Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 13

Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: This is the one without the alcohol. But still plenty of beads! There will be dance groups, marching bands, krewes and a huge pyrotechnic extravaganza, all starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. Free, but reserved seating is $28-$40. (813) 251-8844.

Date night

Porgy and Bess: George Gershwin's American folk opera gets an update in this revival, with classic songs such as Summertime and It Ain't Necessarily So. It won the 2012 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The tour opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with shows through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $46.50-$81.50. (813) 229-7827.

Billy Joel: The six-time Grammy-winning piano man will sing you a song Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $39.50-$119.50. (813) 301-2500.

Bond & Beyond: The Florida Orchestra takes on the music of James Bond — Diamonds are Forever, You Only Live Twice — as well as some works a secret agent would love. Like Concerto for Cell Phone. Three shows, with vocalist Debbie Gravitte: Friday at Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337, or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Kids and Family

Festival of Chocolate: Send off your failed resolutions in grand style with a whole showroom of chocolate at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, including demos, classes and a fashion show. There's even a Great American Candy Run with a sweet sack of goodies at the end. Festival included with admission: $21.95, seniors $19.95, age 2-12 $17.95. Chocolate, classes, candy run are extra.

Kite Fest: Go fly a kite on Treasure Island, or better yet, watch experts do tricks set to music and handle huge themed kites. Weather permitting, there may be giant bubbles and a night kite flying session, all free Saturday and Sunday behind the Thunderbird.

Tall ship Lynx: The 122-foot-long, 94-foot-tall square topsail schooner inspired by a vessel from the War of 1812 arrives Wednesday with cannons blasting. It will dock alongside the Tampa Convention Center for public tours and harbor excursions from 1 to 6 p.m. $10, 12 and younger free (tour); $55, $30 12 and younger (harbor excursion). Toll-free 1-866-446-5969. The ship will sail to St. Petersburg's Harborage Marina for tours Jan. 23.

more to explore

Academy Award nominations are out Thursday. Find movie reviews at tampabay.com/movies.

 
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