMT Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell host the fans' choice awards, which should always be the most important style of award show, but never is. Like we care what the rest of Nashville thinks about Taylor Swift.

SEASON PREMIERE Chef Robli & Co., 10 p.m., Bravo Catering to A-listers must be very difficult. You have to both make food that will impress them, then not be offended when they don't eat it because they're starving themselves.

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COMING UP

Fleetwood Mac: This is the enduring rock band's first tour since 2009. The lineup includes all the biggies — Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks — except Christine McVie. Show is Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $36.75-$146.75. (813) 301-2500.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $45. (813) 229-7827. Ice Skating at Tampa’s W...
Published: 12/15/17
Top things to do on Dec. 17

Top things to do on Dec. 17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum band is bringing an updated presentation of "The ghosts of Christmas Eve." This winter tour will be celebrate the accomplishments of the group’s late creator and composer Paul O...
Published: 12/15/17
Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

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Published: 12/15/17
Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that Tavis Smiley was slated to bring to Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled in the wake sexual misconduct allegations against the broadcaster.Death...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17
This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

PARADES Homosassa Christmas Boat Parade Parade begins at Marker 75 by Bird Island. Free. Homosassa Springs Marina, 10806 W Halls River Road, Homosassa. 6 p.m. Dec. 16.   Indian Rocks Beach Boat Parade It begins at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and...
Published: 12/14/17
Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Take a second and try to think of a few of the world’s biggest drinking cultures. Ireland is a freebie, but then you’ll probably move onto Germany, Russia and possibly even South Korea (yep, South Korea goes hard).How about Spain? No, I’m not just ta...
Published: 12/14/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress is ready to Roar as she sets off on a tour in support of the album, Witness. Synth-pop duo Purity Ring opens. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$195.75. (813) 301-2500.John Prine: T...
Published: 12/14/17
From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

You don’t have to stare at a greeting card to picture a bustling old main street lined with decorated shops and lampposts. Historic small-town shopping districts are easy to find, and more charming than Walmart. Beyond the downtowns of St. Pet...
Published: 12/14/17
New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown Tampa will be a little different this year, as free, public viewing moves from Channelside Bay Plaza to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena due to ongoing construction. Meanwhile, the Pied Pipe...
Published: 12/14/17
Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

We live in the age of the hoax.Believe me.And if you don’t believe me, believe Kevin Young, author of the sometimes disturbing but always fascinating new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.In it, Yo...
Published: 12/14/17