Monday, December 18, 2017
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Things to Do Planner: Comic Craig Robinson, Bobby Bones, Et Cultura festival, Lego Brickworld Tampa

COMEDY: Craig Robinson

Actor Craig Robinson is best known for toiling at Dunder-Mifflin on The Office or stealing scenes in comedic movies like Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine. This weekend he brings his stand-up show with a heavy musical edge to the Improv in Centro Ybor. Robinson has turned his improvised keyboard bits into a signature musical stand-up act. $32. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

COUNTRY: Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots

A huge force in country radio because of his status as a top DJ, Bobby Bones and his band the Raging Idiots regularly sell out their shows — and tickets to Saturday's show at the Straz Center's Morsani Hall were going fast press time. What began as great friends playing silly tunes on local television and random stages has snowballed into a musical comedy group. Their comedy album The Critics Give It 5 Stars hit No. 1 while his autobiography, Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book, released in May, topped the New York Times bestseller list. See the Raging Idiots at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25, $50 VIP. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

HIPSTER HANGOUT: Et Cultura festival

The five-day festival of art, music and film in St. Petersburg called Et Cultura opens Wednesday and continues through Sunday in venues around downtown St. Petersburg, with Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Ave., serving as a hub. Organizers hope it could one day be the city's own version of South by Southwest for young creative types. Some highlights include a music festival on Baum Avenue, near Green Bench on Friday at 7 p.m. with fusionists the Hip Abduction, above, and pop-rock singers Kendra Morris and Dan Orlando. Saturday's lineup starts at 1:30 p.m. and includes Must Be the Holy Ghost, and Sunday starts at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are required. There will be two dozen films, shorts and previews screened inside Green Bench. You'll also find lectures and discussions on art and technology and visual art exhibits. The event has a one-size-fits-all $25 price tag. See etcultura.com for the full lineup and tickets, and tbtim.es/18mw for more about the festival.

LEGO: Brickworld Tampa

Local Lego enthusiasts will fill 45,000 square feet of space with their brick creations for Brickworld Tampa this weekend. Activities include Lego and Duplo brick play areas, fighting robots and seek and finds 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $12, $9 military/first responders, 3 and younger free. Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (317) 572-5346.

   
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