Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 29

Christmas Town: Busch Gardens is transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland with 80 miles of lights, real snow, train rides and musical performances. It opens at 6 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $40, $25 pass holders, $10 children (single admission); $89, $29 children (unlimited admission). (813) 987-5600.

Florida Orchestra Rock Series: Music of Pink Floyd: The Florida Orchestra joins forces with a full rock band to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with hits like Money and Comfortably Numb. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 892-3337.

Kresge Mega Light Display Opens: The annual St. Petersburg neighborhood Christmas display includes 10 trailer-truck loads of lights, an 18-train model railroad and a 70-foot tree. It starts at 6 p.m. at 2719 Oakdale St. S in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-6500.

A Christmas Carol: Preview performance: The musical adaptation of Dickens' classic returns for the Christmas season. Performance begins at 8 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 498-5205.

TO WATCH

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Wow, the networks aren't wasting any time cramming Christmas specials down our throats. We're still sleeping off yesterday's gastronomic derring-do, and you're already giving us Seuss? Maybe this is the year that poor dog doesn't get tortured for the first 20 minutes.

Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas, 9 p.m., CBS If you ever wanted to see Garth Brooks at the Wynn Las Vegas, bad news: His three-year run is over. The good news is that you can watch his final performance here. Without the triple-digit ticket prices, too.

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Review: A seemingly inexhaustible shelf life continues in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Review: A seemingly inexhaustible shelf life continues in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

TAMPA Apparently, the Phantom lives forever.Thirty-two years after its premiere, one of the top-grossing musicals of all time is still packing ’em in. Sunday’s matinee at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts showed why Andrew Lloyd ...
Published: 02/19/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 23

FestivalsFlorida Bluegrass Classic: The event continues through Feb. 25 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Featuring live entertainment on the stage from 1 to 10 p.m. daily, as well as arts and crafts, workshops, a car ...
Published: 02/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

The Phantom of the Opera : Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit returns to Tampa. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom is performed by a cast and orches...
Published: 02/19/18
Ordinary dogs take to the Derby Lane greyhound track for the Mutt Derby

Ordinary dogs take to the Derby Lane greyhound track for the Mutt Derby

Some stopped midway, some turned around and ran the wrong way and some dashed to the arms of their owners as more than 300 average house pets took to the track at Derby Lane on Sunday for the Mutt Derby. The popular fundraiser for the Jaycees died o...
Published: 02/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and ...
Published: 02/16/18
Updated: 02/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Mutt Derby: Bring your non-aggressive dog for a day of dog races and other doggie games. Races will be done in weight divisions. All dogs racing must have proof of vaccinations. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound ...
Published: 02/16/18
‘Hello, Universe’ and ‘Wolf in the Snow’ top American Library Association awards for books for young readers

‘Hello, Universe’ and ‘Wolf in the Snow’ top American Library Association awards for books for young readers

The American Library Association announced its 2018 Youth Media Award winners Monday during its midwinter meeting in Denver.The annual awards honor books, video and audio for children and young adults and are highly regarded guides for booksellers, t...
Published: 02/16/18
Review: Paul Goldberg’s ‘The Chateau’ sets sharp political satire in a Florida condo

Review: Paul Goldberg’s ‘The Chateau’ sets sharp political satire in a Florida condo

The election is fraught with wild allegations and vicious character assassination, accusations of corruption and kickbacks, misspelled messages and outrageous debates — and of course the Russians have their hands all over it.The 2016 presidential rac...
Published: 02/16/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 19-25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 19-25

Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa’s best known road races returns to downtown, with a 5K and 15K Saturday and an 8K and half marathon on Sunday. The chief attraction is the 15K on Saturday, which takes runners out and back along the man...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

Kelsea Ballerini: Grammy-nominated country music star on tour with special guest Walter Hayes. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.25-$125. (727) 791-7400. Volta: The bendy people of Cirque du Soleil. Through Mar...
Published: 02/15/18
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