Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 10

Diana Ross: The Motown mogul, actor and author comes to St. Petersburg to belt out her classic hits, including I'm Coming Out, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and It's My Turn. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $69.50–$129.50. (727) 893-7832.

U.S. Soccer Watch Party: Get out to the Tampa Bay Times Forum's West Plaza to cheer on the U.S. Men's National Team against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Get there at 7 p.m. for a table discussion with members of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the USF Men's Soccer team. The game watch starts at 8 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 342-4077.

$5 Days: To celebrate its third birthday, the Glazer Museum offers everyone $5 admission through Sept. 30. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $5. (813) 443-3861.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: Stalls with produce, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts set up at 9 a.m. along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Free (items individually priced). (727) 278-4285.

COMING UP

Rick Springfield: He's a regular to the bay area but the ladies don't seem to mind. The '80s heartthrob is touring in support of Songs for the End of the World, with a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. $35–$95. (727) 791-7400.

Tampa Bay Fashion Week: The kickoff is a daylong event of fashion workshops, discussions with stylists and an appearance by author Jackie Walker, ending with a runway show. It's free Friday at International Plaza in Tampa. Fashion Week runs through Sept. 21.

I Like It Hot Festival: Because it's not hot enough out there, turn up the heat another notch with fiery foods, sauces and salsas, a pepper-eating contest, a hot sauce competition and a spicy lolly lick-a-thon on Saturday and Sunday at the Minnreg Building in Largo. $5; 12 and younger free.

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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 in Tampa Bay for Dec. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for 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’Neill...
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

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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