Lebowski Fest: Dude, get ready because it's coming to Tampa on Friday at Ybor City's Orpheum ($16 advance, $20 day of), with live music and a screening of The Big Lebowski, above. On Saturday the festivities move to University Lanes, where you can bowl from 8 until midnight ($25 advance, $30 day of). White Russians will be the drink of choice. And don't forget: clever costumes, please. Tickets at lebowskifest.com.
Disenchanted: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and other angry princesses are out for revenge in this satire, perfect for a girls night out. It opens Tuesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $40. (813) 229-7827.
Einstein on Food and Wine: Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry's celebration of the senses features wine, a beer garden, food from area restaurants, music, a restaurant competition and an auction, all Saturday. Must be 21. $75, $125 VIP. (813) 987-6000.
Willie Nelson and Family: The octogenarian whose career spans six decades returns Wednesday to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, where he sold out a show last May. $48.50-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Barry Manilow: He writes the songs, lots of them, and you'll hear all the classics Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. $7.24-$157.24. (813) 301-2500.
Susannah: St. Petersburg Opera is tackling this American work about an innocent Tennessee mountain girl who is accused of sinful behavior by the church-going elders of the town. Shows are Friday, Sunday and Feb. 4. $21.50-$64.50. (727) 823-2040.
Carolina Chocolate Drops: The Grammy-winning folk band proves that old-time fiddle and banjo music can be cutting edge. Show is Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $24.50. (813) 229-7827.
Itzhak Perlman: The charming violin superstar who trained at Juilliard does a solo recital Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $41. (813) 229-7827.
Arctic Monkeys: In Europe and the rest of the world, the British indie band fills arenas and headlines festivals, but in Tampa Bay they keep playing small venues, including Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Hope you already have a ticket, because it's sold out.
Kids and Family
Monster Jam: It's back Saturday for another crushing round at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, featuring Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction (subject to change). $15-$100. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.
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