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Oscar Shorts: Animation: Tampa Theatre is showing Oscar-nominated short animated films today, including Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Feral, Possessions and Room on the Broom. All films are appropriate for ages 6 and older. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11. (813) 274-8982.

Matthew Morris: The 11-year-old Youtube sensation known as MattyB will bring his love ballad rap songs to the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 7 p.m. $19.99-$39.99. (727) 822-3590.

Pavlo: For his ninth album, Six String Blvd, the PBS darling incorporates exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean and pop sounds. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.

Chimaira: The heavy metal band from Cleveland performs at 7 p.m. at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20.50. (727) 895-3045.


Florida State Fair: Today is Armband Day at the fair, and that means you can get an unlimited ride armband for $30 at the gate at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Admission: $11-$13 adults, $7 seniors, $6-7 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. (813) 621-7821.


Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC Poor Chuck just wants to be remembered on Valentine's Day. (We're looking at you, Little Red-Haired Girl.) Just as long as he doesn't get a rock.

Great Performances, 9 p.m., PBS For "National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage" Benedict Cumberbatch performs a scene from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Sounds like a case for Sherlock Holmes.


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    Today is a good day for a party.

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