Things to do

Peng Bo rehearses with the Shao Lin acrobatic team on stage at the UniverSoul Circus.

Times (2011)

Peng Bo rehearses with the Shao Lin acrobatic team on stage at the UniverSoul Circus.

24 Today

Questions My Mother Can't Answer: A moving and funny one-woman show written and performed by Andrea Caban, whose character goes on a mind- and body-healing mission after being hit by a New York City cab, interviewing eight women in the process of looking for a female role model, 4 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bill Bellamy and Jay Reid: Bellamy rose to prominence in the '90s on Def Jam and as an MTV VJ/host, and he performs with Reid to promote the special Ladies Night Out, which they both appear in, 7 p.m. today at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $25. Call (813) 864-4000.

UT Spring Dance Concert: The university puts on a free dance concert featuring works by both faculty and guest choreographers, 2 p.m. at Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-6243.

Flashdance: Water will likely be dropped and leg warmers will likely be donned in this musical version of the 1983 film about a Pittsburgh woman dreaming of being a professional dancer, 1 and 6:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners who populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment, street theater, live armored contact jousting, human chess matches, art, craft and other vendors, fire-eaters and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $15.95 advance, $7.95 ages 5-12 advance; $18.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $10.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $35 pet season pass. Toll-free 1-800-601-4848.

$5 Day at the Zoo: Load all the kids into the car and get ready to visit your favorite animals. Get there early because it gets crowded for this deal, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $5. Call (813) 935-8552.

Teddy Bear Show and Sale: Approximately 45 teddy bear artists will display thousands of bears and other fuzzy critters at this convention with workshops and accessories for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Westshore, 5303 W Kennedy Blvd. $6, $2 children. Call (502) 423-7827.

Making Authentic Thai at Home: Petta Brown of Asian Confusion hosts this free cooking class on basil chicken and Thai citrus salad during downtown's Sunday Market, noon at Franklin Street, 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street, Tampa. Free. Call (813) 221-3686.

New York Yankees Spring Training: Watch the team play against the Toronto Blue Jays today and Thursday, and against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, 1:05 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive. $17-$33. Call (813) 875-7753.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Donation appreciated. Call (813) 254-1891.

Bands, Brew & BBQ Series: The Doobie Brothers: The '70s rockers known for hits like Jesus Is Just Alright, Listen to the Music and Long Train Runnin' play, 5 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Theme park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Oscar Experience: This party, one of only 49 officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, includes "red carpet" festivities (6:30 p.m.) and a large-screen viewing of the Academy Awards telecast (8:30 p.m.), 6:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $30, $25 Tampa Theatre members, $20 students with ID. Call (813) 274-8982.

Floyd Mayweather Birthday Bash: The world title-winning boxer comes to party on his birthday at the Kennedy, with music by DJ Beni Boom and DJ Prophet and more, 10 p.m. at the Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. $20, $50 VIP. Call (813) 259-9669.

USF Spring Dance Concert: This year's dance concert includes Connecting in Reverse, a piece about disconnecting from a community, and Las Desenamoradas, a piece inspired by a Frederico García Lorca play, 3 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $12 advance, $15 day of general admission; $8 advance, $10 day of students/seniors.

Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare's black tragedy about a Roman general has been made into a film, a musical and even a band, and now USF puts on a version directed by British International Theatre's Helen Tennison, 3 p.m. at University of South Florida Theater 2, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $12 advance, $15 day of general admission; $8 advance, $10 day of students/seniors. Also 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

25 Monday

Every Time I Die: If you're yearning for an early taste of the Warped Tour, this show featuring the Buffalo, N.Y., metalcore band and fellow metalcore group the Acacia Stain should hit the spot, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $17. Call (813) 248-9500.

27 Wednesday

Real Music Concert Series: Herman's Hermits: The English pop group behind songs like I'm Into Something Good and Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter performs with original singer Peter Noone, 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Theme park admission required. Call (813) 987-5600.

Chow and Ciao: Combine fun, conversation and cuisine at Italian language series with dinner at each class, 6:30-8 p.m. at CDB's Southside, 3671 S West Shore Blvd. $225 per person for four-week class, $300 for six-week series, with discount for couples. Call (727) 866-6892.

Pink: On her Truth About Love Tour, the singer will return to Tampa for her first local headlining show since 2006 at Jannus Landing (although she did open for Justin Timberlake at the Times Forum in 2007) with Swedish rockers the Hives opening, 7:30 p.m. at the Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $36.75-$96.75. Call (813) 301-2500.

Hilary Hahn: Violinist Hilary Hahn's probing interpretations, technical brilliance and commitment to new music have helped her bring her love of classical music to a diverse audience, 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $45. Call (813) 229-7827.

28 Thursday

Guy Kawasaki: The Art of Innovation: If you're looking for startup business advice, you can't do much better than one of the founding Apple marketing gurus and author of numerous books including The Macintosh Way and The Art of the Start, 11:30 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $75, $40 students with ID. Call (813) 274-8511.

$75,000 Fantasy Blackjack Tournament: Play 10 hands head to head with the dealer, with a $3,500 cash prize for first place and prizes up to fifth place, 5-11 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. $25. Call (813) 627-7625.

Music on the Bay: Music on the Bay is a three-day festival of Parrot Head trop-rock, an island/tropical-inspired genre that blends other musical categories including rock, reggae, Caribbean and Latin, 6:30 p.m. at Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway. $70 for three days. Call (727) 493-4807.

Dig It!: The musical mixes Mesopotamians, mummies and makers of Romulus and Remus as it mines history for music, 7 p.m. at the Patel Conservatory, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15. Call (813) 222-1002.

Jesse Cook: Virtuoso flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook has blended African percussion, Cajun accordion, classical cello and pop vocals with his own rumba flamenco style to create a new hybrid of music, 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $27.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Owen Benjamin: The standup comedian has appeared on Steve Byrne's Sullivan & Son and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, as well as The House Bunny and Chillerama, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Call (813) 864-4000.

Hard Rock Rising: Battle of the Bands: Nine local bands compete in qualifying rounds, 8:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 N Orient Road. Free. Call toll-free 1-866-502-7529.

Walt Willey: The All My Children star and feature of a lengthy Tampa Bay Times profile for his Masarkytown show performs, 8 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $15. Call (813) 960-1197.

You'll see Caribbean dance, Chinese aerialists, contortionists, a Russian swing act, comedy and animals including elephants, tigers and dogs in this circus, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. today at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $18-$30. Call toll-free 1-800-316-7439.

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