Saturday, January 20, 2018
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 15

Taylor Swift and Rihanna: They are two of the biggest music stars on the planet, and they're in Tampa at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on back-to-back nights. Swift's show Saturday is sold out, but you can still get tickets to Rihanna's on Friday: $36.75-$122.75. (813) 301-2500.

Tax Day: It's today. Not done yet? Maybe it'll make you feel better to know that more Americans than usual have waited until the last minute this year. Not helping? Then check out tips on three tax prep programs and other advice, in Business, 4B.

Jillian Michaels: The in-your-face trainer from The Biggest Loser will give tips on exercise and healthy eating, as well as how to adjust your attitude, Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $49-$75. (727) 791-7400.

Record Store Day: Vinyl is hot, spinning this indie event straight into the mainstream, with limited releases from artists big and small and lines around the block early Saturday morning at stores such as Daddy Kool and Bananas in St. Pete and Microgroove and Sound Exchange in Tampa. Go to recordstoreday.com for more stores and events.

Date night

Mike Tyson: The former boxer brings his one-man, autobiographical stage show Undisputed Truth to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday. How much is for real and what's an act? Discuss. Tickets are $50 to $500 for a superduper meet-and-greet with autographed boxing glove. (727) 791-7400.

Lewis Black: Expect the comedian to rant about something — okay, everything — Thursday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $39.50-$65. (813) 229-7827.

Stuffed and Unstrung: This naughty puppet show co-created by Jim Henson's son is not for the kiddies. It relies on improv, sparked by tales from the audience, so be interesting, please. Show is Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $25-$45. (727) 893-7832

Kids and Family

Mainsail Arts Festival: This mainstay festival in St. Petersburg's waterfront Vinoy Park has 250 exhibitors in all media vying for $50,000 in prizes. It's free admission Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. No pets.

Rays Bark in the Park: Take your pooch to the Trop in St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon when the Rays take on the Oakland A's. The giveaway for kids: Astro Bobblehead! $25 (dog/owner pair), $20 additional human. (888) 326-7297.

more to explore

Do something nice for Mother Earth on Saturday for Earth Day. Find a list of events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

 
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