Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 5

Justin Bieber: If you believe all the hype, the 19-year-old is a train wreck: urinating in restaurant buckets, spitting on folks, scuffling with paparazzi, lip-synching concerts. But he'll still have a huge, loyal fandom when he hits the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Thursday. $36.75-$92.25. (813) 301-2500.

Mario Lopez: The actor and entertainment host looks to be in fine form for the Hot Summer Nights Poolside Party at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Friday. It's free, with DJs and liquor samples.

Date Night

Adam Ant: The dandy highwayman returns with a tour in support of his new mouthful of an album: Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. He performs Friday in the intimate Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $25-$145. (727) 822-3590.

ART: This play at American Stage in St. Petersburg centers on a very simple painting: It's entirely white. Is it art? Is it valuable? Everyone has a different perspective. In an unusual collaboration, the set also will use 24 colorful art glass objects by Duncan McClellan and other artists, all of which will be for sale. Previews are Wednesday and Thursday, and the play opens Friday. $29-$49. (727) 823-1600.

Leftover Cuties: You probably know their sound more than their name. Their song Game Called Life is the opening theme of Showtime's The Big C and the ridiculously happy Big Smile was used in the 2012 Summer Olympics' Samsung Galaxy S III commercial. See them Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $23. (813) 229-7827.

Kids and Family

Shark Week: The Discovery Channel phenomenon has spilled over to local attractions. All week, the Florida Aquarium in Tampa has themed scavenger hunts, games, shark dive shows and "Touch a Shark" at Stingray Beach, included with regular admission. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, you can see Great White Shark in all its terrifying glory on the huge IMAX screen. Check mosi.org for schedule.

Pool movies: If after Shark Week you still want to get in the water, you have a few options. Hotel Transylvania is the Flick and Float movie tonight at Childs Park Pool in St. Petersburg ($4, $3.50 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free). The Dive-In Movie on Friday at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($4). Don't forget your floaties.

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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

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Published: 12/15/17
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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

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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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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

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Published: 12/14/17
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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

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Published: 12/14/17
Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

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