Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 15

David Cross: The irreverent comedian and social commentator may be best known for his sketch comedy television series, Mr. Show and his role on Arrested Development. He currently stars with Bob Odenkirk on the Netflix series W/Bob & David. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28-$38. (813) 229-7827.

The Cult: The English rockers tour in support of their 10th studio album, Hidden City. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$55.50. (727) 893-7832.

Sacred Heart Spring Festival: Sacred Heart's annual community event features carnival rides, live bands, mixed entertainment, food, games and craft vendors. Benefits Sacred Heart Interparochial Catholic School. 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Interparochial School, 7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park. Free; $12-$20 (rides). (727) 541-4447.

American Stage in the Park Gala: A gourmet dinner with open bar, auctions and the opening performance for Monty Python's Spamalot, this year's American Stage in the Park production. Benefits artistic programming at American Stage Theatre. 6 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $200. (727) 823-1600, ext. 207.

Chris Janson: The country singer scored one of 2015's most enjoyable singles in Buy Me a Boat. 7 p.m., The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

Puddle of Mudd: The alternative rockers are known for early '90s hits like She Hates Me. Joining them are Muphin Chuckrs and Bless Ed. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 565-0550.

Friday Extra Concert Series: Tampa's longest running series features local artists performing diverse genres of music. Concessions are available, as well as limited free parking. Shaide Tree opens for TruL3gacy. 7 p.m., Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8221.

Steve Hackett: In celebration of his album Wolflight, which was released in April, along with the 40th anniversary of the release of his first solo album Voyage of the Acolyte, the former Genesis guitarist brings a show of both Hackett solos and Genesis classics. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.

Iliza Shlesinger: While it's surprising that only one woman has won NBC's Last Comic Standing after seven seasons, it's not surprising that it's Shlesinger. Her debut comedy special, War Paint reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the "Top Ten Albums of 2013" on iTunes. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $18-$22. (813) 864-4000.

(Title of Show): M.A.D. Theatre presents the Tony-nominated one-act musical comedy about writing a musical comedy. Called simply (Title of Show), the show chronicles its own creation. Through April 17. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25. (813) 229-7827.

Joe Marcinek Band: The band that blends jazz and funk will be joined by Tony Hall and Alvin Ford, Jr., Holly Bowling and Come Back Alice. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: The Firebird Suite: Under the direction of guest conductor Fawzi Haimor and accompanied by violinist Jeffery Multer, the orchestra presents Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Debussy), Violin Concerto No. 3 "Strassburg" (Mozart), Dolly Suite (Faure) and The Firebird Suite (Stravinski). 8 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Chicago City Limits: The popular group of irreverent satirists present an evening of improvisational comedy. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24.50-$39.50 advance, $29.50-$44.50 at the door. (727) 587-6793.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Sugar Sand Festival: Nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand will be transformed into "All Out Music" themed characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a 21,000-square-foot tent. There will also be sand sculpting classes on the weekends and a giant sandbox for kids to play in. The 10-day festival also brings a few free activities to the beach including movies, fireworks and beachfront concerts on the weekends. 10 a.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free.

TO WATCH

The Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS. Tonight's edition is titled, I Have a Wedgie and a Half., That's all we need — and want — to know.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Start planning your weekend at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

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Published: 01/20/18
Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

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Published: 01/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

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Published: 01/19/18
Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

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Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

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Published: 01/18/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Jan. 19

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Published: 01/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
Published: 01/18/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

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Published: 01/18/18
‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

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