Saturday, May 26, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 11

Andrea Bocelli: The legendary tenor combines arias, crossover hits, special love songs and new music from his latest album, Cinema to celebrate the romance and magic of Valentine's Day. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $75-$365. (813) 301-2500.

Deana Martin In Concert: The daughter of Dean Martin honors her father and Frank SInatra with a contemporary presentation of their beloved songs. 1 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$35. (727) 791-7400.

Sunshine City Songwriters Festival: Zoe Lewis: The event will bring eight singer-songwriters to seven different venues throughout downtown St. Petersburg. Concerts and workshops included. The singer-songwriter plays it all, jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk and funk originals. 6:30 p.m., The Hideaway Cafe Listening Room, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787. Cliff Eberhardt: The acoustic singer grew up listening to James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt. 8:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

A Conversation: Zora Neale Hurston and Mary McLeod Bethune: Civil rights activists often disagreed on the direction of the movement or how to best attain their goals. Ersula Odom Knox and Phyllis McEwen portray these iconic women, providing insight into the world in which they lived and their vision for the future of race in America. 7 p.m., Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 323-1104.

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: In this comedy, a university's Meet the Author event turns into a highly theatrical, audience-interactive sex tip seminar, much to the chagrin of the shy moderator. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$49. (813) 229-7827.

Jitney: The ninth installment in August Wilson's Century Cycle tells of a taxi dispatch business serving African-Americans in 1977 Pittsburgh. Through Feb. 28. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49, $20 students. (727) 823-7529.

Aries Spears: The longtime stand up was a principal cast member on MADtv, where he portrayed many memorable characters such as Bill Cosby, Dollar Bill Montgomery and James Brown. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25-$27; $52 to include dinner on the Feb. 14th performance. (813) 864-4000.

The Beat's Birthday Bash: Rapper August Alsina headlines 104.5's birthday bash along with Elhae, DJ D Strong and DJ D Royale. 9 p.m., The Beacham, 46 N Orange Ave., Orlando. (407) 246-1419.

Madeon: The French house DJ gained popularity in 2011 with his Pop Culture video. 10 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $20-$35. (813) 247-2555.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Florida State Fair: The fair returns for the 112th year with a "So Much More to Explore" theme. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $11 Mon.-Fri., $13 Sat.-Sun.; ages 6-11 $6 Mon.-Fri., $7 Sat.-Sun. Make a donation at any Goodwill Industries location and get a coupon good for $2 off admission. (813) 621-7821.

Correction

St. Petersburg Opera's The Abduction from the Seraglio is Mozart's homage to the Turkish craze of the 18th century. An incorrect time period was listed in Tuesday's paper.

Rays players will be in Saturday's Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade, not at a pre-party. Today's Weekend section, which is printed in advance, is incorrect on this point.

TO WATCH

Scandal, 9 p.m., ABC. A highly anticipated return from hiatus. When we last saw Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), she had an abortion just before breaking up with the president (Tony Goldwyn) and moving out of the White House. Where does she go from here?

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

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Published: 05/25/18

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Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

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