Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 10

Midtown Men: This production reunites four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys starring Tony Award- winner, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award- nominee J. Robert Spencer in this concert experience that celebrates the music that defined the '60s. $35.75-$53. 2 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Don Giovanni: Follow Mozart's masterful villain — a seducer, set-up artist, liar and cheat — through the last two days of his life, with sex, murder and nonstop parties. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. 2 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.50-$109.50. (813) 229-7827.

Festa Italiana: Centennial Park is home to the celebration of all things Italian with Italian cuisine from area restaurants and caterers, live entertainment and children's activities. Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Italian Club. 11 a.m., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $5 advance, $10 day of, 11 and younger free. (813) 248-3316.

Art in Bloom Special Event: Conversations with the Designers: Floral designers are available in the galleries to discuss their creations, inspiration and techniques. Included with admission. Noon, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 896-2667.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The All American Rejects: The second annual festival runs weekends noon-9 p.m. through April 24, with gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting at $7.50. Live entertainment is at 6 p.m., included with admission. There are food and wine "sampler" tickets available for $24.99-$44.99 that get you five to 10 smaller-sized samples of the food and drinks available at the festival. 12 p.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Church Tour: See the German stained glass and hear the history of the church, dating back to 1860, on this docent led tour. 1:15 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tampa, 509 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1595.

W&W: The Dutch EDM superstars headline Evolution Sunday with openers, Joe Maz, Kidd Leow and Kid U Not. 2 p.m., Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $5.50 and up. (727) 442-5107.

Los Vinos de Dali: Dance to live music as you sample tapas from area restaurants paired with rare wines. Must be 21 or older. 4 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. $75, includes admission to Dali exhibits. (727) 823-3767.

DMC Tampa DJ Battle: DJ Charlie Chase will host this classic solo showcase style battle featuring judges DJ Chris Karns (DMC World Champion) and DJ Immortal. 6 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $10 advance, $15. (813) 241-8600.

Najee: The Grammy-winning saxophonist and flautist is one of the pioneers of contemporary jazz. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$49. (727) 822-3590.

Dawes: California-based, Americana rockers. Hiss Golden Messenger open. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 895-3045.

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: And the Tony Goes To: Tony Award winner Stuart Malina teams up with Tony nominee Christiane Noll Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro for a salute to Broadway shows and songs. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Celtic Nights: Spririt of Freedom: Celebrating 100 years of Irish independence through music, song and dance. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

SMALLab: A new learning environment in which every child is working in teams to solve puzzles, create stories, learn about the world and paint digital masterpieces. 1 p.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

TO WATCH

Fear the Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC. There is no shortage of zombies on TV these days. The Walking Dead may have ended its season last week, but now comes Season 2 of this less-exciting spinoff as the chaos continues in Los Angeles.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $45. (813) 229-7827. Ice Skating at Tampa’s W...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 17

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Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that Tavis Smiley was slated to bring to Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled in the wake sexual misconduct allegations against the broadcaster.Death...
Published: 12/14/17
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This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

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Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

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Published: 12/14/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress is ready to Roar as she sets off on a tour in support of the album, Witness. Synth-pop duo Purity Ring opens. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$195.75. (813) 301-2500.John Prine: T...
Published: 12/14/17
From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

You don’t have to stare at a greeting card to picture a bustling old main street lined with decorated shops and lampposts. Historic small-town shopping districts are easy to find, and more charming than Walmart. Beyond the downtowns of St. Pet...
Published: 12/14/17
New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown Tampa will be a little different this year, as free, public viewing moves from Channelside Bay Plaza to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena due to ongoing construction. Meanwhile, the Pied Pipe...
Published: 12/14/17
Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

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